20 hidden tricks and functions to master iMessage on iPhone and iPad

20 hidden tricks and functions to master iMessage on iPhone and iPad

As simple as it is, the diOS messaging application is packed with features. Combining both iMessage and SMS / MMS, it is advisable from the start to make the difference between the two.
IMessages, recognizable by their blue bubble, are specific to Apple devices and can therefore only be sent to iPhone, iPad and Mac. They are completely free and pass through an Internet connection. Classic SMS / MMS messages (green bubbles) require a specific subscription from your operator and can be sent to any mobile.

But beyond the sending of simple messages, the messaging diOS offers much more to its users by embedding in particular certain sometimes unknown functions. Here's everything you need to know to master iMessage like a pro.

1. Choose a name and a photo

Since iOS 13, Messages allows its users to configure a kind of profile with your name and a photo, which can, if you wish, be automatically shared with the contacts in your address book with an iPhone when you send them a message.

To do this, open posts, press the three small dots at the top right and choose to Edit name and photo. Enter your name and surname, and then press Edit. You can then select the image you want to associate your profile with or create an animoji.

2. Display the reception time of a message

If the tip is known to former users, some newcomers still do not know how to display the time of sending / receiving a message.

Open a conversation, and drag the bubbles to the left of the screen to show the send / receive time for each message in the conversation.

3. Delete a message from a conversation

It is entirely possible to delete a message individually from a conversation without completely deleting it. To do this, keep your finger pressed on the message bubble and press More.

The message should automatically be selected. If necessary, select other messages, and tap the icon with a trash can at the bottom left of the screen to delete the messages from the conversation.

4. Search for a message

Are you sure that a friend sent you a message on a specific subject without being able to find it?

Open Messages, then in the field Search, enter the keywords that may be contained in the message and that could help you find it.

5. Mute certain conversations

No longer able to receive notifications of this group conversation in Messages? Open the conversation and tap the name of the newsgroup to deploy the options. Then press the button info, and activate the option Hide alerts.

6. Manage read receipts individually

What could be more unpleasant than being spied on when you read a message? To prevent your contacts from knowing if you have read the messages they have sent you, it is possible to deactivate the read receipt by going to the Rglages, then in the menu posts by deactivating the option Read confirmations.

This method disables read receipts for all messages.

But it is also possible to manage this parameter individually for each contact with whom you change messages.

To do this, open a conversation, press the contact's name to display the options and enter the information. Then activate or deactivate the Read confirmations for this contact.

Repeat the operation as many times as necessary, depending on the contacts you want to authorize, or not, whether you have read their messages correctly.

7. Send GIFs

You do not need to install additional applications to illustrate your comments using GIF in a conversation.

Open a message, then in the application bar above the keyboard, tap the pink icon with a magnifying glass. Then you just have to enter a keyword to find the perfect GIF.

If the napparat GIFs access button does not, press the button with three small dots and then Edit, and activate the option #images.

8. Check out the shared links, images and videos in a conversation

Finding a link, an image or even a video sent by a loved one among hundreds or even thousands of messages is not an easy task.

Fortunately, it is quite easy to find all the shared multimedia content, by or with your contact, by going to the conversation info. The images and videos but also the shared links will all be grouped in a dedicated menu.

9. Hide the display of iMessage applications

Not using iMessage apps? No problem, it is possible to hide them in your conversations by simply keeping your finger pressed on the icon of the App Store.

You can also choose which ones you want to keep displayed. To do this, press the button with three small dots, then Edit. You will just have to deactivate the ones you don't need, and delete those present in the favorites.

10. Install applications for iMessages

Conversely, if you frequently use the iMessage applications and want to explore the many possibilities that they offer, it is possible to explore the section of the App Store dedicated to them.

To do this, tap the app store icon and download the apps as you normally do. stickers, games, translation tools and other extensions can be added to Messages to add new features.

11. Configure a custom ringtone or vibration for your contacts

Know who just texted you without even taking your iPhone out of your pocket? It's possible.

On iOS, you can very easily configure a personalized ringtone or vibration for each contact in your address book, both for a call and for a message.

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12. Comment on a message

As on Facebook, iOS allows users to react to the messages they receive. You will simply find the proposed reactions by tapping twice on the message. A bubble should then appear to allow you to display a heart, a thumbs up or down, a laugh, an exclamation or a question.

13. Forward a message

You do not need to take a screenshot to share a received message. As with an email, you can forward it.

To do this, keep your finger pressed on the Transfer message, press More, select the message or messages to transfer, and press the icon with an arrow at the bottom right of the window to open the messages in a new conversation window.

You will only have to select the contact to whom the message should be forwarded and then send the message to confirm its transfer.

14. Quickly share your contact details

If you have indicated iOS your contact card correctly indicates (Rglages > Siri and research > My info > VotreFicheContact), automatic keyboard suggestions should be able to display your contact details directly when you learn to share them with a third party.

Experience it by opening a conversation and sending a message such as this is my number / email / address. The suggestions displayed above the keyboard should automatically suggest your contact details.

15. Send a handwritten message

Again, if the function is not new, it is not easy to find when you do not know it. Open a conversation in Message, activate the cursor in the input field to display the keyboard, and switch your iPhone to landscape mode.

At the bottom right of the keyboard, next to the back key, press the key with a scribble. You should then see a frame displayed in which you can write manually. You can also select one of the predefined handwritten texts that you can send.

Each of these texts can be deleted, by keeping your finger pressed on them to bring up the delete button.

16. Send effects

Some messages that you send from your iPhone to another iPhone will be displayed with a small animation.

Thus, if you send a happy new year, happy birthday or a congratulations, your interlocutor will receive the message accompanied respectively by a fireworks, balloons, or a rain of confetti.

17. Change the retention period for your messages

You may not know it, but it is possible to configure the retention period of the messages you receive on your iPhone.

Open them Rglages then in posts, enter the menu Keep messages, and choose the duration that suits you: 30 days, 1 year, or indefinitely.

18. Quickly delete multiple conversations

It is possible to quickly select several conversations in order to delete them quickly.

Slide two fingers on the conversations stored in Messages to select the discussions to disappear and press the button. Remove.

19. Quickly share your location

Coming home while sharing real time on a map with relatives can be very useful, especially if you have to come home alone, late at night. As with Google Maps, you can quickly share your location and route in real time from Messages, using the integration of Apple Maps.

Open a conversation in Messages, tap the recipient's name, and access the info. Then press Share my location, and choose the sharing duration you want. The recipient will then automatically receive a link to Maps which, once opened, will allow him to follow your movements on the map.

20. Filter messages from unknown senders

To stop receiving unknown messages in the middle of your conversations, it is possible to configure the application for which filter unknown senders.

Open them Rglages diOS, go to the menu posts and activate the option Filter unknown senders.

Once this option is set up, you will no longer receive a notification when an unknown person sends you an iMessage.

In addition, messages from unknown senders will be automatically removed from your general conversation list and sorted into a dedicated list.