Facebook Messenger: How to Encrypt Your Messages

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Quietly, Facebook enabled encryption functionality for Facebook messenger. Encrypted messages are normally unreadable by anyone other than the person who sent the message and the one who received it.

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Now approximately 900 million Facebook Messenger users can now send encrypted messages to their contacts.

It’s still not perfect, but it works

These are not all the features of Messenger that are available when you send encrypted messages to your contacts. The limitations are many, for example, it is not possible to send videos, GIF and it is impossible to create group communications.

In addition, the Web version of the messenger can not send or receive encrypted messages. Only iOS and Android versions of Messenger are yet compatible.

How to encrypt your messages on Facebook Messenger (iOS application)

  • Open the Facebook Messenger
  • Select the person you want to send an encrypted message.
  • Once the conversation screen opens, tap on the contact name
  • Tap on the option ‘Secret Conversation’ from the list

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That’s it, you’ve just started a new secret conversation with your contact. In addition to text, you can send photos, emoji and stickers

  • If you wish, you can make new ephemeral message. Just tap the clock icon that appears in the lower right corner of the screen. Your message will automatically disappear after the time period you selected.

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How to encrypt your messages on Facebook Messenger (Android application)

  • Open the Facebook Messenger
  • Select the person you want to send an encrypted message.
  • Once the conversation screen opens, tap on the ‘i’ icon next to the person’s name.
  • Tap on the option ‘Secret Conversation’ from the list

The encrypted messaging for Facebook Messenger is obviously optional. If you do not select the option “Secret Conversation” will use traditional communication system of Facebook.

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Vishal Gaikar

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I am Vishal Gaikar, Software Engineer, Web Addicted, Living in Maharashtra, India. If you like This post, you can follow Tricks Machine on Twitter, also you can add me on Google+.

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