How to Use Messages in iOS 10

The iOS 10 update includes a complete overhaul to the Messages on iPhone and iPad and this is how to use the new Messages features.

There are now iMessage apps, options to send text and photos with special effects, digital touch, handwriting options and more. This is the biggest change to Messages on iPhone in years.


We’ll walk you through how you can use the new Messages app, including a look at what’s new so that you know where to find the right options. This will also show you the tips and tricks that you need to be a master of Messages on iOS 10.

How to Use Messages in iOS 10

The video below walks you through how to use the new Messages features in iOS 10. We Include how to send text with effects, how to send photos, tapback replies and much more.

Below that video we include individual guides on how to use thee features including some cool options for placing stickers on photos and more.

Use iOS 10 Emoji Replacement in Messages

How to automatically replace words with emoji in iOS 10.

How to automatically replace words with emoji in iOS 10.


When you are typing a message in the Messages app you can tap on the Emoji button after you are done typing and the iPhone will highlight words that you can tap to turn into emoji.

You need to tap on the orange highlighted words to make this happen. You will also see emoji show up in the predictive text when typing in Messages and in other apps.

How to Use iMessage Effects on iOS 10

How to use IMessage effects on iOS 10.

How to use IMessage effects on iOS 10.

When you send a message on iOS 10 you can now send messages with effects. These include effects just to the message and effects that take over the entire screen.


On a newer iPhone force touch on the send icon after you type a message to open up the options.

From here you can choose to slam, be loud, be gentle or use invisible ink. You can also tap on Screen at the top to; Say with balloons, confetti, with lasers,with fireworks or with a shooting star. Swipe left and right to choose the option you want to use. Tap X to cancel.

How to Send a Tapback in iOS 10

How to send Tapback messages in iOS 10.

How to send Tapback messages in iOS 10.

You can send a Tapback in iOS 10 to reply to a message without actually typing something. It’s essentially a Facebook like for a message that you sent or that someone sent you.

Press and hold on the message and then tap on the Tapback options above it; love, like, dislike, HAHA, !! or ?. These show up as a small icon next to the original message.

How to Delete Messages in iOS 10

How to delete messages in iOS 10.

How to delete messages in iOS 10.

If you want to delete a specific message in iOS 10 or parts of a message, you need to tap and hold on the message until the Tapback icons appear.

Then tap on more at the bottom of the screen. From here select the messages you want to delete and then tap on the trash can.

How to Send Photos in Messages on iOS 10

New ways to send photos in iOS 10.

New ways to send photos in iOS 10.

Apple changes how you send photos in iOS 10, including making it easier to quickly take a photo and send it to someone.

Tap on the small arrow to the left of the screen if you don’t already see the camera icon. You can now tap anywhere on the live preview to take a photo and put it in the send box. These photos don’t show up in your camera roll, so don’t use this for super important photos.

Scroll to the right to see recent photos or scroll left to access your Photo Library or to o right to the full camera.

How to Use Digital Touch in Messages on iOS 10

Send a digital touch with iOS 10.

Send a digital touch with iOS 10.

Tap on the heart with two fingers on it to access Digital Touch on Messages for iOS 10. From here you can write sketch a message or send a digital touch, but you can also use some other cool options.

You can send a touch, send a poke, send a kiss, a heartbeat or a broken heart. Don’t send too many of these or you will likely annoy the person on the other end. You can also take a photo or video and draw over top of what you shoot to share.

How to Use iMessage Stickers

How to use IMessage stickers in iOS 10.

How to use IMessage stickers in iOS 10.

If you install iMessage apps on iOS 10 you can get access to games and stickers on your iPhone.

You can tap on a sticker to send it just like a picture, but that’s not all. You can drag a sticker up to the main Message screen on top of text or a photo and then send it. You can also make it bigger or smaller by pinching.

With options like this you can now put a Mario mustache or hat on top of a photo you sent or create other funny moments.

How to Use iMessage Apps

There are also iMessage apps like Truth Truth Lie and other games that allow you to play a game right inside the Messages app. These can use the camera and microphone or they can be simpler with game of Words with Friends.

Check out how to install iMessage apps for more on how to get started with this new iOS 10 feature.

How to Send Handwritten Messages in iOS 10

How to send handwritten messages in iOS 10.

How to send handwritten messages in iOS 10.

If you turn your iPhone into landscape mode when you are in a message it will change to the handwriting feature.

With this selected you can tap on one of the pre-written messages to send a pretty looking handwritten message. You can also write out your own message as beautifully as you are able to.

How to Send Read Receipts to One Person

With iOS 10 you can choose who knows that you’ve read their message. When you are in a specific Message thread, tap on the i in the upper right and then turn on read receipts for that person specifically.

How to Draw on Photos in iOS 10

You can use Markup in iOS 10 to draw on photos and highlight important parts. This can be a fun way to scribble on a picture, but it’s also an awesome way to call attention to an address, to an issue with something you are working on or otherwise highlight a specific part of a photo without using a third-party app.

What’s New in iOS 10.1

What's New in iOS 10.1

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What's New in iOS 10.1

This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad. 



Camera and Photos


  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library



  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes



  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch


  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes


  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup
  • For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: 

Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.

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