How to Use Bubble and Screen Effects in iMessage

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 these have been one of the most loved features and are available in iOS 13 too. Let me show you how to use iMessage screen and bubble effects on your iPhone or iPad!

How to Add 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

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

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

How to Cancel iMessage Screen Effect

Midway if you happen to change your mind and wish to go back to your iMessage conversation, tap on the “X” button to cancel the effect.

Tap on Cancel button in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

How to Replay iMessage Screen Effect

After you hit the send button, your friend will receive your message with the cool screen effect. If your friend or you wish to replay the effect, you can easily do this.

To replay the received or sent message effect, tap on the replay button. If you do not see the replay option, send one more message (with or without effects) and then you will see replay button on the second last and all previous messages sent with screen effects.

Replay Screen Effect in iMessage

How to Send iMessage with Bubble Effects on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch Messages app on your iOS device.

Launch Messages app on iPhone X

Step #2. Now, open a conversation and type in the text you wish to send.

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

Touch and hold the arrow button to access Bubble effect in iMessage

Step #4. On the next screen, ensure that “Bubble” tab is selected at the top.

Ensure that Bubble tab is selected in iMessage

Pick out how you wish to send the message from multiple options like Loud, Slam, Gentle and Invisible Ink. If you want to offer some security to your feeling, select Invisible Ink.

Send an Invisible Ink text message on iPhone

Step #5. Up next, hit the arrow to send your message.

Hit the arrow to Send iMessage with Bubble Effect on iPhone and iPad

One more thing worth noting is that if you use the Invisible Ink, you and your receiver will need to tap on the message to reveal the text.

Cancel Bubble Effect in iMessage

If you no longer want to use bubble effect, you can easily cancel it.

Tap on the X button at the bottom of the effects to cancel it.

Cancel a bubble Effect in iMessage

How to Replay iMessage Bubble Effect

You (the sender) and the receiver both can replay the bubble effect as many times as you like. To do so, tap on the Replay button below the message.

Replay Bubble Effect in iMessage on iPhone

iMessage Screen Effects and Bubble Effects Not Working – How to Fix

If Reduce Motion is turned on, you may not receive full-screen effects and bubble effects in iMessage on your iOS 13 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

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

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

Turn ON Auto-Play Message Effects on iPhoneThere you go!

Stay Tuned In For More…

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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