Apple introduced full screen animations in the messages app with the release of iOS 10. iPhone users can send other iOS users nine different animations such as balloons, confetti and fireworks through the Messages app. These animations can be individually selected and attached to any text message, or automatically triggered by typing key phrases. Apple hasn't released an official list of what phrases invoke what screen effects, but they did demo the Happy Birthday feature at WWDC 2016.
Email and Messaging
We've all had text message conversations that have turned into too much for texting, requiring a call instead. iOS 12 now lets you easily make that call directly from the conversation rather than leaving and opening your Phone app. Just tap on the picture/name of the person at the top and a menu will appear with options to start an audio or video call, plus an info button for other message thread details.
One of the many abilities of the Messages app is to share your location with others from your iPhone or iPad. To do this, tap the down arrow next to your contacts name, then tap the "info" button in the top right corner of the conversation screen. Here there are two options: "Send My Current Location" and "Share My Location." The first will send your location at that instant. The recipient(s) will see a map with your location tagged.
Grouping your contacts makes navigating them on iPhone much easier and allows you to message and email a multitude of contacts at once by allowing you to simply use the name of the group rather than typing in each individual every time. Unfortunately there is no way to do this on the iPhone itself without a third-party app. Apple prefers you to use iCloud to make contact groups which, once you created, will sync across all of your devices. Here's how to make a contact group with iCloud:
If your friends and family are saying you're sending them text messages from your email them something is wrong with your settings. This tends to occur when you purchase a new phone, or sometimes when you update your device. Luckily there is an easy fix. Here's how to stop sending messages from your Apple ID/email and send them from your phone number: