Learn how to install and use iMessage apps in iOS 10 and in iOS 11. The free update adds support for iMessage apps that range from stickers and shareable photos or videos to games you can play right inside the Message app for the iPhone.
Apple offers an iMessage app App Store that allows you to search for iMessage apps on iOS 10, but it’s not in the main App Store that you are used to. To further complicate things, the iMessage apps don’t automatically install when you install the main app on your iPhone.
You need iOS 10 installed on your iPhone to use iMessage apps, but you can send the stickers and some of the other apps to people who are on iOS 9 or older.
How to Install iMessage Apps
This is how to install iMessage Apps on your iPhone to start sending stickers, playing iMessage games and super-charging your messages.
With iOS 10 installed you need to open up the Messages app and open a message. It can be a new message or an existing one, it doesn’t matter.
In that message, tap on the small arrow on the left side of the screen and then on the App Store logo. Tap on the four squares in the bottom left corner.
Now Tap on the + icon with Store below it to enter the iMessage App Store.
From here you can search the iMessage App Store or you can tap on the featured apps. To get started try searching for Truth Truth Lie or Mario Run.
Once you find the iMessage app you want, tap to install it and enter a password or use Touch ID to install the app.
How to Use iMessage Apps
Once you have the iMessage apps installed, you can start using them to send stickers and play games. You may need to allow access to your camera and microphone for some of these apps to work.
Open a message and then tap on the arrow and on the App Store icon. Now swipe left to see the recently used stickers or swipe right to swipe through your iMessage apps.
On some of these apps you can tap the up arrow in the bottom right to show the app full screen. You can tap to play a game or tap in a search box to search for the photo or video you want to send.
What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.2
The iOS 11.2 update delivers a major fix for the crashing iPhone, dozens of other fixes and includes Apple Pay Cash.
The update is about 480MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.2.
Apple Pay Cash - This new service lets you send, request and receive money from other iPhone users.
The iOS 11.1.2 update fixed the following items, which are also rolled into the iOS 11.2 update.
If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below.
The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already.
The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility.
Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji.