How to use iMessage apps in iOS 10

iMessage is among the most used apps on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Apple undoubtedly has no plan to bring iMessage to other platforms, instead taking it as a selling point of the company’s operating system. With iOS 10, Apple added a lot of new things to its messaging platform, including stickers, visual effects, apps, and emoji in an attempt to offer you multiple ways to spice up your conversation.

Starting with iOS 10, you can easily install applications to the Messages app and use them without even switching apps. Overall, with the 3rd party application integration, there are now a lot of things you can do before pressing the Send button.

In this post, we have a created a list of five cool things you can do with iMessage apps on your iPhone. Before we begin, note that you need a modern version of iOS (iOS 10 or newer).

How to install iMessage apps in the Messages app on your iPhone

Before using an iMessage app, you first need to install it. The process is pretty simple, but may be unknown to many folks. With that in mind, we believe that we can help you out.

Step one: First off, you need to launch the Messages app from your home screen and then head to any conversation thread

Step two: Once you are in, tap on the App Store icon next to the input field. After that, tap on the button in the bottom left. Here, you will see the list of all available apps you have already installed. To go to the Store, hit the Plus button

Once you are in the App Store, there are a lot of things you can discover ranging from games to stickers. Read on to find out more.

  1. Play games

Starting with iOS 10, you can play your favorite games with your friends directly in your messaging thread without the need to leave the app. There are tons of fun games you can pick from and the best part is that they are totally free. We recommend you try MojiQuest, Mr.Putt or Boggle With Friends.

  1. Share your location

With iOS 10, Apple has really pushed the boundaries with innovative features. One of them is the ability to share your location within the Messages app. The Messages app now works perfectly with Google Maps and Apple Maps, allowing you to quickly send your location with your friends and family.

To share your location in iMessage, you first need to launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad. After that, open a message conversation, hit the i button in the top-right corner and select Send My Current Location.

  1. Stickers

GIFs are among the perfect ways to light up your messaging time. There are tons of sticker packs to pick from. You can also drag and place stickers over messages and images. Cool, isn’t it?

Besides, you can send GIFs to your friends or family without leaving your conversation. Apple is currently providing a nice app called #images, which allows you to locate your favorite GIFs and send them to other iMessage users.

  1. Share your music

Apple Music now works pretty fine with iMessage, offering a simple way to share your favorite tracks with your friends. You can follow the steps below to share your music with others.

Step one: Fire up the Messages app and then head to any conversation

Step two: Once you are in, hit the App Store icon. After that, swipe through the apps until you find Music, and tap on it to access your music

Step three: Tap on the song you wish to share and hit Send button.

  1. Translation

The Messages app now allows you to translate your text messages, all thanks to a wide range of translation apps. A couple that you can try are iTranslate and Yandex Translate. Both are great apps and completely free.

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