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.
Things you need to know before we start
- When you send messages like “Happy New Year”, “Happy Birthday”, iOS 10 will automatically add 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.
Step #3. Up next, you need to select the Screen tab from the top.
Step #4. Now, you have to swipe from right to left to switch between the effects you wish to apply:
Currently, there are five options in iOS 10.
Balloons: It lets you send multi-color balloons.
Confetti: It drops multi-color confetti from the top of the screen.
Lasers: It completely fills the screen with lasers and sound.
Fireworks: It allows you to send multi-color fireworks from the center of the screen.
Shooting stars: It sets off the starburst shot from the left of the screen, which explodes after reaching the right.
Step #5. Finally, you have to tap on the Send button to the right of your message.
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.
Video Walkthrough on Sending iMessage with Screen Effect in iOS 10