Since iOS 11, there's a small drawer down in the conversation threads in the News app. Inside this drawer is what Apple calls "iMessage apps," even though they work in plain text messages. These apps are convenient for a variety of reasons, but if you do not use them, only screen space is wasted. Luckily you can get rid of this app drawer.
Before we remove the pseudo-toolbar, let's talk about the benefits first. You may find that it is more than annoying, especially since iOS 12, where a thing you've been using has to be accessed from the drawer (*). In addition, if you have an iPhone with Face ID, such as an X, X S X S Max or X R [1
- Apple Pay Cash: Send Money to All with an iOS Device or Mac
- Digital Touch: Submit Custom or Preset Animations
- Music: Share recently played songs about Apple Music (not iTunes)
- Photos: Where your photo gallery is now. *
- Animoji: Create and share animated 3D characters (as well as personal avatars called Memoji). **
These are available in addition to all third-party iMessage apps that include stickers, GIFs, information, games, handwritten messages, and more.
Some of these iMessage apps have been around since iOS 10 when Apple introduced the iMessage App Store, but in conversations there was no persistent drawer. Instead, you had to open it yourself. Now there is the bar directly below the text input field. You can scroll through the available apps by swiping left or right, and you can tap and hold on the bar to expand them and see the apps names.