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How to Send Messages With Effects on iMessage

iOS 10 brought you a completely improved iMessage app on your iPhone. Numerous new features are now available with the new iOS version. One of the new features is the effects section that enables you to decorate your text messages and make simple messages more visible. It includes e.g. animations and screens for special occasions.


You need at least iOS 10.0 to try this trick. Depending on the installed version you might need to configure your settings and deactivate Reduce Motion.

Settings → General → Accessibility → Deactivate Reduce Motion

However, Apple already announced that in the future they want to provide the effects in iMessage independent from this setting.

Send messages with effects

Open the Message appon your iPhone, choose a chat and type in a message. Do not send the message yet!
According to your iPhone model and if it provides 3D Touch (iPhone 6s and later), there are different ways to find the feature.

Without 3D Touch

To send the message with an effect, tap and hold the Send button (little upright arrow). Then choose one of the available effects.

With 3D Touch:

Apple used the 3D Touch starting with the iPhone 6s. To choose the effect, you have to press and hold the blue “Send” arrow stronger.

Effects for speech bubbles

You can choose from four effects to make your message special. The text bubble with your message will change according to these options: Slam, Loud, Gentle, and Invisible Ink. Tap on an effect to see a preview. Once you have decided, hit the Send arrow again and the message will be sent.

Effects for screen

Go back into the effects display. At the top you can see the two areas to choose from – Bubble and Screen. Go to Screen and you will be able to choose a screen animation. Swipe left to see the nine different effects: Echo, Spotlight, Ballons, Confetti, Love, Lasers, Fireworks, Shooting Star and Celebration. You can send the message by tapping the “Send” arrow.

If your effects do not work check your Settings for possible causes. Read more about fixing problems with iMessage Effects.