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10 iMessage Tricks You Should Know

Apple’s iMessage is still treated shabbily in comparison to the other messenger services. However, there are many practical features for iMessage, which make chats more vivid. They are even more practical than the WhatsApp & Co features. We present 10 tricks in this article that every iPhone user should know.

Table of Content:

  1. Rotate message stickers & adjust the size
  2. Remove iMessage stickers
  3. Send messages with effects
  4. Send GIFs
  5. Prank: Someone is (not) typing
  6. Use multiple email addresses
  7. Disable read receipts for individual contacts
  8. Share location
  9. Forward messages
  10. Send images in low quality

1. Rotate message stickers & adjust the size

The update to iOS 10 brought the successful stickers to iMessage. Ever since the little colorful smiley packages cannot be missing in any chat. To add some fun, you can even rotate and adjust the size of the stickers. Tap and hold the sticker. Then drag it into the chat without letting go of it. Now use two fingers for assistance to change the size and position via pinch-to-zoom. As soon as you let go of it, you will send the sticker and the contact person will see it the way you dropped it.

2. Remove iMessage stickers

Is a sticker covering a message or do you dislike the sticker? In this case, you can remove stickers again. Press and hold the sticker and select Sticker Details from the menu. Swipe to the left and tap Delete to remove the sticker.

3. Send messages with effects

If stickers are not enough of a fun feature, you can also use effects on your messages. Enter a message without sending it and press the blue send arrow firmly (3D Touch) or press and hold the send arrow (not 3D Touch).

Then you can choose an effect in the next window such as effects for speech bubbles or background effects.

4. Send GIFs

In addition to sending stickers and images, you can also send GIFs in iMessages. Tap the arrow to the left of the input field, click the Camera icon and select the animated file that you want to send. The delivered file will be displayed as an animation for the receiver as well as the sender.

5. Prank: Someone is (not) typing

Everyone who sent a message via iMessage knows the three dots that indicate that the contact is typing. You wait and wait but don’t get a response. Wait a second – there are no three dots for typing in Apple’s messenger. It’s an iMessage prank! You can easily make someone believe that you are typing at the moment. Learn more about the trick in this article.

6. Use multiple email addresses

In iMessage, you are generally available via your Apple ID. You can, of course, add other email addresses so that you can separate work messages from private texting. Go to your Settings, choose Messages and click Send & Receive. In these iMessage settings, you can add as many email addresses as you want.

7. Disable read receipts for individual contacts

Do you want to let a friend know, if and when you read an iMessage, but your work colleague shouldn’t know? Then you can turn of the read receipt for individual contacts. Open the chat with the contact that you want to disable the read receipts for. Click the “i” icon in the top right corner. The detail view will show the option Send Read Receipts. Turn it off by tapping the slide button. The alternative way is to read messages without sending read receipts via 3D Touch. We show you how this works in this trick.

8. Share location

iMessage is working perfectly for sharing the location. Open an iMessage chat, click the “i” icon at the top left, and tap Send My Current Location. Another way is the time limited or unlimited location sharing. It is below the previous feature. Once you click Share Location, you have to determine in a new window, how long you want to share your location.

9. Forward messages

If you want to send a message to many contacts without the annoying copy&paste or retyping, you can forward messages. Tap and hold a message (doesn’t matter if it is an own message or received). It will display a little menu at the bottom, where you select More. Then you have the opportunity to either keep the message as it is or to add another message. To forward the message(s), click the arrow at the right bottom corner. If you want to delete the message, hit the trash bin.

10. Send images in low quality

If you love to send photos via iMessage, you can send images with a low quality to save your data volume. Go to your iPhone Settings, open Messages and scroll down to the bottom. You will find the option Low-Quality Image Mode in the settings. Enable the feature so that your images are sent in lower quality from now on.

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