How to Send Fireworks on iPhone (iOS 17)

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What better way to ring in the new year than by sending fireworks on iPhone? With the Messages app, you can send screen effects along with your text. These special effects include balloons, confetti, and fireworks. Below, we'll cover how to send fireworks on iPhone.

Why You’ll Love This Tip:

  • Add some flair to your messages with these animated iPhone text message effects.
  • Celebrate birthdays or holidays with long-distance friends through iMessage.

How to iMessage Fireworks

System Requirements

This tip was performed with an iPhone running iOS 17. Find out how to update to iOS 17.

How do you get fireworks on iPhone? Well, to send fireworks on iPhone, the recipient also needs to have an iPhone. This is easy to figure out, since blue message bubbles indicate that the recipient is using iMessage, while green bubbles mean the recipient is using SMS. Unfortunately, SMS messages cannot use iMessage effects, including fireworks. If you are using an iPhone but notice all of your bubbles are green, even when texting other iPhone users, you might not have iMessage turned on yet. For more iMessage tricks and tips, like how to turn off message previews, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here's how to send fireworks on iPhone:

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  1. Open the Messages app, and start a new message or tap an existing conversation.

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  2. Write your text message as usual. Then, instead of tapping the blue arrow to send the message, long-press the arrow for at least a second.

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  3. A new Send with Effect screen will pop up. Select Screen at the top of the page. 

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  4. Swipe from the right side of the screen to the left to scroll through the different screen effects until you get to the fireworks option.

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  5. Tap the blue arrow button to send.

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And that's how to text fireworks on iPhone! As you can see, fireworks are just one of the many fun options available. There are currently eight special effects you can choose from. The steps are the same to use each one, so play around and have fun with it! You can also schedule a text on an iPhone, so you don't forget to send a fireworks-filled message to your friends. Next, find out how to block spam text messages.

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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.