iPhone text message tips you need to know

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Text messaging has evolved a lot since the first text message was sent in December 1992. 

United States mobile users sent around 2 trillion text messages in 2021, according to the website Statista. This is a significant increase from the 81 billion sent in 2005. 

Decades of texting have seen emoticons made from colon and parenthesis replaced by more obvious and emotive emojis.

Typos can be edited or entire messages unsent, and you can respond to a message without typing anything.

It’s also not uncommon to meet someone who prefers to communicate via text instead of phone or email.

How to add effects on iMessage

iMessage has built-in effects that can add some extra pizazz when messaging between Apple devices.

To find these effects, press and hold the blue arrow that sends the message. Then the options appear. 

Effects include:

  • Balloons
  • Confetti
  • Lasers
  • Echo 
  • Invisible ink 

Either the blue bubble or the entire screen will be animated depending on the effect you choose. 

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