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The Coolest Things to Check Out in Message's App Store

The Coolest Things to Check Out in Message's App Store
From Lifehacker - October 2, 2017

iOS: If you live in your Messages group chats, you know how cumbersome it can be to sharesomething other than pictures of yourself. Popping in and out of other apps, copying and pasting links, looking for that share button that seems to be in a different spot every timeit can get frustrating. Luckily, you can eliminate the app-switching annoyance by using Messages App Store, which lives right next to your text box in the Messages app. There are some useful tools in there, with some tried and true services that help you share music with friends, make a group reservation for some Sunday brunch, or even pay for said brunch when you forget your card (again).

How to Get Them

Messages marketplace takes a few more taps to get into than the iOS App Store. In iOS 10, youll need to open the Messages app and either create a new message (complete with a chosen recipient) or select an existing one on the list. From there you can hit the miniature App Store icon to the left, and select the App Store from your window of available Messages apps.

iOS 11 users will do the same, though youll see a list of available apps in a row along the bottom of your screen. Remember, some apps you already have on your iOS device (like Spotify, or Google Maps) have Messages apps. You can see which apps have included Messages-friendly versions by visiting the list of apps in Messages.

While some iOS apps may come bundled with corresponding Messages apps, you may not want them cluttering up your curated selection. To control which apps you want to see in your list, open Messages, hit the App icon, and swipe through your row of apps until you see the More icon. From there you can enable, disable, and rearrange Messages apps. You can also mark apps as favorites by hitting the plus sign when editing, making sure theyre the first options you see when you need one.

Spotify and Apple Music

Messages apps like Spotify and Apples own Music app let you send songs from your text box without switching and loading the music app itself. In Spotify, you can search for any song in the catalog and send a 30-second snippet, while Apple Music lets you choose from your list of recently played tunes. Its a nice time-saver if you just want to share what youre listening to on your morning commute with a few friends, or need to remember the hook to that song you heard last weekend.

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