11 Facebook Messenger Tricks To Make You Cooler Than Your Friends
Did you know that Facebook Messenger is so much more than just a messaging platform? If you didn’t, check out these awesome tricks. You’ll never use Facebook Messenger the same again!
Emoji & Animation
Send A Balloon/Love Animation
Your pal’s birthday? Send an animated birthday greeting! Simply send him/her a regular balloon emoji, and Facebook Messenger will take it from there. Colorful balloons will flood his/her phone screen (and yours, too) – complete with adorable popping sounds.
This fun feature works for heart emojis and love-themed stickers as well. Perfect for long-distance relationships!
To Enable: Send a balloon emoji for balloon animations, or a heart emoji/love-themed sticker for love animations
Change Your Default Emoji
Well, surprise, surprise! More than just supersizing your blue thumbs-up emoji (by long-pressing it until it blows up in size), you can change that default emoji into something more personal. Try a smooch emoji for your better half or a poop face emoji for your BFF!
To Enable: Go to any conversation > tap on the person’s name > tap on Emoji > select new default emoji
Poll Your Friends
Organizing a group outing can be quite…a turn-off. The bigger the group, the more difficult it is to agree on an activity or a restaurant. Save yourself a whole lot of grief by creating a poll – you set the questions, and let your friends do the voting. If democracy works the way it should, whatever majority chooses is what you’ll all be doing or having for dinner!
To Enable: Go to any group chat > tap on “…” icon (bottom of screen) > select Poll
Create Group Spotify Playlists
Crowd-sourcing a playlist just got really easy. If everyone in your group has the Spotify app installed in his/her phone, you can add songs to a group playlist sans individual searches. You can also send songs to individuals – that’s one more entertaining way to let your loved ones know how you feel about them!
To Enable: Go to any group chat > tap on “…” icon (bottom of screen) > select Spotify app > send songs
Group Video Calls With Fun Effects
As if group video calls can get any better! No but seriously, Facebook Messenger has really made it better by adding super fun animated effects (e.g. fairy lights, falling hearts, twinkling stars). If you tap the camera icon whilst you’re on air, Facebook Messenger will save you a screenshot of the hilarious time you’re having with your friends!
To Enable: Go to any group chat > tap on Call icon (top right of screen) > tap star icon to activate filters/effects
Play Games With Friends
Facebook Messenger has some wild in-app games like Pac-Man (!!), Endless Lake, Brick Pop and Space Invaders. Play 8 Ball Pool with your best bud when you’re commuting home from work, or engage in a battle of wits with Words With Friends!
To Enable: Go to any conversation > tap on Game icon (bottom of screen) > select game
Miss the old after-school arcade days? You can still challenge your friend to a game – except that it’s digital basketball this time! Get the ball into the hoop as many times as possible, and let your friend have a turn. Up the stakes with a wager (e.g. a meal) and let the games begin!
To Enable: Go to any conversation > send basketball emoji > tap on basketball emoji > swipe basketball towards hoop
Interact With ChatBots
This one’s perfect for people who abhor holding on to the phone line whilst customer representatives attend to other callers first. With just one search, you’ll be connected with major organizations and businesses such as CNN, KLM Airlines, Starbucks and Dominos (some bots even allow you to place your orders in-app).
To Enable: Start new conversation > type name of business in search bar
Time to split the bill? Try sending money using Facebook Messenger. Just add your payment information (e.g. credit/debit card) to the platform, fill out the amount, and click ‘send’. This convenient feature works on both 1-on-1 and group chats.
To Enable: Go to conversation of the person you want to send money to > tap on “…” icon > select Payments
Note: This feature is currently in Beta.
Personalize Conversation Appearances
Hopefully this will deter you from accidentally sending inappropriate emojis (think poop face and a gun emoji) to your pastor! Discard the default blue interface in favor of personalized appearances. Green for your friends, red for your colleagues, and black for people you never ever want to send the wrong messages to.
To Enable: Go to any conversation > tap on person’s name (top of screen) > select Nicknames/Color
Make Someone’s Day
This feature is like the ultimate sweepstake for cute animals. You never know what you’ll get, so there’s always an element of surprise! Send randomized pictures of adorable fluff balls to your friends – it has been proven to turn bad days around for good!
To Enable: Type @dailycute into composing field > send
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