The ability to play games in iOS Messages is just one of the many fun features and quirks found in the iPhone’s default messaging app. Why just text someone when you can play chess with them too?
iOS Messages, or iMessage as it was once known, has been around since the dawn of the iPhone — it’s the iPhone’s default text messaging app, after all, so it’s critical to the iPhone’s core function as a phone.
However, it has now evolved in a way beyond what users of the original iPhone could have imagined, as it has been integrated into pretty much every Apple ecosystem. It’s this tight integration with the iPhone and the App Store that allows users to find, download, and even play games within the Messages app itself.
While I tend to use WhatsApp to message my friends and family, I still use iOS Messages a lot and love fun Easter eggs and tricks like this — in my opinion, it’s these fun little features that make the iPhone one of the best phones around.
If you want to know how to play games in iOS Messages, just read on.
How to play games in iOS Messages
NB: The following screenshots were taken on an iPhone, but the steps should be the same on an iPad as well. In order to play games in iOS Messages, the person you want to play will also need to use the iOS/iPadOS Messages app.
1. Find the messaging game app
in message chat, Click on the App Store icon in the bottom toolbar and Download an app to play. You’ll like it Look for one that says “in messages” in its description, which indicates that it can be turned on within the Messages app.
2. Select the game application
Once downloaded, Select the application from the toolbar in chat.
3. Start a new game
When the app opens at the bottom, Follow any onscreen instructions to start a new game.
4. Wait for the other person to respond
Your opponent will send an invitation to join you in the game. All you have to do now is Wait for them to respond And Crush them mercilessly.
Thats all about it. If you want to learn about other cool things you can do with iOS Messages, read our roundup of hidden iOS Messages features everyone should know about.
If you want to read more iPhone tutorials, start with our guides on how to clear RAM on iPhone, how to delete multiple contacts on iPhone and how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. The iOS 16 Features Guide contains a collection of tips and tricks for the latest capabilities offered with this release of the Apple iPhone software.