How to Send Messages with Effects in macOS Big Sur

iMessage effects have been on the iPhone and iPad for long. With macOS Big Sur, you can now enjoy these same options on your Mac as well. This lets you convey words using screen effects like balloons, invisible ink, confetti, fireworks, and more. So without further ado, let me show you how to send messages with effects on Mac running macOS Big Sur.

What Types of Message Effects You Can Send on Mac

On iOS and iPadOS, the effects are categorized under two heading – Bubble and Screen. However, on Mac, they are listed together horizontally. Here are all the effect names.

    • Love
    • Balloons
    • Invisible Ink
    • Confetti
    • Slam
    • Lasers
    • Loud
    • Celebration
    • Echo
    • Spotlight
    • Fireworks
    • Gentle

How to Use iMessage Effects in macOS Big Sur

  1. Open Messages messages app on mac running macos big sur
  2. Click on an iMessage conversation or start a new one by clicking on the compose button
  3. Type a message.
  4. Click on the App Store icon from the left of the text on app store icon in imessage app on mac
  5. Click on Message on message effects in messages app in macos big sur
  6. Select an effect like Invisible Ink, Confetti, Celebration, Fireworks, etc. Finally, click on the blue send button.send message effects in imessage on mac running masos big sur

How to Automatically Send Messages with Effects in macOS Big Sur

When you type and send certain words or phrases like Congratulations, Congrats, Happy New Year, Happy Birthday, and Pew Pew, iMessage effects are automatically attached. You and the receiver both see these effects. This works not only on the Mac but the iPhone and iPad as well.

automatically send messages with effects in macos big sur

That’s all!

Signing off…

This is how you can use iMessage effects on the latest macOS version. Currently, it is still in the developer beta stage, and thus things might change slightly. But since Apple is trying hard to make its mobile and desktop platforms uniform, I strongly think that iMessage effects are going to stay.

Next, you may like to know how to create Memoji in macOS Big Sur. Apart from this, one other exciting new feature is the ability to change Safari background with a beautiful wallpaper or any image that you have clicked. Make sure you check these out.

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