How to Use Messages’ Tapback, Screen Effects and Bubble Effects in iOS 10

Messages in iOS 10 features creative tools to give users new ways to express themselves and communicate with friends and family. These additions include new bubble effects that change the way iMessage bubbles look, tapback reaction options for sending quick feedback on texts or photos, and screen effects that add fireworks, confetti, and more to the whole messages screen. These will help you create very sensational messages that is more expressive and fun when massaging with iPhone 7.

It is very simple to use all of these tools, but there are some hidden features and accessing them for the first time can be tricky, therefore it is important for you to check out this information until the end section.

Using Bubble Effects

Currently there are four kinds of bubble effects that can be added to chat bubbles so that you can impact the mood of a message, those are: Slam, Loud, Gentle, and Invisible Ink. Each kind of bubble will change the way a chat bubble looks when it is delivered to a friend.

Let’s start to see the changes made by Slam. This bubble kind expands the size of the chat bubble and slams it down onto the screen. Different changes are made by the second bubble kind, Loud. This bubble kind enlarges the chat bubble and makes it shake for a few seconds before it settles down. While Gentle, makes the text within the chat bubble tiny for a few seconds before it expands its size. The last bubble kind, the Invisible Ink gives the neatest effect, fully obscures the look of the text in the chat bubble until a finger is swiped over it to unveil it.

messages bubble effects

image source: macrumors

follow these steps below to use all bubble effects:

  1. Open the Messages app and select an existing conversation or start a new conversation.
  2. Type a message.
  3. Use a Force Press on the blue arrow next to the chat box to bring up the Bubble Effect option on the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.
  4. Use a Long Press (press and hold for a few seconds) to bring up the Bubble Effect option on iPads or older iPhones.
  5. Select one of the Bubble Effect option if you want to see a preview of what it will look like.
  6. Press the blue up arrow to send your message. The effect will appear when the message received by the recipient.

Using Screen Effects

imessage screen effects

As we mentioned above, bubble effects change the look of the chat bubbles. It is different with Screen Effects that temporarily alter the look of the entire Messages display with full screen animation that play alongside text messages you send to a friend. Here are some steps to use Screen Effects:

  1. Open the Messages app and select an existing conversation or start a new conversation.
  2. Type a message.
  3. Use a Force Press (use a long press on iPads and older iPhones) on the blue arrow next to the chat box to bring up the Bubble Effect and Screen Effect menu on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
  4. The default option is Bubble Effects. If you want to changes the modes, you can tap “Screen Effects” at the top of the display.
  5. Swipe left and right to cycle through all of the different options.
  6. After the desired effect has been selected, press the blue up arrow to send the message. The message will be delivered as a full screen animation when the message is delivered.

The steps above can be used to add screen effect manually, but they are also an automatic effect that is activated by certain phrases. Activating by certain phrases can be done for example when you text “Happy Birthday!”  to a friend, then your message will be sent with balloons, while if you send a message like “Congratulations!”, then it will be automatically accompanied by confetti.

Using Tapback

Tapback responses are little icons that can be added to any incoming message bubble to enable you quickly share a reaction without having to type a full message, and it can be added to incoming texts, photos, GIFs, and more. When you use Tapback icons, it is added to the chat bubble that was selected and are visible to both you and the recipient of your message.

tap back responses

This Tapback options include a heart, thumbs down symbol, thumbs up symbol, a “haha” icon, an exclamation point, and also a question mark. Each symbol you can use represents a different emotion or response, and of course it is conveyed through both the selected icon and the accompanying notification. We can give you an example of using one of Tapback icons: heart. If you use a heart Tapback response, it means you “love” a photo or text message. If you send a heart response to the incoming photo or text message, the sender of the photo or message will see the message telling that you loved an image, for example if you attached it to a photo. Below we have listed all of Tapback responses and the notification that accompanies them:

  • Heart – Juli loved an image
  • Thumbs up – Juli liked an image
  • Thumbs down – Juli disliked an image
  • Haha – Juli laughed at an image
  • Exclamation point – Juli emphasized an image
  • Question mark – Juli questioned an image

Well, for more detail information about how to use Tapback responses, follow the steps below:

  1. Open a conversation.
  2. Choose the message you want to respond to.
  3. Press and hold on the chat bubble. A selection of Tapback icons will be displayed.
  4. Choose the icon you want to use to respond a message or photo.
  5. The selected icon is attached to the chat bubble and send to the message recipient.
  6. Press again and deselect the chosen icon at the first time so that you can remove or change a Tapback reaction.


when something gone wrong like you are having trouble getting Bubble Effects and Screen Effects to work, the Reduce Motion setting needs to be turned off if you have turned it on. If you want to turn off the Reduce Motion, you can access the feature in Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. Screen effects and Bubble Effects do not work with Reduce Motion is turned on because they are motion-based. That is why turning on Reduce Motion is a good way to disable Screen Effects and Bubble Effects if you don’t like them appear on your incoming messages, photos, and so on. Anyway, Screen Effects and Bubble Effects are only displayed properly on a device running iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

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