How to Use New Messages App in iOS 14

how to use the new messages app on iphone running ios 14

iOS 14 boasts several exciting new features, and the Messages app has got an impressive overhaul to enhance your texting experience. From emoji search to revamped Memoji and new options within group chats, there a lot to discover. Excited to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about how to use the Messages app in iOS 14.

A new search field in the emoji keyboard makes it easy to find the perfect expressions. To use this feature, tap the emoji icon on the keyboard, and you’ll see a new Search Emoji field at the top of the keyboard.

Tap in this field and type in what you want to express, such as “grin,” “heart,” “angry,” etc.  You will see all the relevant emojis, and you can just tap the one you want to insert.

search emojis in ios 14 messages app

How to Pin Conversations in the iPhone Messages App

The Messages app in iOS 14 lets you pin conversations at the top of the screen for quick access. This is useful to keep your most frequent conversations easily visible.

To use this feature, slide from left to right on a conversation you want to pin.

Tap the pin icon that appears on the left of the conversation.

pin conversations in messages app on iphone running ios 14

Now the conversation will be pinned to the top of the Messages app, displaying the contact’s display picture for easy access.

When you receive a message in a pinned conversation, it will appear at the top of the pin, and you can tap to open.

receive message in pinned conversation in ios 14 messages app

Similarly, you’ll also see Tapbacks and typing indicators above the pin.

In this way, you can pin up to 9 conversations that sync across the Messages app on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

If you pin a group conversation, the three most recent participants of the chat will appear around the pin so you can know who’s talking at a glance.

To unpin a chat, tap and hold the pinned conversation. Then select the unpin option.

unpin pinned chat in messages app on iphone

How to Start a Group Chat in iOS 14

The group chat interface has been upgraded in iOS 14. Now, at the top of the conversation, you will be able to see all the members of the group, with the most recently active ones showing up as larger icons.

To start a new conversation, tap the pen icon at the top right of the Messages screen. Now, type in the names of the people you want to start a group chat with. Then write your message in the text field and hit send.

start group chat in ios 14 messages app on iphone

There are some useful new updates to group conversations in iOS 14, as explained below.

How to Change Group Picture or Set Emoji in Messages App

In a first, iOS 14 lets you set a custom image for a group chat.

Open the group conversation. Tap on the group icon at the top and then tap the small info icon.

Tap Change Name and Photo.

open group chat tap info below group icon and then tap change name and photo

Now, you can set a photo, Memoji, or emoji as the group icon.

select group icon and tap on done

Now to tap on done to change group picture.

tap on done twice to change group picture in messages app

How to Start and View Thread Chat Group Chat in iOS 14

The Messages app in iOS 14 allows you to reply directly to a specific message as an inline reply. To do this, hold down on a particular message within the group chat and tap Reply. Type in your reply and send it.

It will appear as a thread rather than another message within the entire conversation. This makes it easy to keep things organized.

reply directly to specific message on iphone running ios 14

To view a particular message thread, just tap on it to expand.

view thread chat in messages app on iphone running ios 14

How to Tag People in Group Chat in iPhone Messages

You can now mention specific people within a group conversation. Just type their name in the message input field, and a suggestion will pop up. Tap it to mention them, finish writing your message, and send it.

tag people in group chat in ios 14 messages app on iphone

Further, you can also choose to be notified of group messages only when you’re mentioned rather than for every single message that can be quite distracting.

All New Updates to Memojis in iOS 14

Finally, iOS 14 boasts some cool new updates to your favorite Memojis too. There are fresh hairstyles, headwear options, face coverings, and more age options to better express your personality.

There are also three new Memoji stickers that you can send, namely a hug, a fist bump, and a blush.

Further, Memoji and Memoji stickers now look even more expressive, thanks to revamped facial and muscle structure.

Summing Up!

So, are you excited to use Messages on iOS 14? Which feature do you like the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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