Under the People tab, view your list of contacts on MESSENGER to see who has the app and who is active. Under this tab, users can tap on Create a Room, which will direct them to a screen with a sharable link, to invite friends to a drop-in video chat. Essentially, friends can drop in and chat at any time as long as the creator keeps the room open. These chat rooms can be initiated via Facebook as well. A notification will alert the creator once friends join the room if they are not actively on that screen. Users can determine who can join the chat, extending the invitation to people on Facebook or only people who directly receive the link. When using the sharable link, anyone can join the chat, even without a Facebook account. Messenger rooms can host up to 50 participants. Users can incorporate effects and backgrounds while in the room. They also have the option to share their screen with participants in the room, mimicking presentation mode.
The Chats tab has a running list of messages with the most recent at the top. Under this tab, users can also search for specific contacts, create group messages and view friends' Stories. Tap the person you want to contact, and a screen appears that includes your most recent conversations with that person, as well as messaging options. Tap one of the messaging options to communicate with friends -- for example, the phone icon to make a phone call or the microphone icon to send a voice message. Other messaging options include video calls, images from the device's camera roll, or videos/pictures taken directly through the app. Messenger offers unique filters that can be incorporated when capturing images directly through the device. The app also includes a collection of GIFs, stickers, and animated expressions that users can incorporate in messaging. Users also have the option to request or send money through Messenger. To use the Facebook Pay feature, users have to add a payment method, either a debit card or PayPal, to their account. This feature has no fees and is PIN protected. The app allows users to share their location via message. If location sharing is on under settings, users can tap the location icon in the messaging options to send a message that shows either a pinned location or live location, which remains active for 60 minutes and changes according to the sender's movement. Under secret conversation mode, users can set a timer that determines the amount of time a message is visible before it disappears. This is an all-in-one app for Facebook users who want many ways to communicate with immediacy. It also works without a Facebook account, so users can provide a name, phone number, and photo to log in.