Quick replies let you send and respond to messages faster and more conveniently than ever.

Once upon a time you had to slowly and methodically tap your way through apps and between them just to send and respond to messages. Thanks to the Messages app and Notification Center, though, you can rapidly respond from any app, and immediately send soundbites, selfies, location, and more right over iMessage.

How to quickly reply to a message from notification center on your iPhone or iPad

  1. When you receive a message notification on your iPhone or iPad, touch and pull down on it.
  2. Type in your message.
  3. Tap send.

Touch and pull down on a message, type in your message and tap send.

That's it! Your message will be sent on its way and you are back to doing whatever you were before the message was received.

How to quickly reply to a message from the lock screen of your iPhone or iPad

You can also use quick reply right from the Lock screen. With the latest iOS, you can't reply to a message from the Lock screen, but you can hide it and reply later.

Unlocking your iPhone or iPad by swiping right on a message launches the messages app. If you'd prefer to manage the message right from your Lock screen instead, the process is a little different:

  1. When you receive a message notification on your Lock screen, slide your finger over it to the left to reveal options.
  2. Tap on the "x" in order to remove the message from your Home screen.

    Slide your finger left and tap the "x".

By tapping on the x on the Lock screen, you will instantly mark the message as read. That means there will be no badge on the Messages app when you unlock your iPhone or iPad, and that the person on the other side will see a read receipt, if you have them enabled.

How to quickly reply to a message from the lock screen of your iPhone or iPad with Messages in iOS 10:

With iOS 10, you can replay from the lock screen by using 3D Touch or a long press on the notification. You can also continue the conversation without needing to unlock your phone.

  1. When you receive a message notification on your Lock screen, firmly press (3D Touch) or press and hold (no 3D Touch) the notification to open the message view and bring up your keyboard.
  2. Type your message.

    3D Touch or long press the notification

  3. Tap the Send button (looks like an arrow).

How to quickly send soundbites on your iPhone and iPad

Got a lot to say? Record a voice message — or soundbite — using Messages and save your thumbs for a future text!

Don't have time to tap away and send a long message to one of your friends? No problem! You can record a voice note using Messages so your friend will receive an audio clip. It saves you some time on long messages and also gives them the pleasure of hearing your delightful voice!

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on an existing conversation with the person you would like to send a voice note to.

    Launch Messages and tap on a conversation.

  3. To the right of the text entry field, tap and hold on the microphone button and begin speaking into your phone's Microphone.

  4. Swipe upwards when you are done recording your message to automatically send.

    Tap and hold the microphone and swipe upwards to send.

If you mess up while recording, swipe your finger to the left in step 4 instead of upwards in order to cancel the voice message. Just tap and hold again to start the recording over.

How to quickly send selfies faster on your iPhone and iPad

If you're having a great hair day you have lots of time to take a selfie and share it with your friends and contacts. If you're walking down the street and a butterfly lands on your nose, you've gotta take that selfie photo or video right away!

Butterfly or not, if you want to send a photo or video selfie, you can easily do that in Messages.

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the conversation you'd like to send a selfie or video in.
  3. Tap and hold on the camera button that's located to the left of the text entry field.

    Launch the messages app-tap on the conversation-tap and hold the camera button.

  4. Slide your finger up to the white photo shutter button and release to take a photo and send it on its way.

  5. Slide your finger up higher to the red video shutter button to start taking a video (tap the shutter button again to end the video).
  6. Alternately, you can tap on the flip camera button on the top right to take a photo or video of something other than yourself.

    Swipe your finger up for a video, swipe right for a photo, or tap the reverse camera button.

If you don't want to send the recorded video or want to cancel sending a photo, lift your finger up without sliding up or down. Then simply tap the x in order to cancel. As always, you can short tap on the camera icon in order to attach an existing photo or video.