The iOS 10 update made some significant changes to the Messages app, including the ability for you to send some additional types of messages. One of these new message types is called “Digital Touch” and allows you to create drawings and send them to your contacts. It’s a fun tool that you may find to be more useful or personal than simply sending text messages.
Many of these newer features are only available when you are sending iMessages, though, so they may not be sent if you have an iMessage that gets sent as a text message instead. Additionally, you won’t be able to access these features in a conversation where the contact doesn’t have iMessage enabled.
Our tutorial below will show you where to find this option so that you can start drawing in messages and sharing those drawings with your friends and family.
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Using the New Draw Feature in iOS 10
The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10. Note that this feature is not available on versions of iOS lower than 10 so if you haven’t yet updated, then you will not be able to use this feature.
Step 1: Open the Messages app.
Step 2: Select the conversation into which you would like to add a drawing.
Step 3: Tap the heart icon. If you only see an arrow, then tap that, then the heart icon.
Step 4: Start drawing by swiping your finger in the black rectangle at the center of the screen.
You can also tap the icons at the right side to see some of the built-in features that you can use.
Step 5: Once you have finished drawing your message, tap the blue circle with the arrow at the right side of the screen. Note that you can switch the color of the “ink” used for your drawing by choosing different circles at the left side of the screen.
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