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Facebook Messenger has quickly established itself as one of the most sought-after chat apps and as of now, it has more than 700 million active users.

However, this is a figure that has been around for months now and considering the amazing sign-up rate the app has, its user base might well be over 800 million as of this writing.

It is only last year that Messenger got divorced from its would-be lifetime partner Facebook app, moving to the App Store and Google Play Store as a standalone application. While at the time of this divorce many users were very disgusted with Facebook, things have turned out in favor of this chat app as more and more attention keeps drifting towards it.

Facebook Messenger has since then been updating its mobile platform with lots of new and amazing features that make it more than just a simple instant messaging app. For example, did you know that you can make a reservation via the Messenger app? Well, here is a list of some of the top features that you probably never knew they exist in this Facebook-owned messaging app.

Free voice and video calling

If you thought Facebook Messenger is only meant for text messaging, you are wrong. This free app can also be used to make free voice and video calls over the internet, a feature that eliminates the need for a traditional phone when it comes to calling friends.

To initiate a voice or video call on Facebook Messenger, just tap on the phone or video icon located in the upper-right corner of the open window, next to your friend’s name. Remember, your friend should not just be on Facebook, but s/he should also be using the Messenger app for this to work out.

Sending money

Facebook Messenger can be used for sending money to other people on the platform. It only takes a few simple steps:

  • Tap the icon with three dots located just adjacent to the thumb icon and then select “Payments.”
  • Enter the total amount of money you want to send
  • Add your debit card and send the money.

Depending on the bank in use, a transaction can take several working days. However, the service is free for all Messenger users. The settings tab in the Payments section can be used to manage the debit cards associated with your account.

Private chatting with companies

Facebook has teamed up with Zendesk customer service platform and several other retailers to allow users enjoy private chats with companies of their choice. If you make a purchase, and your Facebook account is tied to this transaction, the details of this transaction will be forwarded to Messenger. From here, you can easily ask for any support from the company in a private chat like any other.

Use other apps from within Facebook Messenger

It is possible to use another right from within the Messenger app. For instance, apps such as Giphy have been integrated into the app and in this way, sharing of GIFs with friends from within the messaging app is just one click away.

When you tap on the three dots located at the lower right end of the open window, you will see a list of all apps that you can access from within Facebook Messenger.

Organize group chats

Well, probably you don’t even have any Facebook Messenger group. But if you happen to be in one, the Groups tab can be of huge help to you as it will help with organizing your chats. It is possible to pin and view them in a grid as well as create groups with a dedicated name and picture.

Facebook M is coming

As noted earlier, Facebook Messenger is the app you need when you want to make reservations, book a flight, order a meal or even purchase a product. However, all these will be made possible by M digital assistant. Think of this virtual assistant as Siri, only that M is more powerful and much better than Apple’s creation.

There are lots of things that this digital assistant will help you do, but it will only depend on the outcomes of the current tests that have been restricted to dwellers of the San Francisco Bay area.

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