How to use bubble and screen effects in messages for iPhone and iPad
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.
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How do I add bubble effects to my iMessages?
Press and hold the Send button (it looks like an arrow pointing up).
Press the Send button to the right of the chosen effect (it looks like an arrow pointing up).
How do I cancel a bubble effect in Messages?
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?
- Slam – break the bubble and ripple the entire screen.
- Strong: Sends out a giant bubble that shudders before settling down.
- Smooth – Sends out a small bubble that gently sits in place.
- Invisible Ink – Covers the bubble with animated noise and blurs until you swipe it.
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!
Select the Display tab at the top if it’s not already selected.
Tap the Send button to the right of your message (it looks like an arrow pointing up).
How do I undo a screen effect in Messages?
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.
Find a message with an attached effect and press the Play button to review the effect.
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.
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.
What do the screen effects do in Messages?
Here are all the current screen effects and what they do.
- Echo: duplicate your text and flood your recipient’s screen.
- Focus – Put a literal focus on your incoming iMessage.
- Balloons: Launch multi-colored balloons that expand and fly up from the bottom right of the screen.
- Confetti: Drop multicolored confetti from the top of the screen.
- Love: A giant heart will appear and expand from your last iMessage.
- Lasers: Fill the screen with lasers and sounds of “once, once, once”.
- Fireworks – Shoot multi-colored fireworks from the center of the screen.
- Shooting Stars – Launch a burst of “more you know” stars from the left of the screen, which explode when it reaches the right.
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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