How to add a full-screen effect to Messages on iPhone

Apple’s native Messages app has a ton of little features that can give your messages some pizzazz. The app offers the ability to add special full-screen effects to iMessage, allowing you to send messages with confetti, balloons, fireworks, love hearts, and more.

The app automatically applies full-screen effects to certain words and phrases, but you can also manually add them to any message you want to send. Here’s how to add a full-screen effect to Messages on iPhone in a few simple steps.

How to add a full-screen effect to Messages on iPhone

Learn how to add a full-screen effect to Messages on iPhone

Before you add a full-screen effect to Messages, note that the functionality only works for iMessage. So, the effect will not show up for a user who does not have an iPhone.

  1. Open Messages on your iPhone and tap the Compose button to start a new message. Alternatively, you can open an existing conversation.
  2. Next, type your message.
  3. After you are done typing, tap and hold the Send Send button. How to add a full-screen effect to Messages on iPhone
  4. Tap Screen.
  5. Swipe to the left to look through all the available full-screen effects. How to add a full-screen effect to Messages on iPhone
  6. Tap Send.

Note that the app automatically applies full-screen effects to some specific messages like Balloons for “Happy birthday”, Confetti for “Congratulations”, Fireworks for “Happy New Year”, etc.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to add a full-screen effect to Messages on iPhone. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.

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