Perhaps one of the most underrated features of the new Messages app is iMessage apps. Many popular apps offer dedicated iMessage apps that allow users to do a wide range of different things, from sending stickers themed after that particular app to sending current location and payments. There are even apps that let you play games with friends, translate text and more. Once you have installed any app that offers iMessage version simply launch the Messages app, tap on the arrow button from left of the typing field and finally tap on the App Store icon. Then just swipe to see installed apps. You can also tap on the menu button to see grid of installed app icons. There are some great iMessage apps that make the experience of using the app more fun. Apps like YouTube, Google Maps, GIPHY, TinyPolls and GamePigeon are some of our favorites. You can view available iMessage apps and download them by opening any conversation thread and tapping on the ‘App Store’ icon from the iMessage app bar.
With the introduction of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Apple has made Animoji and Memoji more mainstream. Now users can use Memoji stickers in iPhones and iPads that lack Face ID sensors, and use customized Memoji as theri iMessage display picture. You can create your own Memoji style and use it as your display picture by going to Messages app, tapping on the ‘…’ button and then hitting the ‘Edit Name and Photo’ option. Any Memoji you set for your iMessage account will also become your Apple ID display picture.
Use the self-timer feature to capture a different style of selfies or any scene for that matter. The timer can be set for 3 or 10 seconds. The time you choose depends on your preferences. Three seconds is not a lot of time but can be useful when you want to take a picture without touching the shutter button. The 10-second feature is better if you want enough time to press the shutter and then get in front of the iPhone.
While many are excited about Memoji Stickers, a lot of users out there don’t like the fact that Frequently used Memoji appear on the Emoji keyboard all the time. Good news is you can temporarily hide the Frequently Used Memoji Stickers by tapping on the clock button on the keyboard. You can also hide Memoji Stickers permanently if you are running iOS 13.3 or later. Simply go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard and turn off the toggle for ‘Memoji Stickers’.
The Unknown Senders feature lets you filter out messages received from people who are not in your Contacts list from those who are. It is a simple way of decluttering important messages, from those sent from unknown senders, which may or may not be useful. The only thing we don’t like about unknown senders feature is that it does not support text messages. You can enable the Unknown Senders feature by going to Settings > Messages > Filter Unknown Senders > On.
With iMessage you can turn off read receipts for all or individual contacts. If you want to turn on read receipts for one person on iMessage simply 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 for those you choose to send read receipts for individually). To turn on/off iMessage read receipts go to Settings > Messages > Send Read Receipts. Also read: How to Remove Recent Handwritten Messages From iMessage Keyboard in iOS 10
If you wonder how to block someone on 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 a contact is blocked it will also be blocked for phone calls and FaceTime calls. 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 simply type the phrase ‘My location is’ and then tap on the middle of the predictive bar. Doing so will instantly 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 you 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.
If you are worried about all the memes you send in the group might be eating your data allowance, then you might want to check out the Low-Quality Image Mode setting. What is 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.
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.
Here’s the second of our 9 awesome iMessage tricks. iMessage gives users complete control over for 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, 1 year or forever. After your chosen time period has passed (with the exception of Forever setting) the SMS and iMessages will be deleted automatically.