Secret iPhone codes unlock cool effects in iMessage – how to use them

YOU can add colorful animations to your iPhone text using secret codes that few people know.

All you need to do is send someone a special trigger word via iMessage to trigger each effect – including a laser light show.

A TikToker introduced fun animations that you can enable on iMessage


A TikToker introduced fun animations that you can enable on iMessageCredit: TikTok

This feature has been on the iPhone for a while, but was explained in a recent user-posted TikTok video @unespc.

Along with the laser effect, you can also make balloons float from the bottom of your partner’s screen on their birthday.

When January arrives, fireworks will explode in response to the message if you wish someone a “happy new year”.

We have compiled a list of the best effects below.

How to send iMessage screen effects

To send someone a funny animation, simply enter one of the code words below into iMessage.

The recipient must have an iPhone for the effect to show.

If you don’t want to use the codeword, you can always hold down the blue send button after entering the message.

This will show you a list of effects that you can add to any notification you choose. Light weight Screen at the top of your screen to preview each one.

From iMessage screen effect code

  • ‘Pew pew’ – laser light show
  • ‘Happy Birthday’ – bubble
  • ‘Congratulations’ – confetti
  • ‘Happy New Year’ – fireworks
  • ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ – red explosion
  • ‘Selamat’ – confetti

More iMessage screen effects

Once you’ve finished typing your message, you can press and hold the blue send button to attach any of the following.

  • Eco – Fills the screen with message bubbles
  • Focus – Make your message a focus
  • Balloons – Balloons pop up from the bottom of your screen
  • Confetti – Paper flowers pour rain
  • Love – Big hearts swell from your message
  • Laser – Laser light show
  • Fireworks – Fireworks explode on your screen
  • Shooting Star – A shooting star shoots across the screen
  • Celebration – Red Fireworks Show Appears
You can add effects to any text sent via iMessage


You can add effects to any text sent via iMessageCredit: TikTok
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Caroline Bleakley

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