How to Send iMessage with Screen Effect in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

It’s really cool to use screen effects in iMessages in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad. Dive ahead to find out how you can get it done.

It’s been over two weeks since I started testing out iOS 10. Although there are several stock apps like Photos, Safari which have got exciting features; one app that has really won me over is Messages. Really.

Messages app has got a lot of exclusive features like, Individual Read Receipt, Markup, Bubble Effects and Screen Effects, which allows you to send animated background with your messages. As for instance, if you wish to make your friend feel the dazzle of fireworks, you have the option to add the screen effects to spice up messaging.

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Things you need to know before we start

  • When you send messages like “Happy New Year”, “Happy Birthday”, iOS 10 will automatically add a suitable screen effect to it.
  • There are some built-in screen effects such as confetti, fireworks, balloons, etc.
  • iOS 10 lets you send a screen effect from the Messages app, the new interactive notifications, even from the lock screen on your device.
  • Currently, iOS 10 screen effects don’t show up in Messages on Mac.

How to Use Screen Effects in iMessage in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Step #1. Launch Messages app on your iPhone and enter the message you wish to send.

Step #2. Next up, you will have to press firmly (just like3D Touch) on the Send button which looks like an upward arrow.

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Tap on Up Arrow in Messages App on iPhone

Step #3. Up next, you need to select the Screen tab from the top.

Tap on Screen in Messages App in iOS 10 on iPhone

Step #4. Now, you have to swipe from right to left to switch between the effects you wish to apply:

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Swipe Screen to Change Effect in Messages App in iOS 10

Currently, there are five options in iOS 10.

Balloons: It lets you send multi-color balloons.

Balloons Screen Effect in iOS 10 Message App

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Confetti: It drops multi-color confetti from the top of the screen.

Confetti Screen Effect in Message App in iOS 10

Lasers: It completely fills the screen with lasers and sound.

Lasers Screen Effect in Message App in iOS 10

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Fireworks: It allows you to send multi-color fireworks from the center of the screen.

Fireworks Screen Effect in Message App in iOS 10

Shooting stars: It sets off the starburst shot from the left of the screen, which explodes after reaching the right.

Shooting Starts Screen Effect in Message App in iOS 10

Step #5. Finally, you have to tap on the Send button to the right of your message.

Send Message with Screen Effect in iOS 10 on iPhone

How to Cancel iOS 10 Screen Effect in iMessage on iPhone/iPad

Once you have sent screen effects to your heart’s content, tap the “X” button which is below your message to cancel it.

Cancel Screen Effect in iOS 10 Message App

Video Walkthrough on Sending iMessage with Screen Effect in iOS 10

That’s it!

Try it on your iDevice and do share your experience with us in the comment, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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