You probably utilize iMessage more than any other app, so it makes sense to get to know all iMessage tricks and tips. Here are ten super cool iMessage tricks that we think everyone needs to know about.
The following iMessage tricks include both classic and updated iOS 14 iMessage tricks. The knowledge of these iMessage tricks will make your iMessage experience more enjoyable.
Let’s get going with these Awesome iMessage Tricks for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, and more. iPad and iPod touch users will also enjoy these excellent iMessage tricks.
1. Send iMessage Screen Effects
On the latest iOS, you can send iMessages with cool screen effects matching the content of the message itself. You can choose from several fullscreen iMessage screen effects, including balloons, confetti, lasers, fireworks, and shooting star. Several iMessage trigger words will trigger an effect automatically.
For example, when you type any iMessage trigger words such as Congratulations (or when you type congrats in iMessage), the confetti effect will be triggered automatically. Similarly, other iMessage trigger words include Happy Birthday (for balloons) and Happy New Year (for fireworks). You can access the iMessage Screen Effects after typing the entire message and then force tapping or long-pressing the send button, then tapping on the ‘Screen’ tab.
In addition to full-screen effects, iMessage also features bubble effects, including iMessage invisible ink, gentle, loud, and slam. All these bubble effects can be chosen after typing the message and force tapping or long-pressing the send button and sliding up.
2. Pin Conversations To The Top
On iOS 14 or later, both iPhone and iPad users get the ability to pin their favorite and frequently used conversation threads to the top of the conversations list page. By putting conversation threads and groups to the top, you can quickly access them without looking for them on the list.
Adding a thread or group to the iMessage pinned area is very easy. All you have to do is long-press on the conversation thread or group you want to pin to the top, and then from the popup menu, tap on the ‘Pin’ option. To remove a conversation thread from the pinned area, long press on any of the pinned threads and tap on the ‘Unpin’ option.
Alternatively, you can swipe right on the thread and tap on the yellow Pin button.
3. Mention a friend in a Group chat
You can now mention a friend inside Group chats on iOS 14 and iPad OS 14 or later. This makes it easy to direct a message to a specific person in a group and make sure the person you are talking to reads the message.
All you have to do is type his or her name followed by the message to mention a friend. As you type the contact’s name, you will get a popup with their name and contact photo, letting you know iMessage has detected the person’s name. Tap on the popup to add that person’s mention. As you send the message, the mentioned person will receive a notification for this message.
This feature is also helpful for those who don’t like to participate in active groups but want to respond when their name is mentioned.
4. Reply to a specific message with Inline replies
Another new feature added in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 allows users to send replies to a specific message in a group conversation. This makes it easy for users to reply to a specific question or pass a comment to a particular message. Users can view replies in the entire conversation or as their thread, making it easy to follow the inline replies conversation.
5. Keep Messages forever (or not)
Here’s the second of our nine awesome iMessage tricks. iMessage gives users complete control over how long their messages are stored on the device and iCloud. You can choose the storage length of your Message History by going Settings > Messages > Keep Messages. From the next page, choose between 30 days, one year, or forever. After your selected time has passed (except for the Forever setting), the SMS and iMessages will be deleted automatically.
6. Delete Multiple Threads or Messages Quickly
iOS 13 brings a brand new way of selecting and deleting multiple conversation threads and message bubbles with a swipe gesture. You can quickly select multiple items in a list or message screen by swiping down with two fingers. Any items that come under your fingers will automatically get selected. After performing the two-finger selection gesture, you can tap on more items to expand your selection or tap on the ‘Delete’ button to remove the selected items. The same gesture also works in other stock apps like Notes and Mail, saving you a lot of time and effort when you are trying to delete multiple items.
7. Save data with low-quality mode
If you are worried about all the memes you send in the group that might be eating your data allowance, you might want to check out the Low-Quality Image Mode setting. What is a low-quality image mode, you might be wondering? Well, this magical setting reduces the iMessage photo size, so it uses less data when transferred over the Internet.
So does iMessage resize photos when this mode is enabled to the point they lose their original beauty? Absolutely. That is why you should turn the Low-Quality Image Mode off when you want to share important high-quality photos using the messaging app. You can enable Low-Quality Image Mode by going to Settings > Messages.
8. Add people to the iMessage blocked list
If you wonder how to block someone on the Messages app, then we have got the perfect trick for you. By going to Settings > Messages > Blocked (right under SMS/MMS), you can add contacts to your block list. Once blocked, these contacts will not be able to send you messages. When contact is blocked, it will also be blocked for phone calls and FaceTime calls.
9. Share Location And Other details within iMessage
You can quickly share your current location by opening a conversation thread, tapping on the contact’s name, and then tapping on Send Current Location button. However, you can also use the Predictive Bar to perform the same action more efficiently. To instantly share your current location type, the phrase ‘My location is’ and then tap into the predictive bar’s middle. Doing so will immediately send your location to the person you are talking to.
This awesome iMessage trick is not limited to sharing location only, as you can also share your phone number by typing ‘my phone number is’ or email address by typing ‘my email address is and then tapping at the middle of the predictive bar. This feature works with iOS 13 or later.
10. Turn off send read receipts
With iMessage, you can turn off read receipts for all or individual contacts. If you want to turn on reading receipts for one person on iMessage, open his or her Conversation page, tap on the ‘i’ button and then turn toggle for ‘Send Read Receipts’ on. Similarly, to turn read receipts for one person off, disable the very same toggle.
You can configure read receipts settings separately from individual contacts. This setting will apply to all users (except those you choose to send read receipts for individually). To turn on/off iMessage read receipts go to Settings > Messages > Send Read Receipts.