iMessage may be the most used app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, so it only makes sense to get yourself familiar with all the neat tricks it has got up its sleeves. In this article we will share with you 9 awesome iMessage tricks that we think everyone should know about. Knowing these tricks and utilizing them in your conversations will make the whole iMessage experience more fun for you.
So without any further ado lets get started with listing the Awesome iMessage Tricks for iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 and more. iPad and iPod touch will also enjoy these cool iMessage tips and tricks.
1. Send iMessage Screen Effects
On the latest iOS you can send iMessages with cool screen effects matching the content of the message itself. You can choose from several fullscreen iMessage screen effects including balloons, confetti, lasers, fireworks and shooting star. There are also several iMessage trigger words that will trigger an effect automatically. For example, when you type any of the iMessage trigger words such as Congratulations (or when you type congrats in iMessage) the confetti effect will be triggered automatically. Similarly other iMessage trigger words include Happy Birthday (for balloons) and Happy New Year (for fireworks). You can access the iMessage Screen Effects after typing the full message and then force tapping or long pressing the send button, then tapping on the ‘Screen’ tab.
In addition to full screen effects iMessage also features bubble effects including iMessage invisible ink, gentle, loud and slam. All these bubble effects can be chosen after typing the message and force tapping or long pressing the send button and sliding up.
2. Keep Messages forever (or not)
Here’s the second of our 9 awesome iMessage tricks. iMessage gives users complete control over for how long their messages are stored on the device and iCloud. You can choose the storage length of your Message History by going Settings > Messages > Keep Messages. From the next page choose between 30 days, 1 year or forever. After your chosen time period has passed (with the exception of Forever setting) the SMS and iMessages will be deleted automatically.
3. Save data with low quality mode
If you are worried about all the memes you send in the group might be eating your data allowance, then you might want to check out the Low-Quality Image Mode setting. What is low quality image mode you might be wondering. Well this magical setting reduces the iMessage photo size, so it uses less data when transferred over the Internet.
So does iMessage resize photos when this mode is enabled to the point they lose their original beauty? Absolutely. That is why you should turn the Low-Quality Image Mode off when you want to share important high quality photos using the messaging app. You can enable Low-Quality Image Mode by going to Settings > Messages.
4. Add people to block list
If you wonder how to block someone on Messages app, then we have got the perfect trick for you. By going to Settings > Messages > Blocked (right under SMS/MMS) you can add contacts to your block list. Once blocked these contacts will not be able to send you messages. When a contact is blocked it will also be blocked for phone calls and FaceTime calls.
5. Turn off send read receipts
With iMessage you can turn off read receipts for all or individual contacts. If you want to turn on read receipts for one person on iMessage simply open his or her Conversation page, tap on the ‘i’ button and then turn toggle for ‘Send Read Receipts’ on. Similarly to turn read receipts for one person off, disable the very same toggle.
You can configure read receipts settings separately from individual contacts. This setting will apply to all users (except for those you choose to send read receipts for individually). To turn on/off iMessage read receipts go to Settings > Messages > Send Read Receipts.
6. Unknown Senders
The Unknown Senders feature lets you filter out messages received from people who are not in your Contacts list from those who are. It is a simple way of decluttering important messages, from those sent from unknown senders, which may or may not be useful. The only thing we don’t like about unknown senders feature is that it does not support text messages. You can enable the Unknown Senders feature by going to Settings > Messages > Filter Unknown Senders > On.
7. iMessage Apps
Perhaps one of the most underrated features of the new Messages app is iMessage apps. Many popular apps offer dedicated iMessage apps that allow users to do a wide range of different things, from sending stickers themed after that particular app to sending current location and payments. There are even apps that let you play games with friends, translate text and more. Once you have installed any app that offers iMessage version simply launch the Messages app, tap on the arrow button from left of the typing field and finally tap on the App Store icon. Then just swipe to see installed apps. You can also tap on the menu button to see grid of installed app icons.
8. Do Not Disturb for groups and people
This is my favorite of the Awesome iMessage Tricks shared in this article. Its fun to be part of iMessage groups, but they become super annoying when you are busy and everyone else wants to share their favorite memes. Thankfully iMessage lets you enable do no disturb for text messages and iMessages, without needing to activate Do Not Disturb Setting for the whole device.
So you can enable Do Not Disturb for a single conversation or a group and not receive notifications when new messages are received in that particular conversation. To enable individual Do Not Disturb toggle simply tap on the ‘i’ button from the conversation page and enable the toggle for Do Not Disturb.
9. Show contact photo
Last but not least on our list of 9 awesome iMessage tricks is ability to show contact photo. You can show contact photos for your iMessage friends on the conversation list page. Simply open Settings > Messages > Show Contact Photos and enable the toggle next to this setting.