New Facebook Messenger Home Screen Is All About Messaging

Joan Terry
May 19, 2017

In the hope of making it as easy to use as possible, Facebook has given its Messenger app a makeover.

"By tapping or swiping to these tabs, you can quickly navigate to where you need to go and get messaging faster", Facebook wrote in a post on the Messenger page. You will also be prompted to visit places with activity via a red dot that will come up wherever something occurs. It sits squarely next to a Who's online list and a tab for chats you have had in the past.

The bottom bar is also getting a refresh.

At the heart of the new features is a new-look home screen with new tabs for messages, including one that shows which of your friends are active on Messenger through a highlighted green dot. You can download Messenger from the App Store for free. For example, Games - which just rolled out worldwide earlier this month - gets its own button on this bar now that Groups has been relocated elsewhere.

Facebook has also made a decision to decrease the size of the camera button. With the update, however, the button is back to a normal size, and is nicely lined up with its neighbors.

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The app's home screen has been reorganised, with a top bar showing new tabs for Messages, who is Active, and favourite Groups, as well as a bottom bar for Home, Calls, the Camera button, People and Games. Not familiar with the latest Messenger features?

This will be a useful guide to helping you find those things you missed since you last logged on, but it could also be potentially annoying to those of us with app OCD.

All of the changes are rolling out to everyone worldwide starting this week.

'Today's update puts the many ways people connect on Messenger front and centre'.

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