With the release of iOS 10, Apple introduced new visual effects that you can attatch to iMessages, to enhance the experience. Some of you may be asking "why would I want to send visual effects"? The short answer is because it's fun, and the great news is that Apple has made the process fully accessible, and when someone sends you a message with a full-screen effect, VoiceOver reads a full description of what's happening on the screen right as it happens. I won't go into all the effects you can send, but I will focus on full-screen ones. You can investigate and find some others on your own. Please note that 3d touch must be enabled for this to work so if you don't have that turned on, head on over to the accessibility settings and enable it. The fastest way I've found to do this is to ask Siri to open the accessibility settings, but if you want to do this manually, that's certainly fine. Update: If your device doesn't support 3d touch, you can still have fun with these effects. Now that you've taken care of that, lets learn how to do this. 1. Create a new message or go to an existing conversation within the messages app. 2. Type any message you like, it can be something as simple as an Emogy or something simple like "hello". 3. Now double-tap and hold on the send button and hold it down for a few seconds. You should hear the normal sound when you double-tap and hold an element down. VoiceOver will say, 3d touch to add effect. If you don't have 3d touch on your device, double-tap and hold for a few seconds and the same menu will pop up, note I haven't tested this so your mileage may vary. Now, swipe to the left and you *should see a few different types of buttons, from right to left you should hear loud, slam, screen, and bubble. Bubble will most likely be selected. In this case, we want to send a full-screen effect, so swipe to the button that says screen, and double tap on that. VoiceOver should now say, send with effect. If you swipe to the right, you will find the usual set of buttons, but screen will now be selected, and balloons will be the effect that's selected. You can double-tap on the button to send your message with balloons. Don't want balloons? You can keep swiping to the right, and you'll find a close button, followed by a list of different effects, VoiceOver will say these are pages. Swipe up and down to choose an effect. You have a choice of balloons, confetti, lasers, fireworks, and shooting star. When you've found the effect you want, swipe to the left past the close button and you'll land on a send button, along with the effect you've chosen i.e. If you've chosen lasers, the button will say, "send with lasers". So go ahead and double-tap on that and your message will send with the effect you've chosen. When your friend opens the message, the full-screen effect will happen and VoiceOver will describe the effect right as it happens. Want to replay the effect? No problem, you'll find a replay button next to the message so you can replay it as many times as you want. Apple even has some messages with pre-programmed full-screen effects. if you text the phrase "happy birthday, the person receiving the message will see the full-screen effect of balloons. Unfortunately this only works with other iPhone users, so if you have a friend with an Android phone, they'll miss out on the fun. I hope this little guide has helped bspice up your iMessages a bit. You will soon find reasons to text people, just so you can try out the different effects. I think it's so cool that Apple has found ways for blind people to send these effects too, and they are fully-accessible to VoiceOver users! Happy iMessaging!