One of the most noticeable design changes in iOS 17 comes to the Messages app. Apple has updated the interface and moved access to iMessage apps and shortcuts to a new pop-up menu. Below we’ll take a closer look at these changes, as well as a trick that allows you to access the photo picker with one tap.
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How to customize the new iMessage apps interface
This change to Messages caused controversy in early beta versions of iOS 17, and Apple made several changes to the interface throughout the beta testing process. However, despite the beta tweaks, people are finding themselves confused by these interface changes now that iOS 17 is available to everyone.
In iOS 17, there is a new “+” button next to the text field with a plus sign. Tapping this opens a full-screen pop-up menu that gives you access to the iMessage apps as well as the Photos app picker for sending pictures. By default, the interface displays several shortcut icons with an “More” option for each iMessage app you have installed.
My first tip for adapting to the new iOS 17 interface is to reorganize the order in which these apps appear. Here’s how to do it:
Tap the + icon to open the Messages app list. Long press on 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.
Hidden trick to access photo picker
But one of the most common complaints I’ve seen about the new Messages interface in iOS 17 is that accessing the Photos app picker requires a little more effort. This is the most used iMessage app for the vast majority of people.
Did you know that there is a hidden trick that allows you to access the photo picker with just one tap? Just long press the “+” icon and the Photo interface will automatically appear. There is no need to access the new full-screen interface.
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