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15 Hidden Facebook Messenger Tricks You Need to Try

Dan Price Updated 20-03-2020

Even though you probably use Facebook Messenger every day, we guarantee there are still some Facebook Messenger secrets you don’t know about. With that in mind, here are some Facebook Messenger tricks and features you should try right now.


1. Make Voice and Video Calls

Facebook Messenger isn’t just for text messages. It’s very simple to start a voice or video call by using the buttons at the top of your chat window.

You can also leave a voice message whenever you like. If the person you want to talk to isn’t around, just leave them a message they can listen to later.

2. Share Your Location

If you ever need to let your friends know exactly where you are, jump into a chat with them, hit the three dots and choose Location. Your friend will instantly get a map showing your precise position.

Of course, there’s a strong privacy argument against revealing your location to Mark Zuckerberg. But rest assured you can delete your location data from Facebook How to View and Delete Your Location History on Facebook If you have Location History enabled on your phone's Facebook app, it logs your exact location... even when you aren't using it! Read More if you wish.

3. Add Nicknames

You’ve probably got a few friends who go by a nickname that’s completely unrelated to their proper name on Facebook. You possibly also have friends that have changed surnames over the years, yet you only seem to recall their old names.


Spare yourself the confusion and use Messenger’s nickname feature to help remind you who all of these people are. Just click on their name and you should see the option to add their nickname.

4. Use Stickers, GIFs, and Thumbs-Ups

Facebook has integrated a whole bunch of stickers for you to use in messages, with different styles available, and you can choose your favorites to keep them readily available.

If stickers aren’t your thing, Facebook has integrated Giphy into Messenger, so you can find just about any GIF you like and insert it in a few clicks. It’s all very easy.

There’s also a quick thumbs-up button you can use for a simple reaction to a message. Most people don’t realize you can also resize it by holding the thumb before you post.


You should also make yourself aware of what the circles mean in Facebook Messenger Facebook Messenger Icons and Symbols: What Do They Mean? In which we explain what all the Facebook Messenger icons and symbols mean and how to use them properly. Read More .

5. Use Facebook Messenger as a Boarding Pass

Some airlines give passengers the option to receive their flight updates and check in notifications through Facebook Messenger. And when you arrive at the airport, you can actually use Facebook Messenger as your boarding pass.

Better still, if you need to re-book your flight you can do it all via Messenger.

6. Send Money Through Facebook Messenger

Do you need to pay a friend back for something? Then just dive into Messenger and pay them directly.


Click the three dots and choose Payments. The first time you do this you’ll need to connect a debit card to your account. Swiping left while you’re making a transaction will let you choose a theme, such as wine bottles or cupcakes.

7. Start a Group Chat

Instead of relaying your conversations between friends, start a group chat with all the relevant parties so you can sort things out at once. Everyone gets all the updates and no-one misses anything important.

You can also name your groups and pin them to the top, so if you’ve got a long-term group chat going with your family members or your bowling friends you can keep it organized and easy to find.

8. Mute Messenger Notifications

If you’ve ever been in an active group chat, you’ve probably noticed it can be a special form of torture. Notifications for every single message can really start to get on your nerves.


So fix the problem by muting the whole group chat. You can mute conversations for a set length of time—15 minutes, one hour, eight hours, 24 hours—or you can choose Until I turn it back on for an indefinite period of time.

9. Change Conversation Color

Facebook Messenger 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.

10. Check Messages From Non-Friends

By default, you only see messages from your contacts, even though occasionally you may be sent a message from a stranger. If you want to check these messages, head to Settings > People > Message Requests.

11. Remove Previews

Note: This feature only works on Android devices.

If you’ve got your notifications showing up on your lockscreen, it’s a really good idea to stop Messenger from displaying the content of your messages in those notifications. You don’t really want your friends being able to see private chats while your phone is on the table in front of them.

To remove previews, just head into the settings and uncheck the Show Previews option.

12. Take Photos in Messenger

Instead of taking a photo with your phone’s camera app, then uploading it to Messenger, you can actually just click on the camera icon to get the job done. Take a quick selfie or a photo of something you need to share and it will send instantly.

You can also hold the button to record a video with the same tool, which has options to use the rear camera, expand your view and more.

13. 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.

14. Play Basketball on Messenger

Note: This feature only works on Android devices.

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.

15. Use Messenger Without Facebook

Not everyone has a Facebook account, as unbelievable as that may seem. If you want to use Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account How to Use Messenger Without Facebook Using Messenger without a Facebook account or login is easy. The process just requires installing an app and configuring it. Read More , just install the Messenger app on your smartphone and it will identify you by your phone number.

Even More Facebook Messenger Tips

We haven’t even gotten close to listing all of the various Facebook Messenger tips and tricks, so make sure you let us know about any secrets think we missed.

And if you’d like to learn more about using Facebook’s messaging app, check out our articles on how to move conversations between your Messenger inboxes and Facebook Messenger privacy concerns Facebook Messenger Privacy: Everything You Need to Know Are you concerned about Facebook Messenger privacy? Should you be? We take a look at the app permissions and the case for protecting your messages with another app. Read More .

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  1. Shai
    November 11, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Hi, is there a bug or something? My friend and I could not see any voice or video call buttons on our chat windows. We tried to update, uninstall, install, restart phone, etc but nothing seems to work. We're in China and currently using VPN to access and use messenger. Do you think it has to do with that? Please pay attention to this problem. Thank you!

  2. Dennis Harkins
    May 4, 2019 at 1:40 am

    After all of that my question never got answered. who do I take a picture of who I am video mesaage. ( should be how )

    • Rem
      April 8, 2020 at 11:39 am

      screenshot if nothing else works

  3. Brian Ansorge
    April 20, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I don’t use Messenger.

    I have real friends and if I can, I see them in person.

    If not, I call or text them.

    Oh, and I have a perfectly functional email client (app) on both me iPhone and computer that a i know how to use.

    Just saying.

    Good luck with your human connectedness impairment and delusional bondage to Facebook.

  4. Brian Ansorge
    April 20, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Now I remember why I never follow links from MUO newsletter emailing to the actual articles.

    If it’s not outright fluff and/or click bait, it’s articles like this one.

    My first thought was “suggestions and hints for obscure settings and preferences that will literally enhance security or user privacy!”

    Instead, it is obvious MUO is less like a watchdog third party and more like a lapdog shill, encouraging and helping Facebook users to go even further down the wormhole and cesspool of superficial, meaningless and increasingly vapid human interactivity that reduces our genuine connectedness in the worship of and exploitation by the shallowness of connectivity.

  5. mik
    February 25, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Number 20 is wrong. This feature has been removed. I cannot create a chat shortcut anymore

  6. Karen Gunther
    October 18, 2018 at 6:35 am

    When I am on messenger and fb at the same time, bouncing back and forth between Facebook and messenger, my messenger will lock up and the person I'm talking with on messenger can't see my messages. Our systems lock up, why? How can I fix this problem. Is this a bug??

  7. Shelly Townsend
    July 31, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I would like to be able to send and receive documents.

  8. Shelly Townsend
    July 31, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I would like to be able to send and share documents.

  9. Dawar khan
    June 22, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    How to take a photo of someone on messenger that have no photo and having fake id.

  10. Mn
    June 12, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Take off the “invite to messenger” when they are already connected. I hit it accidentally all the time. It is incredibly frustrating. Listen to everyone that has complained about this!!! I hate it!

  11. sdc
    April 9, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    i wish that the camera options where more obvious and in your face at least at start-up

  12. Susie Winchell
    November 25, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    yellow1cat I want to get the white page back and get away from trhe color pages. I cannot get a color page that i can read very clearly. Need the white page back. Please help me. thank you so much.

  13. Tim Webber
    October 18, 2017 at 3:25 am

    I have s Gaslaxy s 8, all I want is messenger, it won't send me a code to activate.

  14. william hull
    September 3, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    i can't forward a prayer for the people of huston using facebook messenger anyway to fix that

  15. Judy h
    August 30, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I have messenger and I have just deleted my Facebook account. How do I get my Messenger to work without the Facebook do I need to delete my Messenger and start all over

  16. Doris
    June 28, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I would like to send a voice recorded file through fb messanger

  17. David Martin
    June 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    The typing screen is so small it's awkward trying to type a long message. Thinking about deleting and using something else

  18. Rachael Pitt
    May 24, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I need a way to flag messages to come back to. And a way to search key words messages. Those 2 things would be very useful!

  19. Vrisha Malan
    March 12, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Wow, Nice finding, I'm a Facebook addicted, this post will help me for a better Facebook experience. Thanks for the helpful tips for FB accounts. It always unnerves me when someone spontaneously pings me, when in truth, I was just merely checking messages and such. It will definitely come in handy!

    These tips are really helpful and unique, and I was really looking for a technique through which we could go online to only a few friends thanks a lot for sharing. This saves a lot of precious time being wasted on chatting.

    Very appreciable tips, they all help me out and surely save a lot of time. Thanks for this excellent post....

  20. isaac marshall
    March 3, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Give messenger an automatic response ability. Great for when you're in a meeting or driving.

  21. Mary Jenkins nappier
    February 20, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    How do I delete the color changes I made on messenger?
    They stay on my messenger page and I want to rid of them

  22. Kristen
    February 18, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Why don't a active and game suggestion box installed in my messenger

  23. Melinda Culwell
    February 2, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I would like to be able to remove messages on my iPad screen that says "you set the color to change ".

  24. Melinda Culwell
    February 2, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I want to be able to remove the little messages stuck on my screen like "you set the color to change ".

  25. Louie
    January 13, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    How can I delete the recent searches in the field of Search of Contacts??

  26. Bob
    January 11, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I need help... my pics and location is not being shared with only one person... how can that be fixed?

  27. Lisa
    January 5, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    The call button next to someones name is way to easy to accidentally hit and call someone. I hit it all the time not meaning to. There should be a confirm with it so it doesn't just automatically call someone. I get them and send them. This would be a great fix for those that don't want to make the have that "would you like to call this person" so its not a mistake :)

  28. Joe
    December 30, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Can I save gif, news article sent thru messenger?

  29. Jason barnes
    December 28, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    How do you find a message on messenger that you never sent to nobody you just clicked out of messenger to go to Facebook for a second to get a name and come back the hole message was gone anyway too find that message I am new took this lol or Wright it all again let me no please

  30. gem
    December 28, 2016 at 12:55 am

    is it possible to have 2 messengers with one account. and how to discover messages that are hidden

  31. kaleem ullah
    December 17, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I think messenger should release a version that would be able to send PDF ppt zip files.

  32. Leslie
    December 11, 2016 at 5:55 am

    I hid my favourites and active now lines on the messenger app. How do I UNHIDE them?

  33. Graciela Montano
    December 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    How can I send a picture sent to me by Messenger , to a friend's timeline on facebook?

  34. Patti Carden
    December 7, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I want to know what it means that is active and then it's not active one minute then it goes to minutes but when you go to the icon it says that the person is active does that mean they are blocking you

  35. Kai
    December 5, 2016 at 9:18 am

    can you hide a friend on the messenger app on android

  36. Jerry Nysen
    November 26, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I want to add a name to a secret conversation without the other knowing and hidden on my phone. like a box on emails

  37. Michele Germain
    November 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    How do I keep a facebook friend from seeing that I've read their message?

  38. Pauline
    November 6, 2016 at 9:07 am

    On Facebook messenger why does it have suggested friends to call?? And what's the criteria to be number one on the list??

  39. ankit saini
    October 29, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Sir I want messenger to use a feature which will notify us when the person we have choosen comes on chat.

  40. Vignesh
    October 23, 2016 at 7:11 am

    You can find the details of vehicle no
    Though there are lot of apps available to get vehicle owner details from registration number , i feel this is most easiest way to get information right from facebook messenger app,

    and message "VEHICLE OR02AA1234" to get vehicle details

    if you want to chat on messenger then search "chotubot"
    and type "help" to chat.

    There are more features other than just getting vehicle info, you can type "help" to get all details , and yes you can chat with "Chotu" like normal person.

  41. Mike perron
    October 6, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Guys so dumb to overlook!

    When inserting a picture from messenger we are only given access to our immediate camera roll we cannot choose a list of directories or folders to pick a picture from like all other apps have the option and ability to do check it out think about it it's really a simple fix thank you let me know if you know what I'm talking about Mike

  42. Rhonda Kimble
    September 27, 2016 at 4:23 am

    What does it mean when the phone and video icon at the top of your friends messenger page is not lit up ..have your messages been turned off by that person? How do you use this option??

  43. amg
    September 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Good day!
    Just want to request if you can do/ add feature about "eye contact" during video calls. Eye contact is very important during conversations. it just feels awkward when i'm talking to someone and he/she keeps on staring at the screen which is not directed to my eyes. Please (if possible) make our video calls not only face to face but also eye to eye. Haha thanks in advance :)

  44. Cindy Lee
    September 16, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I want to know how to unhide my favourites and my online contacts. can anyone help?

    • Michelle
      September 23, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      I also hide my online contacts and I can't get them back either :(

  45. Jason Martin Hall
    September 16, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Conversation starters for oppistie sex. Diffrent genres

    September 14, 2016 at 10:04 am

    There should be an alerting system which we can put it on a particular that when that particular person comes online there will be a kind of alert or something like that in the notification

    September 14, 2016 at 10:02 am

    There should be an alerting system Which you can put on any profile .so that when that particular person comes online there will be a kind of alert or something like that in the notification

  48. fzhungary
    September 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    trying your @dailycute tip. I hope that I'll be able to stop it too:)

  49. Retta
    August 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    For the first time ever, while using the phone on Messenger, a red bar at the top of the screen said "Recording". Why would this happen & what does it mean? Now I am oncerned about using this app for private conversations.

  50. Joe
    August 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    How do you turn OFF the "request a ride app" on Facebook messenger. Myself & others don't like it, don't need it & don't want it popping up every time we type the word "Ride" in a message.

  51. carlene
    August 8, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I have a question can some one write you on messenger and you not see that they are writing you ...for example when you write on messenger it shows the three little dots that bounce up and down showing that you are writing can you write without that showing ?

  52. Tracy
    August 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

    You can play soccer as well as basketball by sending ?? In messenger

  53. Marcie
    July 20, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I would like the "invite" button to be relocated and made a little harder to get to...there is nothing like being in a conversation with someone that nobody else needs to be in on and then all of a sudden a wrong button is accidentally pushed and that screen comes up (within the iPad/iPhone environment). If one is not paying attention, they could accidentally invite another to that conversation that they should not be witness to.

  54. Eli
    June 26, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Where are the stickers on an android fb messenger? I have an iPhone and try are easy to find and load, but my dad has an android and we can't find them anywhere....

  55. Doctor0710
    April 28, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    These are features, not tricks.

  56. Jay Barney
    April 19, 2016 at 3:29 am

    "You can also leave a voice message whenever you like."

    How? I have no microphone icon in my Facebook Messenger.

  57. swanny246
    April 18, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    The chess and random cute commands are pretty cool, had no idea about that!

    Gotta say, Facebook gets a lot of crap, but Messenger has definitely come a long way, it's a bloody decent messaging client now.

    • ADAM
      April 20, 2016 at 12:40 am

      They only get "crap" because of the privacy issues.....but where I live, in rural america, it's awesome.....we may not have 4G all over....but whenever I'm on Wifi I can be contacted, and also reach out to those who may need to contact's awesome. I actually use Messenger more than SMS now, it's more accurate, on time, etc......especially with the flakey prepaid phone I got ;)