Sent with what?
If you see something like “(sent with fireworks)” in your text messages, it’s because someone has sent you an animated message using Apple iMessage – from an iPhone or Mac.
If you see (sent with fireworks) in a text message, someone tried to send you an animated text message but you can’t see it because:
- You’re not using an iOS devices (i.e. Android)
- Your iPhone is running a super old version of iOS (pre-iOS 10)
- You’re using SMS and not iMessage to send text messages (indicated by green chat bubbles, instead of blue)
- Animations are a special Apple feature – they only work when using iMessages between two iOS/Mac OS devices
As a recipient with iOS 10 or later, you will see the animation when you read the text for the first time (note: not visible on Watch). You can also tap “Replay” within the chat window to see the animation again.
How to send an animated text message
- In iMessage, once you’ve typed your text, press and hold the blue “send” button (with the upward-facing arrow)
- Use the slider at the top of the screen to choose “bubble” or “screen” effect
- Tap or swipe to preview the animations/effects
- Tap the blue send button to send the message! Your recipient will see the effect when they open the text on an iPhone or Mac