How to use Facebook messenger?

To quickly communicate with contacts, all Facebook account holders use the messenger – a special program for organizing correspondence and dialogues, which is available both in the browser and as a separate application for your smartphone. Let’s take a closer look at how different versions of the messenger work, how they differ, and how to use Facebook Messenger on various devices.

Web version of messenger

log in to messenger in a browser
Use your Facebook credentials to sign in to the messenger.

On April 8, 2015, Mark Zuckerberg presented the long-awaited web version of the messenger. Previously, users could only download a mobile application for communication or chat on Facebook on the website of the social network itself.

Now you can exchange messages in a separate browser window without wasting your time reading the Facebook news feed in parallel. The web version is free and is used by anyone who has a personal Facebook page.

This assembly of the popular communication program has already surpassed the browser services from Telegram and Whatsapp in terms of the number of daily visits.

Messenger functions in the browser

With a high probability, the program will become your main means of communication with all your friends and colleagues:

  • easy communication with other users. Chat, send each other, photos, links to interesting posts, notes;
  • view the status of sending and delivering messages. In real time, you can find out if the interlocutor has read your message;
  • video calls. Their work is a pleasant surprise, now really high-quality video conversations in HD can be carried out not only using Skype, but also on Facebook;
  • sharing quick photos and videos. You can launch the camera directly in the program window. Capture an important moment and send it to the interlocutor;
  • free stickers. In the chat mode, a huge number of emojis and stickers are available to you. In the new version of the messenger, the developers have added a search function for stickers. Now it is enough to enter the name of the emotion or action to get the most suitable sticker;
  • dialogue support. Chat with multiple friends at the same time. Dialogues are also very useful for organizing communication between colleagues;
  • sending money. This is a new feature that is currently in pre-testing. Only residents of the United States can use the transfer of money using Facebook;
  • interaction with bots that can write to you for the purpose of advertising, mass mailing;
  • quick hello. To start communication in the messenger, just wave to Facebook to another user using a special key in the dialog.

Working with the messenger in the browser

contact dialogues
Exchange messages, photos, stickers, make video calls!

Let’s take a look at how to use Facebook’s quick messaging in a browser. To get started, go to and log in using your existing Facebook page.

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Working with the browser version of the messenger is very simple. The interface is similar to other popular programs.

  1. On the left side of the window are all your dialogues with friends. Click on the name of the person you need, and the contents of the correspondence will open on the right.
  2. To start a video call or a regular voice call, click on the corresponding buttons in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. To send a sticker or emoji, click on the smiley icon next to the text field for entering messages.

The difference between the web version and the mobile version

messenger on your phone
The application can be installed on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.

The browser and mobile versions of the messenger have an identical interface. However, if you’re using Facebook Messenger on mobile, there are more features available to you for now.

  1. In the mobile version, users will not only always be in touch with all their friends from the social network, but will also be able to manage SMS messages on their phone in the application window from Facebook.
  2. Also in the mobile assembly of the application, it is possible to leave the coordinates of your location, which allows you to show the interlocutor how to find you faster.

Another difference between the two versions is the type of usage. Messenger for iphone or android needs to be installed as a separate program from the App Store.

You do not need to install the web version, just open any browser and start using it.

If the messenger is not working, find out why this is happening on a separate page.

How to hide visit time in messenger?

Attendance may not be visible only by applying special settings through the browser. The standard web version of the social network allows you to easily view all the correspondence that is in Messenger.

In the mobile version of the messenger, you cannot hide your activity.

Let’s look at some simple ways to hide visit time using a browser.

Firefox users

Firefox settings
You can hide your visit using a filter in the browser.

Mozilla Firefox users have a quick method on how to hide visiting time in Facebook messenger.

  1. Type about:config in the address bar of your browser.
  2. Press “Enter” and wait for the browser’s special settings window to appear.
  3. Find the search bar for options. Type network.http.redirection-limit in it. The parameter value must be “0”.

It remains to go to the Facebook website, open the settings window again and change the value in the filter field back from “0” to “1”.

After that, no one will know when a person visited the site.

Turn off visibility for friends

The second method will work in any browser. Its essence lies in the fact that none of your friends will see the time of your visit to Facebook, but you can still conduct secret correspondence with them.

  1. Go to and log in.
  2. In the lower right part of the window, find Chat tab and in it click on the settings icon.
  3. Select “Turn Off Chat” from the list of actions that appears.
  4. In the new window, select the disable mode – “For all contacts”, “For all but” or “Only for some”.

Where to find hidden messages in Facebook Messenger?

Not so long ago, Facebook introduced the ability to create not only user pages and groups, but also public profiles for companies.

Now users can write to companies in private messages and receive answers. Organizations can also target the flow of leads with a feature such as a Facebook Messenger mailing list.

Often a letter from an organization is automatically recognized by the service as spam, so it is not displayed in the main dialog window. To view all hidden messages, go to the settings window and find the “Conversation Requests” field.

Video: Advantages of the messenger from Facebook.


Now you know what Facebook Messenger is, how to get started with it using a browser or smartphone, and how to hide your activity from other users using Facebook settings. Remember, once you launch the mobile app, others will be able to see when you last chatted.

Despite recent scandals, the social network is still the most popular in the world – the daily audience is about 300 million unique users.

Please note: a business version of messenger is planned for enterprises, which will facilitate communication between groups of employees.

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