A Very Dumb Yet Amusing iMessage Prank: Infinite Typing Indicator GIF
Now that the iMessage protocol supports animated gifs, you can play an incredibly stupid prank on your friends by sending them this amusing animated image of the infamous “typing” animation that plays when the person on the other end of an iMessage conversation is in the midst of a reply.
All you need to do is send someone a message or two that suggests a juicy reply is coming.. then copy and paste the animated gif below of the ‘typing’ indicator, which loops continuously, and send that instead of another message:
The result; it looks like you are typing for 200 years, possibly an eternity, as the recipient waits ever impatiently for a reply.
Give it a try, it’s good fun, an entertaining prank, and it’s pretty harmless (though it might stress someone out that you send it to, they’ll think you’re writing a thesis to them if they don’t figure out it’s a prank!)
Here is the same image shown as a slightly larger size (ie; larger tap target) so that it can be easier to save to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. For iPhone and iPad, simply tap and hold on the image and choose “Save Image” or just Copy it, then paste it into the recipients Message thread. For Mac or PC, right click the image and cnd choose “Save As” :
Oh and yes because the animated typing indicator is also on the Mac, you can use the same prank to Mac users too by sending it to anyone with macOS or Mac OS X too, but if you really want to play a (terribly horrible no good) prank on a Mac user, give them a fake kernel panic with this.
This little trick comes from the appropriately named site “Miscellaneous Mischief“, and though it made the rounds about a month ago, I wasn’t convinced it would work until someone played the prank on me today… so if I fell for it, then I’m sure other iPhone and iPad users will too.