Facebook Messenger Tips and Tricks You’re Missing Out On

Facebook Messenger may not be the number one instant messaging app, but it’s sure a lot of fun. It’s full of fun and useful features you might not be aware of. For example, it has various games you can play while you wait for the other person to answer.

You can also add a nickname to one or multiple contacts, just to mention a few. Keep reading to see what other features you could be enjoying right now.

Access Various Games

After opening a conversation, tap on the “+” sign at the bottom right, and you’ll have access to different games. You can say goodbye to staring at your display waiting for the other person to answer.


You can play games such as Words With Friends, Basketball FRVR, EverWing, Mini-Golf, 4 Pics 1 Word, Solitaire, and more. As long as you’re here, you can also share your location following these steps.

Give Your Friends Nicknames

If calling your friends by their names is too formal for you, go ahead and give them a nickname. Open the conversation with the person you want to add a nickname to. Tap on the info icon, tap on Nicknames and give that contact a good nickname.


Rate Someone’s Comment with an Emoji

The next time someone types something funny or stupid, you can immediately react to the comment. You don’t have to waste time going to the emoji section to find the right one. Under each comment you should see a happy face with a plus sign to the side. Tap on it and choose the emoji you want.


Create Shortcut or Block Someone on Messenger

Whether you like or hate your contacts, there’s an action for each of them. To either block or create a shortcut for a particular contact can be found in the same place.

Open Messenger and long-press on the conversation of the contact without opening the conversation. You’ll see various options including the possibility to either block or create a shortcut.


Doodle on Your Images Before You Send Them

Make it easier for your friends to see what you want to point out in the picture by drawing on it. Tap on the camera icon and before you take the picture, tap on the icon of whatever it is you want to do to the image.


For example, you can tap on the happy face and add various types of decorations to your image. To the side, you’ll see the icons to either add text or doodle on your image. Doodle away and send!

If you send an image from your device’s gallery, then you’ll only have the option to either doodle on it or add text.


Enlarge an Emoji and Preview a Sticker Before Sending it

If you’re hungry, you’re obviously going to send a food emoji. But, if you’re really hungry, you could blow that food emoji up. You can do that by long-pressing on the emoji and let go when it’s as big as you want it to be.


Stickers are great, and some of them move. To see which ones move, long-press on the one you want to send. If it’s animated, it should move after a few seconds.

Add More Stickers to Your Collection

Now and then Messenger adds new sticker packs. To see if there are any new ones, tap on the happy face inside a conversation followed by the plus sign.

The sticker store will automatically open in the All tab where you’ll see all the sticker packs available. You can also see the featured packs and all the ones you’ve installed as well.



Facebook Messenger is full of great features when messaging friends. Some features are easier to find than others, but they are definitely worth finding. What’s your favorite Messenger trick? Leave a comment and let us know.

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.