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Write Your Messages In Handwriting On Your iPhone

The words "iPhone tricks" in handwritten lettersIf you’re using iOS 10.0 or later, you can benefit from substantially improved and completely new features in the Message app. Among other things, you can now personalize your messages, and send them in Handwriting.


As mentioned before, the requirement to use this trick is iOS 10.0 or later.

You can receive these handwritten messages in older iOS versions, but you cannot write them yourself. Users of iOS 9 or earlier can also not see animated messages, but see those as a picture. The same applies for your contacts, who do not have an iPhone, or who have deactivated iMessage.


Send your own handwritten messages

You don’t need to set up anything to send handwritten messages.

Just open your Message app on your iPhone and chose any chat.

You do not even need to tap into the message field (but you can).

Turn your iPhone sideways so that you have the landscape mode, and the white input field for Handwriting will pop up automatically.

At the bottom you can also see some templates.

A screenshot of the handwriting feature, where you can see a white input field and handwritten templates at the bottom

Now use your finger on the screen to write. You have no options to format your handwritten text (e.g. colors, size). The user interface is very simple and minimalistic.

If you need more space for your text, swipe with two fingers to the left or click the little arrow. It will give you a little more room on the right. However, this feature is not intended for long sentences.

You can remove your last input by clicking on “Undo“ at the left top corner.

If you tap “Done” at the right corner, the text will be transferred into the message field and cannot be edited, but can still be deleted.

Screenshot of the handwriting feature, that shows a handwritten text in the middle (iPhone tricks) and points out the 2 buttons at the top


(De)activate the Handwriting mode

If you don’t want to use the Handwriting mode automatically with a turn, you can deactivate this feature by clicking the keyboard icon at the right bottom corner. After deactivation you will see the horizontal keyboard to type as usual.

Screenshot shows how to deactivate the handwriting feature by tapping the keyboard button at the right bottom corner

Once deactivated, you can easily activate it again. The Handwriting icon is at the same spot as the keyboard icon. However, you can only find the button on the default keyboard. If you have downloaded another keyboard from the App Store, you will have to change it back to the default keyboard, so that you are able to use the Handwriting feature at all.

Screenshot shows that you can activate the handwriting feature  with the handwriting button again