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How to Enable Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger

Thursday April 18, 2019 3:17 am PDT by
After previously only existing as an "Easter Egg" setting, Facebook in April 2019 added a Dark Mode theme as an official display feature of its standalone Messenger app. Facebook says that Dark Mode is designed to provide less harsh brightness in situations where ambient lighting is lower while maintaining contrast and vibrancy. If you have an OLED iPhone, such as an iPhone X, iPhone XS,...

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New 'Vanish Mode' in Messenger and Instagram Enables Disappearing Chats

Friday November 13, 2020 4:10 am PST by
Facebook's Messenger and Instagram apps are getting a new "vanish mode" feature that gives users a new way to chat using disappearing messages. Disappearing messages can already be used in Messenger's "secret conversation" feature, but they require several steps and users have to set a timer to make the messages disappear. However, the new "vanish mode" is enabled by simply swiping up in ...

Facebook Unifies Messenger and Instagram Direct Messaging Experiences

Wednesday September 30, 2020 7:57 am PDT by
Around a month after Facebook began quietly merging its Messenger service with Instagram direct messaging, the transition has been officially launched, with a full rollout to all users soon to follow. As a result of the merging of the chat services, Instagram users can chat with Facebook users and vice versa using the same platform. Features previously only available on Facebook Messenger...

Facebook Lobbying for Option to Make Messenger Default on iOS

Friday September 25, 2020 9:58 am PDT by
Facebook is now actively seeking an option to make its Messenger app the default app for messages on iPhones, reports The Information. Emboldened by changes in iOS 14 that allow users to set a default email and browser app of their choice, Facebook believes it now has a more persuasive case to argue for a similar change for messaging apps. Last year, Apple also allowed Siri to send...

Facebook Messenger Limits Message Forwarding to Cut Spread of Misinformation

Friday September 4, 2020 4:42 am PDT by
Facebook has announced a new forward limit on its Messenger chat platform so that messages can now only be forwarded to five people or groups at a time. The limiter was revealed in a Facebook Newsroom blog post explaining that the new rule has been introduced to provide users with "a safer, more private messaging experience," particularly amid the ongoing global health crisis and in the run...

Facebook's Merging of Instagram and Messenger Chats Gets Underway

Monday August 17, 2020 4:04 am PDT by
Facebook's long-term plan to integrate Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp chat platforms appeared to kick into gear over the weekend as Instagram users in the U.S. were notified of a "new way to message" on the photo-sharing social network that merges the app's chat feature with Facebook Messenger. Image via The Verge As a result of the merging of the chat services, the change means Instagram ...

Facebook Messenger Introduces 'App Lock' Feature With Support for Face ID and Touch ID

Wednesday July 22, 2020 8:15 am PDT by
Facebook today announced enhanced privacy and security features for Messenger on iOS, including a new "App Lock" feature. With this enabled, Facebook Messenger will require Face ID or Touch ID authentication before it is opened. The company hopes that this will let users feel more comfortable when letting someone else borrow their phone, preventing anyone else from viewing private Messenger...

Facebook Messenger iOS App Gains Screen Sharing Feature for Video Calls

Thursday July 16, 2020 9:27 am PDT by
Facebook today announced that a new screen sharing feature is now available in the Messenger app on iOS and Android. The feature was first available on the web version of Facebook, and on desktop apps. On iOS, you can share a live view of your iPhone screen with a friend or family member. When video calling someone, you can tap to expand the bottom menu and find the "Share Your Screen"...

Facebook Launches Messenger Kids in Dozens More Countries, Makes it Easier for Parents to Connect Kids With Friends

Wednesday April 22, 2020 7:38 am PDT by
Facebook has announced the launch of Messenger Kids in over 70 more countries as well as several new features for parents to help their children connect with friends and family during the global health crisis. The new features include Supervised Friending, which gives parents the option to allow their kids to accept, reject, add or remove contacts. When a child takes a friending action,...

Facebook Launches New 'Kit' App for Apple Watch to Keep in Touch With Your Closest Friends

Tuesday April 14, 2020 9:23 am PDT by
Facebook's experimental NPE Team today has launched a new app called "Kit" or "Keep in Touch" for connecting with close friends over Messenger on the Apple Watch. To get started, users scan a QR code on the Apple Watch, or enter an access code at fb.com/devices. Then, users select a Messenger contact and can quickly send that person a message, voice recording, emoji, or their location with a...

Facebook Messenger Launches Standalone Video and Text Chat App for macOS and Windows

Thursday April 2, 2020 8:34 am PDT by
Facebook today launched a standalone Messenger app for macOS and Windows platforms, allowing users to video and text chat with friends and family from their desktop computer. Along with all of the expected features, Messenger on macOS supports Dark Mode. The Messenger app connects directly to your Facebook account, so you can chat with existing friends without needing an email or phone...

Facebook Messenger iOS Update Ditches Discover Tab and Promotes Stories

Monday March 2, 2020 3:45 am PST by
Facebook's Messenger app for iOS has been updated with a redesign that aims to simplify the app with a focus on stories and friends, while relegating chat bots and games. In a bid to make the Messenger app smaller and faster, the latest update gets rid of the Discover tab, which was home to chat bots, businesses and games. These features have been hidden rather than removed, and can still be ...

US, UK, and Australia Urge Zuckerberg Not to Extend Encrypted Messaging to Facebook and Instagram

Friday October 4, 2019 3:26 am PDT by
U.S., U.K., and Australian officials have contacted Facebook to request that it provides authorities with a way to access encrypted messages sent by users over the social network, it was revealed today. Facebook-owned WhatsApp already uses end-to-end encryption to ensure only senders and recipients can read messages, but Facebook intends to extend the same protocols to its Messenger and...

Facebook Messenger to Launch on Mac Later This Year

Tuesday April 30, 2019 9:43 am PDT by
Facebook will launch a new desktop app for Messenger on both macOS and Windows later this year, according to a since-deleted blog post spotted by French blog iGeneration ahead of Facebook's annual F8 developer conference. A screenshot of the Windows version of the app reveals that it will look rather similar to both Skype and Apple's own Messages app on Mac. Facebook said Messenger Desktop...

Facebook to End Messenger Instant Payments Service in UK and France on June 15

Tuesday April 16, 2019 4:39 am PDT by
Facebook will discontinue its peer-to-peer payments feature for Messenger users in the United Kingdom and France on June 15, the company announced on Tuesday (via TechCrunch). The social network sent out notices to users of the service in the two countries informing them of the decision, adding that they would continue to be able to make charitable donations through Facebook itself. A note...

Facebook Potentially Planning to Bring Messenger Back to Main Facebook App [Updated With Statement]

Friday April 12, 2019 6:33 am PDT by
Eight years after separating its Messenger service into a standalone app, and five years after removing messaging functionality completely from the central app, Facebook might be gearing up to reintegrate Messenger into the main Facebook app (via The Verge). The news comes from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who found a rudimentary "Chats" section in the Facebook mobile app. Whereas before...

Mark Zuckerberg Plans to Make Facebook Messenger, Instagram Messaging, and WhatsApp Interoperable

Friday January 25, 2019 7:20 am PST by
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to integrate three disparate messaging services -- Facebook Messenger, Instagram messaging, and WhatsApp -- into one "underlying messaging infrastructure" (via The New York Times). Facebook Messenger These services will continue to operate as their own standalone apps, but the company's work will make them interoperable with one another. This means...

Facebook Rolling Out Redesigned Messenger App With Simplified Interface and Customizable Chat Bubbles

Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:10 pm PDT by
Facebook today announced that it's rolling out a redesigned, simplified version of the Messenger app on a global basis starting today. Messenger 4, as Facebook is calling it, will refocus on conversations, making it easier to navigate through the app. Instead of nine separate tabs, there will be three tabs, with conversations quickly accessible through the "Chats" tab. Quick access to the...

Facebook Fights US Government Demand to Break Messenger Encryption in Criminal Case

Saturday August 18, 2018 4:36 am PDT by
Facebook is contesting a demand from the U.S. government that it break the encryption of its popular Messenger app so that law enforcement can listen in to a suspect's conversations as part of an ongoing investigation into the MS-13 gang. The U.S. Department of Justice's demand is in relation to a case proceeding in a federal court in California that is currently under seal, so public files...

Facebook Messenger Expanding Chat Translation to All Users in United States and Mexico

Thursday June 21, 2018 11:00 am PDT by
Facebook today announced it is expanding chat translation within Messenger to all users in the United States and Mexico. When you receive a message in a language that is different from your default language in Messenger, Facebook's artificial intelligence assistant M will automatically offer a suggestion to translate the message. When you tap on the suggestion, you will be asked to enable...

Facebook Messenger Update Shown Off in Images: Dark Mode, Simplified UI, and Custom Chat Bubbles

Wednesday May 2, 2018 7:11 am PDT by
Yesterday during its F8 conference, Facebook announced that an update coming to Messenger would simplify the chat app and reduce the amount of visual clutter that had been added into the user interface over the last few years. The Next Web has shared images of this new update, showing off the cleaned up interface, a dark mode, and more. Images via The Next Web The updated Facebook Messenger...