Emphasized messages on iPhones are often confusing to users. Our guide will explain exactly what emphasized texts are, when they appear, and how to use them effectively in your conversations. With over 90% of smartphone users texting regularly, understanding emphasized messages can make your communication a whole lot better – so let’s dig right away!
You may have noticed that sometimes when you send a text – that message bubble becomes outlined with a reaction above it. This indicates that the message has been “emphasized”. The emphasized text stands out from previous messages, which draws more attention to it.
How to Emphasize a Message on iPhone
Emphasizing a message on an iPhone is easy to do once you know where to find the option. When typing a text, simply tap and hold on the send button after typing your message. A menu will pop up giving you the option to choose from multiple effects – these include loud, gentle, slam, and invisible ink. Each adds a unique flair to your message. You can then tap on an effect to see a preview. And if you’re satisfied with your effect then tap the send button again, and your emphasized message will be on its way!
How Does the Emphasized Message Look
Now, let’s paint a picture of what an emphasized message looks like on an iPhone. Each effect that you pick adds a new dimension to your message, allowing you to convey tone in a way that plain text simply can’t.
- Loud: Imagine your text literally bouncing into the conversation, growing and shrinking – it’s like shouting with excitement or surprise.
- Gentle: Here, the text appears softly, almost like a whisper. It’s perfect for intimate, tender messages.
- Slam: The message slams down into the chat, causing a ripple effect. Think of it as a digital drop-the-mic moment.
- Invisible Ink: This one’s playful! The text is hidden until the receiver swipes over it, revealing the message like a secret note.
- Screen Effects: Beyond text effects, there are full-screen animations like balloons, confetti, and fireworks, perfect for celebrating special moments.
Simply put, it’s not just about sending words; it’s about sending feelings.
Edit or Delete an Emphasized Text
If you’ve had a change of heart and you decided to edit or delete a text that you previously emphasized, doing so is easy – but you need to act quickly.
To edit an emphasized iMessage:
- Open the Messages app and locate the emphasized text in your conversation thread.
- Long press on the message bubble.
- Tap “Edit” (if it’s available).
- Make any changes you’d like, then hit the send arrow to deliver your edits. The message will remain emphasized.
To delete an emphasized message:
- Find the emphasized text in your Messages thread.
- Swipe left on the message bubble.
- Tap the red “Delete” button to remove it.
How to Check Who Has Emphasized a Message on iPhone
For one-on-one chats, all you need to do is look above the blue bubble to see if there is an emphasis sign on your text. However, in group chats, it’s common for people to react to messages. But who reacted and how? Here’s how you can find out.
First things first, go to your Messages app and open the group conversation. Then look for an emphasis sign beneath the text. Simply tap on the reactions displayed under the message, this will bring up a small pop-up and it will show a list of people who reacted to the message and the specific reaction they used.
Long story short, you don’t need any special tricks to figure out who emphasized what.
What Does Emphasized Text or Image Mean on iPhone?
When you “emphasize” a text or image on an iPhone, it adds a visual indicator to make that message stand out. When you emphasize text, you’re not just sending a message; you’re sending a feeling. Whether it’s a text that ‘slams’ down into the conversation or one that’s hidden under ‘invisible ink’, each effect is designed to convey something more than just words. Similarly, images can be emphasized too. Imagine sending a photo that takes over the entire screen with a drumroll before it unveils itself, or one that’s accompanied by a shower of confetti. It’s about making the moment memorable.
What Other Alternatives Are There to Emphasizing a Text or Image?
But what if you want to add emphasis differently, or you’re communicating with someone who doesn’t have iMessage? Fear not, there are plenty of creative ways to make your messages stand out.
- Use ALL CAPS to mimic shouting and convey urgency. But don’t overdo it!
- Add “!!!” at the end to simulate excitement and draw attention.
- You can add asterisks around a word or phrase can signify its importance, similar to bolding text.
- Animated GIFs and stickers can add humor, sarcasm, or just pure fun to your messages.
- Sometimes, the best way to emphasize is to use your voice. Sending a short voice note or video can convey tones that text can’t.
Can Non-iOS Devices See Emphasized Texts and Images?
Unfortunately, emphasized messages sent from an iPhone do not retain their unique formatting when received by non-Apple devices. Android devices will get emphasized texts from iPhones as regular green message bubbles without the pronounced blue background. So while emphasis works great for iPhone-to-iPhone conversations, don’t rely solely on it to flag important messages to Android users. They will miss that visual cue completely. Instead of the effect, the recipient on a non-iOS device might see a descriptive text. For example, if you send a message with the “Loud” effect, they might see “(sent with Loud effect)” alongside the text.
Luckily, bolding, CAPITALS, and exclamation points!! and other creative tactics WILL carry over across operating systems.
What Does Emphasize Mean Anyway?
Emphasize in iMessage, is like adding a splash of color to a black and white conversation. It’s about making your words jump off the screen and into the heart and mind of the reader.
To Show Excitement
Imagine sending a “Congratulations!” that literally pops on the screen. That’s emphasizing excitement. It’s like your words are doing a happy dance.
When you strongly agree with someone, a plain “Yes” might fall flat. Emphasizing your agreement can turn that “Yes” into a virtual high-five.
To Show Someone is Busy
If you’re busy and can’t chat? An emphasized “In a meeting” conveys not just the message, but also the ‘please wait’ sentiment behind it.
Show a Message Has Been Received
Sending a simple “Got it” with emphasis is like nodding your head in acknowledgment during a face-to-face conversation. It shows you’re tuned in.
How To Respond to a Message With Emphasize on iMessage
Responding with emphasis on iMessage is straightforward:
- Tap and hold the message you want to respond to.
- Pick a heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, Haha, exclamation, or question marks that fit your response.
- Your reaction will appear on the message, adding that extra layer of expression to your conversation.
In essence, emphasizing on iMessage is about making digital conversations feel as real and warm as talking face-to-face. It’s a small tool with big potential to make your chats more lively and heartwarming.
Emphasizing in iMessage is not only fun but is a very handy tool as well. Whether it’s through special effects in messages, highlighting parts of an image, or using text formatting, emphasizing helps convey emotions and points more effectively. It brings a dynamic edge to our digital conversations, making them more engaging and expressive.
James Wilson is a seasoned tech enthusiast with a passion for all things Apple. With years of experience troubleshooting and fixing iPhone issues, he brings a wealth of knowledge to “My Tech Simply.” James’s dedication to helping iPhone users find simple and effective solutions shines through in his articles.