Messages app iPhone is bursting with hidden features (and here they are)

Your iPhone’s Messages app may not be your most-used app, but that may also be because you’re not aware of the many hidden features it has. We list them for you.

WhatsApp is fun and games — especially since practically everyone uses it — but the iPhone’s Messages app certainly has its charms, too. Some of the features below appeared with the arrival of iOS 16, others have been present for some time. We won’t keep you in suspense any longer: you really need to know about these hidden features!

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There are some hidden features. Here they come.

#1 Play games

Have you ever noticed that the Messages app has integrations with many other iPhone apps? Tap the App Store icon in a chat and choose a game. Make sure it is suitable for iMessage. If your conversation partner installs the same game, you can play it together.

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Free but very closed. (Image: OneMoreThing)

#2 Add effects

It is possible to manually add effects and animations to messages on your iPhone. First type your message and then long press the send button. Add effects via the buttons Bubble and Screen. When you’re done, tap the submit button.

#3 Word animations in Messages

There are several words that have a secret animation attached to them. Think for example of ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Congratulations’, but also ‘Happy New Year’, ‘Pew pew’ and ‘Eid Mubarak’. The Messages app on your iPhone isn’t the only app that can do this, but it’s still a handy way to spice up a piece of text.

#4 Track flights on your iPhone

If you want to pass on and view flight information, you can also do so via the Messages app. All you have to do is enter the flight number and send it to a friend or family member. Then both you and your friend or family member (with an iPhone) will see the flight information appear by pressing and holding the flight number.

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