How to use emoji and Tapbacks in Messages on iPhone and iPad

Unlike phone calls, expressing your emotions over text is quite a challenging task as the other person is not able to see us or hear us directly. However, there are many amazing people on this globe, and with their innovative ideas, such people managed to create faces using text only, such as XD, :), :(, and many more. Well, later on, developers understood the significance of these text-based emojis and worked on it. And, as you can see these days, emojis that we use in our daily life experiences are way too advanced and provide a fun and interesting way to chat.

As for our iPhones, the most commonly used application to connect to your friends and family is iMessage. And, at first glance, you can’t tell how many good features are hidden in that simple app. However, it is not a hard task to access any of the features, it’s just that Apple has placed them in a way so that the overall UI can look a lot cleaner.

So, if you want to know about those cool features to spice up your conversations with your friends, then stay tuned as we will be discussing these topics on this particular guide.

How to get emoji recommendations in Messages?

We all know how to use the keyboards on our iPhones and iPads, but do you actually know that your phone’s keyboard is capable of showing you predictive suggestions so that you can form correct sentences quickly. Similarly, as we are discussing emoticons, the keyboard can also predict emoji suggestions for you.

However, Apple’s predictive QuickType keyboard is not enabled on the devices by default. You will need to dig through the setting to turn this feature On manually. After you do it successfully, follow these simple steps to get relevant suggestions while texting.

Step 1. Launch the iMessage app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Now suppose you type in a message like, I am Home!, here, the keyboard will automatically detect “Home” in your sentence.

Step 3. And, if there is any suitable emoji present in the library, it will show it up as a suggestion floating right above the keyboard.

Step 4. Now, if you see the emoji suggestion that you were expecting, tap on it, and then press the send button.

How do you get emoji recommendations in Messages?

How to Emojify an iMessage?

The Emojification process is pretty similar to what we just discussed. Apart from that, it can make your messages look more interesting. For instance, if you are wishing someone a very Happy Birthday, the Emojification will place emojis that are relevant and correspond to birthday. That not only makes the message look more beautiful but also the other person feels good about you because of the efforts you put in the blessings. Hence, let’s take a look at how you can Emojify your messages in the iMessage app.

Step 1. Launch the iMessage app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Now, open an existing conversation or create a new thread.

Step 3. Tap on the message field to start typing.

Step 4. Type your message that you want to send, then click on the emoji button.

Step 5. You will notice some words of your message getting highlighted.

Step 6. It means, there is some emoji that corresponds to those words. If you tap on the highlighted text, it will replace it with the most relevant emoji automatically.

Step 7. Keep replacing the highlighted words until you are done.

Step 8. Simply, tap on the Send button to send a beautifully Emojified message.

How do you emojify a message?

How do I react with an emoji Tapback in an iMessage?

Well, most users are quite familiar with using Post reactions on Facebook, and with Slack as well. But, do you know that a similar feature is available on the iMessage too? Apple calls it Tapback, and the way to use it is as easy as eating your favourite snack. It is actually a good feature to include in the chatting applications as it allows people to quickly react to something. So, let’s see the quick process to react with an emoji Tapback in iMessage.

Step 1. For starting the process, we need an iMessage thread that must contain a message from your friend.

Step 2. Once you’re inside the thread, press and hold for a second on your friend’s message to react with a Tapback.

Step 3. As you hold the message, it will pop up a floating list of several reactions such as  Heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, Haha, !!, or ?.

Step 4. Now, slide your finger to whichever Tapback you want to send and release your finger.

How do you react with an emoji Tapback in an iMessage?

What does Tapback emoji reactions mean?

A Tapback can have multiple meanings as it totally depends on the context. As there are multiple reactions available, each one of them can mean different in many ways, it just depends on your imagination how you can use a Tapback to simply express your emotions to someone. There are total 6 Tapback options available to choose from, such as:

  1. Heart: Well, this could possibly mean that you loved or liked the message.
  2. Thumbs Up: You can use this Tapback as an expression of agreement, approval, etc.
  3. Thumbs Down: Just the opposite of the previous one, if you didn’t agree or disapprove of something, this is for you.
  4. Ha Ha: There are no limits of laughter when we are chatting with our favorite people, so it can be useful to express a laugh, either in a normal way or maybe sarcastically.
  5. !!: If you feel surprised about something, exclamation explains it pretty well.
  6. ?: If you’re not sure about what your friend’s are talking about, asking them out with a Question Tapback can be a great choice for you.

How do I change the emoji reaction Tapback on an iMessage?

In case you are worried about accidentally reacting with a wrong Tapback on a friend’s message. Well, you should be, because reacting with a Ha Ha Tapback on your friend’s sad message is definitely not the right way to treat them. However, there is a simple way by which you can react with a suitable Tapback once again and save your friendship.

Step 1. Open the thread on iMessage app.

Step 2. Now long press on the message you have accidentally reacted on.

Step 3. Like the normal way, it will again pop up the floating window with all the Tapback options.

Step 4. Simply, choose the correct Tapback you want to send, and it will override your previous choice of Tapback.

This is the simplest way to replace Tapback reactions with a new one.

How do you change the emoji reaction Tapback on an iMessage?

How do I delete the emoji reaction Tapback on an iMessage?

If by any chance, you have mistakenly sent some irrelevant Tapback on messages, it is quite easy to undo this action. Just follow these simple steps.

Step 1. Open the iMessage thread that contains the message.

Step 2. Now, tap on the Tapback once.

Step 3. It will pop the list of all Tapbacks.

Step 4. Simply tap on the same Tapback once again to remove it.

How do I delete the emoji reaction Tapback on an iMessage?

Bottom Line

So, this was all about the iMessage Tapbacks. If you liked the article or you have any other queries regarding this or any other feature of your iOS device, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.

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