How to Install iMessage Apps on iPhone

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.

How to Install iMessage apps on iOS 10.
How to Install iMessage apps on iOS 10.

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.

Install IMessage apps from inside Messages in iOS 10.
Install iMessage apps from inside Messages in iOS 10.

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.

How to use iMessage apps in iOS 10.
How to use iMessage apps in iOS 10.

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.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.2

What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.2

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. 

 

 

 


  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

The iOS 11.1.2 update fixed the following items, which are also rolled into the iOS 11.2 update. 

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

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. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

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. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

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. 

One Comment

  1. Max Peter

    10/12/2016 at 10:45 pm

    The features of this app makes it an awesome app.

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