40 Cool iMessage Tricks to Master Apple’s Messaging App

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40 Cool iMessage Tricks to Master Apple’s Messaging App

iMessage is a powerful messaging app, offering features like Collaboration, SharePlay, and Shared with You. Users often only scratch the surface of its capabilities. Here, we’ll reveal some hidden iMessage tricks for iPhone and Mac.

40 Cool iMessage Tricks to Master Apple’s Messaging App

Whether you’re a regular or a newbie to Apple’s Messaging app, you’ll surely discover hacks you didn’t know existed. And since there’s much to cover, we’ll start divulging iMessage tips, tricks, and hacks without further ado.

1. Unsend Messages on iPhone, iPad, or Mac

*Only for iMessage*

Ever sent a message by mistake or with a typo and regretted it? Thankfully, starting from iOS 16, you can quickly unsend a message within two minutes of sending it.

To do so, tap and hold the message (iPhone or iPad) or right-click the message (Mac), then select Undo.

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A message confirming the deletion will appear in the conversation, so recipients will know that you have unsent a message.

2. Edit a Sent iMessage

*Only for iMessage*

No need to delete or resend a message for a typo or mistake. You can edit the message within 15 minutes of sending it.

To edit the message, tap and hold or right-click it, then tap Edit. Make the changes and tap the check icon.

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Do note that the message will carry an ‘Edited’ tag, informing the receivers that changes have been made to the original message. Everyone in the conversation can view the previous version of the message by tapping on Edited. Choose wisely between unsend and editing an iMessage.

3. Select Multiple Conversations at Once

Whether marking them as read or deleting them, you may need to select multiple conversations or messages. Fortunately, we have two quick and easy methods to solve this problem.

1. Tap the three-dot icon, select Messages, tap the conversations you want, choose the action (Read All, Unread, or Delete), and tap Done.

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By following these methods, you can efficiently manage your conversations and messages.

To select multiple messages at once in the Messages App, open the conversation, long-press any message, tap More, and then select the messages. From there, you can delete or forward multiple messages.

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4. Preview Messages While Keeping Them Unread

Want to peek into the last received message without triggering read receipts? While there are ways to turn off read receipts (discussed later in the article), there is a simpler workaround.

Simply tap and hold the message conversation for a preview. Here, you can read the conversation without marking it as read.

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5. Mark Messages as Unread

If you’ve read a message but want to come back or reply to it later, this iPhone message hack can come in handy. Simply mark the conversation as unread and find it anytime from the Unread section.

There are three ways to mark a message as unread on iPhone or iPad:

– Tap and hold the conversation and select Mark as Unread.

– Slide right the conversation and leave.

– Drag the conversion slightly towards the right and tap the Mark as Unread icon.

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You can mark multiple conversation threads as unread. Simply select multiple conversations and choose Unread.

On your Mac, you can mark a conversation as unread by:

– Right-clicking (or control-clicking) the conversation and selecting Mark as Unread.

– Swiping right with two fingers on your trackpad or Magic Mouse and clicking the Mark as Unread button.

– Opening the conversation, going to Menu Bar → Conversation → Mark as Unread.

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6. Filter Your Messages Into Lists

As part of its efforts to keep you productive and well-organized, Apple has introduced filters in the Messages app. It automatically divides received messages into the groups: All Messages, Known Senders, Unknown Senders, Unread Messages, and Recently Deleted.

View Message Filters on iPhone

Go to Messages → Filters from the top-left corner → tap the filter you want to view.

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If Filters button isn’t visible, the feature might be disabled. To enable Message Filters on iPhone, go to Settings → Messages → scroll down and choose Unkown & Spam (under Message Filtering) → toggle on Filter Unkown Sender.

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Tip: For advanced-level filtering, select SMS Filter.

Access Messages Filters on Mac

From the menu bar, click View and select a filter. To return to All Messages, tap the back arrow icon.

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Through the filter section, you can retrieve deleted messages from the Recently Deleted folder.

7. Pin Important Conversations in iMessage

Another useful iMessage hack is pinning conversations to the top for easier access. To do this, simply long-press on the conversation and select Pin.

Access Pinned Conversation from Home Screen or App Library

When long-pressing or tapping and holding an app icon, a contextual menu appears. In the Messages app, this menu shows the top 3 pinned conversations, allowing you to quickly access any of its top messages.

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8. Quickly Convert Units or Time Zones in Messages

A feature introduced in iOS 16 automatically converts currency, measurement units, and time zones different from your region’s standard. When you send or receive messages with these conversions, the Messages app will underline the convertible content. To view the conversion, tap the underlined unit, time, or currency.

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What’s more? You can access a related quick action menu, like calendar options for time and Apple Cash for money.

9. Edit Photos or Videos Before Sharing on iMessage

*Only for iMessage

No need to open the Photos app or any third-party photo editing apps to edit a photo/video before sending it through iMessage. With the built-in markup and editing tools, all can be managed within the iMessage app.

When you attach a photo or video to the conversation, tap the thumbnail to open it in a new window. From here, you can select Markup to draw, mark, or sign the image, or Edit to crop, apply filters, rotate, etc. Once you’re done, simply tap Done and send the edited or annotated photo.

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10. Add Oomph to Your Messages With These Tricks

iMessage has hidden tricks for both new and experienced users. You can animate any text, emoji, or Memoji/Animoji by long-pressing the send button. Choose an animation from the Bubble or Screen tab, and it will play on both devices. You can replay it anytime.

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Check out a detailed introduction and tutorial for iMessage special effects by clicking on the link.

To animate a message, type your desired message and click on the App button. Then select Message Effects and choose the effect you want from the options available.

40 Cool iMessage Tricks to Master Apple’s Messaging App

11. Create and Animate Stickers in iMessage

*Only for iMessage

Mix the message screen effects and background removal feature to make unique stickers. However, there is an issue; copying the subject from the background while attaching the file.

You have two options: lift the subject from the Photos app and paste it into iMessage, or send the image as is and then lift the subject. Let us show you how.

Step 1: Attach and send the image you want to remove the background from.

Step 2: Tap the image to open it in full screen.

Step 3: Tap and hold the image to lift it from the background and select Copy.

Step 4: Paste the image into the message box.

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Step 5: Tap and hold the send button.

Step 6: Select the animation of your choice and send it.

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12. Send a Handwritten Message From iPhone

To send a special handwritten message to loved ones, simply rotate your iPhone to landscape mode in a conversation. Tap the doodle icon at the bottom-right corner of the keyboard, doodle or write a message with your finger, tap Done, and then send the personalized art.

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P.S. – Like stickers, you can animate handwritten text for visual effects.

Made a mistake while typing? Here are two ways to quickly undo the last typed text.

– Shake to Undo: Simply shake your phone and select Undo from the pop-up menu. If needed, shake again and tap Redo to restore the text.

– Double-tap the screen using three fingers: From the menu that appears on the top, select the undo button. (To cut or copy text, select the text before using the three-finger gesture.)

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14. Use Gestures to Select Text Quickly

Another iMessage trick is to select and edit the text you’re sending with just taps. To:

– Select a word – Double-tap with one finger.

– Select a paragraph – Triple-tap any word of the sentence with one finger.

There’s a lot more you can do with gestures and iOS keyboard shortcuts. However, it might be overwhelming for the average user. If you want to become an iPhone pro, check them out.

15. Turn iOS Keypad Into Trackpad

Dealing with a long text message, you might miss the cursor. And while we’d love for Apple to add Apple Pencil or Mouse support for iPhone, it’s not feasible. There’s an iMessage trick that might help. Long-press the space bar to invoke a trackpad mode. Now, without lifting your finger, move the cursor to the desired location.

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Lift your finger off the makeshift trackpad to return to keypad mode.

Most users rely on the basic method: tap and hold the message, then copy and paste it wherever. But you can also use the drag-and-drop method.

Just hold and drag the message bubble. While holding the first bubble, tap more bubbles with the other hand to select multiple messages in a conversation.

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To paste in the same conversation, drop it in the message bar at the bottom. Otherwise, use your other hand to go back to messages or other apps to paste the text.

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17. Drag and Drop Media to the Messages App

*Only for iMessage*

You can drop not only text, but also media files (images, files, videos, etc.) from other apps directly into your iMessage conversation. So, you don’t need to use the usual Share Sheet method.

The method is similar: hold and drag any file, and to choose more files, tap the files using your other hand. Use the other hand to switch to the Messages app, open the conversation, and drop the images in the message box.

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18. Use Dictation Instead of Typing

Over the years, Apple has improved dictation’s simplicity, intelligence, precision, and accessibility. Starting from iOS 16, you can type and dictate simultaneously as the keyboard opens during a Dictation session.

Using Dictation in Messages is easy. Just tap the mic icon on the on-screen keyboard and begin speaking. Not only can you dictate text, but you can also include emoji by saying their names, such as “happy” or “crying” emoji.

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19. Listen to Audio Messages Privately Without Headphones

Just received an audio message but don’t have your earphones with you? Don’t worry; this iMessage tip will allow you to listen and reply to it without any issues. Go to Settings → Messages → Raise to Listen.

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When receiving an audio message, just lift the iPhone to your ear, like on a call. It will auto-play via the earpiece. Surprisingly, if you bring down the phone and bring it up again, it will automatically record your answer.

While there are ways to change iMessage color and fonts, the changes are limited to your device. However, there is a foolproof way to bold your text using a subject field. Go to Settings → Messages → toggle on Show Subject Field. Open any conversation and you’ll see a Subject and Message field. The Subject field will be sent as bold, as shown in the screenshot below.

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If you don’t want to bold the text, tap the arrow icon (>) that pops up when you enter the text; it will be sent as a regular message. If you want to monitor your SMS word count, turn on Character Count. You can see the character count displayed in the screenshot above.

21. Send Bulk SMS or iMessage via Contact List

Contact List is a useful feature in iOS 16. It allows you to organize contacts into specific lists, such as work or friends. These lists can then be used to send emails or messages to everyone included in the list. To access this feature, follow these steps: Go to Contacts, tap Lists, tap and hold the desired list, and select Message All.

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22. Convert iMessage Text to Emoji

Why search for the perfect emoji when it will come to you? Just compose your text and tap the emoji icon. Your device will recognize words that can be replaced with emojis and suggest a matching one. Simply tap the highlighted word to replace it with the corresponding emoji.

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23. See the Message Timestamp

Sometimes, all you need are receipts! If you want to check when a message was sent or received, pull and hold the screen to the left. A timestamped message timeline will be revealed.

40 Cool iMessage Tricks to Master Apple’s Messaging App

24. Hide or Show Read Receipts for Specific People

Receipts, an iMessage trick, allows you to enable or disable read receipts for everyone. Simply go to Settings → Messages → toggle on or off Send Read Receipts.

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To manage read receipts, you can enable or disable them for specific contacts. Open an iMessage conversation, select the person or group from the top, and toggle the Send Read Receipts option.

25. Hidden Trick To Extract Text From a Message

iMessage automatically recognizes dates, numbers, and times, but it’s difficult to copy specific text from a message. You have to copy the entire message, then select and copy the desired word or phrase. Lucky for you, we have a clever hack! Just take a screenshot of the message, open the screenshot preview, select the text you want, and tap Copy. Now you can use the copied text however you please.

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Amazingly, you can tap Done and delete the screenshot. So, you’re not wasting storage space either.

26. Extract Text and Info From Images

One great thing about owning an Apple product is the inter-compatibility of various features. Thanks to this, you can extract text using Live Text or get information about objects in images using Visual Look Up. It’s simple. Tap the image received or shared for a full-screen view. Here, tap the Live Text icon or Visual Look Up icon accordingly.

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27. Tips To Manage Message Notifications

Some messages require immediate attention, while others can be reviewed later. To strike a balance, it is crucial to customize message notification settings. To do this, go to Settings → Notifications → Messages. Here, you can adjust Time-Sensitive Notifications, notification position and style, and alert sounds.

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Stop Message Previews on the Lock Screen

To protect your privacy on iPhone and prevent others from viewing your conversations, go to Settings → Notifications → Show Previews. Choose your preferred option.

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Turn off Notifications From Unknown Senders

Stop spam or unnecessary notifications from disturbing you. Customize Notifications and toggle off or on the following groups.

– Unknown Senders

– Transactions

– Promotions

Also, manage the repeat cycle of your notification. Tap Repeat Alerts, then select a preferred option.

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If you want to manage your notifications, check out the Notifications Summary feature.

28. Assign Different Sounds to Individuals

Know if it’s a message from a colleague, home, or a friend without picking up the phone. Go to Contacts, select the contact, tap Edit, select Text Tone, choose a preferred option, and tap Done.

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If you want to allow alerts from this contact when DND is enabled, toggle on Emergency Bypass.

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We all have group chats that we want to mute. To do this, open the conversation in the Messages app, tap the people or group name, and toggle on Hide Alerts.

30. Enable or Disable Notifications for Mentions

Do you want to be notified when someone mentions you in a group message (even if the conversation is muted) or stay ignorant? You can go to Settings → Messages and toggle Notify Me on or off according to your preference.

31. Enjoy the Perks of Focus Mode

Focus Status informs others you have silenced notifications, while Focus Filters simplify notification management. Introduced in iOS 16, these settings let you set specific filters when Focus mode is on.

A focus filter for messages only allows or stops notifications from your chosen people group. To enable focus filters for any focus mode, go to Settings → Focus → Add Filter → Messages → toggle on ‘Filter by People List’ → Add.

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32. Use iMessage Apps in Messages on iPhone

No iMessage tips and tricks list is complete without mentioning amazing iMessage apps. While not as vast as iPhone’s, there is a whole world of apps developed specifically for iMessage. You can unlock many unique features with these apps, such as checking your grammar or searching for GIFs. Open any conversation, tap the App Store icon, and explore the available apps to simplify your life.

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33. Manage iMessage App Drawer

We have directed you toward Pandora’s box. The least we should do is help you manage the mess. The ideal situation is to organize the apps in the order of usage, and here’s how to do it. Open any iMessage conversation, swipe left to the end, tap More (three-dot icon), tap Edit from the top-left corner. To add apps to favorites tap + icon. Remove apps from the favorite section by tapping the – icon and Remove from Favorites.

To rearrange apps, drag the three-line icon up or down. To hide apps from the app drawer, toggle off the app switch.

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34. Use Siri to Send, Read, and Reply to Messages

Siri has expanded its capabilities beyond traditional functions like accessing Chat GPT and hanging up calls. Now, Siri can also send, read, and reply to messages effortlessly. Here are some examples of what Siri can do:

– Send a message to (recipient’s name) with the message.

– Read the most recent message from (sender’s name).

– Reply to (recipient’s name) with the message.

Another handy feature of Siri is its ability to automatically reply to a message after reading it aloud to you, especially useful when you’re driving or wearing headphones. To activate this feature, navigate to Settings, then Siri & Search, and toggle on Automatically Send Messages.

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35. Manage the Quality of Images Shared on iMessage

Depending on your data-saving preference, you can choose to send high-quality or low-quality photos. To adjust this setting, go to Settings → Messages → scroll down to ‘Low-Quality Image Mode,’ and toggle the setting accordingly.

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36. Quickly Move to the Conversation’s Top

Sometimes, it’s necessary to review a conversation from the start. Scrolling up can be tedious, so why not jump to the top? To do this in the Messages app, simply tap the Status Bar near the front camera. This trick also works for other apps and documents.

37. Manage Who Can See Your Name and Photo

If you don’t want all your contacts or iMessage users to view your iMessage profile picture and name, here’s what to do.

Go to Settings → Messages → ‘Share Name and Photo’ → Select Always Ask and decide as you interact with people.

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38. Check Out All Media Shared in a Conversation

View and manage iMessage conversations easily. Open a conversation and tap the person or group name. Scroll down to see all photos, links, documents, etc., sent or received in the conversation.

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39. Manage Auto-delete for Messages and Audio Messages

You can delete conversations manually or set up an auto-delete system. Go to Settings → Messages → Keep Messages → Choose a preferred option.

Similarly, you can decide when an audio message expires. Go to Settings → Messages → under Audio Messages select Expire → Choose a preferred option.

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40. Manage Media Storage for Messages on iPhone

**Storage space and iPhone aren’t friends. But there are simple ways to manage iPhone storage, like monitoring and controlling media from iMessages.**

Go to Settings → General → iPhone Storage → Messages. Here, you can choose between Top Conversations, Photos, Videos, and Other.

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If we choose Photos, you can simply tap Edit, select the photos, and then tap Delete. It’s worth noting that this action only applies to media that has been received.

iMessage Tricks Only Pros Knows About

We understand that learning and exploring iMessage tricks may feel overwhelming, but don’t worry. You can take it one trick at a time. Simply bookmark this page and refer to it when needed.

Better yet, we will update this article with any new features Apple launches or any new tricks we discover. If you have any tips for us, please share them in the comment section below.

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