How to unsend messages on Facebook Messenger

Facebook announced it would add a feature to its Messenger apps that would allow users to unsend a message. There was no real ETA on when the feature would roll out but the feature has now rolled out to all users, worldwide. You can unsend messages on Facebook Messenger within a certain time period. Unsending a message allows you to remove a message from both your and your recipient’s side however, it does leave a trace.

Unsend messages on Facebook Messenger

This feature is available on the Facebook Messenger apps for both iOS and Android. Make sure you update the app to the latest version that’s available.

Open Facebook Messenger and send a message. Tap and hold on it until you see the reaction bar. At the same time, you will see a bar appear at the bottom with options to copy, forward, and remove or delete the message. Tap the Delete or Remove option (whichever one you get).

A menu will open listing two options; Remove for everyone, and Remove for you. To unsend the message, you need to tap Remove for everyone. This will remove the message from both your side and from your recipient’s side.

The message being unsent isn’t going to leave without a mark. Your recipient will know that a message was removed from the conversation. The feature, like those similar to it on other messaging apps, has limitations. For example, you will find that you cannot go back and unsend older messages. There is a limit to how old a message can be for it to be unsent. If a message is too old, you cannot unsend it.

It also goes without saying that just because you can unsend a message doesn’t mean that your recipient will not have read/seen it before you get the chance to remove it. They may take a screenshot of it as well before it’s removed so remember that unsending isn’t a fix for bigger messaging problems.

WhatsApp has a similar unsend feature which allows you to unsend messages that are no older than 7 minutes. There’s no word on how old is too old for a message to be unsent on Facebook Messenger but you can take a hint from WhatsApp and expect similar time limits.

It’s interesting to note that the feature was initially something that was used internally at Facebook to protect its executives’ communication from leaking. It was only when this information became public that Facebook announced it would roll out the feature to other users as well.

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How to add Netflix shows to an Instagram Story

Netflix content isn’t normally the kind you’d find on HBO or AMC. The streaming service may eventually add hit shows from major networks but it still has unique content that you won’t find elsewhere. In fact, Netflix has finally gotten its first Oscar nomination for best picture this year so there is good, exclusive content to watch. Part of what makes its content popular has to do with social media and the company knows this which is why it’s added a new feature that lets you share Netflix shows to an Instagram story.

Netflix show to Instagram Story

In order to share a Netflix show, or a movie to your Instagram story, you must be running the latest version of the Netflix app. For good measure, make sure your Instagram app is also up to date.

Open Netflix and look for a show or a movie that you want to share. Tap the Share button on its details’ page and from the options that appear, select Instagram Stories. On iOS you will be prompted to allow Netflix to open Instagram. Android may, or may not show you a similar prompt. It depends on what version of the OS you’re running.

Netflix will create a story for the show or movie that you selected and then Instagram will be opened. The content for the story will of course come from Netflix. Once the story has been created, you will be given the option to edit it.

The editing options are the same that are available for a regular, non-Netflix story. Once you’ve edited the story, you can share it with everyone or with just a few close friends.

The story that Netflix creates features a poster image for the content that you’re sharing and its name. You cannot change the image and you do not get to choose which one is used. You can reposition the name of the show or movie but you cannot delete it, edit it, or change its font.

All other content that you can normally add to an Instagram story can be added in the editing phase. This includes polls, count down timers, etc. None of the stories feature any audio or any video.

This is a fairly neat feature as far as Netflix is concerned though perhaps it might have helped to make the story a bit interactive i.e., allowing users to tap on it and be taken to either a show/movie’s page (if it exists) or redirecting a user to the show on Netflix.

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How to reply privately to group messages on Whatsapp

Group messages are a staple part of any messaging app. For every group chat thread that you have on Facebook Messenger, or Snapchat, or Whatsapp, you likely have at least one private thread where you’re having an auxiliary conversation that goes with it. To make these private conversations easier to have, Whatsapp has a feature that lets you reply privately to group messages. Here’s how it works.

Reply privately to group messages

Open Whatsapp and go to a group thread. Tap and hold on a message within the thread. A bar will appear listing a few options, one of which is ‘more’. Tap it.

The bar will reveal additional options one of which is Reply Privately. Tap it and you will be able to reply to the person who sent the message in their own, private thread. When you do so, the original message will automatically be appended to the message that you’re sending much like it does when you reply or forward a message on Whatsapp.

It goes without saying that private replies are subject to the person who sent them. You can reply privately to a group message but only to the person who sent the message you’re replying to. If you want to change the recipient, you’re going to have to use the forward feature.

Whatsapp does have copy/paste like any other app so it wasn’t exactly impossible to have a private chat about something said in a group thread. The forward option is a viable one as well but this feature makes it easier to have private conversations. For a lot of people Whatsapp isn’t just a tool for casual conversations with friends and family. The app is so popular that it is often used as an unofficial communication tool in workplaces. Features like this make it more useful especially considering how actual productivity oriented messaging platforms have been falling behind.

Skype is slowly turning into a social platform and even Slack gets annoying if all everyone is doing is sharing reaction GIFs. Both these apps have incredible potential as well as the user base needed to corner work-place communication but they don’t always add the right features.

It’s worth mentioning that this is a somewhat new feature on Whatsapp. It’s available on both iOS and Android and it is possible that something similar may eventually be added to Facebook Messenger since both it and Whatsapp are owned by Facebook.

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How to move the Down button on the Reddit app

Reddit doesn’t seem like an overly complex website to navigate but making its content easy to view on a mobile app is a challenge. The content variety is huge; you get everything from text based posts, videos, images, GIFs, to links. On top of all that there are the comments and the nested comment threads. The official Reddit app for both iOS and Android has a little Down button that helps to make navigation within threads easier but it can get in the way since it floats over the content. What few people might know, and Reddit user u/Neonlad discovered, is that you can move the Down button on the Reddit app. You can literally position it anywhere you want.

 Down button on the Reddit app

The Down button, if you don’t recognize it by this name, is the floating button with two arrows pointing down. To see it, you have to tap on a post and start scrolling through the comments.

Tap and hold on the button and it will grow larger so long as you’re holding it. Drag it to any part of the screen that you want, and then release it. The button will stick to wherever you dropped it.

The Down button on the Reddit app remembers its position after it has been moved. You can move it again whenever you need to. Each time, it will remember the last place it was dropped.

This is useful for both text posts and other post types. For text posts, the button is bound to be covering something up. It’s small so it can’t exactly hide an entire paragraph or even a sentence but if you’re trying to read a thread, it can consistently make for a poorer reading experience. The freedom to move it means you can position it somewhere that makes for better reading.

For other posts, those that aren’t text based, the freedom to move the button means the content is never hidden. Imagine every image on Reddit having an annoying button at the side. Sure, it might be on the side but it would nevertheless obstruct an image.

It’s obvious a lot of thought went into the app’s design and no doubt Reddit listened to feedback from its users while developing and refining it. It does seem that, since the app is complex, the on-boarding leaves a few things for users to discover on their own.

You can move the Down button on the Reddit app for both iOS and Android.

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