How to Send an iMessage with Effects. In the Messages app , you can animate a single message with a bubble effect or fill the entire message screen with a full-screen effect (for example, balloons or confetti). You can even send a personal message with invisible ink that remains blurred until the recipient swipes to reveal it.
With your settings sorted out, you can now send and receive message effects. Here’s how to access them.
You can apply bubble or screen effects to text (including emojis) and images.
Open the Messages app.
Tap an existing conversation or the New Message button.
Type the message you want to add an effect to.
Tap and hold the Send button next to the text field.
The Send with effect window will open. By default, you’ll see the Bubble options, which apply different animations to the message itself.
Select an option to see a preview of the effect. The choices are:
Slam: The text bubble will “slam” down onto the window from above, shaking the other messages.
Loud: The message will come up off of the screen and shake, implying shouting.
Gentle: The text of the message will start small, as if whispered, and then increase to normal size.
Invisible Ink: Messages will hide your message under a layer of distortion until the recipient swipes to reveal it.
The Invisible Ink effect also works when you receive messages in macOS Sierra and later.
To access screen effects, which occupy the whole display, tap the Screen tap at the top.
Swipe left to access different options. Your choices are:
Echo: A swarm of copies of your message appears on the screen.
Spotlight: The display goes dark other than a single pool of light that highlights your message.
Balloons: Multicolored balloons appear behind the conversation.
Confetti: Colored scraps of paper shower down from the top of the screen.
Love: A large heart shape inflates out of your text and floats away.
Lasers: The screen goes dark except for colored lasers that sweep from the bottom to the top of the display and back down.
Fireworks: A pyrotechnic display appears behind your message.
Shooting Star: A single point of light arcs over the text.
Celebration: Golden sparks shower down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
Tap the Send button to transmit your message with the effect.
Tap the X button to cancel the effect.
How to View Effects in Messages
After you send or receive a message with an effect attached, you can replay the animation later. To do so, tap the link below the message that says, “Replay[name of effect].” You can play an effect as many times as you want.
Automatic Screen Effects in Messages
Some screen effects play automatically if you send certain messages. You don’t have to take the extra steps to activate them. Here are some of the keywords you can type and the effect they’ll create. The trigger phrases also work in other languages, so experiment to see what kinds of results you get.
As of iOS 13.4, only the Lasers effect shortcut is still active.
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