Use Digital Touch on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Use Digital Touch to send sketches, taps, or even a heartbeat — right from the Messages app.

Send a sketch, tap, or heartbeat

  1. In Messages, tap write message and enter a contact. Or go to an existing conversation.
  2. Tap .
  3. Choose the type of Digital Touch that you want to send.
  4. If you want to start over, tap . When you're ready to send, tap Send a sketch. The heartbeat, fireball, kiss, and broken heart will automatically send. 

Sketch

Tap  to change colors. Then move one finger to draw.

Tap

Tap  to change colors. Tap the screen with one finger once or repeatedly.

Heartbeat

Touch and hold the screen with two fingers until you see a heartbeat.

Fireball

Touch and hold the screen with one finger.

Kiss

Tap the screen with two fingers.

Broken heart

Touch and hold the screen with two fingers and drag down.

If you send a Digital Touch to someone who doesn't have iOS 10 or later, they'll get a static image instead of an animated one. Also, when you send a heartbeat, it might include one that was recorded by your Apple Watch or other heartbeat sensor.

     

Add a sketch to a photo or video

To create a photo or video and add a sketch to it:

  1. In Messages, tap send a message and enter a contact. Or go to an existing conversation.
  2. Tap , then tap . The sketch pad turns into a video preview.
  3. Tap  to create a 10 second video. Or tap  to take a photo.
  4. If you want to start over, tap . When you're ready to send, tap send message.

The Messages app deletes video messages after 2 minutes. Tap Keep to save the video.

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