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When you receive a text message, you sometimes see special effects, like balloons floating or fireworks exploding across your screen. These special effects can be triggered by using specific words or phrases, such as "Congratulations," "Happy Birthday," and "Happy New Year." However, there is also a handful of fun effects that you can manually add to any iMessage before you hit send.
Hands holding iPhone with Messages app open showing Celebration full-screen text messaging effect.
There are two types of effects that you can add to iMessages:
It’s important to note that you can only send special effects to other iPhone users as an iMessage, not via text message or to Android users. If you see "iMessage" in the text field or see blue message bubbles in your conversation, you’re sending iMessages. If you see "Text Message" in the text field or see green message bubbles, you are sending text messages.
Two screenshots of Apple Messages. On the left you see an iMessage conversation with the text in a blue bubble and iMessage circled in the compose box. On the right you see text in a green bubble and Text Message circled in the compose box.
To manually add bubble text effects to your iMessage:
The bubble effects include the following text effect options:
The list of screen effects that you can use for your messages includes the following options:
Three screenshots of iMessage screen effects. On the left is the Ballons effect, in the middle is the Spotlight effect, and on the right is the Celebration effect.
These effects appear instantly when the recipient opens the message, and they play only once. However, you can view them again by hitting the replay button.
If the special texting effects on your iPhone are not working, it’s likely because you turned off the capability. Here’s how to turn it back on.
Cropped screenshot of iOS 16 Accessibility Motion settings. The Reduce Motion toggle is turned off and pointed out.. You also see the toggles for Auto-Play Message Effects and Auto-Play Video Previews.
Ready for more iMessage tips? Check out our stories on how to recover deleted iMessages and how to stop spam text messages.
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As a lifelong tech enthusiast, Hemant Saxena is always looking for the latest gadgets that intersect with his hobbies. For more than a decade, he has been writing about consumer gadgets, popular apps, and social media tips for publications, including Windows Club and Techmate Tricks.
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