Facebook is adding color filters, animated reactions, and even more masks and effects to Messenger video chats.

I use Facebook Messenger’s video chatting feature more than I care to admit, and although I am usually critical of Facebook’s brazen copying of Snapchat, I do think its implementation of AR effects in video calling is a job well done. Well, good news for those who share my opinion: the social network giant is expanding that and adding even more features to make video chat “more fun.”


The first addition should look familiar: you can now “react” while you’re video chatting someone, and each emotion will animate onto the screen and then disappear. You have the same five emoji icons – love, haha, wow, sad, and angry – but the company says that most reactions will have different animations depending on whether your face is on the screen or not.


You can also tweak the lighting or even the color of your entire screen with the new filter feature. Click the paint drop icon and you’ll be able to live preview every filter, ranging from subtle changes to your skin tone to bold color changes like red and yellow.


Another new feature coming to Facebook Messenger video chats is the ability to easily screenshot your video chats and share them with others. Tap the camera icon, and it’ll take a screenshot of your chat whether it’s one-on-one or a group chat. Right after it captures the screen, it’ll give you an option to either delete or share it without requiring you to exit the video chat screen. So no more awkward holding-multiple-buttons-nonsense to get blurry screenshots of your crew.

Even more masks

Masks are essentially Facebook Messenger’s take on Snapchat’s face filters. Much like Snapchat, some masks have hidden effects that react to your facial movements. They’ve been around for some time now, but Facebook has added a lot more masks and effects like falling hearts and twinkling stars. You can tap on the star icon to access all available effects.

The update is rolling out as we speak, so check and see if your Messenger app is the latest version.

Recent updates

Facebook Messenger getting a UI change

May 19: With the latest update, the company has reorganized the Messenger interface to make it easier to connect with friends and catch up on what you’ve missed. Across the top of the landing page, you’ll now find tabs for your “active” friends, messages and groups, while at the bottom, you’ll see buttons for the home screen, calls, camera, games and contacts. Essentially, all of the main areas are now just a tap or swipe away.

Facebook Messenger Instant Games

May 2: Facebook begins rolling out Instant Games globally, including the ability to weave in leaderboards/tournaments, add players via threads, use Game Bots and more. Words With Friends is among the first games to take advantage of these features. EverWing will also be updated with the new capabilities, and 8 Ball Pool will soon be added as a new title.

Facebook Messenger gains chat extensions, M improvements and more

April 18: Facebook’s F8 developer conference brought plenty of news and Messenger obviously didn’t stay behind. The social network announced a new Discover tab, Messenger Codes, Chat Extensions and M improvements. One can now do things like share songs, order food from a chat, find business information with a QR code and more.

Group payment support

April 11: Facebook Messenger now lets you make and receive group payments. To get started, open the Messenger app, pull up a group chat, then tap the plus sign button in the bottom left corner of the conversation. Find the payments icon ($), then tap it. After that, you can then choose who to send or request money from. You can easily select everyone in the group, or select only a few members. Then enter the amount of money you’d like to send or request, specify what the money is for, then tap Request. Easy, right?

“M” comes to Messenger

April 7: Facebook has announced the launch of suggestions in its Messenger app, delivered courtesy of its AI assistant M. This is a big step for the company: M has itself has been in development since 2015, and though all of its features haven’t been finalized yet, its suggestions component is now live.

Live location sharing

March 27: Facebook is now rolling out a Live Location feature on Android and iOS that lets users share where they are with their friends and family in real time. While sharing a static point on a map is convenient if you’re not planning on moving anywhere, Live Location allows your friends and family to view your location in real-time for 60 minutes at a time.

To use it, open the Messenger app, then tap the Location icon. You’ll then see a map of your current location and the option to tap a blue bar to share your location for 60 minutes. You can stop sharing your location at any time by pressing Stop Sharing. You’ll even see how much time you have left to share your Live Location with your friends and family, with a small countdown clock on the screen.

Reactions and Mentions come to Messenger

March 23: Facebook Messenger has gained support for message reactions and mentions. With message reactions, users can now react to an individual message in Messenger, just like how you’d normally use Reactions on Facebook. Mentions, on the other hand, lets users notify a specific member in the group.


  • m2geek

    Would be fine if it ever correctly focused on anything…

  • Lukuh

    Great, now it’ll eat more battery, since the camera is basically open all the time. The swipe for refreshing is now replaced by the camera, seriously? And it’s also laggy as hell, EVEN on the 6P. You know a developer is slacking when they make an app that lags on vanilla android.

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    • Tom

      Just disable the camera permission. I found that to work.
      (Sorry for the late comment)

      • Lukuh

        I do have it disabled, it somehow fixed it yet I still hate the ”My Days” section and wish to just have a normal swipe down for refreshing. The only good thing I see from is that I can post GIFs to my story, that’s about it.

        • Tom

          To me Messenger literally became spam with all those dumb updates. I like the ui look, but wish I could turn my days off.

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          • Benjamin Haube

            Messenger has always been terrible in my opinion, but with recent updates it’s even worse.

  • Anthorama

    hates it. not massaging anymore

  • lángos

    no, no, noope, not updating from version 91 which has none of this snapchat like bullshit…

  • Aero Dagi

    Annoying AF. Isn’t it supposed to be a messaging app? Another feature for attention whores out there. Might as well change the name to SnapMessenger while they’re at it. The My Day panel takes too much screen space, the camera access with a downswipe is so tacky – like forcing this new feature down our throats. Just add a disable option for this and then we can all go on our daily lives.

    • BustaNut

      Exactly! dont just shove it down our throats let us disable it if dont want it, simple.

  • Oz

    About time for the dislike button

  • Anthorama

    This is exactly what SKYPE was adding to messages a week ago in the android preview version.

  • Dislike? A new, modern way to piss someone off; dislike on Messenger! Yay!

    • EQ

      I disliked your comment to get an overhead but I agree with you. Rekt!

  • Marius Tomas

    now just bring What’sApp payment , Messenger payment and Snapchat payment so I could pay with all apps….. kidding ofc this is so annoying when they trying to make every app do everything! seriously!

  • Always Conservative

    why don’t FB create their own. they are becoming like Apple. they pretty much copied everything.

  • Wojtek

    noooooo! :(


    They should have done some surveys before they did this. No way anybody wants this crap. If anyone they already have snapchat. Hope they realize their mistake soon and kill the project. I have always liked messenger, I don’t want them to ruin it for me.

  • Michael2011

    More useless crap.

  • Natsu D. Uzumaki

    I installed Allo. Now I just have to convince my girlfriend to install it or I’m not messaging her anymore 😂 I think they’re adding too much to messenger and I’ve noticed the app get slower and slower.

  • Bert Bundy

    Facebook has been deleted.

  • Marius Tomas

    can’t wait for Instagram assistant ! xD

  • Flow

    Another reason to move to Telegram.

  • Angie Jones

    I don’t s’ppose there is a way to stop text messages and alerts for missed calls showing up in Messenger? I didn’t enable it, and I don’t have the Messenger app, or Facebook for that matter. I use the web version on Chrome!

  • WAusJackBauer

    I think i’ll be installing Messenger Lite in the next update or 2.

  • Amit Singh

    Messanger lite is much better option though not available in few countries like US INDIA