One of the cool things you can do on the Messages app is send messages in your own handwriting. Here’s how:
- Launch the Messages app.
- Open a conversation or start a new one.
- Rotate your iPhone so it’s oriented in landscape mode.
- Tap on the text field.
- Hit the Handwriting icon (it’s the loop symbol next to the Return button) on the iPhone keyboard.
- Write your message in the text area using the tip of your finger.
- If you make any mistakes, tap Undo to go back to the previous stroke.
- Once you’re satisfied with your message, tap Done.
This should place your handwritten message or drawing into the conversation text field. You have the option to type an additional comment to accompany your doodle if you want. You can also can start over by tapping the X in the top-right corner of the image. When you’re ready to send, tap the blue upward arrow.
After a handwritten message is sent, it is automatically saved and can be sent again or used as a handwritten message template at a later time. To access these saved messages, follow the above steps. Once you’re in the handwriting screen, select one of the saved handwritten messages from the carousel at the bottom of the page. This will place the message template in the text area, where you can add or draw more elements. Tap Undo to remove any unwanted squiggles, and then hit Done once you’re finished. If there’s any message template that you want to remove from the carousel, long-press on it, then tap X when the templates start to jiggle.