How to Use Markup in Photos and Messages in iOS 10 on iPhone/iPad

Markup has now been added in Photos and Messages apps in iOS 10. Here is how you can use it smartly on your iPhone or iPad.

One feature that I have always appreciated in the Mail app for iOS is Markup, which allows you to draw and add text over photos and documents. Thanks to its superb functionality, I wanted it in other apps like Photos and Messages.

Fortunately, Apple has not only added Markup in Messages and Photos apps in iOS 10 but also made it a lot better to help you edit your favorite images or spice up messaging.

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How to Use Markup in Photos and Messages App in iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad

How about using Markup in Messages or Photos on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 10? Let’s have a quick look!

How to Use Markup in Photos and Messages in iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad

Use Markup in Photos App

Step #1. Starting off, launch Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.

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Step #2. Tap on the edit icon (three lines with three dot icons) at the top right corner on your iPad. The edit icon is at the bottom on iPhone.

Tap on Edit Button in Photos App in iOS 10 on iPhone

Step #3. Next up, tap on the extension button (which looks like three dots inside a tiny circle) from the bottom right corner.

Tap on Extension button in Photos App in iOS 10 on iPhone

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Step #4. You need to tap on Markup from the bottom left corner to access the feature.

Tap on Markup in iOS 10 Photos App on iPhone

Note: Markup will convert Live Photos into still photos to edit them perfectly.  If you don’t want to turn Live Photos into still ones, you can duplicate it to turn it into the still photo. To do so, go back to photos app → select the Live Photos you want to duplicate, tap on the share icon at the bottom left corner, and finally tap on Duplicate as Still Photo.

Create Duplicate Photo in iPhone Photos App

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Step #5. Tap on Ok in the popup to proceed.

Tap OK on Popup to Markup Photo

Step #6. Up next, you have a lot of options to edit your photo to your best liking.

Use Markup in Photos App in iOS 10 on iPhone and iPad

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  • There are eight color options available for drawing and text.
  • When drawing, Markup helps you make shapes look more specific.
  • There is also an option to apply magnifying glass.
  • Whereas the blue circle lets you change the size of the scope, the green one zooms in and out.
  • You can tap on the Text icon to write text over the photo. Besides, you have the option to use emoji as well.
  • Tap on the signature icon from the bottom left corner (below colors) to apply signature over the image.
  • Text format has three formats, a size slider, and indention setting.

Step #7. Once you have edited the image, tap on Done from the top right corner to save the changes.

Tap on Done To Apply Markup on Photos

Use Markup in Messages App

Step #1. Launch Messages app, choose the contact to whom you wish to send an image, now tap the camera icon to access photos.

Tap on Camera Icon in iOS 10 Message App

Step #2. Select the photo and tap on it to add markup.

Use Markup in Messages App in iOS 10 on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. To edit the photo using Markup follow the process from Step #4.

What do you think of Markup? Do let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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