THERE'S a special code that you can type into iMessage to unlock a cheeky feature.
Even if you've had an iPhone for years, you might never have spotted it.
iMessage has loads of advantages, but one little-known perk is the selection of secret effect codes.
All you need to do is open a chat and then type "Pew Pew".
You'll find that the screen is filled with lasers – for both you AND the recipient.
The trick was shared by TikTok tech star @markdx_, who regularly posts amazing iPhone hacks.
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It's earned a few hundred likes after impressing Apple fans.
There are some other codes you can try too.
Sending the message "Congrats" causes confetti to rain down.
And the same works if you write "congratulations" in a different language too.
Typing "Happy Birthday" will trigger balloons to float across the screen.
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And then there's "Happy Chinese New Year", which unleashes virtual fireworks on iMessage.
One more thing…
That's not the only iMessage trick that you need to know about.
After you've typed out a message, you can tap and hold the blue send button to attach any of the following.
- Eco – Fills the screen with message bubbles
- Spotlight – Puts a spotlight on your message
- Balloons – Balloons rise up from the bottom of your screen
- Confetti – Confetti rains down
- Love – Large heart bulges from your message
- Lasers – Laser light show
- Fireworks – Fireworks explode on your screen
- Shooting star – A shooting star fires across the screen
- Celebration – A red firework show appears
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Remember: None of these effects will show unless the recipient also has an iPhone.
And these effects are limited to iMessage only – so they won't work on WhatsApp, Signal or Facebook Messenger.
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