Use iMessage apps on your iPhone and iPad

With iMessage apps, you can collaborate with others in a conversation, decorate messages with stickers, share a song, and more — without leaving Messages.

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Find iMessage apps in the app drawer

The app drawer gives you quick access to apps that you can use in your messages. To see your app drawer:

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Tap the Compose button Compose a message to start a new message. Or go to an existing conversation.
  3. Swipe left or right over the app drawer to find the app that you want to use.

Apps that are automatically in your app drawer


Store: Download iMessage apps to use with Messages.

Photos: Quickly add photos to your messages right from the app.

Music: Share recently played songs from Apple Music.

Digital Touch: Use Digital Touch to send sketches, taps, kisses, heartbeats, and more.

#images*: Find hundreds of trending GIFs to add to your messages.

Apple Cash: Send and receive money with people you know.*

Memoji: Create and share an animated Memoji that uses your voice and mirrors your facial expressions.**

Memoji Stickers: Create custom Memoji stickers to match your personality and mood.

Audio Messages: Record and share clips with your voice or other audio.

*#images and Apple Cash aren't available in all countries or regions. If you find an issue or have a concern with content found in #images, you can report the content or remove the #images app.

**You need a compatible iPhone or iPad to use Memoji.

iPhone showing how to download iMessage apps 

Download iMessage apps

You can find and download apps to use with iMessage in the App Store for iMessage. Here's how:

  1. To go to the App Store for iMessage, tap the Store icon app store icon.
  2. Tap the  get icon icon or the price icon next to the app, then tap Install. You might need to enter your Apple ID password to complete the purchase.
  3. Tap the gray line  or the Close button  to return to your message.

After the app downloads, you can find it in your app drawer.

Some apps let you make additional purchases within the app. If you set up Family Sharing, you can use Ask to Buy to help control app downloads and in-app purchases. Learn more about in-app purchases.

iPhone showing how to remove or add iMessage apps 

Manage iMessage apps

You can add apps to your Favorites so you have quick access to them in the app drawer. You can also reorder apps in the app drawer, remove the ones you don’t want, and more. Here’s how:

  1. From the app drawer, swipe left and tap the More button more icon.
  2. Tap Edit in the upper-left corner to do the following:
    • To add an app to your Favorites, tap the Add button Add button.
    • To remove an app from Favorites, tap the Remove button Remove button, then tap Remove from Favorites.
    • To reorder apps in the app drawer, touch and hold the gray lines three lines icon, then move the apps in the order that you want.
    • To hide an app, turn it off.
  3. Tap Done.

iPhone showing how to delete iMessage apps 

Delete iMessage apps

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Tap the Compose button Compose a message to start a new message. Or go to an existing conversation.
  3. Swipe left over the app drawer and tap the More button more icon.
  4. Swipe left over the app, then tap Delete.
  5. Tap Done.

Do more with iMessage

Use the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or computer to download apps.

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