We’re obviously jumping the line here but for those who will be upgrading to iOS 7 this September, we want to make sure you have everything ready to help you familiarize with iOS 7 beforehand.

One of the most radically changed apps in iOS 7 is the Messages app. Not only has the design been revamped to reflect the blue, flat UI of iOS 7 but it has also been fitted with additional features that might come as surprising and frequently useful.

Here are some tips to using Messages in iOS 7 like a pro.

Make the Best Use of iOS 7 Message App on iPhone and iPad

Timestamps

iPhones and iPads have always shown timestamps for Messages/iMessages. However, the timestamp usually shown is a daily timestamp. In iMessages, you have the “Read at” timestamp.

With iOS 7, Apple has decided to go a bit further to make Messages look like an IM chat. Timestamps for individual messages is out and with it, the ability to see when the message was sent exactly is also possible.

To reveal the timestamps:

  • Open a message/conversation
  • Swipe from the right to left of the message screen
  • The timestamps should now show up for each message bubble

Full-screen Reading in Messages

iMessages can get long. When your friend sends you a long message, the entire screen gets occupied by that single message so you have to scroll up/down to see other speech bubbles in that conversation. Not exactly problematic but when you want to look up something from the past, it can get a little annoying.

That’s where iOS 7’s new feature kicks in. It truncates long messages automatically with a “…” so that you don’t have to fret.

To enable full-screen reading, you just have to tap on the truncated message. It opens in a new screen, fully-filled with the long message. That’s it. Tap on the back button to get back to the conversation.

Group Chat

Group chat is a new iMessage feature added in iOS 7.

To enable group chat, all you do is send an iMessage to multiple recipients. This initiates group chat and you can continue the conversation in the group. The only problem is, once you are in a group, you won’t be able to mute or come out of the group conversation.

Hopefully Apple should fix this before final iOS 7 release.

We’ll keep adding to this list more iOS 7 Message tips and how-tos.