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. Change Color
Sick of Smurfy blue? Click on a contact and choose “Change Color”. This will change the conversation color for everyone in the chat, even if it’s a group chat.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Draw on Your Pictures
Not everyone is content with a simple photo. Sometimes you need to draw on it or write a bit of information to make it clear what the receiver is supposed to learn from the image. So, click Edit while viewing your image and add whatever modifications are required. This only works for images you’ve swiped to, not images in the gallery.
Soon we’ll also be able to manipulate our videos in Messenger, as Facebook has acquired the video filter maker Msqrd and will no doubt make use of this new investment quickly to compete with Snapchat.
5. 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 “Plus” sign and then by tapping on “Location.” Then tap on “Share Live Location for 60 min.” to share your location for an hour.
6. Play Basketball on Messenger
If you want a quick game of basketball with a friend — and who doesn’t? — all you need to do is send a basketball emoji to them, then tap on the message. From there you just swipe to get it in the hoop, which will gain you a point. When you eventually miss the hoop, your game will end and your score is tallied and sent to your friend so they can try to beat it.
7. Use Messenger On Computer (PC)
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.
8. Use Messenger without Facebook ID
Not everyone has a Facebook account, believe it or not. If you want to use Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account, just install the Messenger app on your smartphone and it will identify you by your phone number.
9. 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.
Android users can set up a shortcut for their favorite contacts. Just select the contact you want in Messenger, hold briefly and a menu will come up. Choose “Create Shortcut” and you’re done. You can organize this in the same way as any other Android app icon.