One of the major draws of iOS 10 is its introduction of iMessage apps. And undoubtedly the most popular type of iMessage apps is the sticker pack. Stickers in iMessage are special in that not only can they be sent as standalone messages, but thanks to layering, they can also be placed on top of existing messages. It’s this specific feature that has been taken advantage of by the developer of Phoneys, a prank iMessage app that essentially puts words into someone’s mouth, or rather, puts words in other people’s texts.
Choose your sticker
Phoneys offers Phoneys, prank stickers that you can put on top of the texts of your friends, family, and coworkers to make it look like they said things quite different from what they actually texted. Don’t worry: The Phoneys are of innocuous texts that are, for the most part, flattering to you but unflattering to them, like “You’re so smart” and “The sports team I pull for sucks.”
Choose a Phoney and drag it to place it on top of a text you want to change. If you’re wondering why a Phoney is blue instead of gray and have its text-bubble tail on the right side instead of the left, that’s because that’s how the Phoney is supposed to look like from the perspective of the sticker’s recipient.
Prank your friends
Wait for the recipient to fall for the trick and revel in the confusion you’ve wreaked — until the recipient figures it out, that is.
On paper, Phoneys is a pretty clever app. In reality, though, it’s not as foolproof (so to speak) as it seems. For one thing, every Phoney is sent as a large sticker. And if that isn’t enough to give the trick away, the recipient may see a promotional fine print below a sticker saying that it’s from Phoneys. It would probably be good if the app’s developer updated its App Store listing to mention these caveats, lest Phoneys be labeled a phony app.
If you know someone who might be easily pranked nonetheless, or if you just want to engage in a bit of harmless fun, download Phoneys now (before it gets pulled by Apple).