More than 1.3 billion people use Facebook Messenger every month to keep in touch with their family and friends. Facebook’s messaging app competes with every instant message app and even texting. Although Facebook Messenger is full of functionality, some of its best features are not readily apparent. New functions are constantly being rolled out as soon as the app is updated, and if you are not watching you may miss something. Check out our tips and tricks below to find out if you are taking advantage of Facebook’s most popular chat service.
The first thing you need to do is make sure that you have the most recent version of Facebook Messenger, which can be easily done in iOS and Android.
If you are an iOS user, open the App Store and tap your account button (with the silhouette of a person’s head) at the top right. Later, tap All up to date Button at the bottom halfway of the page under update available Update If available, press the button directly to the right of Facebook Messenger.
If you are an Android user, open the Google Play Store and tap the three horizontal lines at the top left. Then, tap My apps and games From the resulting menu and you will see a list of possible updates. Find Facebook Messenger and update it as needed, or just tap All up to date at top.
Facebook messenger basics
How to turn on dark mode
Using your phone at night can cause some serious eye strain, so before you answer your boyfriend, friend or family, leave them for a moment and turn on the Dark Mode. As the name suggests, Dark Mode changes the primary color of the Messenger UI to a much darker tone. This reduces the amount of light emitted from your phone, especially if it has an AMOLED display.
To activate this feature, tap on your profile picture on the top-right corner of the main page and then turn on Dark mode. Everything will be reduced if done correctly. If you want to revert the setting you can always turn it off.
How to change your Active Status
Sometimes, you want to remain incognito and give messages to specific people without telling others that you are active. If so, it is important to know how to change your active state.
Like Dark Mode, tap on your profile picture on the top-right corner of the main page to access your Messenger settings. To knock Active state And then toggle from sWhen you are active. Note that your friends will still be able to see that you are active. If you use Messenger on another device, you will need to change the status there as well.
How to tell if your message has been read
When you send a message through Facebook Messenger, you can easily tell if it has been read when the other person’s profile picture appears on the lower right of your sent message. In a group conversation, you will see that many profile pictures appear as people in the group read the message.
When you see an open blue circle, it means that your message is being sent. An open blue circle with a checkmark indicates that your message has been sent. A filled blue circle with a checkmark indicates that your message has been delivered, although the recipient may not have read it yet. If you see a small profile picture, the recipient has read the message. A red triangle indicates that it failed to send. If your message fails, check your Wi-Fi and network connection.
How to make voice or video call
Did you know that you can use Facebook Messenger to make voice or video calls? Just tap the phone icon in the top-right corner for the video icon next to it for a normal voice call or video call. If you are connected to Wi-Fi, it will be free, but if you are on a cellular network, it is about to use your data allowance.
How to send an audio message
If the person you want to talk to is not there, you can always send an audio message for them to listen to later. All you have to do is tap on the microphone icon. Continue pressing the red record button to record your message, then release the button to send it.
How to send a new photo or video
If you prefer to send photos or videos, tap on the camera icon. The full screen camera will show the view and you can tap to record a photo and tap to record a video. Once done, tap the arrow in the bottom right to send your photo or video. You can also activate special effects and masks by tapping the icon above the shutter button, or switch to the selfie camera with the icon in the top right.
How to send a photo or video from your roll
You can also send photos and videos from your camera roll by tapping on the picture icon next to the camera icon. A gallery will pop up and you can scroll through recent photos and videos and choose whom you want to send. If you want to add a message or annotate a photo to show something important, tap on the edit icon (which looks like a pen before sending. You can also take pictures and add text Huh.
How to add a photo or video to your story
Facebook Stories, formerly known as Messenger Days, is a feature that lets you share updates with all your friends at once. Updates like Snapchat disappear after 24 hours – so don’t worry too much about getting it best Filter.
To add something to your story, open Messenger and select the plus sign labeled your story. Then, take a photo or video or upload an existing file, and hit your story At the bottom corner to post. You can add filters and text and also send the story to a friend or family.
Using a chatbot
One of the best and most innovative new features of Facebook Messenger is the inclusion of chatbots, which are basically algorithms that you can interact with instead of talking to a real human. This is helpful for customer service situations, but it can also be helpful for things like news and weather updates.
You can search for a bot directly in the “in” field of a new message, and once you find it you’ll be able to select options from the menu and ask questions.
Emoji tricks, GIFs and stickers
How to change emoji skin tone
The Messenger keyboard has a ton of emoji to choose from, and to add even more variety, you can change the skin tone. Just tap and hold any hand gestures, face or gesture emoji and a list of light to dark skin tones will pop up. You can tap on one to input it and tap and hold to enlarge the size.
How to change your thumb size
The fastest and easiest way to reply to a message is to tap on the blue thumb-icon. But do you know that you can tap and hold to develop it? Now you can make your thumb-up as big as you want.
If you don’t like or use the thumb-up icon, you can choose another emoji to replace it. In the conversation, tap the “i” icon in the top right. Next, tap on Emoji And choose your favorite – you will be able to enlarge this emoji like a thumb-up icon.
How to add gif
Some pictures are worth a thousand words, and GIFs can be ideal to make you feel how you feel. Thankfully, Facebook Messenger taps into various GIF search engines to get you the right results. To add a GIF to your conversation, just tap on the emoji icon in the text box GIFs Find something else. Tap the GIF you want to send, and that’s it.
How to add stickers
If you want to send a sticker to a message, tap on the smiley face icon. Stickers are divided into sections, but you can enter specific words to narrow down the search results. When you find the one you want, tap on it to send it. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can tap on the plus icon on the right to spoil the sticker store and get more options.
How to send balloons
If you open the emoticons and choose the light bulb icon, you will get a balloon emoticon, which will be an animated burst for your recipient when you send it. You will also see the animation when you send a tap.
Messaging Tips Easier
How to share your location
If you want to send a map of your exact location to someone in real time, simply open a conversation with a contact or contact group, tap the plus icon, and click place. Then tap Share live location, And the recipient will see your real-time location for 60 minutes. If you use it for the first time, you will be asked to allow location tracking.
How to set name and photo for group chat
If using iOS, open the conversation and tap the name at the top, or “i” in the top-right corner using Android. You can save your new name by tapping on it and changing the name at the top of the group page. You can also tap on the top of the iOS app to take or select a photo. In Android, you have to tap on the “i” in the top and select Change group photo. You can choose one of your camera rolls, or capture new ones.
How to set a nickname
If you prefer to use a nickname for someone in a conversation, you can. If using iOS, tap on their name at the top, or “i” at the top right using Android. then choose Surname, Select the person for whom you want to set a nickname, type it, and tap The set.
How to mute conversation
Sometimes, especially with group conversation, you have to be bombarded by too much information. When your phone beeps, it is hard to resist the impulse to check them, but when it doesn’t apply to just one more thumb-up or one from a group member, it’s annoying. Thankfully, you can easily mute specific conversations. To do this, tap the name at the top in iOS, or “i” at the top right of the Android application. Later, tap Notifications And you will be presented with many options to mute the conversation.
How to check messages from non-friends
Facebook Messenger allows people who are not officially your friends to send your messages, but where these messages are is not immediately clear. If you want to check, tap the three horizontal lines below to access and view your contact page Message request Near the top. Then, you can read these messages and decide if you want to accept or ignore them. Some of them are going to be spam, sure, but you might find something interesting.
Play games, install apps or send money
How to play basketball
While there is nothing here to compete with the best Android games, you can play the game in Facebook Messenger. If you want to shoot some hoops in Facebook Messenger, tap the plus icon to the left of the text field, and tap sport. You can find different types of games to challenge your friends like basketball, snakes and bats.
How to send money
If you are over 18, live in the United States, and you are ready to add Visa or MasterCard to your Facebook Messenger account, you can send money via the app. All you have to do is tap on the plus icon, tap payment, Choose the amount you want to send, and tap the wages. However, the recipient must also add a card to receive their money.
How to send a group payment
You can send money to more than one person. If you want, in fact, you can send money to people from the whole group. Sending group payments works as much as sending the same person. Just tap on payment Complete the prompts to send money to icons and all people in the group. You can also request money from everyone in a group.