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Apple's FaceTime app was the main focus for many of the iOS 15 updates that were introduced, but the Messages app wasn't entirely forgotten. Apple introduced a new Shared with You feature and streamlined several interface elements to make the Messages experience more pleasant.

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This guide outlines all of the new features that Apple added to the Messages app in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

Shared with You

The main new feature in the iOS 15 Messages app is Shared with You, which aggregates content that people share with you in Messages into the proper apps. So if someone sends a photo, it shows up in a Shared with You section in the Photos app.

messages-app-shared-with-you.jpg

This isn't strictly a Messages addition because it's actually other apps that have this new section, but it does make Messages content much more accessible and less likely to be forgotten. There are multiple Shared with You integrations, as outlined below.
  • Photos - When someone sends you a photo in Messages, it automatically appears in the Shared with You section of the Photos app, which is located in "For You." Tapping on an image lets you save it to the photo library, and it has a record of who sent it. If you tap on the name of the person that sent it, it automatically opens up the Messages app so you can have a conversation.
  • Safari - Any link sent to you in Safari is stored in the Shared with You section of the main start page that's opened when you open up a new tab. Safari shows a preview of the link so you can see what it's about, and tapping the link opens up the website.
  • Apple News - A link to an Apple News story that's sent to you will be stored in the Shared with You section that's located in the Today and Following tabs in Apple News. Stories that are found in News and Safari show up in Shared with You in both apps.
  • Apple Music - Music links sent in Messages are shown in the Shared with You section of Apple Music, which is located under Listen Now.
  • Apple Podcasts - If you're sent an episode of a Podcast or a link to a show, it's listed in the Shared with You section of Listen Now in the Apple Podcasts app.
  • Apple TV App - When a friend sends a movie or a TV show link over Messages, the TV show or movie will appear in the Shared with You section of Watch Now so you can find it quickly.

Shared With You - Continue Conversations

In all apps that have a Shared with You section, content in these sections makes it clear who sent it to you. There are name labels that you can tap to go right to the Messages app so you can have a conversation about what was shared. Tapping the name label on an item shared with you also opens right up to the associated message so you can see the original conversation.

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Shared With You - Pinning Content

If someone shares something with you that you definitely don't want to forget about, such as a photo or a link, you can long press on it and choose the "Pin" option. Pinned items are shown first in Shared with You, in Messages search, and the Details view of a Messages conversation.

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Photo Collages

Multiple images sent in the Messages app now show up as a little photo collage of images stacked on top of one another. You can tap the collage and swipe through it to see each image in the stack. At the top left of the full screen interface, you can tap to see all of the images in a grid view, and there are also quick access tools for replying, adding a tapback response, downloading an image, or sharing it.

messages-photo-stack-grid.jpg

Improved Photo Saving

All images you're sent in the Messages app have a little download icon next to them that can be tapped to save them, which makes it much easier to save a photo that you're sent to the photo library on your device.

Updated Photos Image Picker

The Photos image picker, including in the Messages app, now allows you to select photos in a specific order for sharing.

messages-photo-view-select-order.jpg

International Updates

Apple added a few country specific features to address issues with spam. In Brazil, on-device intelligence filters out unwanted SMS messages and organizes them into Promotional, Transactional, and Junk folders to keep clutter out of the main Messages inbox.

In India and China, there are options to turn notifications on or off for unknown senders, transactions, and promotions so users have more control over which types of messages are able to send notifications.

New Memoji and Memoji Stickers

Memoji, which are used in the Messages and FaceTime app, have been updated in iOS 15 with 40 new outfit choices, an option to choose two different eye colors, new glasses options, new headwear options, and new accessibility options that include cochlear implants, oxygen tubes, and soft helmet.

messages-app-memoji.jpg

Apple has also added nine new Memoji stickers like hand wave and lightbulb moment, heart hands, and more.

Other Messages Tweaks

  • Group Message Access in FaceTime - In FaceTime, there's an option to access a group Messages thread with the people you're chatting with.
  • Focus Message Status - If you have Focus mode on and someone tries to send you an iMessage, they'll see a status update letting them know that you're in Focus mode. Friends and family can break through the Focus mode message with an urgent message.
  • Messages Photo Search - If you do a search with a contact name included, you can use Spotlight to find photos that person has sent you.
  • Announce Messages in CarPlay - Siri can now announce your incoming messages in CarPlay.
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dguisinger

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Shared With You has got to be one of those features I really don't want. Luckily I don't use some of the apps like News, but I really don't want to go into an app and see it cluttered with stuff people shared with me that I wasn't interested in to begin with and likely already ignored.....
 

CarlJ

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Shared With You has got to be one of those features I really don't want. Luckily I don't use some of the apps like News, but I really don't want to go into an app and see it cluttered with stuff people shared with me that I wasn't interested in to begin with and likely already ignored.....
Funny, I'm looking forward to the Shared With You features - occasionally, I find myself scrolling back a week in messages to find a URL that a friend/relative sent me - having a separate section in Safari that I can get into with a single tap that has all these links will be quite helpful. It sounds like, in each case, it'll be behind a "Shared With You" button, not cluttering up your main display. (I'm not at all sure that I'll like all the other UI rearrangement they're doing in Safari.)

I'm also looking forward to being able to control the order of pictures when sending several to someone in Messages - that has annoyed me multiple times, sending "here's, uh, steps 3, 1, and 2 of the process". And Group Message Access in FaceTime sounds handy (I often find myself flipping back and forth between Messages and FaceTime).

My niece will love the additional Memoji features to play with, though I know everyone here will hate them.
 

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Funny, I'm looking forward to the Shared With You features - occasionally, I find myself scrolling back a week in messages to find a URL that a friend/relative sent me - having a separate section in Safari that I can get into with a single tap that has all these links will be quite helpful. It sounds like, in each case, it'll be behind a "Shared With You" button, not cluttering up your main display. (I'm not at all sure that I'll like all the other UI rearrangement they're doing in Safari.)

I'm also looking forward to being able to control the order of pictures when sending several to someone in Messages - that has annoyed me multiple times, sending "here's, uh, steps 3, 1, and 2 of the process". And Group Message Access in FaceTime sounds handy (I often find myself flipping back and forth between Messages and FaceTime).

My niece will love the additional Memoji features to play with, though I know everyone here will hate them.
Like you, I think I may have some intermittent use for some of the new features although I don't see it happening very often. I am glad others will make more use of the new features.
 

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I thought you weren't using beta. Beta won't be released on a Saturday.
Whoops! Thank for you catching my error. Corrections have been made friend.

This stupid Las Vegas heat is deadly and it makes you not want to think or do anything 😂

Excessive heat warning is in place!!!
 

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DeepIn2U

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New Memoji and Memoji Stickers

Memoji, which are used in the Messages and FaceTime app, have been updated in iOS 15 with 40 new outfit choices, an option to choose two different eye colors, new glasses options, new headwear options, and new accessibility options that include cochlear implants, oxygen tubes, and soft helmet.

messages-app-memoji.jpg

Apple has also added nine new Memoji stickers like hand wave and lightbulb moment, heart hands, and more.

But wait ... there are already EXISTING outfits for memoji? Since when?!
 
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zorinlynx

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I have to wonder, are there really that many people who are able to use iMessage with every single friend and family member they have?

I have a mix of Android and iOS users in my friends and family circle, and thus can't invest myself too much in fun silly iMessage stuff because I can't use it with over half of my contacts. I wish Apple would put together an iMessage app for Android, much like Google has equivalents to their Android apps on iOS.
 

frifra

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When will there finally be a list view for the photo albums? Only words instead of huge tiles for every album.

It feels like 2010. If you have more than 12 albumen it’s quite annoying adding pictures to one.
 

hagar

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Does it fix the biggest annoyance ever? That it sends messages to the last used number of a user?

Say I have a conversation with someone on their mobile number. I have both their mobile and work number stored in a single contact (as you’re supposed to). Then they call me using their work number.… and then it happens: the next time I continue the iMessage conversation, my message is sent to their work number. Which bounces because it’s a landline.

Why? Why? Why?

iMessage is polite enough to turn the blue bubble in a green one. But why does it switch over? And how do I stop this from happening?
 

kk200

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Everytime after i typed message and hit retern, I get a newline instead of sending it out. what a stupid design.
 
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hagar

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Everytime after i typed message and hit retern, I get a newline instead of sending it out. what a stupid design.
That’s how it’s always been. And that’s how WhatsApp, Signal and Messenger work. Am I missing something?
 

davenroberts

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Shared with You: really? Kinda ok but who will really care? Why can’t we print the iMessages and select a range? I am a heavy user but it’s gotta get into the 21st Century with less Bells & Whistles and more core function. And really, more avatars and stickers? What, are we all 12 years old?
 
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incoherent_1

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I have to wonder, are there really that many people who are able to use iMessage with every single friend and family member they have?

I have a mix of Android and iOS users in my friends and family circle, and thus can't invest myself too much in fun silly iMessage stuff because I can't use it with over half of my contacts. I wish Apple would put together an iMessage app for Android, much like Google has equivalents to their Android apps on iOS.
Exactly. Even most of my friends who do have iPhones don’t use iMessage because it has fallen so far behind the competition (and ironically these so-called “features” don’t do much to bridge the gap).

I’ve been saying it for years but the killer feature for iMessage is to integrate APIs for ALL messaging platforms so the app is a one-stop shop and I can integrate all of my threads from across iMessage, Signal, Telegram, etc. into one app, one interface.
 

mr.bee

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Apple's FaceTime app was the main focus for many of the iOS 15 updates that were introduced, but the Messages app wasn't entirely forgotten. Apple introduced a new Shared with You feature and streamlined several interface elements to make the Messages experience more pleasant.

iOS-15-Messages-Guide-Feature.jpg

This guide outlines all of the new features that Apple added to the Messages app in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

Shared with You

The main new feature in the iOS 15 Messages app is Shared with You, which aggregates content that people share with you in Messages into the proper apps. So if someone sends a photo, it shows up in a Shared with You section in the Photos app.

messages-app-shared-with-you.jpg

This isn't strictly a Messages addition because it's actually other apps that have this new section, but it does make Messages content much more accessible and less likely to be forgotten. There are multiple Shared with You integrations, as outlined below.
  • Photos - When someone sends you a photo in Messages, it automatically appears in the Shared with You section of the Photos app, which is located in "For You." Tapping on an image lets you save it to the photo library, and it has a record of who sent it. If you tap on the name of the person that sent it, it automatically opens up the Messages app so you can have a conversation.
  • Safari - Any link sent to you in Safari is stored in the Shared with You section of the main start page that's opened when you open up a new tab. Safari shows a preview of the link so you can see what it's about, and tapping the link opens up the website.
  • Apple News - A link to an Apple News story that's sent to you will be stored in the Shared with You section that's located in the Today and Following tabs in Apple News. Stories that are found in News and Safari show up in Shared with You in both apps.
  • Apple Music - Music links sent in Messages are shown in the Shared with You section of Apple Music, which is located under Listen Now.
  • Apple Podcasts - If you're sent an episode of a Podcast or a link to a show, it's listed in the Shared with You section of Listen Now in the Apple Podcasts app.
  • Apple TV App - When a friend sends a movie or a TV show link over Messages, the TV show or movie will appear in the Shared with You section of Watch Now so you can find it quickly.

Shared With You - Continue Conversations

In all apps that have a Shared with You section, content in these sections makes it clear who sent it to you. There are name labels that you can tap to go right to the Messages app so you can have a conversation about what was shared. Tapping the name label on an item shared with you also opens right up to the associated message so you can see the original conversation.

messages-shared-with-you-conversation.jpg

Shared With You - Pinning Content

If someone shares something with you that you definitely don't want to forget about, such as a photo or a link, you can long press on it and choose the "Pin" option. Pinned items are shown first in Shared with You, in Messages search, and the Details view of a Messages conversation.

messages-app-shared-with-you-pin.jpg

Photo Collages

Multiple images sent in the Messages app now show up as a little photo collage of images stacked on top of one another. You can tap the collage and swipe through it to see each image in the stack. At the top left of the full screen interface, you can tap to see all of the images in a grid view, and there are also quick access tools for replying, adding a tapback response, downloading an image, or sharing it.

messages-photo-stack-grid.jpg

Improved Photo Saving

All images you're sent in the Messages app have a little download icon next to them that can be tapped to save them, which makes it much easier to save a photo that you're sent to the photo library on your device.

Updated Photos Image Picker

The Photos image picker, including in the Messages app, now allows you to select photos in a specific order for sharing.

messages-photo-view-select-order.jpg

International Updates

Apple added a few country specific features to address issues with spam. In Brazil, on-device intelligence filters out unwanted SMS messages and organizes them into Promotional, Transactional, and Junk folders to keep clutter out of the main Messages inbox.

In India and China, there are options to turn notifications on or off for unknown senders, transactions, and promotions so users have more control over which types of messages are able to send notifications.

New Memoji and Memoji Stickers

Memoji, which are used in the Messages and FaceTime app, have been updated in iOS 15 with 40 new outfit choices, an option to choose two different eye colors, new glasses options, new headwear options, and new accessibility options that include cochlear implants, oxygen tubes, and soft helmet.

messages-app-memoji.jpg

Apple has also added nine new Memoji stickers like hand wave and lightbulb moment, heart hands, and more.

Other Messages Tweaks

  • Group Message Access in FaceTime - In FaceTime, there's an option to access a group Messages thread with the people you're chatting with.
  • Focus Message Status - If you have Focus mode on and someone tries to send you an iMessage, they'll see a status update letting them know that you're in Focus mode. Friends and family can break through the Focus mode message with an urgent message.
  • Messages Photo Search - If you do a search with a contact name included, you can use Spotlight to find photos that person has sent you.
  • Announce Messages in CarPlay - Siri can now announce your incoming messages in CarPlay.
Guide Feedback

Have questions about Messages in iOS 15, know of a feature we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

Article Link: Everything New in the iOS 15 Messages App: Shared With You, Photo Collages, Memoji Updates and More
Is reply still a long press? It takes 2 second while a left or right swipe less then a second

also from personal experience
Signal >> iMessage = telegram >>> garbage >>> WhatsApp
 
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Johnny Appleseed's Mom

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Apple love's giving us things we don't want, don't need, or didn't ask for.. Bro, we very uniformly want these things

1. All group chats easily nameable (even if cross platform / green text groups)
2. Faster loading previous messages
3. When you search messages you can actually click the result and it get this - goes to that result not the thread.
 
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