Not many people know that there are iMessage add-ons that expand the use of stickers, share content from third-party apps, and even play games like Mancala.
If you’re looking for the best way to pass the time while chatting with friends and family, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll show you how to play Mancala in iMessage on your iPhone in just a few minutes, so let’s break it down!
How to Play Mancala on iMessage on an iPhone: Step-by-Step
If you didn’t know you could play Mancala with your friends using iMessage, here are a few simple steps to start your first Mancala match in minutes.
Step 1: Open the App Store in the iMessage App
When you open iMessage on your iPhone, select a conversation (or start one if you don’t already have one).
Just below the chat box is a slider bar with many apps and features you can use. The App Store is the first icon, and when you click on it, you’ll see the App Store home page in a smaller pop-up.
Note: If you don’t see the slider full of apps, click on the gray App Store icon next to the chat to open the slider. When you see the slider, proceed to the next step because that’s exactly where you’ll find GamePigeon, which is needed to play Mancala.
Step 2: Download GamePigeon
Use the search function in the iMessage App Store to find the GamePigeon app.
Press the download button to download and install GamePigeon. This will extend your iMessage functionality and let you play games with your friends on your iPhone.
Once GamePigeon is downloaded and installed, scroll through the slider bar to find the GamePigeon icon. Clicking on the GamePigeon app will bring up a pop-up full of interactive games, including Mancala.
Step 3: Play Mancala
Clicking on the GamePigeon app will open a small menu where you can browse the available games you can play with iMessage. In the fourth row, you’ll find Mancala. If you click on it, you will add it to your iMessage chat box.
Send the Mancala invitation to your friend, and from there you can click on the Mancala you see in the chat to open the game. When your friend installs GamePigeon and opens your Mancala invitation, the game will start and you will play against each other.
Do You Need Wi-Fi to Play Mancala on iMessage on Your iPhone?
Yes, iMessage works over Wi-Fi and eliminates paying for text messages while still sending them to other iPhone, iPad, and Mac users for free. So, to play games like Mancala in iMessage, you’ll always need a Wi-Fi connection.
Keep in mind that a Mancala game can last up to 3 hours if both players are familiar with the game, so you should have a strong Wi-Fi connection. Remember that iMessage also works with cellular data, but you may need to enable this feature in your settings.
Mancala is a lot of fun because the winner is not only determined by luck but also by practice and skill. Playing against your friends and family is much more fun for these reasons.
Even if you need to download the GamePigeon app, it’s only necessary to do so once, and after that, you can start the game in seconds. Of course, this includes all other available games in GamePigeon.
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