Facebook Messenger has been constantly upgrading itself, ever since its ingress into the app-market in 2011. If we sit down to explore each of the features, we’d unearth quite a lot. There is just so much to do on it! Here are 13 hidden features in your Facebook Messenger that you should be using. 

Send your location

If you wish to navigate a friend to where you are, just tap the “location” icon once and it will prompt your current location. 


Add nicknames

Want to set wacky nicknames for your friends? Well, Facebook Messenger makes it possible. 


Play chess

Fancy a game of chess with your smart-ass pal? Just type @fbchess in the chat box to commence the game. 


You could even use it as a boarding pass!

Yes, the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines gives its passengers the option to receive flight updates/check-in notifications through Facebook Messenger. You can actually use Messenger as your boarding pass upon arrival at the airport. 

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Pay a friend

Need to make a payment to your friend? Facebook Messenger allows that with relative ease. All you have to do is click the ‘three dots’ and choose “Payments.” You will need to connect a debit card to your account, the first time you make a payment. 

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Change colour for every convo

Sick of the Smurfy Blue? Well, click on a contact and choose “Change Color”. 


Send random cute messages

Friend having a bad day and you want to cheer him/her up? Just type @dailycute on chat and Messenger will instantly grab an insanely cute image for you to post! 


Stop notifications from showing up on your lock screen

Imagine this, you’re having a chat with your colleague on how much you hate your boss and to your horror, the boss gets to read that while your phone is kept on the table during a meeting! Well, wouldn’t that suck? 

To remove message previews, go to Messenger, uncheck the “Show Previews” options when you head into the settings. 


Doodle on your pictures

Add spice to a normal photo. Click on the picture you want to send and click on the “Doodle” button to write a personal message. 

Send audio tracks through Spotify

Want to send some music to your friend? Click on the three dots, choose Spotify and select the track that you wish to send. Yes, it’s that simple.


Play slam dunk!

Want to challenge your friend to a quick game of basketball? All you need to do is send a basketball emoji, that would hoop-start the game! 


Use Messenger without an account

It is possible for you to access Facebook without having an account! Just install Messenger and log-in with your phone number!


Hail an Uber cab

Yes, you don’t have to open the app everytime to book a ride. All you have to do is click on the three dots and choose “Transportation.” However, the apps must already be installed on your phone.