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10 Facebook Messenger Features You Must Try

Rob Nightingale 10-08-2017

As of 2017, Facebook Messenger has a whopping 1.2 billion users. But of those users, only a tiny proportion use the app to its full potential.


Spread all around Messenger are myriad tools that many of us are yet to discover. We’ve covered 21 of these hidden features 15 Hidden Facebook Messenger Tricks You Need to Try Even though you use Facebook Messenger every day, here are some Facebook Messenger secrets you may have missed. Read More before, including the ability to share your exact location, search GIFs, use Messenger as a boarding pass, and much more.

But we’ve done some digging and found even more features that could make Messenger more useful for you. Check these out below, and if there are any we’ve missed between these two articles, be sure to let us know in the comments!

1. Share Your Day, Snapchat Style

Posted by Messenger on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

It’s no secret that Facebook blatantly copied Snapchat Snapchat Stories vs. Instagram Stories: What's the Difference? At first glance Instagram Stories and Snapchat Stories are very similar, but there are a couple key differences that mean they aren't interchangeable. You'll want to avoid a social media faux pas! Read More by launching Instagram Stories. It later launched pretty much the exact same feature to Facebook Messenger, only called it Messenger Day.

With Messenger Day, you can share snippets of your day as an image or short video reel. Overlay these with text, emojis, stickers, and filters. Then share them with individual Messenger contacts, or everyone in your contact list. Everything you post to Messenger Day will be deleted after 24 hours.


We’ve written a full rundown of how to use Messenger Day Share Your Day in Facebook Messenger: New Fun or Annoying Feature? Facebook Messenger's new "Share Your Day" function has irked some users. Here's what you need to know: what it is, how to use it, and what's cool about it. Read More before. In short, the feature is accessible from within the Android and iOS apps. The rectangular images displayed in your Messages feed are Messenger Day reels from your contacts. To add to your own Story Day, just click the big camera button at the bottom of the screen (or Add to your day at the top of the screen), and play around with all the effects on offer.

2. Use In-Chat Reactions

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You know how you can react to individual Facebook posts with Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry emojis? Well, you can now do that in Messenger too.

The Messenger emojis looks a little different, and have some basic animation to them. Plus, there’s a Dislike option, too. To use these reactions, just long-hold on any message, and the list of emojis pops up. Make your selection, and the reaction will be displayed as a small icon at the bottom of the message. Your contact will receive a notification to let them know about your reaction.


3. Meet Your Messenger Profile Code

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Image Credit: Facebook

Continuing in the spirit of copying Snapchat, every messenger user now has their own unique “Code” that can be scanned so you can add new contacts more easily. When you go to your profile in Messenger, you’ll see your profile image displayed with a circular code around it. Click your profile image, and you’ll see two tabs: My Code and Scan Code.

Now, whenever you meet someone new, you can add them to Messenger simply by clicking the Scan Code tab, and positioning their code in the circular camera that pops up on screen.

This does away with the hassle of needing to manually search for each person within Messenger.


4. Play More Games

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Gone are the times when there were only a couple of games to play on Messenger You Can Now Play Games on Facebook Messenger Facebook has launched a new cross-platform gaming service called Instant Games. And, thanks to HTML5, there's no need to download any extra apps or plugins. Read More . When you first click on the Games tab within the app, you’ll be shown a limited list of around 10 games. Play any game just once, and you’ll have access to the full list.

At the time of writing, there are almost 60 games to choose from, with more routinely being added. Some games can be played as single player, others are multiplayer.

5. Chat With Thousands of Bots

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There are now tens of thousands of chatbots on Messenger, and they’re all pretty simple How Facebook Messenger Bots Work and Why They Fail Facebook chat bots are not working out so well for Facebook. After more than a year of the bot push, Facebook is scaling back the effort after a 70% failure rate. So what’s wrong? Read More . Customer service bots may point you in the direction of a useful URL or phone number. Others may ask you a few questions to recommend some (potentially) interesting content.

We’ve written a list of some of our favorite Messenger bots 10 Awesome Facebook Messenger Bots You Aren't Using A few months ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would be introducing bots in its popular Messenger app. They're basically AI assistants for specific tasks and services. Read More , but there are tons to choose from. Recently in the U.S., a Discover tab was released in Messenger to help you search and discover new bots. For now, the rest of us have to use the plain-old search bar within Messenger to find these bots.

A few to check out are: Skyscanner, Digg, MemeGenerator, HealthTap, and Beer bot.

6. Tag People in Messages

In Group chats, you can now tag someone by typing @ followed by their name. This will send that person a notification to let them know they’ve been mentioned in that chat.

In a busy, bustling group chat, this is particularly useful to make sure you don’t miss any messages that were directed at you specifically.

7. Send a Video or Voice Message

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In all of your Messenger chats, you’re now able to send video and voice messages, not just text or images. When you can’t be bothered typing a long diatribe, problem solved!

To send a voice message, click the > next to the text box, then +, and select Voice. Then just hold down the record button, and speak into your mic.

To send a video clip, press and hold the camera button that’s displayed next to the text box. A small window will pop up, showing that the front camera (the one facing you) is recording. As soon as you let go of the button, the video will be posted. If you don’t want to send a video, slide your finger across to the close button while the video is recording.

If you need a little more guidance, we’ve covered how to send audio on Facebook Messenger How to Send Audio in Facebook Messenger In this article we'll explain how to send audio in Messenger, allowing you to save your fingers a few extra taps on the keyboard. Read More in a separate article.

8. Set Reminders for Plans

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When you’ve eventually settled on a time for a plan you’ve been organizing on Messenger, you can Make a Plan. To do this, within a message click +, then Plans. You can now set a date and time, name the plan, and (if you wish) set a location. Shortly before the time comes around, everyone in the message will receive a notification.

The feature is very basic but has uses in some situations. It would be far more useful, however, if it integrated with your default calendar app, and if you could customize a reminder time. But hey, we’ll take what we’re given.

9. Create a Group Poll

Making decisions as a group can be difficult, but Messenger’s group polls could ease that pain a little.

To set up a poll, click the + button next to the text box, then click Polls. Set a question, and add a number of options. When you submit a poll, everyone in the group chat will be able to cast their vote.

10. Block Sponsored Messages

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Facebook is starting to more aggressively roll out its advertising model on Messenger If You Use Messenger, Prepare to Start Seeing Ads Facebook is currently testing placing ads in Messenger, which, once rolled out globally, means an added annoyance for 1 billion users worldwide. Read More . Essentially, if you’ve started a conversation with a company or bot in the past, you’re giving that account permission to send you “Sponsored Messages” in the future.

At the moment, there’s no real way to block all of these sponsored messages at once. But you can block all future messages from specific accounts. To do this, open the conversation in question, then click Manage > Manage Messages > Turn off All Messages.

To unblock an account so they can send you messages again, go to your Profile, click People > Blocked, and whichever accounts you like.

What Will Messenger Offer Next?

With each update, Messenger releases a slew of new features. From helping you order an Uber How to Order Uber Right From Facebook Messenger Facebook Messenger can do a lot of cool things, but one of its most practical features is the ability to order an Uber ride right from within a conversation! Read More , to sending money to friends How to Send Money to Friends in Facebook Messenger Venmo and Google Wallet are nice, but if you and your friends frequently communicate through Facebook, then you may want to switch to this Messenger feature. Read More from within the app. Yet most people who use the app just as a basic messaging app have probably never taken the time to explore just what’s on offer these days.

As you can see, it’s probably a lot more than you realized. Some of the features won’t be for you. Others might just add that bit of extra functionality to make your chats more fun and convenient. And we’re likely to see even more features arriving in the future.

Which features would you love to see released on Messenger? Which new functions would make the app even more valuable? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. July
    August 11, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I dont like this group chat in the messenger it used of some group by sextour arrangement .