How to Send Confetti on iPhone

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Text the word “congratulations” to another iPhone user and your message will automatically send with an animated confetti background. Pretty cool, right? But the shortcut only works if you type in that exact word, and only that word. However, you can still add the iMessage confetti effect to any message.

Related: How to Send Fireworks on iPhone

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How to Send Confetti on iMessage

Have you ever wondered why your iPhone text bubbles are sometimes blue and other times green? Well, if it’s blue that means that your message is being sent to another iPhone user with iMessage, and if it's green your recipient is on an Android device (the bubbles will also turn green when sending a message to an iPhone user if iMessage is turned off for any reason).  This is important to note because this iMessage trick only works with other iPhone users.  For more fun tips, consider signing up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. Now, here's how to send a text with confetti from one iPhone user to another: 

  1. Open the Messages app.

    How to Send Confetti on iPhone Step 1 - Open Messages App
  2. Start a new message or tap an existing conversation.

  3. If you're starting a new message, enter the name of at least one recipient.

  4. If you are starting a new message to another iPhone user it will say New iMessage at the top of the screen, which confirms that the recipient will be able to see your screen effects. (If you selected an existing conversation, check for blue text message bubbles, which confirms the other person can see your iMessage effects.) 

    How to Send Confetti on iPhone Step 4 - iMessage Confirmation
  5. Type your text message.

  6. Instead of tapping the blue arrow to send the message, long press the arrow for at least a second.

    How to Send Confetti on iPhone Step 6 - Long Press Send
  7. A new Send with effect screen will pop up.

    How to Send Confetti on iPhone Step 7 - Send with Effect Screen
  8. Select Screen.

    How to Send Confetti on iPhone Step 8 - Select Screen
  9. Swipe from the right side of the screen to the left to scroll through the different screen effects until you get to the confetti option.

    How to Send Confetti on iPhone Step 9 - Swipe Left 3 Times
  10. Tap the blue arrow button to send.

    How to Send Confetti on iPhone Step 10 - Tap Send

There are currently eight different iMessage full-screen effects, including iMessage fireworks, floating balloons, cartoon hearts, and more. If you send confetti all the time, that will get old, so save it for special occasions and switch it up! 

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Jivan Hall

Jivan has always been a big fan of Apple products since the original iPod hit the scene, and gets excited about the fast pace of technology. Jivan has a background in both business and tech, and has a degree in business administration. He loves researching new tips and ideas and sharing them with others. Jivan resides out of San Diego in sunny southern California, and tries to spend as much time as humanly possible outdoors with his two young sons playing sports, chasing waves, and on the seemingly never-ending quest for the best fish taco.