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How to Use Private Messenger on Facebook

How to Use Private Messenger on Facebook 2021

by Daniel Moore

Living in the digital age, there’s only one thing anyone needs and that is privacy. 

Most of us have Facebook accounts that we tend to use on a daily basis, be it to reach out to a family member or to share some personal photographs with a friend. But, not everything that happens on Facebook is private, in fact most of the information you share will be visible to the whole world to read unless you have set up a robust private system.

Recently, Facebook brought around a new feature called the Private Messenger that enables you to send private and confidential messages to your family and friends over their platform. 

The Private Messenger on Facebook acts like your personal e-mail account, but without disclosing your personal information or email address.

If you’re looking for a guide on how to use private messenger on Facebook, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to explain what Facebook’s private messenger is and how you can make use of it. We’ll even cover a section where we explain how you can send a private message to any Facebook page.

Read on to find out more!

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How to Use Private Messenger on Facebook

What is Facebook Private Messenger?

Facebook’s Private messenger is quite like their regular messaging service, but with a twist. All your conversations are encrypted so no one can gain access or view messages you’ve sent to your family and friends.

This feature lets you send and receive messages in private that only you and the other person have access to. Apart from maintaining your privacy, the Private messenger will allow you to control the duration of each message you send out. 

So basically, you can set the message on a timer for say 30 seconds and 30 seconds after the recipient has read the message it will be deleted from the conversation.

With your Facebook account, you are able to use both the regular Facebook messenger and the Secret Conversation simultaneously on different chats. 

You are able to view a padlock icon next to the person’s DP when you’re in a secret conversation and there will also be a small message stating “Encrypted from one device to the other” which you wouldn’t find in a regular Facebook chat.

Private Messenger or Facebook Secret Conversations is currently available to those using any Android or iOS device and the option to enable a secret conversation would not be available on your desktop version of Facebook.

Starting a Facebook Secret Conversation on iOS

Before you can send a secret or private message to anyone over Facebook, you will have to first enable the Secret Conversation option from within the Facebook Messenger.

Here’s how you enable and use the Facebook Private Messenger.

  • Start by opening the Messenger app on your iPhone/iPad and then tap on your profile picture.
  • Scroll down and under Preferences, click on Secret Conversations.
  • Tap on the toggle button next to Secret Conversations and enable the option if it has not been enabled as yet.
How to Use Private Messenger on Facebook

Once this option is selected and enabled, you are now able to send secret messages to your friends and family.

  • Now, you need to tap on the create message icon in the upper right hand corner of the app and then tap on Secret.
  • Either type out the name of the person you want to send the secret message to or choose a contact from the list.
  • The secret message window will appear with a notification stating “Encrypted end-to-end across all your active mobile devices”. Start chatting away in private.
How to Use Private Messenger on Facebook

For those looking to set a countdown timer for their messages, follow these steps

  • At the bottom of the screen, where you would normally type your message, click on the countdown button.
  • You will receive a pop-up that lets you choose the timer duration. Once you select the appropriate duration, click on Done.
How to Use Private Messenger on Facebook

Facebook Messenger for iOS will notify you when you receive a new message notification on your lock screen. Unlike regular messages, the notification will only alert you that there’s a new message and would not specify the name of the contact or the contents of the message.

Starting a Facebook Secret Conversation on Android

Using Facebook private messenger on an Android device is the same as that of Apple’s. You’d need to have the Messenger app installed on your device in order to send and receive secret messages.

Here’s how you can start and use secret conversations in Messenger for Android.

How to Use Private Messenger on Facebook
  • Start by opening the Messenger app on your smartphone and tap on the Home tab.
  • Here, click on the “Plus icon” to start a new conversation and then tap on the “Lock icon” in the upper right hand corner of the display.
  • Now, select the contact you want to send the message to and start typing.

For those looking to set a countdown timer for their messages, follow these steps

How to Use Private Messenger on Facebook
  • At the bottom of the screen, where you would normally type your message, click on the countdown button.
  • You will receive a pop-up that lets you choose the timer duration. Once you select the appropriate duration, click on Done.

Secret conversations on an Android device are private and will not appear on Facebook chat or messenger.com. It’s solely available to the Messenger app on your smartphone. 

However, there is a possibility that the person you’re sending the message to can take a screenshot and share that with their friends. Make sure you don’t send any inappropriate messages to people who you don’t trust with your life.

Can I Send a Private Message to a Facebook Page?

Facebook pages are dedicated to businesses and organizations to showcase their work. Those who follow pages on Facebook will get timely updates and notifications when new content is out. 

There may come a time where you would like to reach out to a particular business or brand and Facebook allows you to send them personal messages that are not displayed on their page.

This can be done on any device and if you’re using a mobile device, you will need to install the Messenger app to send a private message to any page.

Here’s how you can send a personal message to any page on Facebook.

Using a Computer

  • If you’re using a PC/laptop, first login to your Facebook account and then from the News Feed, click on Pages that is located in the left menu.
  • Open the page you want to send a message to. 
  • Beneath their Cover photo, click on Send Message. 
  • Enter your message and then click on enter to send the message.

Using an Android Smartphone

  • Start by opening the Facebook app on your Android smartphone and tap on the Hamburger icon in the upper right corner of the app.
  • Click on the option labeled Pages and navigate to the page you want to send the message to.
  • Click on the button labeled Send Message – It is located beneath their cover photo.
  • Type out your message and hit Send.

Using an iOS Device

The process of sending a private message to any page on Facebook using your iPhone is similar to sending a message via an Android device.

Simply start by opening the Facebook app on your iPhone.

  • Tap on the Hamburger icon located in the footer of the app and then click on Pages from the given list of choices.
  • Choose the page you want to send the message to and then tap on Send Message that’s found under their cover photo.
  • Type out your message and click on Send.

There are chances that some pages would have turned off the send Message feature and you might not be able to find the button. In this case you would only be able to contact the page via a Post which would be visible to the general public.

FAQ’s

Does Facebook automatically turn on Secret Conversations?

Well, in short, no. Facebook does not enable this option by default and you will have to toggle between the normal messenger and the private messenger manually. Only in the private messenger will your messages be encrypted whereas, the normal messenger will not encrypt or safeguard any of your messages.

Can someone access Facebook Secret Conversations even after they have been deleted?

While secret messages are meant to be private and have levels of encryption protecting the content, Facebook can actually access any message that was sent via the  Private Messenger even if you have deleted the message. This can only done in case a complaint has been raised or your messages were reported by the other person.

What does “Key” mean in Facebook secret conversations?

When you send a secret message to someone, you will notice the term “Key”. This refers to the encryption code that only you and your contact will have. Both devices would have a unique key that appears when sending secret messages and it’s this key that secures your conversation.

Takeaway

Facebook’s Private Messenger seems to be a god send considering that not many private messaging services are integrated into social media platforms. As with any private messaging app, it’s best to be careful who you’re messaging and what’s being sent/received. 

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