The handwritten messages feature in the Messages app for iOS is a lot of fun, and can bring a personal touch to your communications with friends and family. In this how to feature, we’ll show you how to create a handwritten message, and how to delete it when you no longer need it.
Creating a Handwritten Message
In the Messages app, start a new conversation, or enter a current one. rotate your iPhone to landscape mode, as shown in the screenshot below, and use your finger, (or a stylus, if that’s how you roll), to write a message on screen. Such as the very original one shown below:
After you’re finished writing your message, tap “Done,” or rotate your device to portrait mode, and the message will appear in your conversation. Now, you can either enter a typed message to go along with it, or simply hit the Send button to fire it off to the recipient.
Deleting a Handwritten Message
Once your handwritten message has been sent, the drawing is saved in a little scrolling panel at the bottom of the writing screen. While you may want to keep generic greetings, such as “Hi!” you might have sent others that were of a more personal or goofy nature, that you no longer need.
To delete a handwritten greeting, do the following:
- While in the Messages app, open any message thread, and then rotate the device to landscape mode to access the Handwritten Messages screen.
- Tap and hold on the thumbnail of the handwritten message wish to delete, until the thumbnails begin wiggling and showing the “X” button.
- Tap the “X” button on the handwritten note you wish to delete from the thumbnail list
- Repeat as needed.