In this article I can explain in simple terms how Facebook Messenger works and the main features of this service at your disposal.
Hello, my friends, it’s Frankie here once again with another explanation to help you better understand some of the things you use every day. In this case, Facebook Messenger and some of its primary functions.
Take a few minutes and sit down to fully understand this guide to Messenger.
This is the official chat application for Facebook and is the most used app in the United States to chat between friends. In Europe, this is the second most used chat app after WhatsApp.
Despite how popular this application is, if you are reading through this article, you are not as clear as you might like to be about how this app works and what it is capable of.
If that is the case, you can count on me to help you out. I can officially tell you (in plain English) how Messenger works.
Before I begin this explanation, however, I should help you to get a foundation of information about the nature and purpose of this application.
1. What is Facebook Messenger?
One of the primary differences here is the integration of this software with Facebook. It is a must-have for many smartphone users who already frequently and religiously use the social media juggernaut Facebook.
You should check out the article we have written about how to install Messenger for more information.
The use of this application is ideal for streamlining any conversations taking place on Facebook. It is a savvy interface that allows a practical management of all conversations quickly.
If you are interested to learn more about how Messenger works, I only need a few minutes of your free time. Just sit down for a minute and take a load off, dive deep into some of the information I am about to provide.
In very basic terms, Messenger is an instant messaging application allowing you to exchange crypto messages with other Messenger users for free with an active Facebook account. The app can use both mobile and Wi-Fi data to work.
2. Getting Messenger App on Your Phone
One of the first things that can help you to understand how to use Messenger after downloading it from the App Store or the Google Play Store is merely launching this program on your device.
To accomplish this, just find the icon for the recently downloaded app on your home screen or in the app drawer and tap on it. If it is your first time using this application, it is easy for you to set up.
You are going to be prompted from screen to screen adding in login details and other credentials and moving forward with the Continue button. If you already have the Facebook application logged in on your phone, Messenger can often input these credentials on your behalf.
If you wish to connect Messenger to a different account instead of the primary Facebook account linked to the phone, you can choose to Change Account on the lower portion of the screen to use your mobile phone number or a different Facebook account to log in.
Depending on whatever you choose, you might be asked to perform some additional steps.
If so, just follow the guided procedure on the screen and wait a few minutes for the account configuration to complete.
Once you have finally logged in to the application and have the main screen loaded in front of you, press the OK button (recommended choice) to receive notifications from the app on your device. You can also choose Not Now if you are not interested in this feature.
You can also use Messenger on your computer without installing any app by logging into the Messenger website with your account information. It is also possible to use Messenger without having a Facebook account.
3. Starting a Conversation with Messenger
Once you have gotten over the hurdles of logging in for the first time, you should get right into the heart of the matter by learning how Messenger works. I suggest starting a conversation with a trusted friend.
Doing this is easy, and only requires you to press on the pencil and paper icon in the top right corner of the page. You can then select a name from a pop-up contact list to choose with whom you want to start your conversation.
Can’t find who you are looking for? Use the search field at the top of the page by typing in the name.
Once you have a contact established, proceed to the box with the preliminary script “Type a message…” at the bottom of the screen. Type out the message you want to send.
Bear in mind that in addition to the simple text you can expect from an instant messaging applications, you can also choose among the buttons on the screen to both take and send photos, already saved images, emoticons, voice recordings, GIFs, and videos.
You can also share your location by clicking on the appropriate indicator, or you can press the “Like” button to approve of messages, people, or other elements of the conversation you are having.
Ready to send the message along? Hit Send on the keyboard to deliver it.
You might be shocked to learn that Messenger also can allow you to securely send money to a friend.
4. Knowing If Your Message Was Read
Once the message has been sent, the user you have decided to send the message to is notified in real time if they are connected with Facebook, or using Messenger. They can reply by clicking on this message or opening the app.
You can expect the same will happen to you when you are on the receiving end.
It is possible for you to quickly identify when a message you have sent has been read by another user. Next to it, in your device’s screen where the conversation is listed, you will see a blue indicator icon.
If this icon is grey, the message you sent has been received but the user has not read the message yet.
The complete lack of an indicator is no cause for alarm, either. This is a situation that exists when the recipient is away from the internet or Messenger and must wait to get connected to a network.
When you are using Messenger, you can also learn (hopefully not in the unfortunate manner) that you can get blocked by your friend. In these situations, you will never get any indications about the delivery of messages, because they never reach their intended target.
5. Chatting With Multiple Contacts Simultaneously
On Messenger, you can have several conversations happening at the same time, and these all occur in the same manner that you have started in the previous paragraphs.
Accessing these conversations is simple, and only requires you to tap on Recent Conversations item on the bottom left of the screen. You can then choose the one that requires your attention.
In addition to the individual conversations that you can keep up with, there are also options to contact multiple recipients with the same message.
You can accomplish this by entering multiple usernames when selecting options for a new conversation.
Also, you can start the same group conversation by using the group feature in the Groups section on the app.
Group organization can come in handy, as you can address the pertinent people in each division all at once, such as your family, work colleagues, best friends, etc.
If any of the conversations that are present in the recent section begin to be a little too much to wade through, it is easy to either delete the thread or to archive the conversation.
If you want to do this, locate the targeted conversation and swipe it to the left. You can then choose the immediate action of Delete or select More and choose to Archive the chat.
As many conversations as you can have simultaneously, you will at some point want to leave an overactive group getting bombarded with messages. Good news, it is always possible to leave the group whenever you want.
6. Making Phone and Video Calls with Messenger
Sure, now you have a better idea of how Messenger works for chatting with other people, but that is not where the functionality of this app ends. You can also use this app to make calls and video calls with all contacts.
To do this, you need to identify the person you want to reach out to from the People section or in the Recent Conversations area.
Tap the name of the contact that you want to call and tap the handset icon in the top right (phone call) or the camera icon in the same area (video call.)
You can use on-screen buttons to turn sounds on/off, enable/disable speakerphone, use the camera, or end the call.
While Messenger is free to use, it can consume substantial data when you are making voice and video calls. Make sure that you typically only use this feature when you are on Wi-Fi or have adequate data plans from your provider.
7. Messenger Kids
Messenger Kids is finally here – a new app that can allow users under 13 to exchange messages, video calls, and more through Facebook.
Kids do not need to have their own Facebook accounts to use the app, they just need for their parents to sign in for them with theirs.
There are no areas for public photos or commentary – this is just chatting with friends and known people.
As a parent, you can choose the contacts you want to authorize and which you want to make inaccessible.
Because of the nature of this application and how susceptible young minds can be, Facebook has already made it clear that this Kids edition of Messenger will have no advertisements or data collection for third party vendors.
These strides to protect the children can help to reduce sensitive data transfer from minors and does not expose any children using the application to offensive content or untoward comments.
Messenger Kids is a well-designed app. I think parents shhould install it on their child’s phone. Unfortunately, social media has become a dark corner for cyberbullying. If you want to take control of your child’s phone, you could also opt to install a parental app on their device.
Now that you have a better understanding of how Messenger functions, I have one last thing to leave you with before I go. I know you are eager to get back to chatting for hours with all of your friends and family on Facebook.
All conversations, calls, and video calls made through Messenger from smartphones and tablets can typically get handled by the web version of Facebook chat.
What does this mean exactly? Let me tell you.
When you log on to Facebook from a web browser on your computer or mobile device, you can click the chat icon in the top right and view nearly all activities carried out on Messenger to that point. You can continue conversations with users by doing this as well.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will get back with you quickly.