iPhone codewords: list of iMessage screen effect codes


iPhone users can send effects like lasers, balloons and a giant balloon heart to their friends


You can amplify your iMessages by sending cool effects with simple code words, all built into your iPhone.

There’s a wide range of unique effects including lasers, balloons, fireworks and confetti – but there are secret code words that trigger the glowing background.


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The feature has been around for quite some time, but Apple fans recently posted about the fun feature on social media.

How to send an iMessage screen effect


Screen effects only work between devices that support iOS, so both you and your contact must be using an iPhone.

Then when you write the code word, the effect will automatically cycle through with the message, which will also appear on your phone after the iMessage is delivered.


Screen effects code words

There are nine effects in total that you can send messages from:


Confetti rains down pieces of colorful confetti. To get this effect message:

  • Congratulations
  • congratulations
  • Selamat (an Indonesian word meaning happy, peaceful, or safe)

Balloons of different colors rise from the bottom of the screen. To get this effect message:

  • Happy Birthday
  • Feliz cumpleanos (Spanish for happy birthday)
  • Bon Anniversaire (French for Happy Birthday)

Tapping fireworks will result in a fireworks explosion on the screen. Get this effect by typing:

  • Happy New Year
  • Happy Chinese New Year (which also produces red fireworks)
  • Happy Diwali
  • Happy Lunar New Year

This effect displays a laser light show. To get this effect, write:


The shooting star effect fires a shooting star across the screen. To get this effect, write:

Other screen effects without code words are:

  • Love – A large heart will appear next to your message
  • Spotlight – Puts your message in the spotlight
  • Eco – Covers the screen with speech bubbles or emojis

Are there other effects?

There are nine screen effects you can send to your friends via iMessage, but not all of them have codewords associated with them.


To send an iMessage with an effect, type your message and hold down the send button, which should be blue.

You can choose your effects according to the message bubble or what appears on the screen by selecting the option at the top of the page and swiping right and opting for the one you want to send.


For bubbles, you can choose between “slam,” which is a sudden movement that makes your message bigger than normal.

“Loudly” the message beckons in from you, in an act of emphasis.


Soft makes the font in your text bubble smaller and then larger, and invisible ink scrambles your message, requiring the recipient to touch the message for the words to appear.