In July 2016, Facebook announced that their Messenger app has reached one billion customers every month. The company now has two messaging platforms reaching this milestone with WhatsApp already hit one billion users earlier this year.
Facebook are trying to improve the overall performance of the Messenger app and at the same time, the social network giant is adding some new features as well. At their F8 meeting, they introduced a new standalone feature called 'Bots' which was the main reason for this rapid growth in Facebook Messenger.
Apart from bots, they introduced some other new and interesting features as well. Facebook Messenger has so many things to deal with such as games, bots, easter eggs, etc. Here are all the hidden secret functions of Facebook Messenger, which you might not know.
Note: Some of these features aren't live in India yet. So, keep checking for future updates of Messenger of the app and we'll update this article once those features are live in India.
You can send a 15-seconds video
Many of you might know this, but still, a feature worth describing. If you're bored in sending a text message which is too long, you can instead record a 15 seconds video and send to your friends. It can be done by tapping the camera button and tap the shutter button for a while, which records your video.
As said earlier, Facebook Bots is the one feature which rapidly increased the number of users in Messenger. Also, the number of bots increased along with the increase in users. Bots can do everything, and they are certainly the upcoming technology. You can do everything with the bots in Messenger such as weather forecast, health queries, etc.
This one is a lot more interesting. If you're bored in chatting with your friends, then you can challenge them to play a game of Chess by entering '@fbchess' in the chat box. The game begins in no time and you are ready to go.
Hidden Basketball Game
In March, some developers found this hidden game in Facebook Messenger. If you're bored of playing chess, then you might try this hidden basketball game right away. The secret game can be accessed by sending a basketball emoji in the chat screen and by tapping on the sent emoji, the game will start.
At the time of Euro cup 2016, another hidden soccer game was spotted by developers. The procedure of playing the soccer game is similar to that of the basketball game. Just send white soccer ball emoji in the chat room and tap on it. The game is a lot different from the basketball game and a good one to play when you are bored.
Pin a Group Conversation
This feature is not available in any chat applications. You can easily pin a group to your home screen or in non-technical words, you can say as create a group shortcut. Head over the groups section in Messenger and hit the three dot button to create a shortcut on your home screen.
Book a Cab
This feature is not yet live in India, but several other countries can now call a Uber or Lyft cab from Messenger app itself. All you need to do is download an additional app called 'Transportation' by heading over to three little dots on the chat screen. After downloading, it will ask for Uber login details, enter them and call a cab easily.
Next time, when you paste an address in the chat box, it will ask for your permission to book a cab.
Make a Payment
Facebook launched their own payment system to send and receive money from your friends. Tap the dollar sign in the section above keyboard layout and send money easily. This feature isn't live in India yet.
Set Messenger as your default messaging application
Facebook recently a new feature with which you can keep your Facebook Messenger as your default messaging app.
Mute Conversation Notifications!
After introducing the mute conversations feature in WhatsApp, the company introduced the same in Facebook Messenger as well. You can mute a single conversation by not disturbing you at times. Tap and hold a specific conversation to enable the mute option.