One of the coolest aesthetic features of iMessage is the animated message effects. If you are like many users, you may even have accidentally discovered them. wish your friend a happy birthday! If you congratulate them on a promotion, your screen will suddenly be flooded with balloons or confetti.
iMessage effects were first used in iOS 10. Apple mentioned only a few of the words and phrases that trigger these effects automatically. We have put together a list of all found items.
Triggering iMessage effects
To use these iMessage effects, you must create a message with another iPhone user. The effects will continue to show animation at your end as you send a text message to your green text. bubbled Android friends, but they will not be able to see it for themselves. If you do not have a friend with an iPhone that you can test on, you can try it yourself by sending a message.
Even better, these trigger words work in multiple languages. We have added some variations: "Happy Birthday" in Spanish (¡Feliz cumpleaños!), "Congratulations" in French (Félicitations!), "Happy New Year" in German (Happy New Year) and "Happy Spring Festival". in Mandarin ̵
1; but experiment with the language of your choice to find alternatives.
The Balloons effect can be triggered by wishing someone a happy birthday.
The confetti effect is displayed when you congratulate someone.
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(1) Balloons, (2) Confetti
The Fireworks effect can be triggered by wishing someone a Happy New Year.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!  Celebration
Likewise, the Celebration effect will be displayed if you know someone is having a Happy Chinese New Year.
Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy new Lunar Year!
Manually sending iMessage effects
No term to produce the desired effect? That's fine - it's easy enough to manually use bubble or frame effects. If you manually trigger the effect, your receiver may even replay the effect. This option is not available when using a keyword.
What is the difference between bubble and screen effects? Bubble effects affect the single text bubble for this message. As the name implies, screen effects affect the entire screen when used. Note that screen effects, unlike bubble effects, have additional sounds and haptic responses. It's a great thing, but one to watch out for when you're texting in a quiet room.
In addition, bubble effects must be sent manually, while at least some of the screen effects can be triggered with a keyword.  You can manually start both blister and screen effects by long pressing the Send button (up arrow). At the top of the Send With Effect screen, you can switch between the bubble and the screen. Here you can send your message with the bubble effects (from iOS 13: Slam, Loud, Soft and Invisible Ink) or screen effects (the four above as well as Echo, Spotlight, Love, Laser and Shooting Star).
With iMessage effects, you can make your message fun and trigger words to simplify the use of some of the most popular animations. Maybe there will be more of these trigger words in a future iOS update, but right now we're going to give all of our iPhone friends a festive look when there's something to celebrate.
Title image and gifs by Juliette Sebock / Gadget Hacks