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Have you already noticed the latest features of Facebook chat on iOS Facebook iOS Updates With Chat Heads, Stickers, & A Revamped News Feed [Updates] Facebook iOS Updates With Chat Heads, Stickers, & A Revamped News Feed [Updates] iDevice users may have missed out on Home for Android, but a recent update to Facebook's iOS app brings some brand new goodies that make up for it. Included in this update are new features... Read More and Facebook Messenger on Android? Prior to the release of Facebook Home Facebook Home Hijacks Your Android Phone - Should You Let It? [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook Home Hijacks Your Android Phone - Should You Let It? [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook Home is the social network's home screen replacement for Android phones, currently only available on select HTC and Samsung devices. By acting as a launcher, the app takes over a central position on the... Read More , Facebook’s chat app received an update which included Chat Heads and stickers. Chat Heads are floating avatars of Facebook friends you’re chatting with. Chat Heads appear on top of Facebook pages (iOS) and other applications (Android only), meaning you don’t have to move back and forth between the chat and whatever else you are doing.

Stickers are giant emoticons, which you may know from other apps like LINE, Path, or WeChat. They come in themed sets and new ones can be downloaded from a dedicated store. Stickers are not meant to integrate with text; instead they are sent individually with a single tap. To see the new features, you need to run the latest version of Facebook (Messenger) app. Go to the App Store or Google Play Store and update if necessary.

Disclaimer: Since I don’t own an iOS device, I focused on how these new features work on Android.

How Chat Heads Work

Anyone who chats a lot via Facebook and likes to multitask, will love Chat Heads. When a new message from a friend comes in, their avatar will pop up on the side of your screen. You can tap the Chat Head to open the conversation without leaving the current app. If a Chat Head is in the way, you can move it to any position on either side of the screen.

To remove a Chat Head, drag it onto the X that pops up at the bottom of your screen when you tap and move it. You actually don’t have to drag it all the way, you can just briefly swipe it in the right direction and it will disappear.

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In the unlikely event that you are not fond of this feature, you can disable it. Open Facebook Messenger, go to Settings and open Notifications. Un-check Chat Heads and you will never be distracted by friendly avatars again.

And by the way, if you cannot get enough of Facebook Chat Head style notifications, you can also enable them for SMS/MMS. Go back to the Settings main menu and open SMS/MMS Settings. Check enable text messaging and you’re all set.

How To Use Stickers

Stickers are available as separate sets of emoticons from the Facebook chat line. Tap the smiley icon next to the Send button to view your sticker sets. From the Sticker Store, you can presently download several free sets to enhance your sticker collection.

Note that stickers work different than smileys. You don’t send them along with a text message, rather you send them by themselves. When you tap a sticker, it is automatically sent and any message you entered into the chat line will vanish.

In case you can’t yet see the smiley that opens stickers, you might want to try a trick. In the chat line, click the empty space to the left side of the + icon. Since the feature is fully functional on my phone, I’m not able to verify how exactly this works, but some sources say the hack is only available from Chat Heads. Please let us know whether or not the hack works for you.

Verdict

To be honest, I’m not very fond of the stickers. I hardly ever use exotic smileys or other emoticons, so I don’t see myself using stickers. But if you enjoy emoticons and if you’re a little childish (no offense!), you will probably adore stickers.

Chat Heads, on the other hand, are awesome! While I don’t chat much on Facebook, I enjoy any feature that allows me to multitask better. Regular notifications are just distracting, and I cannot see the full message and respond without having to switch apps. Chat Heads change that. Besides, I think the feature is super sleek; great design and smooth animation.

While both features add a little spice to Facebook’s mobile app, they aren’t an epiphany and certainly won’t draw in more users. However, Chat Heads is a very cool feature and will definitely help to retain people who are already using Facebook. If you are one of them, also check out these chat hacks Neat Facebook Chat Hacks to Keep You Enjoying IM via Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips] Neat Facebook Chat Hacks to Keep You Enjoying IM via Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook chat is one of those things that's fantastic when everything is going well, yet very annoying when something's not right. Sadly, most people don't have the time to navigate all of the options and... Read More .

What do you think? Have Chat Heads or stickers changed the way you use Facebook?

  1. Terri Mettler
    September 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    How do I add Beast stickers to my choices of stickers on my Android phone?

  2. Percy Pearson
    May 18, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    How do I find out the meaning of some of the stickers?

  3. mandy
    July 2, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Does anyone know why finch, and the beast sticker are animated on an iPhone, but not on the galaxy note, and the galaxy 4 S?? Very frustrating!!

    • Tina S
      July 2, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Unfortunately, stickers don't seem to be animated on Android.

      • Shane E
        July 2, 2013 at 7:28 am

        It would appear that anyone who doesn't own an iphone is unworthy of animated stickers.

  4. Shane
    June 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    My friend and i use facebook messenger to chat a lot and use the stickers too. she has an iphone and i've got an android. she says that some of the stickers are animated but i can't see the animations. Can you tell me why that is?

    • Tina Sieber
      June 28, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Shane, I have not seen animated stickers, but I'm not really using them a lot. I have an Android phone. It might be the Facebook app for Android. Have you seen the animated stickers on your friend's phone?

      • Emina
        June 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        Hello,
        have the same experience. It is about Finch stickers, they are animated on iPhone 5, but not on Galaxy S 4. Do you know why and can they be enabled on Android?

        Best regards,
        Emina

        • Tina Sieber
          June 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

          It might be a missing feature on Android and I don't know how to enable it. Sorry!

      • Shane
        June 29, 2013 at 7:57 am

        sadly no, she's told me what some of the animations do. for example, the new ones out are a cute fluffy dog, one is licking a heart cushion, another has animated tears. it's a pity the animations can't be seen on the android phones.

        • mandy
          July 2, 2013 at 4:44 am

          I have the same problem... Why can't anyone seem to help us???

        • Shane E
          July 2, 2013 at 7:29 am

          It would appear that anyone who doesn't own an iphone is unworthy of animated stickers.

  5. Federico Guzman
    May 7, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Chat Heads are so awesome. I need Chat Heads in Whatsapp because really that's what I use the most to communicate.

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