5 cool things you didn't know you could do with Facebook Messenger
Over the years Facebook Messenger has quietly evolved from a simple private messaging system, into a loaded chat platform.
Filled with features you might not even know exist.
Here are five of the best.
Concerned about security?
Of course you are.
Everyday we read about some new password breech or ransom ware attack.
Fortunately Messenger offers an extra layer of security for conversations you feel require it.
Secret messages, or so they're called, are end to end encrypted on any or all of your mobile devices at the same time.
To start such a conversation, tap the new message icon in the top right corner, then tap secret on iOS or the toggle on Android.
In secret conversations, you can set a timer for messages After the alloted time has elapsed, the messages will disappear.
You can use Messenger to send and receive money, similar to PayPal or Venmo.
Messenger payments require a debit card on both ends of the transaction but there's no cost to use the service which offers a pin-based protection and industry-leading security according to Facebook.
You can use this to split a check or pay for something you found on Facebook marketplace.
While in a conversation tap the plus sign, select pay or request, enter a dollar value and tap either request or pay.
Enter your card information if you haven't already.
Then confirm the transaction with your fingerprint or a four digit pin, Messenger also offers a couple dozen mini games you can play solo or against a friend.
Though not all of them are in real time.
Most are of the see who can get the highest score variety.
These range from arcade classics like Galaga and Pac-Man, to newer games like Words with Friends and Cut the Rope 2 If you want to play on your own, just tap the Games tab and choose a title.
To play against a friend, open your conversation with that friend, tap the plus icon and then tap Games.
If you've ever tried to do a group chat in a text messaging app, you know it can get pretty messy, especially if you have a mixture of Android and iOS users.
Messenger makes it easy to chat with a group.
Just create a new message then enter the names of all of the participants.
Once you've sent the first message you can open the settings for the group and change the conversation name and color, send files, create a permanent group, schedule an event, and mute the conversation if notifications become overwhelming.
Just as Messenger exists as a stand alone mobile app, it can also operate on the web without Facebook proper.
Go to messenger.com and sign in.
You'll get an entire tab devoted to Messenger.
For starters, you get a full-screen interface with much easier management and organization of contacts and messages.
Plus, if you have to do a ton of typing, it's probably easier to do it from the desktop.
For more tips and tricks and other how-to's, check out CNET.com/howto.
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