If you’re an iMessage power-user, you’ve probably shied away from using the Mac version of the Messages app, and we can’t say we’d blame you. For years, it’s been an anemic cousin to the much more feature-rich version found on iOS and iPadOS, so needless to say, we were thrilled when we first heard news last year that Apple was going to bring it up to par, and with Big Sur it has done exactly that.
So go ahead and open that Messages app on your Mac. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what it can do now. Just about everything is here from balloons and confetti effects to custom Memoji and as more evidence that it will no longer be left behind, even new iOS 14 Messages features like in-line replies and pinning chats at the top. Read on for 7 fun things you can now do in the macOS Big Sur Messages app.