iMessage: How to Send Effects Like Balloons, Lasers, Fireworks, Confetti, and Shooting Stars

iMessage: How to Send Effects Like Balloons, Lasers, Fireworks, Confetti, and Shooting Stars


  • iMessages can be sent with several effects
  • You can increase or decrease font size temporarily
  • You can send messages with fireworks in the background

With iOS 10, Apple has added several effects to iMessage. If you want to send your messages with a burst of fireworks or partially hide them, you might want to check out all the new iMessage effects. These are not easy to find if you don’t use iMessage regularly or if you don’t keep up with what’s new in latest iOS updates. Here’s how to start using effects on iMessage.

How do I get effects on iMessage
First up, make sure you are running iOS 10, since this feature is not available in older versions of Apple’s OS. When you download iOS 10, the Messages app gets updated and then you will be able to access these effects automatically. To check your version, and make sure you have the latest iOS update, do the following:

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Go to General > Software Update
  3. This will show the version number and whether your software is up to date or not. If you’re running an old version of iOS, tap Download and Install
  4. If promoted, enter your passcode, and then tap on Agree for the next two popups.

How to send bubble effects such as invisible ink on iMessage
Bubble effects such as Loud, and Slam affect only the text of the message. They may increase or decrease the font size temporarily but they don’t add effects to the background. Follow these steps to send bubble effects.

  1. Open Messages on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch – be sure the device is running iOS 10.
  2. Type your message.
  3. Tap and hold the blue up-arrow button that you use to send messages.
  4. This will reveal a list of effects. Tap Bubble, which is at the top.
  5. Now select the effect you want to use from the list. Slam adds a bit of exaggerated emphasis to the message. Loud increases the font size temporarily, while Gentle reduces it. Invisible Ink hides the message.
  6. Tap the blue up-arrow button next to the effect to send the message.

How to send screen effects such as fireworks, balloons, lasers on iMessage
Screen effects add full-screen effects to your message. If you want to send messages with confetti appearing in the background or fireworks lighting up the screen, then follow these steps.

  1. In the Messages app, type your message, and tap and hold the blue up-arrow button that you use to send messages.
  2. Tap Screen at the top.
  3. Now just swipe towards the left to scroll through effects. You can choose from Balloons, Confetti,Lasers, Fireworks, and Shooting Star.

The effect in the background gets sent, so when you’ve picked one, just tap the blue up-arrow buttonto send it.

The Confetti effect automatically triggers if you type “Congrats” and send it.

If you know any other shortcuts to send iMessage effects, let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

Tags: iMessage, iOS 10

Florida nightclub shooting: Two Orlando hospitals will not issue medical bills to survivors

Two hospitals in Orlando, Florida, will not bill survivors of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Wednesday. Instead, the Orlando Health and Florida Hospital will write off an estimated $5.5 million (approximately Rs 36.8 crore) in medical costs for those injured in the June 12 massacre, in which 49 people were killed.

Orlando Health President David Strong called the Pulse shooting a “horrendous tragedy” and said the waiving of medical fees was the company’s way of showing its support to the community. While health insurers providing coverage to those treated by Orlando Health will receive bills, the hospital will write off anything not covered by their policies.

Meanwhile, Florida Hospital said it will not bill the survivors’ insurers and will forego issuing fees for any follow-up surgeries those injured will need. “We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando,” said Florida Hospital Chief Executive Officer Daryl Tol.

Orlando Health treated 44 of those injured in the shooting, while Florida Hospital treated 12, according to CNN. A man, later identified as Omar Mateen, opened fire at the gay nightclub in an “organised and well-prepared” attack. While the Islamic State group had claimedresponsibility for the carnage, investigators said there was no direct evidence linking them to the crime committed by the 29-year-old shooter.


Uber Driver Blames App for Michigan Shooting Spree: Report

Uber Driver Blames App for Michigan Shooting Spree: Report

Police in Michigan say an Uber driver who carried out a shooting spree last month told investigators that the ride-sharing app forced him to commit murder, US media reported Monday.

Police charged Jason Dalton, 45, with killing six people and wounding two during his rampage in the city of Kalamazoo, 150 miles (240 kilometres) west of Detroit.

Dalton confessed to the murders, saying the smartphone app instructed him where to go to shoot victims after taking over his “mind and body,” the Detroit Free Press reported, citing police reports obtained through a public records request.

City officials did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation.

Dalton told police that upon opening the Uber app, he saw a symbol resembling a devil’s head and “that’s when all the problems started,” the newspaper reported.

The app “would give you an assignment and it would literally take over your whole body,” investigators reported Dalton as saying, the paper said.

Dalton carried out the shootings outside an apartment complex, a restaurant and a car dealership between driving customers for Uber during a five-hour period.

The police reports also said that after the car Dalton had planned to use failed to start, he took another that left his wife without transportation.

Speaking to her at his parents’ house after the first shooting, he warned she would not be able to return to work and that their children could not go back to school – and that and she would understand why by watching television news, the paper reported.

Investigators say they are still trying to determine a motive.

A judge has ordered Dalton, a former insurance adjuster, to undergo a mental competency exam, prosecutors said earlier this month.

He faces a mandatory life sentence in prison without parole.

Mass shootings – in which at least four people are killed or injured – take place almost daily in the United States, with 330 deaths recorded last year.

The Kalamazoo shooting spree prompted President Barack Obama to urge governors to fight gun violence.

However, Republican lawmakers, many of whom are backed by the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group, have blocked Obama’s attempt to pass gun control legislation.

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Tags: Apps, Barack Obama, Uber, Uber App