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

In iOS 10, you can use apps with iMessage to collaborate with others, decorate messages with stickers, share a song, and more—all without leaving Messages.

 

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Find apps that you can use with Messages

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

To open your app drawer:

  1. Open Messages, tap , and enter a contact or tap on an existing conversation.
  2. Tap  , then tap 
  3. Tap  in the lower-left corner to open the app drawer.

Here are some apps that are automatically in your app drawer:

Recents: View recently used apps to use with Messages, like stickers, images, and more.

 

Music: Share recently played songs from Apple Music.

 

#images*: Choose from hundreds of trending images and videos from participating iMessage apps to add to your messages.

 

Store: Download iMessage apps to use with Messages.

 

*If you find an issue or have a concern with content found in #images, you can report the content or remove the #images app. #images is available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, India, Singapore, Philippines, and Japan.

Download iMessage apps

Use the App Store for iMessage to download apps to use with Messages.

  1. Open the app drawer and tap  to go to the App Store for iMessage.
  2. Tap  next to the app, then tap Install.
  3. Enter your Apple ID password.

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

Manually add or remove apps that you download

If you turn on Automatically Add Apps in the Manage tab, your iMessage apps automatically go to your app drawer when you download them. If you turn off Automatically Add Apps, you can manually add apps to your app drawer. You can also manually remove them. Here’s how:

  1. Open the app drawer and tap .
  2. Tap the Manage tab.
  3. Turn on the app to add it to your app drawer. Turn it off to remove it.

 

Arrange or remove apps in your app drawer

To arrange or remove apps in your app drawer:

  1. Open your app drawer.
  2. Touch and hold an app until it jiggles.
  3. To move an app, drag it, or tap  to remove it.
  4. When you're finished, press the Home button.

Add something from an app to your iMessage

To use an app with Messages:

  1. Open Messages, tap , and enter a contact or tap on an existing conversation.
  2. Tap  , then tap 
  3. Tap  in the lower-left corner to open the app drawer.
  4. Tap the app to open it. 
    • If you want to add a sticker, touch and hold a sticker, then drag it to the message bubble. The sticker will automatically send once they're added to the message. 
    • If you want to use an app in your message, open it or tap the content you want to add to your message. Then tap  to send.

Get a message with an iMessage app that you don't have? Just tap the blue name below the app to download it.

Learn more

Use the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV (4th generation), or computer to download apps.

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