How to Play 8 Ball on iMessage

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How to Play 8 Ball on iMessage

Recent updates to the Apple iOS have focused on iMessage. From the creation of Animojis to the debut of the special screen and bubble effects to the addition of the App Store for iMessage, it seems each new iOS update brings new and exciting features to iPhone‘s iMessage app. One of the most popular examples in recent years? The ability to play games like 8 Ball within an iMessage conversation thread. But how exactly do you do it? If you don’t know, follow along with our helpful guide on how to play 8 Ball on iMessage below.

Playing Games in iMessage

Not long after iOS 10 launched, GamePigeon arrived on the new App Store for iMessage. Free to download, the app also came with the option for in-app purchases. These unlocked additional skins and avatars, unveiled additional game modes, and added the option to go ad-free. Its free version currently boasts 25 unique games for iMessage users to play with one another. These games include:

8 Ball
9 Ball
20 Questions

Word Bites
Word Hunt

Miniature Golf
Sea Battle

Dots & Boxes
Four In A Row

Crazy 8
Cup Pong

How to Play 8 Ball on iMessage

Playing games within the iMessage app is far simpler than you’d think. Follow these three easy steps below, paying close attention to the photos at each step, and you’ll know how to play 8 Ball on iMessage in no time.

Step One: Download GamePigeon

Download GamePigeon.

To learn how to play 8 Ball on iMessage, you must first download the appropriate app. However, you won’t find this app in the regular App Store. You’ll have to go to the App Store for iMessage.

Search “game pigeon” on the App Store for iMessage.

Open up a conversation thread with an iPhone user on the iMessage app. Tap the grey app icon next to the camera icon to the left of the text box. From here, you’ll see a range of apps between the text box and the keyboard. Tap the App Store icon and search “GamePigeon.” Hit download.

Step Two: Choose an Opponent

Choose an opponent and open up the GamePigeon app.

After downloading the game, you’ll need to choose an opponent. (Ideally, one who also knows how to play 8 Ball. If they don’t, they can follow along with this guide, too!) Then, open up a conversation thread with your opponent and tap the GamePigeon app. It’s one the same row we found the App Store for iMessage.

Step Three: Start a Game

Start a game of 8 Ball right in an iMessage thread.

Finally, tap the 8 Ball game on the GamePigeon app. Set your preferred rules, and then hit send. When your opponent makes their move, they’ll send the move back to you. You’ll keep going back and forth until the game is over. Learning how to play 8 Ball on iMessage is that simple. Good luck, and happy playing.

And, if you’d like a helpful walkthrough of the steps covered in this article you can check out the video below:

Frequently Asked Questions

What app lets you play 8 Ball in iMessage?

GamePigeon is the app a vast majority of iPhone users rely on to play 8 Ball within iMessage. Released in September of 2016 following the iOS 10 update released the same month of the same year, GamePigeon will not be found in the traditional App Store on an Apple device. You must go through the App Store for iMessage within the iMessage app in order to download it.

Since when can you play games in iMessage?

Apple’s iOS 10 update, released in September of 2016 alongside the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, gave iMessage users an expanded number of options to interact with one another within the iOS app. This included new emojis and the addition of the App Store for iMessage, which allowed for third-party developers to release special apps exclusively for use within the iMessage app.

How many games are available on the GamePigeon app?

There are over two dozen different games available for iMessage users on the GamePigeon app.

What's the difference between 8 Ball and 9 Ball?

8 Ball involves the use of all 15 billiard balls, while 9 Ball exclusively uses the billiard balls numbered 1 to 9.

When will GamePigeon add more games?

GamePigeon has not been updated for some time now. In other words, no new games have been added to the iMessage app. There’s no word on whether GamePigeon will add more games soon.

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