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Full Guide to make maximum of iMessage of iOS 10

Full Guide to make maximum of iMessage of iOS 10
Instant messaging is the most competitive segment, with the revamped iMessage in iOS 10 Apple is giving all new experience to its users.

In the latest iOS version, Apple has revamped the look and feel of the instant messaging app and give the better experience to users for better results. Now you can enjoy the iMessage in many ways.

In this article, we are going to talk about all such features of iMessage that have changed with iOS 10.

Better Bubbles, Full Screen Animations

iOS 10 includes several new options to give your messages more impact, starting with animated text bubbles. When you send a regular message you can now choose to provide added emphasis that the recipient will see when they finally get around to reading it. You can also send a full-screen animation to accompany your message, which is handy if you're celebrating a birthday or eager to share some news.

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To activate these new features, simply type your message as you normally would, then Force Touch the "up arrow" send button. If you have an older device, you can tap and hold the button instead. This will bring up a screen with two tabs: Bubble and Screen. The full list of Bubble animations is as follows:
  • Slam — Your message will "slam" onto the page as if it were thrown.
  • Loud — This one imitates shouting, with emphasis applied to each word in turn.
  • Gentle — Your message first starts off almost too small to read, then grows to regular size a bit like a whisper.
  • Invisible Ink — A great new privacy feature which pixellates the text and requires the recipient swipe their finger over your message to read it.
  • On the Screen tab, you'll be able to send full-screen animations which take over the whole conversation when the message is read. You can choose from:
  • Balloons — As you'd expect, balloons cover the screen from the bottom to the top.
  • Confetti — From the top down, confetti will fall onto the screen.
  • Lasers — Disco lasers, not James Bond style lasers.
  • Fireworks — Ideal for your "Happy New Year!" texts, I guess.
  • Shooting Star — Probably the most interesting effect, a single shooting star flies across the screen.

Each effect will allow you to preview before you select it, but remember that users on iOS 9 or below won't be able to see the effect (worth remembering if you're relying on Invisible Ink to obscure your message from prying eyes).

Reply with Tapbacks

Save yourself from typing "lol" or searching for a suitable emoji with Tapbacks, which lets you react to certain messages with one of six icons: heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, HaHa, !!, and? To reply to a message simply Force Touch (or tap and hold on older devices) and choose a suitable response.

You can change your response by bringing up the Tapback menu again or remove it completely by choosing the same response. Your recipient will be notified of your Tapback just like you'd sent them a message you typed out yourself. This makes replying in-line even quicker than before.

Stickers & Apps for Messages

Probably in response to a similar Facebook feature, Apple is adding stickers to iOS 10 alongside a fully-fledged App Store. Just like Tapbacks, these stickers can be used to reply directly to photos and messages by dragging and dropping them directly into the conversation. To access the new features, tap the < icon next to the message box and hit the App Store icon. From here you can choose from your most recently used stickers and apps.

Tap a sticker to send it, or scroll through your available stickers and apps — Apple includes an image search and Apple Music app by default. You can find more by tapping on the "four apps" icon in the bottom left corner and then launching the iMessage App Store. Here you're able to download apps for use within messages so you can do things like send money via Square Cash or add new stickers by downloading more packs.

You can rearrange apps in the usual iOS fashion too (by tapping and holding), or delete them like you would any other app. Disable iMessage apps without deleting by launching the iMessage App Store and tapping the Manage tab.

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Send Drawings, Annotate Images

New inking tools are also included in iOS 10 — simply turn your device sideways to reveal the canvas (or hit the squiggly-line icon in the bottom-right corner if the feature doesn't automatically show).

Scrawl your message, then send it, and your recipient will see it play back as you wrote it (or drew it). Messages will save them along the bottom of the interface so you can use them again. To remove one, simply tap and hold, then hit the "X" to delete.

You can also annotate your photos using Apple's Markup tool. Simply select an image using the camera icon, but before sending it, tap on it to preview it. You'll see the Markup button appear in the bottom-left corner — tap it, draw away to your heart's content, then hit Done (or Cancel to discard). Nothing you do here will be saved on the original image, just the outgoing image.

Another thing you can do is use the Digital Touch feature previously seen on the Apple Watch to send gimmicky pictures or your heartbeat to other iOS users. You'll find this option in between the camera and App Store icons — tap it, draw your image (or place two fingers for a heartbeat) then send. You can also send a broken heart by placing your two fingers on the screen and moving in a downwards motion if you really want to.

Bigger Better Emoji Support

Emoji are automatically three times larger in iOS 10, which is great because they've previously been a bit too small to appreciate. You can send regular old emoji the same way you always have, by tapping the emoji keyboard button and making a selection from the many categories. As you'd expect, there are even more emoji to choose from including the ability to give someone "the finger," a gay pride flag, and a water pistol replacement for the gun.

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More excitingly, you can now "emojify" your messages. Type a message as you would normally, then hit the emoji keyboard button. Words that can be turned into emoji will appear in gold — simply tap them and Messages will replace them with more colorful illustrations. It doesn't add much functionality to the app, but it's great fun to play with.

Automatically Expanding Web Content

You won't need to do anything to enable this feature, as all supported web content will automatically expand within the Messages App. Links sent in a conversation will be replaced with a thumbnail preview, while other content will fully expand like YouTube videos which can be watched with a simple tap. If you want to open the link directly in Safari, just tap on the text at the bottom of the message.

Sending Pictures & Videos

You can still send pictures and videos; it just works a little differently now. You'll need to hit the < arrow to reveal the camera option, then tap it to preview images you've recently saved to your device. To take a picture or record a movie from this interface, you'll need to scroll left-to-right first to reveal the relevant options.

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