What does “Sent with Fireworks” mean?

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 iMessage on iOS 10 or 11.

If you’re seeing this, it’s likely because:

  • You’re not on an iOS devices (i.e. Android)
  • Your iPhone is running a super old version of iOS (pre-iOS 10)
  • You are not using iMessages (your text bubbles are green)
    • Animations are specific to Apple – and only work when using iMessages from one iOS device to another

As a recipient with iOS 10 or later, you will see the animation when you read the ‘animated’ message for the first time (note: not visible on Watch):

What it looks like to receive an iMessage with animated background



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