How to Use the Redesigned Messages App Drawer in iOS 11

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In iOS 10, Apple introduced the Messages App Store, allowing users to jump into miniature versions of their favorite apps so they could do things like choose a movie time, send their location, pay a friend, give a recommendation from Apple Music, and attach stickers. With the launch of iOS 11, the app drawer and selection experience of Messages apps have been streamlined, and this guide will walk you through the fastest way to access your favorite apps, organize them, and add more from the Messages App Store.

    Navigating the New App Drawer in Messages

    1. Open Messages.
    2. Choose a contact to text.
    3. At the bottom of the screen sits the new app drawer, and you can tap one to bring it up or scroll to dive deeper into your collection.
    From here, apps within Messages function essentially the same as they did in iOS 10: the bottom half of the screen represents the app, which you can interact with and send content into the upper half section of the screen in the form of an iMessage. A small chevron sitting just below the text entry field can be tapped to expand the Messages app to full screen, and tapped again to reduce it.

    If you ever accidentally leave the app by tapping the text field, simply tap the App Store icon to the left of the text field. Conversely, if you're inside of a Messages app and want to make it and the app drawer disappear, tap the same App Store icon to the left of the text field (it'll be blue when the app drawer is open) to make the app disappear (returning the icon to gray).

    Editing the New App Drawer in Messages

    1. Navigate to the app drawer in Messages.
    2. Scroll the drawer all the way to the right and tap the ellipses, or "More," icon.
    3. Tap "Edit."
    4. On the right side, choose any installed app you want or don't want in your Messages app drawer by tapping the green toggles.
    5. On the left side, tap the green "+" icon next to any app you want as a favorite.
    6. Tap "Done."
    Now that your app drawer is fully customized, your favorites will appear on the far left side of the drawer, and any other apps you have toggled on will appear after your favorites. Any time you want to search for more, you can tap the blue App Store icon sitting to the left of your favorites to visit the Messages App Store. There are numerous standalone Messages apps, but many popular apps have also been updated over the past year to include Messages support.

    For this reason, it's easy for your app drawer to become crowded, making the deeper editing and favoriting options in iOS 11 a welcome addition. If you'd rather not see the app drawer, tap on the gray App Store icon at the left of the Messages text box to hide it from view.

    Article Link: How to Use the Redesigned Messages App Drawer in iOS 11
  2. aforty macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    This thing is still really buggy. I edited the apps available and when I was done I couldn't press "Done." I had to force quit the app. I've noticed some other weirdness that makes iOS 11 still feel very much beta to me.
  3. ck2875 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    You left off the most important part: Tap the gray App Store icon to hide the app drawer.
  4. canny macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2009
    Tim Cook’s Apple: “There’s no step seven!”
  5. Nr123*123 macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2014
    How do you disable this stupid thing?

    I’m a grown up. I text people. I don’t need everything to be shared or “connected”.
  6. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    As mentioned earlier:
  7. RyanTheGeneral macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
    does anyone have a weird bug in which of you type in 3 dashes the rest of your text gets deleted? Is that a “bug” or “feature”. Seems like an odd feature if the latter.

  8. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
  9. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Added a mention at the end of the post! Thanks :)
  10. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    The first the first thing I did was disable it.
  11. slprescott macrumors member


    Mar 22, 2012
    My app drawer shows Google Maps but not Apple Maps. Do you guys see the same?

    Why doesn’t Apple’s own Maps app appear? And when I open the utility to select additional apps, Maps doesn’t appear there either (despite it being installed and me using it frequently).
  12. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
    Macrumors should do a tutorial on how to utilize the copious amount white space that Apple left us in all stock apps.
  13. Prof. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
    I was so happy when I found this out.
  14. mainomega macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    I can’t believe I didn’t figure that out and I’ve been using the beta.

    THANK YOU !!! honestly, I search the setting and I figures you couldn’t turn it off cuz they wanted to you to buy those stupid stickers. Thank you again. MR needs a post with just this info for us who aren’t in middle school.
  15. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    Now please show me how to 'fix' the keyboard when in landscape mode. Its much smaller now and I have a bunch of gray space on either side. Same w/ the mail app. Bring back the larger 'keys' please, Tim!
  16. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    So that's how you do it!!! Thanks guys! All I wanted was Giphy
  17. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    Yep. And if you try and delete the Apps icon, it crashes the Mesaages app completely.
  18. Jbusick7944 macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2008
    How about an article to discuss that turning off WiFi in control center in iOS 11 doesn’t turn it off and it reconnects automatically even after you’ve turned it off?
  19. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
  20. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2013
    Need a stripped down version of this app without all of this garbage.
  21. KRose1223 macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2017
    How does it pick the apps that are shown? Are they just random or frequently used?

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