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All The Things You Need To Know To Master The New Apple iMessage

Navigate the new OS features with ease
by Tanya Umali | Oct 6, 2016
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One of the most well-loved features of the new iOS 10 update is the iMessage. Unlike the previous versions, the app now comes with more dynamic features similar to Facebook Messenger and What's App. 

However, it's still confusing for the majority of people who have updated to iOS 10. The iMessage's features gets ignored because honestly, people don't have the time to learn everything by themselves now, do they?

Luckily, we have some tips to put those iMessage features to good use. 

1. Make messages livelier with GIFs

Just like in Facebook, you can include GIFs in your message if you want to express more emotion. The only difference is, you don't have to scour the entire internet to look for that perfect GIF that will show exaclty how you feel. In iMessages, you can just type the word related to the GIF you want and voilà, just select and send. 

So how do you do it? Just tap the arrow on the left side of the entry field, select the app store icon, then go to the app tray located on the lower left corner. After that, you just have to choose #images to see the available GIFs. 

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2. Choose the style of your text

This might just be the most unique feature of the iOS 10 iMessage. It adds loads of fun to a simple text by giving it style and personality. There are four available styles including Slam, Loud, Gentle, and Invisible Ink. 

So how do you do it? After you compose a message, hold on to the blue up aarow or the send button for non-3D Touch phones. If it still doesn't work, then go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and it should work fine afterwards. Once it's working for you, just slide your finger along the four options or tap the circle next to them. You'll be able to see the preview for your selected style. All you have to do is hit send and the recipient will be able to see the animation of the text message. It even works on photos. 

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3. Send handwritten messages

In this digital age, normal phone fonts can get pretty boring. It's a good thing that Apple added this feature. Whether you want to create a more personalized message or you just want to do a bit of doodling, this feature lets you do just that. 

So how do you do it? Tip your phone to the side in order to reveal a blank canvas for you to draw on. If the keyboard shows up, then tap on the squiggly line to open the handwritten notes space and draw away.

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4. Throw in some stickers

Stickers have been a part of our messaging routine.Messaging apps such as Viber utilize this gimmick. iMessage now has it as well and there's a variety to choose from. 

So how do you do it? Choose the app store icon on the text entry field. Then select the app drawer on the lower left side which would show a link to the Store. You can choose your stickers from there.  

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5. Create quick responses

Some people feel lazy and end up typing "hello" or "ok" on their messaging apps. If you're pretty bored with just texting, you can create quick repsonses or Tapbacks on iOS 10. 

So how do you do it? Double-tap or hold on a particular word in your text message in order to select from a list of replies. Your options: a heart, a thumbs up orthumbs down, a haha, or even an exclamation point or question mark.

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6. Replace text with emoji

People love using emojis. There are emojis for just about anything, from food to places. You'll be glad to find that the iMessage in iOS 10 can translate words into emojis.

So how do you do it? Type your message like you normally would. Then you just have to tap on the emoji icon to see what words can be translated to emojis. You'll know which ones you can convert when they turn yellow. Once you are able to see what you want to change, just tap on the word and it will automatically transform to an emoji. 

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7. Throw confetti on your messages

Now you can throw confetti on your messages, too! This comes in handy when you want to send greetings or if you want to congratulate someone. 

So how do you do it? Type your message and then hold on the send button to reveal the Bubble Effect screen. Tap on the Screen button found on the topmost part, swipe across to choose the effect that works for you and then hit send. 

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8. Turn off read receipts

Ever been seen-zoned? Or maybe you've seen-zoned someone before? It's quite annoying, isn't it? Luckily, you can turn this option on and off in iMessage.

So how do you do it? Go to Settings > Messages > Send Read Receipts. If you want to turn off the read receipts on just one message thread in particular, just open the conversation thread, tap on the "i" icon > select Send Read Receipts. 

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9. Insert previews on your text

The normal way that links appear, especially video links, is through thumbnails. When you click on it, it will redirect you to a different page and that's kind of a hassle. In iMessage, you can forget about being redirected because links you send or receive can be previewed on the messenger itself.

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So how do you do it? Just copy a link and paste it on the message box, of course. 

10. Send photos differently

Want to show the person you're talking to what you're eating? Or maybe you just want to share your smile? Well, you could do those things on the old iOS versions too, but it's a bit different with iOS 10. Now, you only need to swipe left to explore your gallery of photos. 

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So how do you do it? Tap on the ">" icon beside the text box the select the camera button. You should be able to see a thumbnail preview of your camera so that you can take pictures, or you can just scroll to the left to see your recently snapped photos and videos. Select your chosen photo or video as you normally would and hit send. 

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