Top 20 hidden Features Of Facebook Messenger
Earlier this year, Facebook announced that its standalone messaging app Messenger hit 1.2 billion users. Messenger started out as Facebook Chat in 2008 and then it was released as a standalone app in August 2011. And many features have been added to the app since then, including games, payment transfers, bots. Here is a list of 25 Facebook Messenger tips and tricks that might be useful for you:
1.) Send Animated GIFs Through Messenger
Sometimes adding an animated GIF to a conversation makes it more entertaining. There is an option to add an animated GIF through Messenger by tapping on the + button and scrolling over to the “GIFs” button on the top menu.
From there, you can select from trending GIFs or search for a GIF in the search box as you scroll horizontally. Then tap on the GIF that you want to send.
2.) Mention A Friend In A Group Message
If you need to get a quick response from someone in a group message, then just type the “@” sign and select their name. They will receive a special notification calling their attention to the message. That way, it is easy to jump right back into the conversation to answer someone’s question or to provide a response.
3.) Mute Notifications From Busy Messenger Conversations
To mute notifications for a given conversation, push down on the name of the conversation from the Home screen. This will show you a drop-down screen of options.
Tap “Mute” and then select the period of time during which you do not want to be notified of activity in that particular conversation. You can mute notifications for 15 minutes, 1 hour, 8 hours, 24 hours or until you turn notifications back on.
4.) Send Voice Clips Through Messenger
You can send voice clips through Messenger by tapping tap the microphone at the bottom of the screen. Tap the Record button and then tap and hold again to record your audio. To finish and send the voice clip, remove your finger from the Record button. To cancel your clip and not send it at all, drag your finger off the Record button.
5.) Adjust The Size Of Emoji
Emoji do a great job of conveying emotions. What’s better than sending an emoji is sending a larger-sized emoji. You can make emoji larger by pushing down the icon. You will notice that the emoji will increase in size, but it will burst if it gets too large. Once you release your finger on the emoji, it will be sent.
6.) Customize Color And Emoji For Conversations
Messenger allows you to customize the color and emoji for the conversations. You can add a color theme to the conversation by tapping on the name at the top of the window and tapping on Color. In that same menu, you can select the emoji that you want to associate with the conversation. You can also set a group name when messaging with friends, or a nickname if it’s just a 1-on-1 message.
In that same menu, you can select the emoji that you want to associate with the conversation. You can also set a group name when messaging with friends or a nickname if it is just a 1-on-1 message.
7.) Bot Mania
There are more than 100,000 bots on Messenger that you can interact with including Burger King, 1-800-FLOWERS, Fandango, KLM Airlines and Healthtap. Just tap the new Discover tab on the bottom right-hand corner to browse by category, which is refreshed frequently.
8.) Create “Day” Stories
In March 2017, Messenger added the ability to share your Day. This feature is similar to Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories. Messenger Day allows you to share photos and videos of some noteworthy events that took place throughout your day.
The photos and videos will appear in Messenger for 24 hours and you can see who viewed it. You can also add selfie filters, text and other fun effects to the Day stories. To set up a Day Story, tap on the “My Day” button under the “Messages” section of the Home tab. Or you can start adding to your Day by tapping on the photo icon at the bottom of the Home screen.
9.) Send Your Current Location
While you are talking to a friend, you can send your current location. This feature is especially useful if you are meeting with that friend somewhere and you want to make it easier for them to know when you will be arriving. You can use this feature by tapping on the + sign and then by tapping on “Location.” Then tap on “Share Live Location for 60 min.” to share your location for an hour.
10.) Leave A Conversation You No Longer Want To Be A Part Of
If your friends are having a group conversation that you no longer want to be a part of, then you can leave the conversation instead of continuing to get updates. To leave the conversation, tap the list of people’s names at the top. Scroll to the bottom of the next screen and then tap “Leave Group.” Your friends will see small gray text saying that you’ve exited the conversation.
11.) Create Group Playlists On Spotify With Your Friends
If you have Spotify, then you can share your recently played songs with your Messenger friends. Plus you can collaborate on creating group playlists with your friends. You can set this up by tapping on the + icon and tapping on Spotify under Extensions.
You will notice the ability to create a group playlist towards the bottom of the extension.
12.) Sign Up For Messenger Without A Facebook Account
In the off chance that you do not have a Facebook account, you can still use Messenger. To sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account, you simply have to tap on the button that says you do not have an account. And you will be asked to sign up using your phone number.
13.) Use Messenger On The Desktop
As you probably know, you can use Messenger on smartphones, tablets and in Facebook.com itself. But you may not know that there is a way to use Messenger in a full-screen mode by going to Messenger.com. I especially enjoy using Messenger.com when I am actively involved in multiple conversations at the same time.
14.) File Transfers
Messenger offers a way to transfer files with your friends. You can share files through Messenger on Facebook.com by tapping on the paper clip icon. Or you can drag and drop files using Messenger.com, which works for documents, photos and MP3s.
15.) Group Video Calls
Messenger has the ability to make group calls. This is especially convenient if you use Messenger for business purposes. You can set up a group call by tapping on the phone icon in a group conversation. You can also now use fun filters and effects while video chatting. Click the star icon while in a video call to try them out.
16.) Messenger Lite For Slower Connections
There is a lightweight version of Messenger that is intended for using less data and working in all network conditions. It installs and loads very quickly plus it uses less data. Messenger Lite was designed to work for 2G networks so it is very efficient. And it works on Android 2.3 and up.
To make Messenger Lite lightweight, Facebook had to remove certain features like Messenger Day, Instant Games and bots.
17.) Play Basketball On Messenger
You can also challenge your friend to a game of digital basketball. To set up a digital basketball game, simply send the basketball emoji to your friend and then tap on the icon in the conversation.
Then you swipe the hoop to attempt a shot. The goal is to make as many shots as possible in a row and then your friend will be asked to try and beat it.
18.) Play Games Solo Or With Friends
There are a number of games that you can play through Messenger. Some of the games include Words With Friends, Solitaire, PAC-MAN, Space Invaders and 8 Ball Pool. You can play games by tapping on the + icon at the bottom of the screen and tapping on “Games.” You can also play Instant Games on the desktop at Facebook.com/games/instantgames.
19.) React To A Message
You can send a Reaction emoji for any of the messages that you sent or received on Messenger. On mobile devices, simply push down on a message until the Reaction emojis pop up. The Reaction emoji include love, smile, wow, sad, angry, yes and no.
20.) Remove Previews For Privacy Reasons
If you have notifications turned on for Messenger, then you may want to consider removing the previews for your conversations. This would prevent people from seeing a snippet of your conversation from the notification center of your devices. You can turn off previews by tapping on your profile icon and then toggling off “Show Previews” under “Notifications.”