iMessage Bubble Effects Not working on iPhone? Quick Fixes

Bubble Effects not Working in iMessage

Bubble effects and screen effects bowled me over from the first glance itself. They allow you to send iMessages with animated effects to add a variety of colors to your different emotions. Unfortunately, some iPhone users are unable to send iMessage using Bubble effects. If it is the case with you as well, here is how you can fix it.

Can’t Send iMessage with Bubble Effects on iPhone or iPad?

Turn Off/On Auto-Play Message Effects

Make sure to disable Reduce Motion on your device. When it’s turned on, the motion of the user interface including the parallax effect of app icons is reduced. Hence, Bubble Effect doesn’t work at its best when it’s enabled.

Step #1. Launch Settings app → Tap on Accessibility

Tap on Accessibility on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Reduce Motion.

Tap on Reduce Motion in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Toggle off the switch. Make sure to toggle off the switch next to “Auto-Play Message Effects” as well.

Turn Off Reduce Motion and Auto play Message Effects on iPhone 7 Plus

Step #4. Finally, reboot your device:

If you are using iPhone 6s, iPhone SE or earlier, hold the on/off button and Home button at once.

How to Restart-Reboot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

On iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, You need to press sleep/wake button and volume down button.

Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus

On your iPhone 8, X, or iPhone 11 Series, press and release volume up button, press and release volume down button and press and hold the side button.

Hard Reboot iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8

Step #6. Once your iPhone has restarted, turn on “Auto-Play Message Effects” switch. Then, try to send the iMessage with bubble effects. It should work now. If you have disabled the Auto-Play Message Effects, you will need to tap on the replay button to see the bubble/screen effects.

Reset All Settings

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Reset → Tap on Reset All Settings.

Tap on Reset All Settings on iPhone

Step #3. If you have enabled the passcode, you need to enter it → Tap on Reset All Settings again to confirm.

Confirm Reset All Settings on iPhone in iOS 10

That’s it!

Now, try to use Bubble Effects again. Most probably, it should start working as usual.

What’s your take on the revamped Messages? Has it impressed you? Feel free to express your views in the comment.


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