Facebook Messenger Redesign Makes it Easier to Navigate, Find Online Friends, and Play Games

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook today revealed a new redesign coming to its standalone Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android, with subtle UI changes that emphasize new features like games, while making it easier to see which friends are online and what notifications have been missed (via TechCrunch).

    The main UI addition is the introduction of three new tabs atop the app for messages, active friends, and groups, which Facebook believes is a way to ensure that Messenger is "your hub for connecting with all the people and businesses you care about."

    The company also hopes that the more prominent positioning of active friends encourages Messenger users to interact with people in real time more often, since it's easier to scroll through a list of online friends than before. The app now stretches to encompass the iOS toolbar at the top of the screen, instead of stopping below the bar as before.

    Facebook Messenger's previous design (left) compared to its upcoming design (right)

    The tabs at the bottom of the iOS app now have descriptions as well, including Home, Calls, People, and Games, the last of which is another new addition to Facebook Messenger. Games within the app launched earlier this month, allowing users to play a variety of single-player and turn-based games directly within the app, similar to a few gaming apps on the iOS Messages App Store.

    One aspect of Facebook Messenger that's been decreased is its camera button, which used to expand above the dock at the bottom of the app but now sits flush and aligned with the rest of the tabs. Although the button now has less of an emphasis, Facebook Messenger's Snapchat clone, Messenger Day, is remaining within the app, and all of the camera's filters and masks will still be available to use. A Discover tab will be added as the app rolls out, in order to connect users with businesses, places, and services.

    Facebook is also adding in iOS-like red dot badges for each new tab in Messenger, so whenever users log into the app and have a missed message or call, a badge will appear on the corresponding tab. The social network has begun doing this in its main app recently as well, urging users to tap on the new "Marketplace" and "Video" tabs with the same badges.

    Facebook Messenger users can expect the changes to begin appearing on both iOS and Android this week.

    Article Link: Facebook Messenger Redesign Makes it Easier to Navigate, Find Online Friends, and Play Games
  2. lifeisepic macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2013
    I miss the days when this was a simple message app. It's so bloated now.
  3. Dephibio macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2013
    Um, I've had this look for the last couple of weeks.
  4. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Ive had it for a few weeks as well. Hate it. Unnecessary changes.
  5. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    More like they shoved the stories feature more in your face; because nobody was using it before.
  6. AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    I miss the days when apps were more than white backgrounds with images and text aligned to invisible grids without dividers or visual cues.

  7. WiseAJ macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2009
    Looks the same to me aside from a couple icons and some text. Am I missing something?
  8. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    Not easier harder now you cant delete message unless u use 3d touch and cant delete call list cos swiping left changes page garbage design
  9. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    If you need more visual cues than Messenger is giving you, then you need to get your eyesight checked.
  10. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    I don't have the Facebook iOS app or Messenger installed at all, and just go through the mobile site in Safari. They took away the ability to see messages there, so if anybody sends me a Facebook message, it waits until I'm on my laptop, and then I just read it and email or text the person back. What I really wish for is a way to just shut Facebook messaging off completely and prompt the person to use my real contact info.
  11. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
    That's because it's trying to be every other messaging app in existence in one app. It really is ridiculous. What I miss the most is Facebook and Messenger being one app.
  12. Appurushido macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2012
    I don't miss the days when I finally deleted Facebook and Facebook Messenger. Like a WoW junkie before, glad to leave and never come back.
  13. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
    I unfortunately don't have that option. My friends and family refuse to communicate any other way. .-.
  14. aaronhead14 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2009
    I just want there to be a single Facebook app like there used to be. Sick of this multiple app nonsense.
  15. itsmilo macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2016
    But is it still sucking the battery harder than a hooker on the streets?
  16. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    I really hate that every app in Facebook, Inc. (Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp) is trying to be Snapchat, Mark Zuckerberg seem really angry at the fact that he couldn't buy Snapchat, I'm ok with the Stories on Instagram, kind of make sense, it's a photo app, but every thing else no.
  17. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
  18. aroom macrumors member


    Nov 26, 2014
  19. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
    Anyone can live without Facebook. That isn't the issue.
  20. advancewarsbest macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2013
    Facebook has a ton of apps, why don't they make an app with Facebook and Messenger integrated, and still have the separate Facebook only app, and messenger only app?

    While there add it, a Messenger app without excess functionality would be cool too.

    The problem isn't that they have made too many apps. its that they have not made enough apps for each user case!
  21. skellener macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2003
    So. Cal.
    Facebook Messenger Redesign Makes it Easier to Navigate - this has NEVER been the case. Never will.
  22. FrenchRoasted macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2016
    For some of us this became a win win situation
  23. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    The Facebook iOS apps are buggy, bloated and bogged-down. I am starting to think that I should just delete them and use the web site.
  24. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
    Jailbreaks/IOS Hacks
    Yeah, and whats even worse now is that you cant even check to see whos online in the facebook app you have to go to messenger just to see whos online. Ridiculous

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