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Facebook Messenger – Secret Conversation & Self-Destructive Message

If you are using the Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, you will probably noticed the difference of the end-to-end encryption. The WhatsApp Messenger has an active encryption by default. You do not have to activate, but you also cannot deactivate it. The Facebook Messenger is coming with a similar encryption, but you have to activate it separately. We will explain how to start a secret conversation and what end-to-end encryption means. In addition you will learn how you can add a timer to send a self-destructive message.

Facebook Messenger – Starting a secret conversation

There are two different ways to start a secret, encrypted conversation in the Facebook messenger.

1. Start a secret conversation in an existing chat

One option would be to start the conversation out of one existing chat.

First open the Facebook Messenger on your iPhone and choose the chat, in which you want to send encrypted messages. Then tap the name of the person to get to the contact’s details.

On this screen you will find the option to send secret messages. Just tap “Secret conversation” and you will directed to a new chat with an end-to-end encryption.

2. Send a new chat with secret messages

The second way starts on the Home tab (left bottom). Click the plus icon in the right top corner to start a new chat.

Then tap “Secret“ in the right top corner and enter the name of the person you want to chat secretly with. You will be directed to a new chat window that has the end-to-end encryption. If you have not used it yet, the Facebook Messenger will provide some information.

Secret conversations

You can hold a secret conversation like you usually do. The difference is that you can detect a secret conversation by the color of the speech bubbles, because they are black instead of blue.

End-to-end encryption

These messages are only visible for you and the other person, and no other person on Facebook. The end-to-end encryption makes it possible. The messages will be encrypted at the sender and decrypted at the receiver.

Please note that you can only continue a secret conversation on the same device. So if you began the chat on your iPhone, you cannot continue chatting on your e.g. iPad by using

Self-destructive Messages

If you want to send a self-destructive message, you just need to tap the little timer icon on the right-hand side of the input box. Then you just choose a timer period and enter the message.

Once the receiver views the message, he or she only has the time you set to read the message. When the time runs out, the message will be deleted.

Facebook Messenger in App Store

Developer: Facebook, Inc.
Price: Free
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