iMessage Effects Not Working In iOS 10: How To Fix It [Guide]

Now that the long wait for iOS 10 is over, many of us are coming to grips with what it offers. While for the most part, everything seems to be going smoothly, some users are having problems with iOS 10. One of the most prominent is with iMessage effects, so I’m going to guide you through a fix.

What’s the problem with iMessage effects?

If you haven’t seen them yet, iMessage effects can be stunning and impossible to miss when they’re working. What they offer is an instant pop to your messages with full-screen visuals. They come in the form of fireworks, balloons, shooting stars, lasers, and confetti and more. The effects can be applied to both text and images, which is what makes iMessage effects amazing.

However, some users are reporting that there’s a problem with this new messaging feature in iOS 10. Apparently, it prevents them from sending iMessage effects. Others, upon receiving an iMessage, see text describing the effect.

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I waited for a long time to try out iMessage effects and felt truly disappointed when I discovered this problem. I can see the effects on my iPhone, but when I send one to my wife, she can’t and vice versa.

So if this problem is plaguing you, and you have been searching high and low for a solution, here it is.

iMessage effects fix 1

Before we go any further, are you running iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad? It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t have it yet.

Before you scroll down, reboot your device and give iMessage effects one last try before moving on. Here’s the first fix.

Step 1: Go to the Settings app, and then to Accessibility, and then to Reduce Motion.

Step 2: If Reduce Motion is switched on, turn it off.

It’s now worth giving iMessage effects another try, so send a message to see if it is now working. However, if the problem is still there, you will have to move on to the second fix below.

iMessage effects fix 2

In fix one, you turned off Reduce Motion, but the effects are still not working how they are supposed to work. Read on for the next attempt.

Step 1: To start with, quit the Messages app, and then restart it. You can do this by double-tapping the home button and then swiping up on messages.

Step 2: Now that you have the messages app open, switch off iMessage and then turn it back on.

If this does not help, try the following.

  • Force your iPhone or iPad to reboot; you can do this by pressing the home and power buttons at the same time.
  • Some users have reported that disabling 3D Touch has helped. To do this, go to Settings –> General –> Accessibility –> 3D Touch –> Off.
  • One option is to wait; some users have reported that their iMessage effects just started to work again. Apparently, around 24 hours is about the right amount of time to wait before finding another solution.
  • Last but not least, there’s the most drastic option: restore your device. Usually this fixes most software issues, but if you’re going to do, it make sure to back up your data.

And that is it. You now have some fixes to try; if you find that one of the above works for you, please tell us which one it was in the comments section below.

Alternatively, if you’ve found a solution that’s not above, please share that with us too.