iPhone owners are just realizing hidden iMessage menu lets you send ‘exploding’ texts and 4 other tricks

YOUR iMessage is packed with clever features you may have missed – including exploding text messages.

It turns out that your iPhone’s iMessage app has a hidden menu.

Unlock this hidden menu to send special types of text


Unlock this hidden menu to send special types of textPhoto credit: Apple

Once you find it, you’ll end up using it all the time.

One of the best tricks is to send an exploding message that floods the screen.

But there are also other types of special texts.

“In the Messages app, you can animate a single message with a bubble effect or fill the entire Message screen with a full-screen effect (e.g. balloons or confetti),” Apple revealed.

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“You can even send a personal message with invisible ink that stays blurry until the recipient swipes to reveal it.”

Tap a message you want to send: Maybe try an emoji chain.

Instead of tapping the send icon, press and hold on it instead.

You will notice that a secret menu will appear with several options.

If you tap the top of the display and go to the Screen tab, you can send an exploding message that floods the recipient’s phone with your text.

Bonus tricks

Of course, there are a few other options in this hidden menu that are worth paying attention to.

If you choose Slam or Loud, the message will appear to the recipient.

And choosing “Gentle,” according to Apple, means the message “arrives gently.”

But the fourth bonus trick that is very useful is called Invisible Ink.

This will hide the message from you and the recipient at a glance.

It won’t appear until you swipe your finger over it.

This can stop shoulder surfers from spying on what you are reading or write.

But it also allows you to safely talk about TV or movie spoilers in a group chat.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: tarasubramaniam@dailynationtoday.com.

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