How to send fireworks, balloons, hearts, and more in iMessage

You can send various iMessage effects to your friends and family.


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Bring some life into your text and emoji messages by sending special effects to others in an iMessage conversation.

Sometimes sending a message from your iPhone to other people can be a little boring. A line of text doesn't really evoke emotion unless it's a meaningful message, aside from the use of emoticons and the heavy use of capitalization and punctuation.

If you want to show that you're excited or that you love someone immensely, you can do a lot better than sending a plain text. A FaceTime call certainly lets you be more expressive, but you may not be in a situation where you can actually do it.

It's very convenient that Apple has built-in effects that you can apply to your iMessage conversations with others, and you can use them at any time.

Make sure it's an iMessage

Be aware that the effects will are only visible to other conversation participants in messages if they are also using iOS. If they are on Android or use an old mobile phone, the messages will not be visible at all.

The easiest way to determine this is to simply check the color of the speech bubbles in the conversation. If they are green, the conversation is via SMS or MMS. If they're blue, then it's an iMessage conversation and you can go crazy with the effects.

While Android users can't see the animation, there are changes in regards to reactions. Google is gradually updating Google Messages to include iMessage responsive support, bringing some of the iMessage experience to Android.

While it's not the same as these effects and animations, it's at least a small cross-platform progress.

Popup Effects

Popup effects affect tooltips that affect the next message you send. Several effects are available:

  • Invisible ink that obscures the message itself until the recipient swipes to reveal the text.
  • Soft makes the message text very small inside the bubble.
  • The volume will temporarily increase and shake the cloud before returning it to normal size.
  • Slam quickly adds a tooltip to the chain with the addition of a shake.

The interface of the tooltip effect in iMessage is quite simple.

How to send bubble effects effects in iMessage for iPhone

  • Enter a message or paste a photo into the text box.
  • Press and hold the blue arrow until gray dots appear.
  • Click the grey dots next to the effect you want to use to view it.
  • Press the blue arrow to submit.

Fullscreen Effects Screen

As the name suggests, full-screen effects go even further as they display a larger animation on the recipient's screen.

How to send bubble effects in iMessage for iPhone

  • Enter a message or paste a photo into the text box.
  • Press and hold the blue arrow until gray dots appear.
  • Press Screen at the top of the screen.
  • Swipe left and right to view different animations.
  • Press the blue arrow to send.

A few examples of fullscreen animations you can choose from in iMessage .

You have more full screen effects than bubbles:

  • Echo shows the flurry of the message you are about to send.
  • The spotlight illuminates your message in a circle of light and then disappears.
  • Balloons – animated balloons flying into the distance.
  • Confetti causes paper rain at the top of the screen.
  • Love grows from a message that flies away, in the form of a heart.
  • The laser gives a brief light emitted by the message.
  • Fireworks gives the message a fireworks background.
  • Celebration is similar to Fireworks, except it appears in one corner of the screen and is gold in color.

Some of these full-screen animations also run if you use specific words or text strings.

  • “Happy New Year” starts fireworks.
  • “Congratulations” calls Confetti.
  • Happy birthday calls balloons.


If If you want to give a personal touch to the text itself, you can use the handwriting option in iMessage. This sends an animation where you write a message on the display.

This key can be used to write your message by hand.

How to send a handwritten-message message in iMessage for iPhone

  • Hold iPhone in landscape.
  • Press handwriting loop on your keyboard. It is usually located in the lower right corner of the screen.
  • Start writing your message with finger. If necessary, scroll to the right to expand the recording area.
  • Press Done.
  • Press the blue submit arrow.

You don't have to use your own handwriting. Apple provides examples that you can use below the input field.

If you have poor handwriting, you can also click on one of the predefined phrases at the bottom of the input screen. Messages you send will also be saved here for future reference.

You can remove saved messages from the collection by touching and holding it, and then, while it wiggles, pressing X.

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