imessage prank

Earlier this week, Jeff played a really good prank on me. As I received a message from him, I opened up the Messages application and couldn’t see anything but a typing indicator. So I waited patiently for Jeff to finish typing, figuring that Messages were having yet some other issues, which could have explained why I received an alert, yet didn’t see any message.

Long story short, Jeff got me pretty good, and here is how you can get your friends too…

As you may have figured out by now, the prank consists in using an animated gif that mimics the typing indicator of iOS.

In order to replicate this prank, save the image below to your camera roll. To do so, tap and hold on the image and choose “Save Image.”

Next, you simply need to message the image to one of your friends. Obviously, you want to make sure your friend has an iOS device, or else it won’t be much of a prank.

This probably won’t qualify as a prank of the year, but it’s still funny nonetheless, isn’t it?

  • Jonah

    Lol can’t wait to use this

  • Tom

    hahaha, this is so great.

  • Lucas

    Can I do this with an iPhone 4 with iOS7?

    • Alex Blaha


      • Lucas


  • Markus Hudobnik

    Why is it low quality when I send it?

    • chumawumba

      GIFs are always low quality

  • Mr. E

    I can get away with this one easier than that Arabic text one. Man these are too much fun

  • Matu

    And from iOS 7 to iOS 6???

    • It works too

      • Jonathan

        But they would easily tell the difference, right?

      • chumawumba

        On iOS 6

      • Jonathan

        Right, so is there one for iOS 6?

      • chumawumba

        Probably not because iOS 6 applies faux gloss on the messages, not the typing status, so it would be easy to spot.

      • Jonathan

        oh yeah… hmmmmmm. Ehh….I’ve got nothing. 😛

  • Kevin Guzman

    Hahahaha just used this on my friend and she is absolutely pissed.

    • Prasoon Singh

      How long was she waiting?

      • Kevin Guzman

        2 hours. She thought it was her iMessages having issues again.

  • bigtalk


  • Prasoon Singh

    I tried it out with my friends and they new it was fake. I have smart friends…

    • Jonathan

      Same 😛

    • marcus1324

      My two friends in a group message said we aren’t stupid I’ve seen this too

  • Do you pleople think that Apple will fix it? Maybe showing it was a image sent?

    • Prasoon Singh

      Nah. It’s just a gif file and it’s slower than the actual typing indicator.

  • Slow news day ‘eh? =)

    • Prasoon Singh


  • El Barto

    Just figured that doesn’t support GIFs, but messages does.

    This is the “true simplicity” Jony Ive talked about.

    • Frozen Bee .GFKS


  • Jo


  • Anthony Gilera

    Did not trick me at all lol. Just need to cut the gif by a few pixes on the right side to centre it. Then it will be a bit more believable.

  • ConduciveMammal

    Huh, I wasn’t even aware .gifs worked in iMessage. Awesome!

  • chumawumba

    Tried this with all my friends, hilarious!

  • Yujin

    Like this

  • ghulamsameer

    Those are two responses from my friends:

    • Trollstein Trollerso

      Lol the last person had me laughing so hard.
      “You already showed me.”
      “Did I really?”

      “Yeah you little shit”


  • Martin

    Just did this to one of my friends. She waited like 20 minutes before replying “Are you writing me a book? I’ve been waiting here for almost 20 minutes”. I was dying of laughter. She didn’t think it was too funny at first but then did it to her friends and ended up liking it. Good times.

  • Speezy

    If you had type status,you could instantly tell it was fake and laugh

  • Ethan Humphrey

    I know this is off topic but, who won the t-shirts?

  • Bradley Wyatt

    you guys are cute

  • Erny Carrillo

    Only problem… On ios 7, it actually scrolls through the 3 dots. So if its not moving its a fake… Obviously!!!

    • Alex Overby

      It said it was a gif…. if you don’t know what “Gif” means, Google it, then come back.

      • Erny Carrillo

        Well thank you smarty pants. Like i said, i was just stating the obvious.