Use iMessage apps on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

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

iMessage apps

 

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Find iMessage apps in the app drawer

The app drawer gives you quick access to apps that you can use with Messages. 

To see your app drawer:

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Tap compose 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.

Here are some 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 Pay: Send and receive money with Apple Pay.*

 

*#images and Apple Pay 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.

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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 app store icon.
  2. Tap get 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  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.

manage 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 more icon.
  2. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner to do the following:
    • To add an app to your Favorites, tap plus icon.
    • To remove an app from Favorites, tap delete icon, then tap Remove from Favorites.
    • To reorder apps in the app drawer, touch and hold three lines icon, then move the apps in the order that you want.
    • To hide an app, turn it off.
  3. Tap Done.

delete iMessage apps

Delete iMessage apps

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

Do more with iMessage

Use Animoji to create and share animated characters that use your voice and mirror your facial expressions. And with iOS 12, you can use Memoji to match your personality and mood. 

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

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