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How to Play Games in Facebook Messenger

01/02/2018

If you have wanted to play games like Track and Field, Pac-Man or Space Invaders with your friends, there is no better place these days to do that than with your Facebook Messenger App. This how-to guide will show you how it works and how to get your game going in a few simple taps.

Facebook Messenger is loaded with fun features, and one of them (called “Instant Games”) allows you to play many different games with your Facebook friends right from the app.

You will find that when you game through this app, there is never a time where you have no one to play with. Best of all, other features like video and voice calling are not throttled while you are mid game. Anyone with newer versions of iOS or the Android operating system can utilize this function.

Playing Games With Facebook Messenger

By reading on, we can explain how to get Instant Games on your smartphone, but this feature is also available via a web browser and the site for Facebook Messenger.

Challenging A Friend To A Game On iPhone, Android or Windows Platforms

Before you can play any games with your Facebook friends, you have to update the application through your smartphone or tablet. Once you have done this, follow these steps:

  1. Start a conversation with a friend
  2. Just below the text box, find and tap on the game controller
  3. Choose a game and it will open right away. Following each round, friends in the conversation can see your score and challenge you to the same game or something new

You can also learn about games through the search box in Messenger or through your Facebook News Feed. From these results you can play by yourself or challenge your friends through the Messenger application.

A group of friends can all play games together as well, and this is done through creating a group chat and starting a game following the instructions above.

What Games Can You Play?

While the game list is updated on a fairly regular basis, you can find anything from classics like Space Invaders and Pac-Man up to modern hits like Words With Friends and Endless Lake.

Playing Games Without Challenging Your Friends

There are likely plenty of times where playing a game alone sounds a little more inviting than always having to be up to a challenge with someone you know. If you want to play some of these games just by yourself, doing so is pretty simple. You can open up the main screen for Messenger that lists all of the active threads and scroll down until you see the “Games” option. You can launch all of the games right from here without involving any of your contacts.

Instant Games is quite a major leap forward for the Messenger application. With all of its new features, like calling for transportation and sending/receiving money, this is a service that gets better all the time. Now you don’t have to leave the application to have some fun gaming while you chat.

If you need to know more about this feature in Messenger or have any trouble with the steps provided, give us a shout through the comment box below and we will get back in touch with you soon.

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