How to use Facebook Messenger for iPhone

  1. Connect with friends on the go with the Messenger app for iOS
  2. Install the Facebook Messenger app
  3. Scroll through your Facebook conversations
  4. Send message to Facebook
  5. Start a new message
  6. Make calls and video calls
  7. Play Messenger games
  8. Send money via messenger
  9. Change Facebook Messenger app settings

Connect with friends on the go with the Messenger app for iOS

The Facebook Messenger app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is more than just a chat app. Use the Messenger app to access Facebook messages on your mobile devices and send and receive pictures, videos, and voice messages.

The Messenger app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 9.0 or later.

Install the Facebook Messenger app

If you haven’t already installed the Facebook Messenger app on your device, go to the App Store and download it.

  1. Click the icon App Store on your iPhone.

  2. Select Search

  3. in field Search enter Messenger

  4. In the list of results, click Messenger or Facebook messenger

  5. Click Receive to download the free Messenger app on your iPhone.

  6. Open the app Messenger and enter your Facebook username and password in the appropriate fields.

    If you have the Facebook app installed on your phone, you will be asked if you want to use the same Facebook credentials with Messenger.

  7. The Facebook Messenger app syncs with Facebook messages on the Facebook website and uploads your conversations.

Scroll through your Facebook conversations

When you open the Messenger app, the Facebook user profile icons appear at the top of the Messages screen. Below the icons, you’ll find the full list of Facebook users you’ve messaged. Each name contains the date and the first line of the last message. If the person is currently available on Messenger, a green dot will appear next to their name.

If the person you want to chat with is offline, your message will be saved and delivered the next time the recipient is on Facebook.

To find someone, navigate through your contact list. Swipe up to browse your conversations or type a name in the search box at the top of the screen.

Send message to Facebook

Click the name to open the conversation and view the messages in the conversation. There is also a field where you can enter a new message or reply.

  1. Click on a conversation to open it.

  2. Enter a message to pick up where the chat left off.

  3. Select the icon next to the message input field to add an image, insert a video, or record a voice message.

  4. Click on the smiley in the reply field to add a sticker, GIF or smiley to your message.

  5. Click on the symbol to send or ask for money.

Start a new message

If you want to chat with someone you’ve never talked to before, start a new conversation.

  1. Click on icon To create † It looks like a piece of paper with a pen over it.

  2. On screen A new message go to the field To who and enter the name of the Facebook recipient for your message.

    When you enter a name, the choice of friends changes based on the characters you entered.

  3. Enter your message.

  4. Click Yield on the keyboard to send a message.

Make calls and video calls

You can make both voice and video calls using the Facebook Messenger app. Click on your contact to open it on the screen and then select the icon telephone or icon video to start a voice or video call. A green dot next to the icon indicates that the person is currently online. If you choose to video call, the iPhone camera will join the video chat. You have to give Messenger access to the camera.

Play Messenger games

Click the four dots in the square at the bottom of the Messenger app to view your location, other app options, and a selection of games you can play with friends via Messenger. Games include Words With Friends, Cookie Crush, Uno, Daily Sudoku, and more.

Once you’ve played one game, the entire game library will be unlocked. Each game has access to your public profile information and people you know who also play the game. The game may send you messages with tips or announcements.

Send money via messenger

If you use a debit card or have a PayPal account, you can send money to one of your Facebook friends in Messenger. Open that person’s conversation and tap next to the message input field. Then click payments enter the amount you want to send, add a note and click Pay † Enter the payment details as indicated. Your payment is on its way and your friend has been notified.

This feature is useful when friends want to split the bill at a restaurant or pay half the rent to a roommate. The service is free and secure. You can also use it to request payment from anyone.

Change Facebook Messenger app settings

To change your Facebook Messenger app settings, tap your profile picture at the top of the app screen. Then customize your notification settings, change your active status, enter your phone number, switch Facebook accounts, set up Facebook payments, sync contacts, invite people to Messenger, and more.

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