Any way to read Facebook messages without someone knowing?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by heycal, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. heycal macrumors 6502a

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    I don't always want people to know when I've read a message that comes in over Facebook or Messenger (why do we need both, btw??). On Androids, with preview enabled, you'd get a notification and you could often read all or most of a message without entering the app, and therefore signaling to others that you were active and seeing messages you've received.

    Any way to achieve this similar 'stealth' reading on incoming FB messages with iphone 6?
     
  2. T4R06 macrumors 65816

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    are you jailbroken? if yes, just download facebook messenger essentials on cydia and you are all set. it disables read receipts and they dont know if you are typing as well, disable VOIP too
     
  3. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, not jailbroken. There's really no way to do it otherwise? It's very simple on the Samsung and presumably other androids.
     
  4. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No other workarounds for this? Does this mean no one cares that they can't read their FB messages without the other party knowing as you can on androids?
     
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    The notification screen on my iPhone shows me the beginning part of newly received FB messages.
     
  6. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Really? Do you know how that came to be? Are you using Messenger or just Facebook? (I have Messenger and Facebook. Why do we need messenger too? I was basically forced into it it seemed).
     
  7. its Dale macrumors 6502

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    I used to log in on a computer or "desktop" site and was able to read a lot of the message w/out having to open it.
     
  8. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Log in on a computer/desktop via iphone somehow you mean?
     
  9. its Dale macrumors 6502

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    I use the Google Chrome browser, so i can request Desktop site instead of mobile version.

    It previews a lot of the message without ever having to open the actual message
     
  10. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, the mysterious Google chrome. What's that all about it, anyway? Any reason why I should switch to it from Safari? (Do they do the same thing? I'm not a techie, so forgive my ignorance…)
     
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Do you have previews enabled in your settings in the Facebook Messenger app?
     
  12. heycal, Dec 8, 2014
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    heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I do, yes.

    Do you understand the difference between messenger and facebook, and why I 'need' both, with two different icons taking space on my screen?
     
  13. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm. Now I AM getting the previews in messenger. Maybe before i didn't have messenger, but only Facebook, and thus no previews?
     
  14. AronDraws macrumors regular

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    I have it set to send me message notifications via email. Thats how I read em and don't have to open them in FB
     
  15. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    You need Messenger to do messaging, and Facebook to do the other Facebook things.
     
  16. heycal thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Some people I know have managed to avoid installing messsenger and still have message functionality. But I suppose time will catch up to them eventually.

    It's very annoying to now have 2 FB apps on my phone.
     

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