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How to use bubble and screen effects in messages for iPhone and iPad



How to use bubble and screen effects in messages for iPhone and iPad


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One thing that makes the iPhone and iPad special is the Messages app. In addition to the “blue chat bubbles” that are all the rage among kids, you can activate fun effects on the iMessages you send.

This includes effects for iPhone or iPad that explode text, loud, soft, or invisible speech bubbles, or turn the entire screen into balloons, confetti, lasers, fireworks, or shooting stars.

Here’s how to improve your iMessage on the best iPhones and iPads, including iPhone 13 Pro.

Table of Contents:

  • How do I add bubble effects to my iMessages?
  • How do I cancel a bubble effect in Messages?
  • What do the bubble effects in Messages do?
  • How do I add screen effects to my iMessages?
  • How do I undo a screen effect in Messages?
  • How to play bubble and screen effects in iMessage
  • How to use message effects with Reduce Motion enabled
  • What do the screen effects do in Messages?
  • Add a bit of uniqueness to your posts.
  • Watch the fireworks:

    How do I add bubble effects to my iMessages?

  • Enter the message you want to send.
  • Press and hold the Send button (it looks like an arrow pointing up).

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  • Select the Bubble tab at the top if it’s not already selected.
  • Tap the effect you want to apply: Slam, Loud, Gentle, or Invisible Ink.
  • Press the Send button to the right of the chosen effect (it looks like an arrow pointing up).

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  • How do I cancel a bubble effect in Messages?

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    If you change your mind about sending a bubble effect, tap the undo button at the bottom of the effects list (it looks like an X).

    What do the bubble effects in Messages do?

    How do I add screen effects to my iMessages?

    You can also send a screen effect from the Messages app or the new interactive notifications, even from the lock screen!

  • Enter the message you want to send.
  • Press and hold the Send button (it looks like an arrow pointing up).
  • Select the Display tab at the top if it’s not already selected.

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  • Swipe from right to left to switch between the effects you want to apply: balloons, confetti, lasers, fireworks, or shooting stars.
  • Tap the Send button to the right of your message (it looks like an arrow pointing up).

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  • How do I undo a screen effect in Messages?

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    If you change your mind about sending a screen effect, tap the cancel button at the bottom below your message (it looks like an X).

    How to play bubble and screen effects in iMessage

    You can reproduce the bubble and screen effects that you receive in an iMessage. Just follow these simple steps.

  • Open messages.
  • Open the conversation in which you want to see the effects.
  • Find a message with an attached effect and press the Play button to review the effect.

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  • How to use message effects with Reduce Motion enabled

    If the Reduce Motion setting is enabled to reduce things like icon parallax, you can still make message effects play automatically by toggling a switch in the Accessibility settings.

  • Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Accessibility.

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  • Press Movement.
  • Tap the switch next to Autoplay Message Effects to the green “on” position to allow message effects to play even when Reduce Motion is enabled.

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  • What do the screen effects do in Messages?

    Here are all the current screen effects and what they do.

    Add a bit of uniqueness to your posts.

    Whether it’s balloons or lasers, fireworks or shooting stars, there are plenty of ways to enhance your text messages and make them unique. Start using them today.

    Updated July 2022: Update for iOS 15 and iOS 16 beta.

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