With iOS 17, Apple implemented a number of new iPhone features, including new apps like Journal and new features like StandBy mode and Check In. But as with every major iOS release, there have also been lots of small tweaks existing applications and resources.
One of them, which you may have noticed if you use iOS Messages to send text messages to your contacts, is the redesigned menu. With iOS 17, Apple changed the messaging menu system – virtually every feature is now behind a new plus (+) button. Previously, there were separate buttons for inserting photos and running applications.
This change does not appear to be unanimously popular. A quick browse online shows forum and Reddit posts from users complaining about the feature. Personally, I think it makes sense: Considering how many core iOS features the Messages app now works together, a catch-all button is more appropriate than the previous App Store button, which in iOS parlance suggests only user-installed (or uninstallable applications). I also like that the new vertical plus menu is much larger than the previous banner that sat on top of the keyboard, which was a bit cramped.
However, if it's not for you and it's made your Messages navigation more complicated, there's good news. Apple has built in a way to customize the plus menu, so you can make sure your most used functions are a single tap away. Here, we'll show you how to do that.
This is an iOS 17 feature – we can show you how to update an iPhone if you haven't updated to the latest iOS yet.
1. In a conversation, tap the + button
First, open a message thread It is tap the + button.
2. Long tap, drag and drop a feature
Now simply Long tap and drag an app or featurethen release wherever you want.
3. Tap More and repeat for secondary features
If you want to rearrange secondary resources, you can! Simple tap More It is repeat step 2 for any resources you want to rearrange. If you want to bring secondary features to the main menu, simply long press and drag them up then drop them into the main menu. One such feature you might want to put on the main menu is Check In, which is in the “More” secondary menu by default. This feature is important, so you might want it as close as possible.
There is nothing more to it. You can now rearrange the Messages menu to better suit your preferences. Unfortunately, if you really can't follow the new layout, there's no way to return to the old one, but we hope the customization we've done above will help mitigate your annoyance.
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