Here are 5 awesome things you didn’t know you could do with Facebook Messenger

Facebook has a way of keeping incredibly cool features quiet, waiting for some type of mass explosion of social media reveal.

Did you know that there were hidden games in facebook messenger?

We know you didn’t, don’t act cool just because people are looking!

Here are 5 of the coolest features we’ve come across, check them out!

Article credit: www.fin24.com

You’d be wrong to think that Facebook’s Messenger app is all about messaging.

Although people typically install it on their phones to chat privately with their Facebook friends, Facebook also uses Messenger to bring features and capabilities that might not make sense, or even be possible, as part of the main Facebook service. And of course, a separate app gives Facebook even more advertising and other moneymaking opportunities.

For that reason, Facebook is pushing users to download the app, even though it takes up valuable storage on the phone. The company recently started blocking access to Facebook messages from mobile web browsers on Android phones in some markets. The ban will extend to iPhones as well, though Facebook isn’t saying when.

Before you complain, consider what a separate Messenger app offers beyond simply typing words and sending emoji back and forth:

Group chat

Messenger lets you easily add friends to group chats so you can make dinner or travel plans or just talk about your day. Although this is also possible using your browser, it’s more convenient with the app. If kicking people off mobile browser messaging is the stick to prod people toward the app, the convenience of Messenger is the carrot to lure users.

Tapping the “groups” icon at the bottom of the screen will take you to existing group chats and let you start new ones. You can add people to group chats at any time, or leave the group. If you have an often-used group chat, you can also “pin” it to the top of your messages to make it easily accessible.

Bots

Who wants to chat with people when you can chat with … bots? Well, most of us, but bear with me here.

Since April, Facebook has let outside businesses create “chat bots” that can send you the news or weather, help you shop for shoes or book plane tickets and hotel rooms. You send a message to a brand’s bot just as you would a friend; the difference is that the reply is automated through software. The results can be clumsy, as expected for such a new venture.

But bots can be helpful. Expedia, for example, lets you search for hotels and book them by messaging with its bot. Start by telling the bot where you are going and when. After some back and forth, the bot will give you hotel options. To book, the bot will take you to Expedia’s website.

This is just the start. Perhaps one day, the bot will be more useful by letting you book directly through Messenger. David Marcus, Facebook’s head of messaging products, has called bots “overhyped in the short term and underhyped in the long term.”

Send or request money

Using your debit card, you can send money to your Facebook friends using Messenger — as long as they also have their card number attached to their Facebook account. You can also request money, in case your friends forgot to pay you for those movie tickets and aren’t answering their email. To use the payments option, select the person you want money from and tap “payments.” There are no extra fees to send or receive payments, but you must use a debit card — not a credit card.

Video calls

Your mom isn’t on Skype? FaceTime isn’t cutting it because your friend has Android?

Messenger offers yet another way to do video calls on your phone. It’s free over a Wi-Fi connection. If you use cellular, you might get charged for data by your phone company.

Play games

How about some soccer — or football, as it’s known in most of the world? Select a friend to play with. Then, select Messenger’s emoji keyboard by tapping on the emoji icon on the left side of your message window, right above the keyboard. Tap the soccer ball icon and send it to your friend. Then, tap the ball with your finger and keep tapping it so it stays in the “air.”

During a recent, frustrating attempt, I had a high score of just two — though that’s still one more than what Portugal scored to win the Euro Cup this year.

Other Facebook games (Credit goes to Digital Spy for these cool discoveries):

Football

Hidden Facebook football game

Unearthing the Euro 2016 inspired Facebook football game is pleasingly painless too – heck, even the average professional footballer with their lowly IQ could manage it. If you’ve ensured you’re running the latest iteration of Messenger, all you have to do is unearth the football emoji and send it to a mate.

That’s it. Well, almost. Click on the soccer emoji you’ve sent and a keepy uppy game will emerge before your eyes. Now all you’ve got to do is tap on the ball to keep it off the ground. Get past 10 points and things will get a bit trickier as… well, give it a go and see for yourself.

Basketball:

Facebook Messenger Basketball Game

Finding the hidden Facebook basketball game is surprisingly simple too. Once you’ve ensured you’re running the latest version of Messenger, all you have to do is send a friend a basketball emoji. That’s it. Now, clicking on that sent b-ball will launch the hidden game. Game on.

Chess:

Not everyone’s into basic swipe-based ball games. If your gaming tastes are a little more highbrow, Facebook’s hidden chess game is going to be more up your street. Finding Facey-B’s chess title is a little bit trickier than sending a picture-based word replacement. Instead, typing “@fbchess play” into a chat window should see a digital chessboard appear in a magical, Harry Potter-impressing fashion.

Now all you’ve got to do is master how to control the thing – something that’s easier said than done. Instead of pointing and clicking to move your pieces, you’re going to have to remember some shortcuts and square locations.

Every time you want to make a move, you’ll need to type “@fbchess” followed by the piece abbreviation and the code for the square you want the piece to fill – confused?

OK, so here, K stands for King, Q for queen, B for Bishop, N for knight (are we all really that dense?), R for rook, and P for pawn. So, moving your king to square C5 needs you to enter “@fbchess Kc5” – got it?

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