How Do I Send Disappearing Messages On My iPhone? Invisible Ink!

You’d like to send a hidden message to that special someone. You’ve heard that you can do it with an iPhone, iPad or iPod, but you’re not sure how. In this article, I’ll show you how to send disappearing messages written in invisible ink using the Messages app on your iPhone and how to read invisible ink messages on your iPhone.

Apple introduced the Invisible Ink effect in the new Messages app in iOS 10.

How Do I Send Disappearing Messages Written In Invisible Ink In The Messages App On My iPhone?

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone and type the message you want to send with invisible ink.
  2. Press and hold the blue send arrow  until the Send with Effect menu appears.
  3. Tap the gray dot  on the right side of INVISIBLE INK to select that text effect.
  4. Tap the blue send arrow to send a disappearing iMessage written in Invisible Ink.

How Do I Read Disappearing Messages Written In Invisible Ink On My iPhone?

If someone sends you a disappearing message written in invisible ink, tap on the text bubble and run your finger back and forth to read what it says.


Congratulations! You’ve just learned about a great new feature in iOS 10 — the ability to send disappearing written in Invisible Ink on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Enjoy, and if you have a question, feel free to leave a comment below.

About Author

I'm Mike Asterino and I am a Project Manager at Payette Forward Inc, an iPhone expert, and a lacrosse coach.

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3 years ago

Can disappearing ink messages be seen by someone with a different phone on my account?

How long will the message last? With the disappear
4 years ago

It’s so cool! How long will the message last? With the disappearing ink? Is there a way for it to disappear altogether after it’s read? Like on Messenger. Thank you

6 years ago

My friend sends me pictures and then after awhile they disappear what is going on