How to Send iMessage with Screen Effect on iPhone and iPad

“iMessage” has got a range of fun-loving features to spice up a conversation. And Screen Effects has long been one of my favorites. It’s really cool to add screen effects to iMessage as they, kind of, liven up the mood.

New on iOS? Let me offer you some background about this message effect. Apple revamped its messaging app in iOS 10, bringing tons of new add-ons including bubble and screen effects, Digital Touch, Tapback and more. Since then it has been one of the most loved features. Let me show how you can use this message effect on your iPhone or iPad!

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How to Use Screen Effects in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch Messages app on your iOS device and then open a conversation or start a new one.

Step #2. Now, type in the message you want to send.

Step #3. Next, touch and hold the arrow.

Touch and hold the arrow button in iMessage on iPhone

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Step #4. Next up, select Screen tab at the top.

Select the Screen tab in iMessage on iPhone

Step #5. Up next, swipe left on the screen to access different effects like Spotlight, Balloons, Confetti, Heart, Lasers, Fireworks, Shooting Star and Celebration.

Swipe left on Screen to access different screen effect in iMessage

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Step #6. Once you have accessed the preferred option, hit the arrow button to send the message as usual.

Tap on Arrow button to Send Screen Effects iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Note: If you happen to change your mind midway, tap on the “X” button to cancel the effect.

Tap on Cancel button in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

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Now, your friend will receive your message with the cool screen effect. There is also an option to replay the received message effect. To do so, tap on replay button.

Can’t Receive Full-Screen Effects in iMessage On Your iPhone and iPad? Quick Fix

If Reduce Motion is turned on, you may not receive full-screen effects on your iOS device. But there is a way to circumvent this hurdle.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone

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Step #2. Next, tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility Under General on iPhone

Step #3. Next, tap on Reduce Motion.

Tap on Reduce Motion in iPhone Settings

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Step #4. Finally, turn on the switch next to the Auto-Play Message Effects.

Turn ON Auto-Play Message Effects on iPhone

Going forward; the message effects will play without any problem.

There you go!

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If given a chance, I would make iMessage my default option for messaging. The one thing I would like to add to this feature-rich app sooner than later is the universal compatibility. It would indeed make the app not just more popular but also more capable of taking on its rivals.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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