Sending Messages, Photos and Videos

Messaging Basics
To send a message:
Desktop App:
  1. Open Messenger for Windows or macOS.
  2. Click .
  3. Type or select a contact’s name.
  4. Type your message in the text box at the bottom.
  5. Click .
Desktop (messenger.com)
  1. From Chats, click .
  2. Type in and then select a contact’s name.
  3. Type your message in the text box at the bottom.
  4. Click .

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Desktop App:
Open any conversation, then click the following options at the bottom next to the text box.
  • Record a Voice Clip or Add Attachment(s).
  • Send stickers or GIFs.
  • Send emojis.
Desktop (messenger.com):
Open any conversation, then click the following options at the bottom next to the text box. If you don't see these options, tap next to the text box.
  • Send money.
  • Choose a GIF.
  • Choose a sticker.
  • Add files. Note: This feature may be unavailable for countries located in the Europe.
  • Choose an emoji.
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Messenger uses different icons to let you know when your messages have been sent, delivered and read. They appear on the right side of the message:
  • : A blue circle means that your message is sending.
  • : A blue circle with a check means that your message has been sent.
  • : A filled-in blue circle with a check means that your message has been delivered.
  • : A small version of your friend or contact's photo will pop up below the message when they've read it.
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You can permanently remove a message that you've sent for everyone in the chat, or just hide it from your view. If you select Remove for You, other people in the chat will still see the messages in their chat screen.
If you select Remove, then Unsend, people included in the chat won't be able to see the removed message. Keep in mind that people you sent a message to may have already seen your message and can still report the conversation.
Desktop App
  1. Open a Messenger conversation.
  2. Right click on the message you'd like to remove.
  3. Click Remove for You or Remove for Everyone.
  4. Click Remove.
Desktop (messenger.com)
  1. Open a Messenger conversation.
  2. Hover over the message you'd like to remove and click More, then Remove.
  3. Click Remove for You or Unsend for Everyone.
  4. Click Remove.
If you think a removed message you've received goes against our Community Standards, you can report it. Learn how to give feedback on or report a conversation in Messenger.
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You can only send a voice recording on the Messenger app for your phone or computer.
To send a voice recording in Messenger:
Desktop App
  1. Click a conversation to open it.
  2. Click .
  3. Click Record a Voice Clip to record and start speaking.
  4. Click to stop recording and send the message.
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This feature may be unavailable for countries located in Europe.

A quick reply is a suggested answer that you can use to respond to messages with just one tap. Quick replies can display information that’s associated with your Facebook account or answers created by businesses to help you respond faster.
Note: The content of quick replies isn’t shared with a person or business unless you tap on the quick reply to send the message.
To send a Quick Reply:
Quick reply buttons will appear in your chat when they’re available. To send a quick reply, tap on the reply you’d like send.
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Stickers, Customization and Effects
Dark Mode in Messenger changes the background from white to black. It can help to reduce glare from your device in low light situations.
To turn Dark Mode on or off:
Desktop App:
  1. Open Messenger.
  2. Click your profile photo in the top left, then click Preferences.
  3. Click Appearance.
  4. Below Theme, click Mirror system preferences and select High Contrast (Dark).
  5. To change back, click High Contrast (Dark) and select Mirror system preferences.
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To remove a sticker pack:
Desktop (messenger.com):
  1. Open a conversation.
  2. Click next to the text box.
  3. Click to open the Sticker Store.
  4. Click Remove on the sticker pack you want to remove.
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For a limited time, you can press and hold the heart reaction to pull up an updated heart reaction, for when you want to give more love to your friends while you’re apart.
You can react to messages in a conversation. Your reaction will appear under the message. Everyone can see reactions to messages in a conversation, including group conversations. You can turn off message reaction notifications at any time.
To react to a message:
Desktop App:
  1. Open a conversation.
  2. Hover over the message you want to react to and click .
  3. Click a reaction.
To change a reaction, hover over the message, click and click the reaction you want to change to.
Desktop (messenger.com):
  1. Open a conversation.
  2. Hover over the message you want to react to and click React.
  3. Click a reaction.
To change a reaction, hover over the message, click React and click the reaction you want to change to.
If you don't see the option to react to a message, try updating your app to the latest version.
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You can pick different themes, colors and gradients for your conversations in Messenger. When you choose a theme or color for a conversation, the text box will be set to that color in Messenger, messenger.com, the Messenger Desktop app and messages on Facebook.
Note: You can only change the theme and color of your messages from the Messenger app on your phone or from messenger.com on your computer. You can also ask the person who changed the message color to change it back to normal.
To change the color of your messages on your phone:
Desktop App:
  1. Open the conversation you want to pick a color for.
  2. Click then click Customize Chat > Change Color.
  3. Pick a color for the conversation.
Desktop (messenger):
  1. Open the conversation you want to pick a color for.
  2. Click Change Theme on the right.
  3. Pick a color for the conversation.
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You can take and add effects to photos and videos directly from the Messenger app.
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This is about using messages on Facebook. For help with the Messenger app or messenger.com, visit the Messenger Help Center.
To turn on and off chat and call notification sounds when you're using messenger.com on a computer:
  1. Open your account on messenger.com.
  2. In the top left next to Chats, click .
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click next to Notification sounds to turn sounds on or off.
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