How to Create and Use Rich Links in Messages in iOS 10

Here is a guide on how to use the new Rich Links feature within iOS 10. We are constantly sharing various media items with our friends and family that we find interesting throughout our day through Messages.

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We are usually able to gather what the link is in relation to, yet iOS 10 packs a great new feature for viewing links to online content. This feature brings richer information to your shared material, gibing it more of a preview and the ability to interact. These are auto generated by iOS 10 and will instantly give your message threads a much richer view for finding your shared media.

How to Create and Use Rich Links in Messages in iOS 10

Here are the steps to better understand and utilize the new rich links features in iOS 10.

Watch the above video for a demonstration on creating and using rich links.

Creating Rich Links

As mentioned above, one of the new native features of iOS 10 is to make these pasted links appear much richer than a standard URL, including a website preview and often playable content in-line with your messages.

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Copying and Pasting an article or Youtube link into your Messages app will then create a rich link preview including picture and playable link for music and video content. These links now highlight your conversation, giving both you and your participant a preview of what was shared and the ability to interact within the app for media content.

Using Rich Links In-Line

When the rich links appear in our messages, we will be able to open them in their respective apps by simply tapping the link preview. There are times as mentioned where we will send a playable item such as a Soundcloud link or iTunes song.

The rich data will display a play button over these playable links and will allow you to listen or view in-line with your Messages app. This is yet another example of Apple’s desire to allow full interaction with apps like Messages within any other application.

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This new delivery method of rich data is a welcomed update to sharing information as we have always been able to share photos and other media. This ability to create a presentable live preview of your information is a small yet impactful change that will likely improve some usability for iPhone owners.

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

Maps

 


  • 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

Messages

 


  • 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:  https://support.apple.com/HT201222 

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

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