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How to send messages on your iPhone with fireworks, balloons, and other screen flair in Apple's iOS 10

Add a little flair to iMessages, thanks to the iOS 10 update that allows for the inclusion of everything from shooting stars, to fireworks, to emphasizing a point with "loud" texts and emojis.

Bubble Effects


Text and emojis can now be emphasized thanks to new Bubble Effects in the Messages app in iOS 10.

1. Open the Messages app and type in a message to send.




2. Hold down the send button, which is now the arrow on the right of your message.




3. A "Bubble" screen pops up and gives options for Slam, Loud, Gentle, and Invisible Ink.



4. The Slam option slams the message onto the screen with a few shakes for affect. The Loud option makes the message large and shakes it at the reader then brings it back to a normal size on the screen.

The Gentle option initially makes the text appear small and eventually grows it to normal text size. Lastly, Invisible Ink jumbles the message into numerous small dots. Tapping on the message makes the words appear.

Screen Effects


Part of the iOS 10 Messages app updates also includes a variety of built-in Screen Effects like balloons, confetti, lasers, fireworks and a shooting star.

To reach the Screen Effects:

1. Open the Messages app and type in a message to a contact.




2. Hold down the send button, which is now the arrow on the right.




3. The "Bubble" screen will initially be chosen, but select the "Screen" option to the right to view the different effects.



4. The first option is a group of balloons that shoots across the screen. Second, is confetti showering down. Next is a pink laser. Finally, a shooting star.

5. After selecting a Screen Effect, send the message by hitting the send button to the right of the message.

You can also cancel the Screen Effect by hitting the X button bellow the send button.