4. iOS 11 Messages tips
How to add effects to iMessages: iOS 10 added the ability to add full screen and bubble effects to iMessages, there are now more effects in iOS 11. To access these effects, press and hold the send icon after you’ve written a message. Here you can switch between Bubble and Screen effects to apply them to your message.
How to mute specific conversations: In your main Messages inbox, swipe left on any conversation you want to hide notifications from then tap “hide alerts”. It’s really useful if you’re part of a particularly persistent and chatty group message.
You can also press the “i” icon within a conversation, then toggle on the Do Not Disturb button. This works for SMS as well as iMessages.
Send a picture to someone: To the left of the text input field in Messages you’ll see a small camera icon. Tap it, then you have the option to take a picture or scroll right through recently shot photos. To the left are shortcuts to the Camera app or your Photo Library.
How to Markup a picture in Messages: You can now Markup or quickly edit photos before sending them in iOS. To do so, choose a photo and add it to your message. Before you send, tap on the photo and you’ll get the choice to Markup (i.e. draw on it) or edit it.
Draw and send someone a picture: In Messages you can also send people drawn pictures like Apple Watch users can. Tap the little App Store icon to the left of the message input field. You’ll now see a small heart logo with two fingers on it at the bottom of the screen; tap it and then start drawing. To make the black canvas bigger press on the small arrow above the black canvas.
How to draw on a video you want to send someone in a message: Follow the instructions above, but instead of drawing on the canvas straight away press the video camera icon. You can then record a message and draw on it at the same time.
How to send someone a kiss: In Messages you can not only send someone a drawing or a video, but also a series of shapes or patterns, including a kiss on the screen. To send a kiss, go to the black canvas (see above) and tap with two fingers where you want the kiss to appear. There are other elements too like two fingers held on the screen gives you a beating heart, but two fingers swiped down the screen breaks that heart. There are plenty to try, so go experiment.
How to access apps in iMessage: In any Messages conversation you’ll see all of your iMessage apps in a toolbar along the bottom of the screen. Swipe left or right to find the app you’re looking for. If you’re typing, you’ll find the little “A” App Store icon to the left of the text field. Tap on it to bring the apps up.
How to react to a message: Double tap on any individual message you receive, and you’ll reveal a selection of icons including a heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, Ha Ha, !!, and ?. Pressing one will add it to the message for the other person on iOS to see. Pressing it again will remove the reaction.
How to share an article or YouTube video: Messages now gives you a more visually attractive sharing option, in other words, pasting a link into a message will expand it so the receiver can see what they are getting. If it’s a YouTube video they’ll be able to watch it right there in Messages.
How to share your location: You can quickly share your location within a message by heading to any conversation or message thread. Tap the “i” in the top corner and select “share my location” or “send my current location”.
How to turn on Send Read Receipts: iOS 11 gives you the option to manage Send Read Receipts individually. To manage them for different people go to a Message conversation and press the “i” icon in the top right hand corner of the screen. From here you can toggle the “Send Read Receipt” option.
What time?: View what time a message was sent by dragging from right to left on the conversation screen.
Quick Voice message: If you press on the small mic button on the right of the text box you can start recording a verbal message. Lift your finger to stop and reveal a playback button. Once happy either swipe up or tap the arrow to send it, or swipe left or tap the x button to cancel.
See attachments: Go into a message thread/conversation then tap the “i” in the corner. Scroll until you reach the bottom of the screen and you’ll see any attachments/images you’ve shared with that contact.
Delete messages: As before, swipe from right to left in the Messages hub and then tap the “delete” option.
Delete older messages automatically: Settings > Messages and then scroll down to Message history. Here you can Opt to keep Messages forever, 1 year, or 30 days.
Automatically delete audio or video messages: By default, Apple sets it so that once you’ve sent an audio message it deletes from your iPhone or iPad after two minutes. If you want to keep the message go to Settings > Messages and scroll down to Audio Messages or Video Messages sections and toggle the “Expire” setting.
Raise to listen to audio messages: It’s on by default, but you can turn off the ability to listen and reply to incoming audio messages by raising your phone. To turn it off go to Settings > Messages and toggle Raise to Listen.
Blue vs green: Blue bubbles are for iMessages, green are for regular old-fashioned SMS messages.
Send iMessage as SMS: If you are having trouble sending your iMessages (over data) you can opt to have iOS 11 revert to sending the message as a SMS instead. Go to Settings > Messages and tick the relevant box.