Despite the many problems with Facebook, it is still one of the most popular social media platforms out there. Your particular Messenger app still has a lot of loyal users. Therefore, any new features added through an update are almost always welcome, as long as it is not something important that disrupts the overall pace of the application. This week’s feature release includes new chat topics to liven up your conversations, a quick play bar for the media viewer, and a QR code with paid links for those in the US.
The new Messenger chat themes are always a source of excitement for those who spend a lot of time on the app. For this bundle, you have an Olivia Rodrigo theme to celebrate the release of her album Sour so fans can have their stickers on their face to play with. The theme of the World Oceans Day chat is more educational, promoting sustainability and allowing you to virtually explore the oceans. The F9 theme is for fans of the Fast and the Furious series to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the saga and the latest movie to be released.
When you’re viewing a photo or video on Messenger, you usually have to exit the viewer and return to the chat to react. The update gives you a quick response bar in the viewer itself. Just tap on the photo or video and then send a reply or reaction via the bar at the bottom. Too bad you can only text or emoji or other photo to reply to that. Then just swipe up to exit the media viewer and go back to your chat thread.
Messenger users in the US will now be able to send or request money on Facebook Pay via QR codes and payment links. Go to Messenger and Facebook Pay settings to share the payment link or allow contacts to scan your QR code. Of course, you must have a Paypal card or account to be able to make transactions, but at least you don’t need a separate payment application if your transactions are made through Messenger.
Chat topics are now available to all users while the quick reply bar is not yet available to all users. The Facebook Pay QR code and payment link will only be available to US Messenger users.