This Hidden iOS 17 Feature Makes It Easier to Send Photos and Videos via Text Message
Here's a handy, little-known iPhone trick you'll use every day.
Nelson Aguilar is an LA-based tech how-to writer and graduate of UCLA. With more than a decade of experience, he covers Apple and Google and writes on iPhone and Android features, privacy and security settings and more.
If you've updated to iOS 17, you may have noticed that all the app icons that are usually above your keyboard in the Messages app are now gone. Instead, your apps are accessible via the new plus (+) button to the left of the text field. Meaning you'll need to tap at least twice to access the same apps as before.
However, there's a hidden feature in iOS 17 that lets you quickly access one of these applications -- with a single press.
In this guide, we'll show you how to speedily get at your most recent photos and videos in your camera roll to quickly send them via text messages on iOS 17.
17 Hidden iOS 17 Features and Settings on Your iPhone
How to access your recent photos and videos in Messages with a single tap
This hidden feature is incredibly easy to access. To bring up your camera roll in a text message thread, simply press and hold down on the plus (+) button for about a second or so. You should then see your keyboard disappear, replaced by the most recent photos and videos in your camera roll.
Unfortunately, there's no way to change which app opens when you press down on the plus button, so you'll need to tap it and browse through the list to access any other apps in Messages.