Fix iMessage Effects Not Working on iPhone/Mac

Last Updated on Sep 24, 2021

iMessage Effects Not Working after iOS upgrade? Don’t worry, I know that each new iOS sub-version comes up with considerable variations in the messaging of which there are lots of eye-catching themes and colors to go with. This iMessaging works with the iPhone users running on the Same version, for other ones they just send simple text messages. Send iMessage Effects is quite simple you only have to hold it up, and there are many options seen below from which you have just to select your choice, and you have to enjoy it. Play any iMessage Screen effect from Eacho, Spotlight, Balloons, Confetti, Love, Lasers, Fireworks, Shooting Star, Celebration.

But some of the users of the iPhone/iPad of iOS/iPadOS complained about it that it was not functioning correctly and iMessage Effects are not working on Screen or playing so here we are to bring you out from that problems and enjoy the new way of messaging.

So The below Solutions is helping to fix the iMessage Effect Not Working.


If your iMessaging is not working correctly on your iPhone, then you have to turn off the reduced motion. The reason for this is the bubble motion will not work correctly if the minimize motion is enabled. For the disablement of the minimize motion you have to follow up the following steps:  

in iOS 13 and later users need to go with this tutorial to turn off reduce motion on iPhone iOS 13.

  1. Launch the Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Scroll to Accessibility settings.
Accessibility Settings on iPhone
Accessibility Settings on iPhone
  • and Tap on Motion > Turn off Reduce motion toggle and Enable Auto-Play Message Effects toggle.
  • Turn off Reduce Motion and Enable Message Effects
    Turn off Reduce Motion and Enable Message Effects
  • That’s it.

  • Steps for iOS 12 and Earlier users to turn to reduce motion off,

    • Go to the Settings App > Then tap to the General > Next Find and tap on ASSECCIBILITY, then tap on REDUCE MOTION, then DISABLED REDUCED MOTION.

    On MacBook/Mac: iMessage Effect Not Working on the Messages app

    macOS Big Sur comes with massive updates for the Messages app, Specially for iMessage. Now, iMessage support message effect, Just like iPhone/iPad. Follow the below steps and Start Using the screen effect on the Message app of your MacBook/Mac.

    1. Click on the Apple logo from the top left Mac/MacBook Menu.
    2. Now, Click on the System Preferences option.
    Finder System Preferences option on Mac
    Finder System Preferences option on Mac
  • Next, Click on Accessibility option.
  • Accessibility settings on Macbook mac system preferences
    Accessibility settings on Macbook mac system preferences
  • Uncheck the Reduce Motion option.
  • Turn off Reduce Motion on macOS on MacBook and Mac
    Turn off Reduce Motion on macOS on MacBook and Mac
  • Now, You can Play the effect for iMessage in the Messages app on Mac.
  • iMessage Effects on MacBook Mac in macOS
    iMessage Effects on MacBook Mac in macOS
  • That’s it.

    In the latest release of iOS 12,  Apple has released an option of AUTO-PLAY MESSAGE EFFECTS. In this actually when you turned it off the effects that you send or receive will not play automatically, and for that, you have to tap on the replay option to play it.

    • For that you have to follow these steps: Go to the GENERAL SETTING APP, then tap on the  General, then tap on ASSECCIBILTY, then tap on the  REDUCE MOTION,
    5 Enable Reduce Motion in iPhone Settings


    this solution will help the iPhone / iPad issues. You can merely restart/ reboot your device and avoid this error.

    For RESTARTING  your device you have to press and hold the Wake/Sleep button, then you have to drag and slide it to the POWER OFF, restart your device after a few seconds

    For rebooting your device, you have to press and hold the Home button and the WAKE/SLEEP BUTTON until the APPLE LOGO APPEARS.

    Force Restart/ Reboot: Power Button + Volume Down button in iPhone 7 and later model.


    Steps to Reset All Settings in iOS 15 and Later Version

    Go to the “Settings” app > Tap “General” > Find and open tap “Transfer or Reset iPhone” > Tap “Reset” > Lastly tap on “Reset All Settings” reset-all-settings-on-iphone-ios-15

    > For security reasons, you will be asked to enter the iPhone Passcode. >Tap Confirm Reset All Settings. > After that iPhone will reboot.

    Steps to Reset All Settings in iOS 14 and earlier Version

    You can fix the issue of the bubble/screen effect of your iOS by RESETING ALL. For that, you have to go to the Settings App > General, Move down to the last of the screen then tap on the RESET.

    6 Reset under General in Settings app on iPhone

    Then tap on the RESET ALL SETTINGS, then confirm ON the POP-UP.

    4 Reset All the Settings on iPhone


    For quitting the messaging app, you have a double-tap on the HOME button and SWIPE UP  the messaging app from a multitasking screen and after some time again open it and try.


    Signing out and still signing in may solve fix your problem for the only iMessage or in Group. For doing this, you have to follow these steps:

    1. Go to the SETTINGS APP,
    2. then you have to tap on MESSAGE,2 Messages Settings on iPhone
    • then tap on the SEND AND RECEIVE.
    3 Send and Receive Messages settings in iPhone

    See your Apple ID: TAP YOUR APPLE ID, then tap on SIGN OUT and then again SIGN IN.

    Another way of checking this is you have to choose your phone number under START A NEW CONVERSATION.


    Use Your Apple ID for iMessage on iPhone

    Use Apple ID for iMessage, In Many cases, iMessage doesn’t work with Phone numbers because of Activation failed, Carrier is not supporting iMessage, iMessage is not available in your Plan so on. So I recommend using Apple ID as iMessage from iPhone Settings. Settings app > Messages > Use Apple ID for iMessage > Sign in with Apple ID > That’s it.


    3D Touch comes with Massive updates in use different app with 3D Touch. Sometimes it’s working by disabling 3D Touch on iDevice from the settings app.

    This may be working with iOS 10. For doing this, you have to follow the given steps simply:

    1. Go to the settings APP,
    2. then tap on General,
    3. then scroll down to ASSECCIBILTY,
    4. then select the 3D TOUCH,  
    5. TURN IT OFF. 

    This method will be helpful to you.


    Some of the users have reported that the iMessaging is not working instantly but if you wait for a few hours and then retry it may start working. You wait for 24 hours without using it and then use it started working again.

    You must need WiFi (WiFi not Working?) or Cellular data (Cellular Data Not Working?), it’s only run on the Internet for free.

    9. RESTORE YOUR iDevice

    If any of the above mention things do not work then the last option left out is you just have to restore your device only. For fixing the bubble/ screen effect on your iOS device you have to restore it, but before restoring you have to take care of the backup of your equipment in advance.

    10. FEEDBACK

    You can give input to Apple and report about your problem if any of this won’t work.

    Connect with on below comment box for more help and post your suggestion and guide that need to fix any iPhone iMessage Screen Effects not working After iOS Update.

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