12 iMessages apps you’ll use

iMessages Apps You'll Use

I believe enabling apps in iMessages app is a transformative step, opening up dozens of new opportunities for the company in an industry the potential of which has best been illustrated by WeChat.

I’ve been kicking some of the first third party apps around a little and I’ve put together a short list of some of the apps that best illustrate the potential of the system. (To learn more about downloading these apps look at the bottom of this article).


I make a lot of use of translation and language learning software and iTranslate’s iMessage app is very useful. It lets you type something in your language and instantly translates it into the recipient’s language.


Share Evernotes from within iMessage.

City Mapper

The City Mapper app lets you send your location to others as a little map recipients can then tap to get directions to you.


OpenTable helps you find local restaurants, vote on your favorites and book, all from within Messages. Also take a look at Yelp.


Surface available stays in the location you are travelling to and share them with others with this useful app.

Weather Channel

Sending weather information to your chums may seem a little unnecessary, but it will help you if you are planning a barbecue or a seaside trip, that’s where shared info like this really helps.


Scan a document into Messages and send it, all from within iMessage.


Want to go to a movie? Search the IMDb database to find showtimes, information and more.


Very useful app lets you create polls within Messages, which can be useful way to make decisions as a group.

ETA for iMessage

This lets you share your estimated time of arrival from within the conversation, it provides estimates based on driving, public transport or walking.

Circle Pay

This useful app lets you send cash internationally (in dollars, euros, Bitcoin or even sterling) to your contacts safely without charging an additional fee.

Words With Friends

Casual gamers will love Words With Friends, it’s a little like Scrabble but lets you play in an iMessage chat.

How to use apps

When you create a new Message you’ll see the App Store icon appear to the left of the input field at the right of the camera and heart/digital touch icons. Tap the App Store icon then tap the four dots to see what apps you already have installed, to get more just click the + icon to reach the store. To download something you like the look of just tap “get” in the same way as you access new items from any Apple App store.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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