The Messages app on your iPhone isn’t just for sending messages. You can also send photos, videos and a wide variety of special effects.
While you can select and choose from some of these effects by holding your finger down on the send button, other effects only activate when you send certain words or phrases.
Apple does not advertise these effects: instead, they are “Easter eggs” hidden on your iPhone.
A Complete Guide to iMessage Effects
Here’s a guide to the words and phrases that will affect the Messages app and hopefully delight both you and your recipient.
“Happy New Year”
When you send a “Happy New Year” message, your text will be accompanied by its fireworks display.
This effect is particularly cool and comes with its own firecracker-like vibration pattern when you send it out.
Send a message to “Happy Birthday” to invoke a flood of colorful balloons. Shortened versions, such as “HBD”, will not activate the effect.
When you congratulate someone, confetti will rain from the top of the screen. You can also try sending congratulations in different languages, such as Spanish “Felicitaciones” or Indonesian “Selamat” – these often work too.
You don’t need opportunities to send laser beams to a friend, so why not try “pew pew” in your next text?