Probably one of the most popular apps on an iPhone, the iOS Messages app offers tons of features that make it one of the best texting apps out there. From saving text messages to silencing notifications, anything is possible. So here are seven tips to help you find those features and get the most out of the iPhone Messages app.
1. Change your name and photo
Your name and photo are the first things people see when they start a conversation with you in the Messages app, so you’ll want to make sure they’re good. To add or change your name and photo:
- Open Messages and type To edit in the corner.
- Choose Edit name and photo.
- Tap on To edit under the large icon or image to change your photo. You can use memoji, emoji or photos from your library. Tap your current name to change it to a new one.
- If you want to be asked before someone you start a conversation with shows your updated name and photo, select Always ask under Auto share.
- Press Finished.
2. Pin, unpin, and edit pinned conversations
It’s common for the Messages app to be flooded with text messages from people, companies, and unwanted brand actions. Finding the conversation you want can get pretty frustrating. Luckily, you can pin a conversation so it’s never lost in the sea of text and is always easily accessible.
To pin a conversation in Messages:
- Find the conversation you want to pin.
- Tap and hold on the conversation until a quick action box appears.
- Tap on Pen from the options list. You’ll see the conversation magnified at the top of your Messages app. This allows you to pin multiple conversations that appear in a row at the top of your app.
To resolve a conversation, you should:
- Press and hold the pinned conversation you want to unpin.
- Tap on Solve from the options list.
To edit your pins you need to do the following:
- Beat To edit.
- Choose Edit pins from the field shown.
- A yellow pin button will appear next to each conversation. Tap the pins for each conversation you want to pin.
- To resolve a conversation, tap minus (–) Button.
3. Add reactions to texts
Using cute emojis and graphics makes texting faster and more fun. You can respond to a text message on iPhone with love, like, laugh and more icons. Here’s how:
- Tap and hold the text message you want to react to.
- A popup will appear with different reactions represented as emojis.
- Tap the reaction you want to send.
- An icon appears in the corner of the text you reacted to.
- To undo a reaction, just hold the text and tap the previously sent emoji.
4. Muting a conversation
It’s common to receive repeated text messages from the same person. This can be a little frustrating, especially since you might be busy and don’t want to be bothered with notifications. At times like this, it comes in handy to mute a text conversation.
There are two ways to mute a conversation:
- Touch and hold the conversation you want to mute. Choose Hide Warnings.
- Or swipe the conversation and tap purple bell icon. A gray bell icon with a slash on it appears next to the conversation to indicate that a conversation has been muted.
5. How to pin text messages
While Apple doesn’t let you pin old text messages in a conversation, this feature is still pretty handy because you can pin any text message that contains a link or image. This is great when you want to look at an important article, recipe, or photo.
To pin a text message:
- Find the message that has the link or image that you want to pin.
- Tap and hold the shared content text.
- Beat Pen. You’ll see a yellow pin icon indicating that text has been pinned.
To view pinned text messages, you can tap the person’s profile photo and scroll down to view all of your pins.
6. Mark all your messages as read
If you have too many unread messages and want to remove the red notification badge in Messages app, there is a simple hack that will allow you to read all your text messages at once. This saves you tons of time and you don’t have to tap each conversation individually to mark it as read.
Here are the steps to read all your messages at once:
- Open Messages and tap To edit in the corner.
- Choose Select Messages.
- Tap on read everything in the bottom corner of your screen.
7. Save your messages to iCloud
Can’t afford to lose your text messages? We all know how important they can be. Luckily, you can back them up to iCloud (as long as you have enough free space). Follow these steps to save text messages to iCloud:
- Open settings and tap your name at the top.
- Choose iCloud.
- Turn on the switch next to Messages.
The iPhone Messages app has some amazing features
Who knew you could do so much with the Messages app on iPhone? These cool tips make using the app even more fun. Now you can add a photo, change your name, pin text messages or conversations, use reactions, or even mute conversations if you like. The Messages app also lets you create Memojis, which are animated versions of yourself. So don’t forget to experiment with that too.