One of the most notable design changes in iOS 17 this year is to the Messages app. Apple has revamped the interface and moved access to iMessage apps and shortcuts to a new context menu. Here’s a closer look at these changes, with a tip for one-click access to the Photo Chooser.
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How to customize the new iMessage apps interface
This change to Messages was controversial in the early betas of iOS 17, and Apple made some changes to the interface throughout the beta testing process. Yet despite the beta tweaks, people are proving perplexed by these interface changes now that iOS 17 has been available to everyone for a few months.
In iOS 17, there is a new “+” plus button next to the text field. Tap it to bring up a full-screen pop-up menu that gives you access to the iMessage apps, as well as access to the Photos app switcher for sending pictures. The interface displays a handful of quick access icons by default, with a “More” option with each iMessage app you have installed.
My first tip for adjusting to this new interface in iOS 17 is to rearrange the order in which these apps appear. Here’s how to do it:
- Tap the “+” icon to reveal the Messages app list
- Long press an app and you can drag it up or down in the list of options
This also works for apps in the “More” section of the interface, so you can easily move apps to and from the hidden “More” list.
The hidden trick to accessing the photo picker
But one of the most common complaints I’ve seen about the new Messages interface in iOS 17 is that it takes a bit of extra work to get to the Photos app switcher. This is the most used iMessage app by the vast majority of people.
Did you know that there is a hidden trick to access the photo picker with a single click? Just long press the “+” icon and the Photos interface will appear automatically. No need to access the new full-screen interface.
What do you think of the revamped interface for iMessage apps in iOS 17? Have you adapted to the changes or do you prefer the old design? Let us know in the comments.
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