How to use iMessages

The iOS 10 has widened its spectrum of operations and options for developers. They are now like a candyland for developers. Now users can do many things like order group lunches, use encoded messages and even play small games. but before we can explore this revised and update feature of iMessage, you need to learn the installation and basic operation of iMessage App.

The apps for iMessage App come in two forms, one, which can operate only in the iMessage, and can be accessed only in iMessage app. Second, are the kind of Apps which can run across iOS platform, but also have an iMessage component embedded. These apps can be installed in the following two ways:


  1. From the App store

You can straight away access your Apple appstore and look for the apps desired. When you find your app with the text “only for iMessage” written below it, it means its an app solely operable on iMessage platform. Whereas, if its “offers iMessage App” written below the app it clearly indicates that the app has an embedded iMessage component. You can then tap on the “Get” icon to install your app. As soon as the app is installed, it will display in the app drawer of the Message app.

    2. From the iMessage App Store

First, navigate to the text chat concerned.

Then tap the App icon beside the iMessage text box.

Once that opens,tap the Grid icon on the bottom-left corner. A store icon will then appear on the upper left corner. This will open the iMessage store in the Message App.

Once the iMessage store opens, you can browse through the store, and when you find the desired app, tap on ‘Get’ to install it.

You can then view the app in the same Grid view option in the Message App section, after tapping the App icon.



iMessage – Usage and Operation

iMessage apps are not the usual apps with high operability and functions. They have limited functions and capabilities.

To access these apps, first you need to tap on the Apps icon beside the iMessage text box. You will then see the first app; in order to browse through to the desired app swipe left/right.

As soon as the app starts you will see it running, like if you access a sticker app, you will see the stickers and if you run any productivity app, you will start seeing its options.

The system works well with 4-5 apps, but if the number is raised to around 10 apps, you will realize the working to be a little slow.

Editing the App Grid

Just like the homescreen, the apps on the app grid of the Message app can be edited and rearranged as according to will. Tap any app in order to access it. In order to rearrange the apps order, tap the concerned app and hold it to enable editing view. Once it is activated you can drag and place it anywhere you want. You can also delete any app by tapping the x icon appearing after enabling the editing view.

Apart from this, the default area of these apps to run is in the keyboard section, but there are other apps which might take the whole screen area to run. You can tap the UP arrow button to view the expanded view of the app.

You can also access your recent stickers / apps if in case you have many other apps to choose from. Just swipe to the left most screen to get access to all the other recent apps accessed, in order to save time.


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