I am going to say what most of you are thinking and what I figured out when I was beta testing iOS 10. The best new feature and arguably the one if not the only reason to leave your perfectly working jailbroken iPhone 6s for a iPhone 7 is the updated iMessage. Mark my words in less than a year the iMessage App Store will be just as lucrative for developers as the AppStore is now.
The iMessage App Store lets you install apps and extensions within the Messages app. Thus far all that means is stickers and some simple games. Unfortunately similar to when the AppStore started; its hard to find quality content for it. It’s literally overrun by apps, games, stickers and extensions. Most of which are pointless and a worthless use of your time to download. We combed through all the them for and picked best iMessage apps available today.
This is how to get to the new iMessage app section
- Once iOS 10 is installed
- Open the iMessage app
- Tap on the “show more” icon (>) on the left-hand side of the text field.
- You will see three icons.
- Click on the App Store icon
- Then the icon on the bottom left that looks like a grid and tap on Store to see all the stickers, emojis, apps and games available.
Best iMessage apps available today
Snapchat, I mean Private Auto-delete Messages
Private is a fantastic iMessage app that allows you to send iMessages to anyone that automatically destruct 2 minutes after being read by the recipient. This feature is one of the things I like about Telegram, so it’s nice to see something similar come to iMessage as well.
Discover, reserve, and manage restaurant reservations free and instantly—anytime, anywhere. Get last-minute access to more restaurants around the world with the leader in restaurant reservations. Plus, earn points towards rewards every time you dine with the OpenTable app.
Whether you’re planning for the day or week, message your friends mini forecasts with The Weather Channel for iMessage!
Genius is the world’s biggest collection of song lyrics and crowdsourced musical knowledge.
Words With Friends is the fun, free social crossword game where your brain power is tested against friends from all over the world. And now, there are even more ways to enjoy the game.
Have fun challenging your friends and enemies in the hottest trivia game! Let our friendly spinner wheel, Willy, select which questions you’ll answer from six different categories. Be the first to get the six crowns to win, but watch out for the rematch!
Stickers from Super Mario Run – coming December 2016 on iPhone and iPad! Show off your feelings with Mario’s expressions or use items to decorate your conversations to make them look like a scene from Mario’s world. By adding a cap or moustache to a photo, anyone can be Mario!
Oh boy! Add classic fun to your iMessages with this Mickey & Friends sticker pack that includes iconic characters like Mickey, Minnie, and Donald.
Record three short videos. Two truths and a lie, then send the video to your friend or to a group iMessage thread and see who knows you.
Play Rock Paper Scissors with your friends right in iMessage. Whether you need to figure out who gets to choose or you want to waste some time this is one you need to try.
The ESPN iMessage app lets you quickly see sports scores and then send them to a friend. This is an awesome way to send sports scores as a way to cheer on your team or to taunt a friend.
Play a variety of two-player games with your friends inside iMessage. This includes 8-ball, poker, sea battle, anagrams and gomoku. Additional games are coming soon.
Trying to show your friends where you want to go for dinner? Share your recent Yelp views without leaving the Messages app, or get one tap access to Yelp from your conversation.
Plane Finder is one of the best flight tracking services out there, with a stellar app for iOS. You can view information about all the planes flying around the globe and even tap on one to view additional data about it. Earlier today, the app was updated to Version 9.4 that introduces a fantastic iMessage app. Right within iMessage, you can now look up a flight via its number and send information about it to anyone you’re conversing with, including the scheduled & actual time of departure and arrival. Here’s what it looks like:
From the makers of 1Blocker comes Cipher — a simple yet useful iMessage app that allows you to digitally sign and encrypt your iMessages. It makes use of the Touch ID on your iPhone to sign or encrypt these messages and is a prime example of of the clever ways iOS devs make use of Apple’s platforms.
iTranslate is one of the best translation apps available for iPhone and iPad and today’s update (Version 10.3) introduces a really nifty iMessage app. With support for over 90 languages, iTranslate allows you to chat with anyone around the world with ease, and if you have the Pro features enabled, you can also use the dictation features for even faster translations.
Fancy a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors? Now you can play it right within iMessage thanks to Rock–Paper–Scissors.
There’s no doubt that there’ll be several Tic Tac Toe games on the App Store, this is the one that caught our eye and for good reason too. xoxo by Laser Focused is a lovely implementation of the age old game and quite fun to play.
There is a whole category in the Featured page dedicated to celebmojis. While the user might already have KIMOJIs, Kevin Hart’s take on these emojis is perfect for when you’re clowning around with friends. KEVMOJIs feature the comedian’s real face in a variety of expressions, along with other stickers. There are some mature themes here, so make sure the user is at least 17 years old to download these emojis.
Pokémon fans can now send stickers featuring the pocket monsters directly in their texts thanks to this pack. However, the Pokémon stickers are pixelated, giving them that gaming look as they appear in Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow. This is already one of the top-grossing sticker packs (right behind Disney Stickers: Mickey & Friends), so expect friends to send lots of Pikachus soon.