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iMessage Screen Effects Not Working? Here's the Quick Fix

iMessage Screen Effects is a feature that enables us to send messages with visual effects on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, including balloons, confetti, lasers, fireworks, and star. Attracted by Apple's official functional description, but found iMessage full screen effects not working on your device? Don't Worry, in this article, we'll explore the reasons for you and provide complete working ways to solve this issue.

Why is iMessage Screen Effects Not Working

There are two main reasons for iMessage not working: old iOS version and enabled Reduce Motion option.

Before we proceed to figure out why is iMessage screen effects on our iPhone X or iPad not working, note that iOS iMessage screen effects was only compatible with iOS 10 or newer. That is to say, if you want to try this feature, you have to first upgrade your system to iOS 10 at least.

Another possibility is that you've turned on the Reduce Motion on your iOS device. Reduce Motion is a system-wide option that can stop any animation effects or screen movement on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. By doing so, iMessage screen effect is also reduced.

Fix iMessage Screen Effects Not Working by Conventional Way

1. Force Restart Your iPhone/iPad

iMessage effects not working, just like other software glitches on the phone, can be restored to normal function simply by a restart or reboot. If you've already disabled Reduce Motion, then follow the steps below to force restart different iPhone/iPad models.

Force restart iPhone 8 or later model, or iPad Pro models after 2018:

Press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears.

Force restart iPhone 7 or 7S:

Press and hold the power button the volume down button simultaneously and wait for the Apple logo to appear.

Force restart iPhone 6s, SE, or earlier, or any iPad model:

Press and hold the home button and power button simultaneously until you see the Apple logo.

You may also want to know how to restart iPhone , iPad without buttons.

2. Turn Off Reduce Motion

Go to Settings > Accessibility > turn off Reduce Motion.

As we've said before, enabled Reduce Motion will turn our iDevice from dynamic to static. It's necessary to turn it off if we want to try iMessage screen effects.

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3. Turn on Auto-play

Below the Reduce Motion option, we can find the Auto-play option. If it's closed on your device, we recommend you to turn it on so that the zipping or zooming animations will play automatically next time.

4. Turn off 3D Touch

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch > Turn it off.

This method does recover some iOS 12/12.4/13 iMessage screen effects back to normal.

5. Disable and Enable iMessage

Go to Settings app > Messages > Turn off iMessage >Then turn it on.

By doing so, we can refresh the system and make it sensitive.

6. Sign out and Sign in to iMessage

Go to Settings app > Messages > Send & Receive > Tap your Apple ID > Sign Out > Then Sign in.

Try to sign in use your iMessage account instead of Apple ID if this method doesn't work.

7. Wait and Check it Later

Sometimes, it requires patience to try this iMessage screen effects feature. According to user feedback, after a while, the function may get right itself.

8. Reset All Settings

You can also reset all settings on your iDevice to fix iMessage screen effects not working. Open Settings app > General > Reset > Reset All Settings > Confirm.

By doing so, all settings will be recovered to default settings but your data reserved.

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People Also Ask about iMessage Screen Effects Not Working

1. What Words Trigger Screen Effect?

  • Balloons: "Happy birthday"
  • Confetti: "Congrats" or "Congratulations"
  • Lasers: "Pew Pew"
  • Fireworks: "Happy New Year" or "Happy Chinese New Year"

Note that you can try these words in different languages, but some shortened versions may not trigger the effects.

2. How to Replay iMessage Screen Effects?

  1. Step 1. Open Message App and find a message with an attached effect.
  2. Step 2. Long-press the message and a Replay button will appear.
  3. Step 3. Press the button.

The Bottom Line

In a nutshell, iMessage screen effects not working is mainly due to enabled Reduce Motion option, and in this article, we summarized two possible conventional methods to handle it. However, if it still doesn't work, then it's maybe a system problem and at this time it's highly recommended to ask UltFone iOS System Repair for professional help. Some Reports also mentioned that restore your iPhone may help. Choose the way you like and have a try.

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