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Write and send iMessage

You can send iMessages to phone numbers or email addresses if the recipient has a device that supports iMessage. Before you can send and receive iMessages, you need to set up your mobile phone for iMessaging.

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Create new iMessage

Tap Messages.

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Create new iMessage

Tap the new message icon.

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Select recipient

Tap the search field and key in the first letters of the recipient's name.

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Select recipient

Tap the required contact.

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Select recipient

If the recipient can receive iMessages, iMessage is displayed in the text input field.

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Send iMessage using keypad

Tap the text input field and write the text for your iMessage.

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Send iMessage using keypad

Tap arrow right.

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Send iMessage using keypad

Tap the sticker icon and follow the instructions on the screen to add a sticker to your iMessage.

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Send iMessage using keypad

Tap the send icon when you've finished your iMessage.

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Send iMessage using handwriting

Tap the handwriting icon and follow the instructions on the screen to write text or add other effects to your iMessage using handwriting.

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Send iMessage using handwriting

Tap the send icon when you've finished your iMessage.

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Send picture or video clip

Tap the camera icon.

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Send picture or video clip

Tap Photo Library and go to the required folder.

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Send picture or video clip

Tap the required picture.

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Send picture or video clip

Tap Choose.

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Send picture or video clip

Tap the send icon when you've finished your iMessage.

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Send iMessage with effects

Tap the text input field and write your iMessage.

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Send iMessage with effects

Hard tap the send icon until the effects menu is displayed.

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Send iMessage with effects

Tap Bubble and follow the instructions on the screen to add a speech bubble effect to your iMessage.

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Send iMessage with effects

Tap Screen and follow the instructions on the screen to add a full screen effect to your iMessage.

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Send iMessage with effects

Tap the send icon when you've selected the required effect for your iMessage.

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Send a sound recording

Tap and hold the microphone icon to start the sound recording.

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Send a sound recording

Let go to stop the sound recording and tap arrow up to send the sound recording.

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Return to the home screen

Tap the Home key to return to the home screen.

Swipe right for the next step

Tap anywhere to dismiss

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