iMessage is Apple’s internet messaging service for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS users. Back in 2017, Apple paved the way for an even richer iMessage experience with the introduction of iMessage apps, which let you do all sorts of cool new things using the app.
You could already send text, voice, picture, and video messages in iMessage. But with iMessage apps, you can play games, share your location, send files, and do even more cool stuff.
How To Install And Use IMessage Apps
1. Play Games
This one’s pretty obvious, but there are many games that lend themselves well to the asynchronous nature of an iMessage conversation. These include favorite apps like GamePigeon and 8 Ball Pool.
Playing games is one of the coolest things you can do with iMessage, and we’ve only scratched the surface of it here. Take a look at all the best iMessage games to learn more about what’s available to you.
2. Share Your Location
You can share your location easily with other iMessage users simply by tapping the i button in the top-right corner, then hitting Send My Current Location. This is fine if you want to use Apple Maps, but if you normally use Google Maps—like the rest of the world—install and enable the Google Maps iMessage app instead.
You can then hit Send to get an exact location fix and send a Google Maps link to the other party.
3. Send GIFs
Everyone loves GIFs—so why not liven up your conversations with some looping animations? Apple provides you with a cool iMessage app called #images for this task, which is a Bing-powered animated image search, and it does the job fairly well.
But if you’d like to step it up, Giphy is the best iMessage GIF app available right now. Use it to create your own GIFs, save your favorites to a collection, and access a far bigger GIF library than what you get with #images.
4. Go Crazy With Stickers
Most of the options you’ll find on the App Store are iMessage sticker packs, which allow you to send still images and animations to friends for a quick laugh. The coolest thing about iMessage stickers is that anyone can pick them up, drag them around, and place them over messages or images you’ve already sent.
They aren’t exactly useful, but there are stickers available to brighten your everyday conversations and there’s at least one pack to fit everyone’s taste. For retro tech, check out Apple’s Classic Mac and Microsoft’s Halo Stickers for free.