Facebook Messages without Messenger (2019)

Facebook Messages without Messenger 2018

Tips for Facebook Messages without Messenger 2018

One special component of Facebook’s messaging system, as opposed to other systems­, is that you no longer have to remember email addresses, screen names, or handles. You just have to remember people’s names. The other benefit is that your entire contact history with specific people is saved in one place.

 

I refer to this ongoing conversation as a conversation or thread. If this sounds confusing to you, think of it as mirroring the fact that usually, you don’t simply stop speaking to someone in real life.

 

You may have asked a friend about getting lunch next week, but then you pick up the conversation again a week later to out where you want to go for lunch or to let her know that you’re running 30 minutes late. Even after lunch is over, chances are one of you will want to meet up again soon.

 

 Instead of splitting all of these up into discreet emails, texts, or phone calls, Facebook thinks of your communication as one long, ongoing discussion that lasts the entirety of your friendship. In this blog, we have to explain Facebook Messages without Messenger 2019

 

Sending a Message

 I opened this by clicking the Messages shortcut in the big blue bar on top (it looks like a word bubble with a horizontal lightning bolt inside it) and clicking the New Message link from the menu. A New Message chat window opens from the bottom of the page. This interface, with the message window floating over Facebook in the background, is designed to look like an instant messaging service.

 

Remember, on Facebook, there’s no real distinction between chats (instant messages) and messages. Everything gets saved to your message history. Anytime you click on a Message button or link from a friend’s Timeline or Timeline preview, a new message window opens, with that friend’s name pre-filled in the To: field.

 

The New Message chat window has only two fields for you to fill out: a To: field and a message box where you type the text of your message. Unlike emails, this chat window has no spaces for CC, BCC, or a subject line. To address your message, simply start typing the name of the person you’re messaging into the To: field.

 

Facebook autocompletes as you type, and you’ll see that it tries to fill in the names of friends as well as friends of friends. In other words, it assumes you are messaging someone you know somehow. When you see the name you want, highlight it and click or press Enter. You can type more than one name if you want to have a conversation with more than one person at the same time.

 

This isn’t the only way to open a message window to a friend. Clicking the Message button on a friend’s Timeline or preview opens a chat window. Clicking their name in the Chat menu opens a chat window (more on that in the Chat Menu section). Regardless of how you got here, messaging works the same way. After you enter a friend’s name, you can click in the Type a Message field to start typing your message. Enter your message in the message box.

 

There are no rules around what goes here. Messages can be long or short, fat or skinny, silly or serious — whatever you have to say. Press Enter to send your message (or Shift + Enter to create a paragraph break). If you have an existing message thread already started with that person, you see that your new message simply gets added to the bottom of the conversation.

 

As you and your friend message back and forth to each other, you can continue to use Facebook — scroll up and down in your News Feed, browse photos, check out a Timeline. Regardless of where you go on Facebook’s site, your chat windows will remain open at the bottom of the screen. They won’t close unless you close them or close Facebook.

 

 You can react to specific messages that your friend has sent by hovering your mouse over the text and clicking the gray Smiley icon that appears next to it. This opens a menu of the usual Facebook reactions: love, laugh, surprise, cry, angry, thumbs up, and thumbs down.

 

It is designed to look somewhat like the text message interface on your phone. A profile picture of your friend is shown on the left side of the chat window, next to the white speech bubble that contains her message. Your own messages appear in blue anchored to the right side of the chat window. You can scroll up to see older messages.

 

Group Messages

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You can message more than one person at a time. Doing so creates a new conversation among all the people you message. Everyone can see and reply to the message. So if you send a message to Mike, Jenny, and Steve, a new conversation is created. When you’re looking at that conversation, you can see all the messages that have been sent by all the people involved.

 

As you’re reading, you can see who said that by looking at the names and profile pictures identifying each message. Each message is separated and has a timestamp so that you can see when it was sent.

 

The main thing to remember about group conversations is that you cannot reply individually to members of the conversation. When you reply, all members of the conversation see your reply. If you are in multiple conversations with some of the same people, double check to make sure you’re in the right conversation before hitting reply!

 

Group messages have some specific options, like removing yourself from a conversation and naming a conversation, that are covered in the Message Options section.

 

Sending links

If you want to add a link to a website or article to a message, you can copy and paste it into the message box. Facebook then generates a preview of the article so that your friend has more info before clicking the link. You can remove this preview by clicking the X in the upper-right corner of the preview.

 

If you ever choose to share a link from another website (many news sites have links to share articles, for example) you can select to share it in a private message and accomplish the same thing: sending the link and a preview to a friend, as well as explaining why you are sending it.

 

Much like when you create a post, you can make your messages a little less messy by only sending the preview without sending a long, unwieldy URL. Once you can see the preview, simply delete the actual URL from your message. Your friend will be able to click through on the preview alone.

 

Sending photo

To add photos to your message, click the picture icon (it looks like a framed picture of a mountain) at the bottom of the chat window. Doing so opens an interface for navigating your computer’s hard drive, so make sure you know where your photo is saved.

 

If you want to share a photo that is already on Facebook, the easiest way to share it is to navigate to that photo, click the share link at the bottom of the photo, and choose to share it in a private message. If you’re sharing a photo that is on Facebook, privacy rules may sometimes prevent your friend from being able to see it.

 

Sending stickers

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Stickers on Facebook are a lot like the stickers you might have once used to adorn a school notebook or a letter from summer camp, except, you know, digital. There are virtually infinite sticker options you can send to friends, from smiley faces to ones related to various holidays to ones created by specific artists. Clicking on the square Smiley icon at the bottom of a chat window opens the Search Stickers menu

 

You can browse through the various categories of stickers here. Click a category name to see stickers in that category, then scroll down to see the full collection. As soon as you click on a sticker, it is sent to your friend. Along the top of the Search, Stickers menu is recently used sticker collections you have used.

 

You can also click on the plus sign here to go to the sticker store. In the sticker store, you can browse through sticker options and choose to add them to your personal collections.

 

After you have added a sticker collection (by clicking the green Free button), close the sticker store by clicking the X in the upper-right corner. Then, when you reopen the Search Stickers menu, you’ll see your new sticker pack along the top of the menu.

 

Sending GIF

GIF is a file format that supports animated images. But when people talk about GIFs, they are usually referring to how GIFs are used on the Internet: as ways to share a clip, usually on a loop, that captures a moment, emotion, or thought. So, for example, if someone tells you something that exasperates you, you could send a GIF of a famous person rolling his eyes to communicate that you are, in fact, rolling your eyes as well.

 

You can click on the GIF icon at the bottom of the chat menu to browse through GIFs that you can send to a friend. By default, Facebook shows you trending GIFs (in other words, GIFs that other people have been sending). You can search for the type of GIF you are looking for using the Search box at the top of the GIF menu. As soon as you click on a GIF it is sent to your friend.

 

Sending Emojis

Emojis are small digital images that express an emotion or idea. The most common­ emojis are the yellow smiley (or frowny or crying) faces. You can select from a multitude of emojis on Facebook, ranging from the usual smileys to specific foods, locations, or modes of transportation. 

 

To choose an emoji, click the round Smiley icon in the bottom of the chat window. This opens a menu for browsing emoji. Click on the one you want to add to any text you have written. Unlike stickers and GIFs, emojis get added within your text, so you will need to press Enter to send them.

 

Sending payments

You can use Facebook to send money to friends. It requires both you and your friends to enter debit card info into Facebook, which it stores securely in its ­systems. Facebook does not charge a fee to send payments between friends. If you’ve never sent money before, follow these steps the first time you want to send money to a friend:

 

1. Tap the $ icon in the bottom of a chat window with your friend.

2. Type the amount of money you want to send into the payment field.

3. (Optional) Type in the reason for the payment in the “What is this payment for?” field.

4. Click the Next button.A window opens for entering your debit card info for making the payment.

5. Enter your debit card info into the relevant fields.

6. Click the Pay button.

 

The money has been sent to your friend. He will need to enter a debit card into Facebook to receive the money. Payments only work with debit cards. Using debit cards allows you to pay directly from your bank account and allows your friend to put money directly in her bank account.

 

Make sure that when you enter your card info, it is for a debit card, not a credit card. Once you send money, you can’t cancel the payment. Be sure that you are okay with the money leaving your account before you click the Pay button. If you’d like to add extra security around payments, check out the Payments section of the Settings page.

 

Sending attachments

Much as it does in many email programs, an icon shaped like a paperclip signifies attaching files to a message. Clicking the attachment icon opens an interface for searching and selecting files from your computer’s hard drive. You can attach photos, videos, documents, and so on.

 

Playing games

Games are more fun with friends. That’s pretty much true in real life, and it’s true online. Facebook is one way for people to connect with real-life friends to play games online. Click the Games icon (it’s shaped like a video game controller) to open a menu of games that you can choose to play against (or with) the friend you are messaging.

 

These games usually have not been built by Facebook, so by using them, you are technically sharing some basic information (like your name and friend list) with third-party developers. You can learn more about using your Facebook information with the third-party application.

 

Click the Play button next to the game you want to play. Once you’ve played around, your friend will be sent a challenge. Many games are optimized for mobile phones, so they might look a little weird if you’re playing them on your desktop or laptop computer. Try playing from your phone sometime!

 

Taking photos to send

The Camera icon at the bottom of the chat window opens an interface for taking photos with your computer’s built-in webcam (or, if you’re using Messenger on your phone, it connects to your phone’s camera).

 

You may need to approve the use of your webcam or install a driver on your computer to access this feature. When you look at a preview of yourself on the screen, click the green Take Photo button to take your photo. If you like it, click the blue Send button to send it to your friend.

 

The Facebook Like

The last icon you see in the composer section of the chat window is a thumbs-up icon, also known as the Like icon. You can click this icon to send a thumbs-up icon to your friend at any time.

 

Message Options

Chances are if you send a message, pretty soon you’ll get a reply. Depending on your settings and whether you’re logged in to Facebook when you receive a new message, you see either a new chat window open (like you’re receiving an IM) or a little red flag on your Home page over the Messages icon in the big blue bar on top.

 

Click the flag to open the Inbox preview; then click the message preview to open the conversation in a chat window at the bottom of your screen. At the top of each chat window is a blue bar displaying the name (or names) of the person you’re chatting with and several icons.

 

Add friends

The plus sign icon allows you to add more friends to a conversation you are having with a friend. Click this to open a text field where you can enter a friend’s name.

 

Remember to click the Done button when you have finished adding names. This opens a new conversation among all of you and will appear as a separate conversation in your Recent Messages.

 

Start video/voice call

Assuming your computer is up to the task, you can click on the video camera icon or the phone icon to start a video or voice call, respectively, with your friend (or with multiple friends). The first time you use either of these features, you may have to set up video calling, which may include installing Flash or another driver to your computer’s hard drive.

 

When you initiate a video call, a pop-up window opens on your screen. Your friend will see something similar appear on her screen asking if she wants to accept a video or voice call. If she wants to take the call, she simply clicks accept and the two of you will be able to speak face to face (or voice to voice). 

 

Video and voice calls can also be made from smartphones using the Facebook Messenger app. You can learn more about Facebook’s suite of apps for the phone. Video calls assume both people have webcams either built-in or installed in their computers. If you don’t have a webcam, you won’t be able to make video calls.

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Options Click the gear icon to view a full menu of options related to your conversation. Some of these options only appear in conversations with one friend (I’ve added a 1-1 note to those) and some only appear for group conversations. Most, however, appear for one-on-one and group threads alike

 

Open in MessengerSelecting this option opens Messenger, the Facebook equivalent of your Inbox. Here you will be able to view the entire conversation and search it. More details about Messenger/Inbox can be found in the next section.

 

Add Files: Just like clicking the paperclip icon at the bottom of a chat window when you’re sending a message from the Inbox, you can select this option to search your computer for files you want to share.

 

Add Friends to Chat: If you’re discussing something with a friend and think that you need the opinion of someone else, you can add her to the chat, which opens a new group chat window.

 

Turn off Chat for <Friend> (1-1): Friends may be more likely to chat with you when they see that you’re online. If any friend is popping up a little too often, you can turn off chat for that individual person. From that point on, she will no longer see you in the Chat menu.

 

Edit Conversation Name (group): You may want to give conversations amongst friends a helpful nickname like “Vacation Planning”  Select this option and a small text field appears at the top of the chat window. Enter the new name of your conversation there and press Enter.

 

Edit Participants (group): Everyone within a group message has the same ability to add and remove participants from the message. Removing someone does not prevent someone from being readded by another member of the conversation, nor does it stop that person from starting a new thread with all the same people.

 

However, if there is a legitimate need to remove someone from a conversation, click this option and select their name from the list of names that appears.

 

Edit Nicknames: Often most helpful in group message threads, nicknames allow you to make sure everyone in the conversation knows who is speaking, especially if people use a variant of their name as their Facebook name. 

 

Clicking this option opens a pop-up window with a list of every participant’s name. Click on the name you want to add a nickname for, type in the nickname you want to use, and click Save. Keep in mind that all members of the conversation will see this nickname, so be nice!

 

Change Color: If you have multiple conversations happening at once, you might find it convenient to change the color of the word bubbles within the conversation. Once you click this option, a pop-up window opens with color options. Click the color you like to select it. Facebook will change the color for all participants in the thread.

 

Mute Conversation: Muting a conversation allows you to stop receiving notifications (such as a flashing chat bar or a red bubble in the big blue bar on top) for a particular conversation. Selecting this option allows you to choose how long you want a conversation to be muted for. It can be as short as thirty minutes or as long as forever. I’ve found muting particularly helpful with group conversations, where I want to be able to view the thread when it’s convenient to me, but don’t want to be distracted by a million people replying all at once.

 

Delete Conversation: Deleting a conversation is permanent. It deletes the entire history of your messages with a friend. Keep in mind that deleting it only deletes it for you. Your friend (or friends) will still be able to see the message history.

 

Leave Conversation (group): Another option for a group conversation you don’t want to be a part of is simply to leave the conversation. Leaving a conversation posts a small notice to the rest of the members that you have left.

 

Start Plan: When you are messaging back and forth with friends, you may notice that whenever you use certain time-based words like “tonight” or “Wednesday” Facebook displays a little link prompting you to “Start Plan.” Clicking that link, or this option in the menu, allows you to create a quick event with info like date, time, and place.

 

All members of the thread can then see the plan, RSVP, and change the plan if needed. Facebook will automatically send everyone in the group message a reminder about the plan about an hour before it begins.

 

Ignore Messages (1-1): Ignoring messages is a variant on muting messages from a particular friend. If you choose this option, Facebook will begin to treat the messages from that friend as if they are messages from a stranger. They’ll show up in the Message Requests section of your Inbox instead of the main section of your Inbox. Your friend won’t be told that you’ve ignored their messages.

 

Block Messages (1-1): You can prevent someone from sending you messages entirely by choosing to block messages from her. If people are harassing you on Facebook, you might also consider blocking them entirely or reporting them for harassment.

 

Report: If you’re getting odd messages from a friend promoting something he wouldn’t normally promote, there’s a chance his account was phished, meaning someone who shouldn’t have gained access to it. Report the spam messages to protect yourself, your friend, and other users from having the same thing happen to them.

 

You can also report messages for being harassing or hateful. If you are reporting those actions, you may also want to consider blocking the person sending the hateful content to you.

 

Create Group (group): Groups are a Facebook feature that allows, well, groups of people to congregate and share information around a specific topic. If you come to realize that a group of people you are often messaging together would benefit from a space on Facebook to share posts with one another, use this option to create that group.

 

Create Event (group): Events are a Facebook feature that allows you to plan and create an event and invite your friends. If you want, you can use this option to create an event with members of a certain group conversation as the guest list. Clicking the X in the upper-right corner of your chat window closes the chat. Remember, everything you’ve said remains saved in your message history, so never worry about closing a window.

 

The Chat Menu

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The Chat menu is like a buddy list that you may use for instant messaging. You can always see a minimized version of the Chat menu in the lower-right corner of Facebook. It is a tiny bar that says Chat (n), where n is the number of friends currently­ online. Click the bar to open the Chat menu.

 

By default, the top Contacts section of the Chat menu displays the friends you messaged with most recently. A green dot next to their names means they are currently on Facebook and will likely see a message you send them to pop up right away. A timestamp such as 20h or 2d indicates how long it’s been since they’ve been on Facebook.

 

Rest assured that any messages you send to them will be delivered. Often people receive notifications in email or on their phone when they get a new Facebook message, so just because they haven’t been active very recently doesn’t mean they won’t get your message soon. 

 

Beneath the friends, you message most often are the rest of your friends, as well as any existing group conversations you might want to participate in. Scroll down to browse your friends.

 

At the bottom of the Chat, the menu is a Search bar. To quickly find the friend with whom you want to chat, or to see if that friend is even online, start typing that friend’s name in the Search box at the bottom of the Chat menu. As you type, the list of online friends narrows to only those with names that match what you’ve typed.

 

After you see the friend you were looking for, click their name to start chatting. When the Chat menu is expanded, three icons appear at the bottom of it. There is a New Message icon depicted as a pencil and paper icon. There is a Create New Group icon that looks like the outline of two people with a plus sign. The Settings icon is shaped like a gear; it offers the following options for adjusting your Chat experience:

 

Chat Sounds If Chat Sounds is on (signified by a checkmark next to this option), you will hear a sound every time you receive a new chat.

 

Emoji You can select the default skin color of the emojis that you send to friends. Facebook tries to represent a variety of skin tones, so you can choose whichever most suits you. By default, this emoji is a bright yellow.

 

Block Settings Selecting this option brings you to the Blocking section of the Settings page. There you can block people who may be bothering you through messages from messaging you, or from interacting with you at all on Facebook.

 

Advanced Settings Selecting this option reveals a pop-up window of options. These options help you control who can and cannot see you as online and available in Chat. Three options are available here:

 

Turn Off Chat for Only Some Contacts If there are just a few friends or friend lists you don’t want to know when you’re online, enter their names into the box below this option, and they won’t be able to chat with you. Instead, messages from them will go straight to the Inbox.

 

Turn Off Chat for All Contacts Except This is the option if you really don’t want to talk to anyone except your nearest and dearest via Chat. When you select this option, you then enter the names of people or Friend Lists that will be able to see that you’re online.

 

Turn Off Chat for All Contacts This option means no one will see that you’re online or be able to send you instant messages via Chat. Instead, messages sent to you will go to the Inbox.

 

Collapse All Chat Tabs When you collapse Chat tabs, they don’t go away completely. Instead, along with the bottom of the screen, next to the Chat menu, you will see a header bar for each chat you have closed. The header bar displays the name of the person you are chatting with. Click on any of these headers to open that conversation back up again.

 

Close All Chat Tabs If you are simultaneously chatting with lots of different people and want to close all the Chat windows you have open, select this option. All your Chat tabs will close (but don’t worry, none of your conversations will be lost).

 

Hide Sidebar If you don’t want to see the Chat menu open on the right side of the page, you can choose to hide it by selecting this option. Once you do so, you will see a collapsed Chat menu header in the bottom right corner of the page. Click that to reopen the Chat menu.

 

Hide Pages If you are a Page admin, you may not want to see your Pages listed on your Chat menu. Use this option to hide them.

Hide Groups When you hide groups from Chat you’ll no longer see previews of your group conversations in the chat menu.

 

Turn Off Chat This is the same as the “Turn Off Chat” option found in the Advanced settings. Lots of people like to use Chat sometimes but not at other times (for example, I sometimes turn Chat off when I’m working from home). This option lets you easily toggle Chat on and off.

 

Turn Off Video/Voice Calls If you are okay chatting by typing, but don’t want to receive any voice or video calls, use this option to toggle video and voice calls on and off.

 

Turn Off Post Tabs When you create a new post, such as a status update or a shared photo, Facebook automatically creates a tab within chat for that post. That way you can respond to any comments and see any reactions to it as you continue to navigate Facebook.

 

If you don’t like having your post stay open as you use Facebook, you can turn off that feature here. Turning off Chat simply means messages won’t pop up, unbidden, at the bottom of your screen.

 

Messages will still be delivered to your Inbox and you will be able to read and respond to them there. Depending on the width of your screen, your Chat menu may already be expanded as an additional column to the right of your right column. When it is expanded in this way it may display your games and Pages in addition to the contact lists described above.

 

Messenger Inbox

After you’re comfortable sending and receiving messages to and from your friends, it’s time to find out about Messenger, which is what Facebook calls your message Inbox, where all your messages are collected for easy viewing at any time. Messenger is also the name of the mobile app you can download and use on your phone to communicate with Facebook friends. 

 

Messenger is organized a bit differently from traditional email inboxes. Most significantly, messages you receive from people you aren’t friends with and are unlikely to know are separated from the conversations you’re having with friends. 

 

To understand how this works, look at how Messenger is organized on the page. First, navigate to Messenger from your Home page by clicking the Messages icon in the big blue bar on top (it looks like a word bubble with a horizontal lightning bolt inside). This opens a preview of your most recent messages. 

 

Click on See All in Messenger at the bottom of the preview to go to Messenger. offers a snapshot of a sample Messenger Inbox. The main portion of this page, the center area, is where conversations appear. As you click different conversations, which are listed on the left, the contents of that conversation — messages, photos, links, and files — appear in the main portion of the screen.

 

The left side of the page displays your conversations. Each conversation gets its own line in the Inbox. Like your email inbox, these conversations are organized from most recent near the top to older ones toward the bottom of the page.

 

As you scroll down, Facebook will continue to load your conversation history. The top one is a group message, the bottom one is a one-on-one conversation with a single friend. Your friends’ names are listed, and their profile pictures are displayed in this preview. On the right side of each is the conversation’s timestamp.

 

And below the name of the person or people you’re talking to is a snippet of what was most recently said. Messages that you haven’t read yet will appear in bold.

 

When you hover your mouse over a conversation, a gear icon appears right below the time stamp. Clicking this icon opens a menu with options for that conversation:

 

Mute: Muting a conversation means you won’t receive notifications about incoming messages for a certain amount of time that you choose.

 

Leave Group (Group messages only) If you are part of a group conversation and don’t want to be, you can choose to leave the group. Once you leave you won’t receive any future messages within that conversation.

 

Archive Archiving a conversation removes it from this main Messenger landing page. You will still be able to find it if you search for it.

 

Delete Deleting a conversation removes it and all its contents from your Inbox. Keep in mind that deleting a conversation only deletes it for you. The other person or people involved in it will still be able to view it in their own inboxes.

 

Mark as Unread Much like email, you can mark a conversation as “unread” if you’d like to return to it later.

 

Mark as Spam If you receive spam or junk mail, mark it as spam. This reports it as spam back to Facebook and removes it from your Messenger Inbox.

 

Report Spam or Abuse If you’d like to report any sort of abuse that’s happening via Messenger — phishing attempts, harassment, pornographic or hateful content, or anything else — you can send a report to Facebook to be handled by its Help team. Just because you report something doesn’t necessarily mean Facebook will agree with you that what you submit qualifies as abuse, but I believe it’s always better to report something than not.

 

Ignore Messages (1-1 messages only) If one friend is bothering you with too many messages, you can choose to ignore those messages. You won’t be notified any time they message you and their conversation with you will be moved to the Connection Requests section of Messenger.

 

Block Messages (1-1 messages only) An even more stringent way to prevent someone from messaging you is to block messages from them. You won’t see any of the messages they send you or calls they make to you.

 

Connection requests

Whenever you get a message from someone you aren’t friends with yet, these go to a section of your Inbox labeled Connection Requests. When you get a new one, you’ll see a bold preview in your list of messages, which you can click to view the message.

 

You can also view your history of connection requests by clicking the gear icon in the upper-left corner of the Messenger Inbox and selecting ­Connection Requests from the menu that opens. 

 

You can choose to Accept or Decline connection requests from people. Often a connection request is a person you know simply verifying that you know each other.

 

Once you accept the request, you can write back, and that conversation then appears in the main section of your Messenger Inbox. If you choose to decline a connection request, that person is not notified, but the message from them will be permanently deleted from Messenger.

 

You can also choose to leave connection requests in a sort of limbo, where you neither respond, accept, nor decline the request. It will just hang around in the connection requests section of your Inbox gathering dust until you are ready to do something with it.

 

Conversations in the Inbox

The center portion of the Messenger Inbox is dedicated to whichever conversation you have selected to look at. The most important thing to notice is that all the content here is the same content you would see in a chat window. Facebook ­don't care where you wrote a message from, all of it goes into your message history.

 

The most recent message is at the bottom of the page. Scroll up to see older messages. This should look like the same conversation in a chat window, just a bit bigger. At the bottom of your conversation, below the most recent message, is the message composer.

 

The message composer is similar to the one you use in the chat window. Simply type your response and press Enter to send. You can click the icons for sending photos, stickers, gifs, emojis, money, photos from your webcam, or likes. One additional option you have from the composer is a microphone icon for recording voice messages to send to friends.

 

Click the microphone icon then click the big red Record button to start recording your message. Click it again when you’re done to send it. You won’t have a chance to review your recording before it gets sent. To the right of your conversation is info about the person (or people) you are talking to, as well as options related to that conversation.

 

There is also space where photos you have shared recently in the conversation are displayed. Some of the options, like Edit Nicknames and Change Color, are the same as the options available to you when you’re using a chat window while browsing Facebook. The new options are:

 

Search in Conversation Because Facebook messages aren’t broken into discreet emails with unique subjects, trying to scroll through a long message thread to find information like where you guys were supposed to meet or the name of so-and-so’s new boyfriend can be challenging. You can use search to try and find this type of information.

 

Clicking Search in Conversation opens a search box at the top of the message thread. Simply type in the term you are searching for and press Enter.

 

Facebook displays any results highlighted with the messages that were sent immediately before and after that term was used. Use the arrows next to the search box to flip to the next occurrence of that term. When you’re done using Search, click the Done button to the right of the search box to return to the entire conversation.

 

Change Emoji Use this to choose an emoji to be the default emoji in the bottom right of the chat window. It will replace the Like emoji that is currently there. Everyone in the conversation will see that you’ve chosen a new emoji and be able to send it with just one click whenever they want.

 

Notifications You can choose whether you receive notifications when you get a new message within a given conversation. You can also choose whether you get notifications when someone reacts (that is, likes or clicks another reaction icon) to something you said.

 

Settings

Once you are in the Messenger Inbox, you can go to other sections of the Inbox and access your settings by clicking the gear icon in the upper-left corner. This opens a menu with the following options:

 

Settings Open a pop-up window to access a few settings and links that may be helpful to you as you use Messenger. You can toggle your online status on and off, enable and disable sounds, and enable and disable desktop notifications that appear even if Facebook isn’t open in your browser.

 

You will also find links to manage your Payments and Blocking settings. This is yet another place where you can choose your emoji’s skin color.

 

Active Contacts: View a list of all your friends who are currently active on Facebook.

Connection Requests: View all your connection requests that you have not responded to yet.

 

GROUP CONVERSATIONS

A Facebook group is a way for a group of people to connect and share in the same place on Facebook. But it bears mentioning here that one of the useful features of Groups is the capability to start message threads and chats with the members of your group. To start a group chat, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to the group’s page on Facebook.
  • Beneath the cover photo, click the More [. . .] button. This opens a menu of options.

 

  • Select Send Message from the menu. A window opens that allows you to select from the group’s members.

 

  • Select the group members you want to be part of the chat. Click the faces of all the people you want to be included in the message thread. If you want everyone included, click Select All at the bottom of the window.

 

  • Click the Start Chat button. A chat window opens at the bottom of the screen. Use it as you would any chat window.

 

Archived Threads View conversations you have archived.

Unread Threads View only conversations with unread messages.

Help Go to the Facebook Help Center.

Report a problem If something is behaving wonkily, report it to Facebook so they know there’s something wrong.