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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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Facebook Messenger Streamlines Controls for Creating Group Video and Audio Chats

Wednesday February 21, 2018 6:21 am PST by
In December 2016, Facebook Messenger rolled out the ability for users to create group video chats with up to six members participating, and today the company has further streamlined the feature. Before today's update, if users were already in a one-on-one video or audio call they had to hang up, start a new conversation, and choose every member to invite to the new group chat. Now, while in...

Facebook Messenger Bug Preventing Some iPhone Users From Being Able to Type Messages

Thursday January 18, 2018 5:58 am PST by
Many Facebook Messenger users have taken to social media today to point out a frustrating keyboard bug occurring within the iPhone app (via TechCrunch). According to the affected users, Messenger is "totally broken" and freezes after they type a few words in a chat window. Users have tried force closing the app, as well as deleting and reinstalling it, but nothing has yet fixed it. Facebook...

Facebook VP: Messenger App 'Too Cluttered' and Will Be 'Massively' Streamlined This Year

Tuesday January 16, 2018 6:49 am PST by
Facebook vice president of messaging products, David Marcus, posted an update on Messenger today, outlining the app's successes in 2017 and hinting at what the team has planned for 2018. In the post, Marcus mentioned that the Messenger team knows the app has become "too cluttered." Because of this, they have planned a big update for 2018, which will introduce a simplified and streamlined...

Facebook Announces Messenger App for Kids That Parents Can Remotely Monitor

Monday December 4, 2017 4:54 am PST by
Facebook today is rolling out a preview for a new standalone app aimed at kids under the age of 13, which the company says was built to make it easier for kids to "safely video chat and message with family and friends." The "Messenger Kids" preview is available only on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad in the United States, letting young family members download the app, which can then be controlled by ...

Facebook Tests Yet Another Snapchat-Like Feature With Messenger 'Streaks'

Thursday November 23, 2017 12:20 am PST by
Facebook is continuing its seemingly relentless trend of copying Snapchat with the testing of a new feature that plays on the latter's chat streak challenge, which encourages users to "keep your streak going" when messaging friends. Facebook Messenger streaks include an emoji status to indicate friends that a user is currently in a streak with – who they've messaged for at least two days in...

Facebook Rolls Out Messenger Instant Payments Service to Users in the UK

Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:45 am PST by
Facebook said on Monday that Messenger users in the U.K. will be able to send money to each other through the app as it rolls out its peer-to-peer payments feature in the next few weeks (via BBC). The Messenger payments service was originally launched in 2015, but hasn't been available to users outside the United States until now. The social network said it has been used in that time to make...

Facebook Announces Halloween-Themed Camera Effects, Posts, and Interactive Game

Friday October 27, 2017 6:34 am PDT by
Following Instagram's debut of Halloween filters yesterday, Facebook today announced the launch of Halloween-themed camera effects, posts, and even a new interactive game within the camera on the app. The update will be rolling out starting today and leading up to Halloween next Tuesday, October 31. Included in the update are more than twelve different masks and frames themed around the...

You Can Now Pay Friends Through Facebook Messenger Using PayPal

Friday October 20, 2017 7:20 am PDT by
Last year, PayPal launched within Facebook Messenger as a way for users to shop and complete payments directly through the messaging app. Today, the two companies are expanding the focus of this feature and opening up peer-to-peer payments for Facebook Messenger users who have linked their PayPal account to the app. With a rollout starting today, Facebook Messenger users will be able to tap on ...

Facebook Messenger's Apple Music Chat Extension for Recommendations and Sharing Songs Now Rolling Out

Thursday October 5, 2017 11:35 am PDT by
Facebook's Messenger service was today updated with a new Apple Music chat extension, allowing Messenger users to link to Apple Music content to share songs and directly within the Messenger app. The extension can be accessed by tapping on the "+" icon next to the text bar to add Apple Music to a conversation. There's also an option to interact directly with the Apple Music chat bot to ask for ...

Facebook Messenger Home Screen Ads Rolling Out Worldwide

Tuesday July 11, 2017 3:06 pm PDT by
Home screen ads in Facebook Messenger, which have been in testing in Australia and Thailand since January, will soon roll out to all users in a beta capacity, Facebook announced in a blog post this morning. The Facebook Messenger home screen currently displays recent messages from friends, "Shared Days," Favorites, and friends who are currently online. When ads roll out, this screen will also...

Facebook Messenger Gets Reactions and Filters in Video Chat, New Assistant Suggestions

Tuesday June 27, 2017 9:16 am PDT by
Facebook this week announced it has added several new features to video chatting in its Messenger app for iPhone and iPad. In both one-on-one and group video chats, Messenger users can now add or use animated reactions, filters, effects, and new masks, while Facebook has added a conveniently placed camera icon to take a screenshot of your video chat. For animated reactions, Messenger...

Spotify Announces Group Playlists for Messenger

Wednesday June 21, 2017 1:19 am PDT by
Spotify today announced a new mobile feature called Group Playlists for Messenger, which enables users of Facebook's chat app to create music mixes collaboratively within a conversation thread. With Group Playlists for Messenger, users can create new Spotify playlists with friends and immediately begin collaborating to build out their perfect mix. Ideal for parties, road trips, or simply...

Facebook Messenger Redesign Makes it Easier to Navigate, Find Online Friends, and Play Games

Thursday May 18, 2017 9:18 am PDT by
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...

MasterCard Shopping Chatbots Now Taking Orders on Facebook Messenger

Thursday April 20, 2017 1:27 am PDT by
MasterCard added its digital wallet Masterpass to Facebook Messenger this week, enabling consumers to place online orders via the chat platform with just a few clicks. The rollout is still in the initial stages but the payment system is already available for some food merchants, including Subway, The Cheesecake Factory, and FreshDirect. The transaction process involves searching for and...

Apple Music and Spotify Chat Extensions Coming to Facebook Messenger

Tuesday April 18, 2017 12:21 pm PDT by
Facebook today announced plans to integrate both Spotify and Apple Music into Facebook Messenger, allowing Messenger users to link to Apple Music or Spotify content for sharing songs and playlists directly within the Facebook Messenger app. Apple has not shared details on how its chat extension will work, but Spotify published a blog post detailing the Spotify chat extension, which will...

Facebook Beats Apple to AI Assistant Chat Integration With 'M' For Messenger

Friday April 7, 2017 3:42 am PDT by
Facebook announced its first virtual assistant on Thursday in the form of "M", which privately interjects in chat threads on Messenger to offer users suggestions related to the conversation. The feature goes beyond the platform's chat bot technology, offering recommendations for relevant stickers, GIFs, payments, rides and meeting times now appear to each user above the message composer in...

Facebook Launches Location Sharing Feature Within Messenger Called 'Live Location'

Monday March 27, 2017 8:41 am PDT by
Following in the footsteps of Google Maps and Find My Friends, Facebook today announced that users will be able to track their friends and family within Facebook Messenger using a new feature it calls "Live Location." The hour-long location sharing feature is beginning to roll out globally today, and Facebook said it should help friends coordinate with one another when making plans, as well...

Facebook's Snapchat Clone 'Messenger Day' Launches Worldwide With Plan-Making Twist

Thursday March 9, 2017 6:19 am PST by
One of Facebook's Snapchat clones is launching worldwide today within Facebook Messenger, after a previous soft launch in countries including Poland and Australia. Called "Messenger Day," the new feature will allow Messenger users to post updates that disappear after 24 hours. The twist with Messenger Day, according to Facebook, is that the app's filters and features encourage users to create...

Facebook and Google Dominate 'Top Smartphone Apps of 2016' List, While Apple Music Ranks 9th

Friday December 30, 2016 4:54 am PST by
A new trend study published by Nielsen this week looks into the top smartphone apps of 2016, as well as the operating systems that the apps were downloaded on. This year within the United States, Facebook won the top spot with more than 146 million average unique users each month. The social network company also dominated the second spot with Facebook Messenger at 129 million unique users...

Facebook Adds Group Video Chat Feature to Messenger App

Tuesday December 20, 2016 1:11 am PST by
Facebook began rolling out a new group video chat feature to its Messenger app yesterday, allowing up to six users to appear on the screen at the same time and join in the conversation. Messenger is the first mainstream chat platform to gain group video chat, beating the likes of Apple's FaceTime and iMessage, Google Duo, and Snapchat to the punch. In a blog post announcing the update,...