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10 Essential Tips for Facebook Messenger

1. How to share Spotify music via Messenger

This recent Facebook feature is ideal for you to educate your friends about what is really good music (or not). And the coolest thing is that the appeal came fast in Brazil too.

And send the streaming service songs to your simple contacts. Click the menu button located at the bottom right of the Messenger screen and the Spotify option will be displayed. By clicking on it, the app will be loaded. Search for the song you want to share and tap it. Then the banner will appear on your smartphone's display and just hit Submit. Ready! Your friends have become more culturally enriched … or not.

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Share music on Spotify via Messenger / ANDROIDPIT

2. Use Facebook chat without Facebook Messenger

Although we announced in the first paragraph of this article that Facebook Messenger download is required to use Facebook chat, recently an XDA forum developer has created an app called Facebook Chat Enabler, which allows you to use chat without having to have the messenger app installed. The application is available for download from the XDA forum, works without root and is compatible with Android 2.3 to 5.0 versions.

The advantages of using Facebook Chat Enabler are huge, starting with the fact that you save on battery consumption and RAM. This is because Facebook Chat Enabler is just an enabler and never run directly from the system, so low power consumption or RAM.

So, to use Facebook Chat Enabler, you need to uninstall Facebook Messenger first and install the APK that allows you to enable from this XDA topic. Once installed, you don't have to do anything else, no icons appear in the menu or app drawer, and Facebook chat will work perfectly. The APK successfully runs on the following Facebook versions:

  • + previous versions
  • (the latest version available on the Play Store)

3. Send images and videos instead of text

Instead of typing, you can send photos and videos practically in real time with the app: just tap the camera icon in the bar below the text field and make your images a little viewfinder (expandable) appears, just tap once to take a photo, or hold down to record a video. Whatever option is sent on time to your contact.

In addition, by tapping the image icon, you can send photos or videos that are saved on your device.

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Facebook Messenger / ANDROIDPIT mini viewfinder

4. Speak instead of typing

Another alternative to text is voice messaging, with Facebook Messenger you can make free VoIP calls or send short audio clips, as in WhatsApp. Just touch the microphone icon, record your message and send it to the contact: simple and practical.

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With Messenger you can make calls via VoIP or send audio clips./ ANDROIDPIT

5. Favorite Contacts and Groups on Your Home Screen

For those frequent contacts, a shortcut on the home screen can save you time, avoiding the need to open the app every time you chat with a person. To create the shortcut just select the contact or group and tap the three points that open the floating menu, in it select "Create shortcut" and you're done, the contact will be on your home screen automatically.

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Your favorite contacts right on your Android / ANDROITPIT home screen

6. Your location on screen

Facebook Messenger has a very convenient location function: next to the smiles There is a location icon, which when blue is on and shows in your messages your location. However, sometimes you need to be more specific, just tap the three points and select "View Map". This option sends a map to your contact indicating their location (as long as both have the finder enabled). It is much easier than trying to explain how to get to that bar in a different neighborhood.

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Map appears for you and your contact / ANDROIDPIT

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7. Use Facebook without Messenger

This is for anyone who doesn't want to use the Messenger app, either because they don't like the app or for any other reason. There is a way to bypass Facebook blocking, although it is not the ideal solution, the only one so far: using Facebook in the browser.

Using Chrome or Firefox or any other browser you can usually login to Facebook and use chat as if you were on your computer, just tap the messaging icon at the top center of the window and chat. Unfortunately, various functions are not available in this mode, only smiles and upload photos.

In addition, it is also possible to get rid of the Facebook application, ideal for those who have problems with storage, for example.

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Not as complete as the app, but functional, Facebook can be used in the browser. / ANDROIDPIT

Resources you only find for now in Facebook Messenger USA

Order car at Uber

In the US, Facebook has partnered with our dear Uber, which allows you to order cars on the shuttle from Messenger on the social network.

To order a car, there are two options. The first, from a conversation, where the user touches the menu button and chooses the Transport option. He can also directly access Uber using the car-shaped icon, also present in the Messenger menu. In it you will receive updates on the status of your driver and notify your friends that you have requested the service.

In addition to requesting the car, the partnership with Uber allows the user to also pay for the trip through Messenger, using their credit card, previously registered with the transport service.

Transfer money between your contacts

Facebook Messenger abroad already allows users to transfer money between a friend and another, using the debit card.

The card must be affiliated with Visa or Mastercard and the process seems simple (see video below). In talking with your friend, you decide how much to transfer from one to the other. That done, just hit the $ cone, located in the Messenger menu and enter the value to send.

The app asks for the debit card information, you enter it and you're done! At the end of the process, you and the credited person will receive a confirmation message of the process, with the amount transferred.

For those concerned (rightly) about the security of the feature, Facebook reports that it works independently of other features of the social network. This makes it easier to detect any type of scam or fraud involving the tool.

Talk to brands

By partnering with customer service software company Zendesk, Facebook has been developing a solution that lets Messenger users chat with major retail brands, as if they are chatting with friends.

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Will we ever be able to talk to Brazilian brands via Messenger? / ANDROIDPIT

One company that has been testing the solution is Everlane, which sells clothing and accessories. Once you purchase a piece from the retailer's website, the user receives the order details via Messenger and can also monitor the shipping status, as well as get support from the company's customer service team.

Given the complexity of the operation, Facebook is gradually integrating companies. In addition to Everlane, only another online retailer named Zulily (also specializing in clothing and accessories) has been using the tool so far.

These are just some of the app's functions, which others do you know and recommend? Let us know in the comments below.

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