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How to turn off the iMessage typing bubble so no one knows you’re typing

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Apple’s iMessage is incredibly popular and is arguably one of the more popular chat applications around today. However, because Apple doesn’t provide us with usage details in the way that Facebook and Snapchat do, the full scope of iMessage’s popularity remains unclear. What is clear, however, is that iMessage’s seeming ubiquity doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best chat application available. In fact, there’s no denying that iMessage’s suite of features woefully lags behind features that have been available on apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat for years.

In light of that, there aren’t that many iMessage tips and tricks lurking beneath the surface. And while Apple has added a few new iMessage features in recent years, we haven’t seen Apple make a lot of progress in transforming iMessage into a top-tier messaging platform. That notwithstanding, there are some iMessage tips that, if you’re not aware of already, might make the user experience slightly more enjoyable.

How to turn off the iMessage typing bubbles

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One great feature of iMessage is that typing bubbles appear when someone you’re texting with is in the process of responding to your text. Not everyone, however, wants to indicate that they’re in the process of whipping up a reply. Unfortunately, there’s no way to turn this feature completely off. Still, there is a workaround worth mentioning.

If, for whatever reason, you don’t want the typing bubbles to appear when texting, simply send an iMessage via Siri. Doing so will send the text automatically without letting the recipient know when you started responding.

Another workaround is to type up your reply in a separate app, copy it, and then quickly paste and send your response.

Another iPhone texting trick – Pin a text conversation

One of the best iMessage features was only introduced recently with iOS 14. With iOS 14, Apple finally provided users with a way to pin text message conversations. This is very convenient if you want easy access to a texting thread you revisit regularly.

To utilize this feature, first, open up the Messages app and locate the conversation you’d like to pin. Following that, long press on the recipient’s name. Upon doing so, an option to Pin the conversation will appear. You’ll now see that conversation at the top of the Messages app every time you open it up.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.