Liven up your conversations - 10 tips and tricks for Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger, the prolific texter and battery drainer that we love to hate, is an app of many abilities... some of them hidden in places you wouldn't know you should look at unless somebody told you! Being constantly worked on by Facebook, Messenger is becoming home to various additional features that can help you manage contacts and spice-up conversations with emoji, games, and add-on apps.
The slideshow below contains 10 ideas for unusual things you can do within Messenger – play chess, send cute animal photos, customize conversations' appearance, use multiple accounts, and do other good stuff like that. This is all in the name of fun, so let's dig in and see what else can we coax out of Messenger!
Recently, Facebook brought the option to play a player-vs-player game of chess with your conversation partner on Messenger. All you have to do is type '@fbchess play' inside the text field and send the message. The game begins – good luck!
Send '@dailycute' as a message and both of you will be subjected to an instant cuteness overload from a random picture of an adorable animal. Thanks, Facebook!
By tapping on the three dots button to the right above the message box, you can install a huge selection of apps for Messenger. These apps are then accessible from within and will let you spice up your conversations with various choices of original content. All these apps are free to use and we can see you having lots of fun with them!
Go to your smartphone's Applications settings menu and use the 'Clear Data' and 'Clear Cache' options to erase Messenger's chat and conversation history. If you log out before doing that, it will be like performing a factory reset for Messenger. The app will be rendered to the same state as if you just installed it on your device.
Messenger lets you set custom colors for conversations with each of your Facebook friends. To do that, tap the Info button at the top right of the conversation, then go inside the 'Color' sub-menu. Choose your favorite shade of whatever color it is from the swatch and behold, all chat messages turn to this color!
Messenger lets you change the default emoji for each conversation. It's positioned below the Messenger apps button (the three dots) to the right of the message box. Hold your finger on it before posting, and the emoji will grow in size, which is really fun! Anyway, hit the 'Info' button to the top right of the conversation window, then go inside the 'Emoji' submenu and choose an emoji that you like the most!
Messenger makes it very easy to mute conversations, not receiving notifications for incoming new messages for a set period of time, or at all! Just go to Messenger's history view, hold your finger over a conversation, and tap 'Mute Notifications'. Choose the duration from the next window and tap 'Ok'.
If you want to delete a particular conversation, tap the 'Info' button to the top right of the chat window. In the 'Details' menu, tap the three dot button at the top right, and hit 'Delete conversation'. Presto!
Sometimes people outside your friends and contacts list send you messages. Messenger has one place where you can view and delete their requests. Go to the 'Settings' menu and tap the 'People' sub-menu. Then, hit 'Message Requests' and do whatever you have to do!
Messenger supports multiple accounts on a single device. To use this to your advantage, go to the 'Settings' page and tap 'Accounts'. Use the '+' button at the top right of the menu and log in with your new account. Tap 'Add' and you will be able to use it inside Messenger!