Facebook Messenger Redesign Makes it Easier to Navigate, Find Online Friends, and Play Games
May 18, 2017 9:18 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Facebook today revealed a new redesign coming to its standalone Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android, with subtle UI changes that emphasize new features like games, while making it easier to see which friends are online and what notifications have been missed (via TechCrunch).

The main UI addition is the introduction of three new tabs atop the app for messages, active friends, and groups, which Facebook believes is a way to ensure that Messenger is "your hub for connecting with all the people and businesses you care about."

The company also hopes that the more prominent positioning of active friends encourages Messenger users to interact with people in real time more often, since it's easier to scroll through a list of online friends than before. The app now stretches to encompass the iOS toolbar at the top of the screen, instead of stopping below the bar as before.

These changes are designed to make Messenger simpler for you - to help you get to your contacts quickly, jump into your conversations where you left off, start new chats, and stay up to date.
The tabs at the bottom of the iOS app now have descriptions as well, including Home, Calls, People, and Games, the last of which is another new addition to Facebook Messenger. Games within the app launched earlier this month, allowing users to play a variety of single-player and turn-based games directly within the app, similar to a few gaming apps on the iOS Messages App Store.

One aspect of Facebook Messenger that's been decreased is its camera button, which used to expand above the dock at the bottom of the app but now sits flush and aligned with the rest of the tabs. Although the button now has less of an emphasis, Facebook Messenger's Snapchat clone, Messenger Day, is remaining within the app, and all of the camera's filters and masks will still be available to use. A Discover tab will be added as the app rolls out, in order to connect users with businesses, places, and services.

Facebook is also adding in iOS-like red dot badges for each new tab in Messenger, so whenever users log into the app and have a missed message or call, a badge will appear on the corresponding tab. The social network has begun doing this in its main app recently as well, urging users to tap on the new "Marketplace" and "Video" tabs with the same badges.

Facebook Messenger users can expect the changes to begin appearing on both iOS and Android this week.


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17 months ago
I miss the days when this was a simple message app. It's so bloated now.
Rating: 19 Votes
17 months ago

I miss the days when this was a simple message app. It's so bloated now.

That's because it's trying to be every other messaging app in existence in one app. It really is ridiculous. What I miss the most is Facebook and Messenger being one app.
Rating: 8 Votes
17 months ago
I don't miss the days when I finally deleted Facebook and Facebook Messenger. Like a WoW junkie before, glad to leave and never come back.
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago

I unfortunately don't have that option. My friends and family refuse to communicate any other way. .-.

For some of us this became a win win situation
Rating: 5 Votes
17 months ago
Believe me. You can live without Facebook
Rating: 5 Votes
17 months ago
I just want there to be a single Facebook app like there used to be. Sick of this multiple app nonsense.
Rating: 4 Votes
16 months ago
Itunes, which needs to be seperated into different apps, still is one unified cluster. Facebook, which should be one singular app, is a collection of seperate apps filled with crap.

I remember switching from Myspace and Friendster and thought Facebook was amazing. Now they automatically filter comments and posts so you miss half the things being said and posted with no option to turn this off. Your messages are all divided up so you miss information. The feed use to be useful with photos and information but now are an endles stream of videos where people take a 15 second clip of a well known movie and write words in it to describe their life.

Can't wait for California to have and earthquake and swallow up Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook HQ>
Rating: 2 Votes
17 months ago

I don't have the Facebook iOS app or Messenger installed at all, and just go through the mobile site in Safari. They took away the ability to see messages there, so if anybody sends me a Facebook message, it waits until I'm on my laptop, and then I just read it and email or text the person back. What I really wish for is a way to just shut Facebook messaging off completely and prompt the person to use my real contact info.

I also deleted the Facebook and Messenger apps as they were using too much of my precious 16GB. Plus they pushed uncommented updates way too often.

It's not the neatest solution I'm sure, but my workaround is to create a home-screen bookmark to "touch.facebook.com" and then click the share icon and "Request Desktop Site" which I've placed as the first option in the scrolling list that pops up. Messages can then be read/sent as needed.
Rating: 2 Votes
17 months ago

Yeah, and whats even worse now is that you cant even check to see whos online in the facebook app you have to go to messenger just to see whos online. Ridiculous


Are people considered "online" anymore in this mobile world?

The world has changed from the days of AOL Instant Messenger when being "online" meant you were physically sitting in front of your desktop computer.

Now you just send someone a message and the thing in their pocket will vibrate wherever they are. :)

There is no "online" or "offline" in the smartphone world.
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago
It's been obvious for a very long while that facebook is trying very hard to add more and more features to try and keep users hooked to their service and messenger, and took seem like you need to use messenger to stay relevant to the times, but as I'm seeing it they're bloating the apps so much that they've become a complete mess for normal people who just want to message each other and not play games, keep a photo journal, organize group chats, put a sticker on everything... and as a result this whole effort is backfiring and even more people are leaving facebook than before.

I left in 2014 and I have no clue why people are still using it, how can a person maintain their sanity and keep up with everything? It's like if you stop using facebook you will become an antisocial caveman. I haven't lost any contact with anyone, I still talk to people.. no one has told me "well I'm not going to talk to you because you don't have a facebook account" people just add you on whatever else you use..
Rating: 1 Votes

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