How To Share Your Facebook Messenger Profile Code

If you use Snapchat, you’re probably familiar with Snapcodes. A Snapcode is given to each user and when its scanned with the Snapchat app, it allows you to add them quickly. A similar feature exists in Facebook Messenger. Each user has a Messenger profile code which allows other users to quickly add them on Messenger. Adding someone on Messenger doesn’t automatically add them to your Facebook friends’ list however, you can get a link to their profile from the code screen.

Share Facebook Messenger Profile Code

Your Messenger Profile Code is only visible on the mobile apps. You cannot access it from Messenger for web. In order to share the code, you must have the app installed.

There are two ways of sharing it; in person or via a screenshot. If you’re sharing it in person, the other person will have to scan it right away with the Messenger app. With a screenshot or image, you can send the picture to a friend and they will be able to scan it whenever they want.

To view the Messenger Profile Code, open the Messenger app and tap your profile picture at the top left next to the search bar. The circle around your profile picture is the code. Alternatively, you can go to the People tab, and tap Scan Code at the top. The scanner has a second tab that lets you view your code and share it as an image.

Scan Facebook Messenger Profile Code

Open the Messenger app and go to the People tab. Tap Scan Code at the top. When the camera opens, you have two options; scan a code live or scan a code from your camera roll.

If you have the code live i.e. in physical form or your friend has theirs open on their device, point the camera at it and it will scan the code. Scanning a code will automatically add the person on Messenger.

To scan a code from your camera roll, tap the picture icon at the bottom left of the camera view finder and pick the image with the Messenger profile code. It takes a little longer for the app to scan a code from an image and there shouldn’t be anything other than the code in that image. It’s not the most intelligent scanner so it has trouble picking the code out from everything else.

Once scanned, the person will be added on Messenger. You can send them messages but they must accept your add request or your messages will go to Message Requests or Filtered inbox.

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How To Move A Conversation From Your Inbox To Filtered Inbox On Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger has two different inboxes for every user; your main inbox, and the filtered messages inbox. The main inbox is where messages from your contacts appear, and where message requests from people in your circle go. Filtered messages are just that; people trying to connect with you and you can ignore them if you want. So long as you never accept the request, and reply, you won’t get alerts for it. You can move a conversation from your inbox to filtered inbox if you want. It’s better than muting a conversation because you still get alerts for a muted conversation.

If the sender isn’t a friend, they won’t be able to see your active status and regardless if they are a friend or not, they will not know if the message has been delivered or read until you accept it.

Inbox To Filtered Inbox

You can move a conversation from the inbox to filtered inbox from both  the Facebook Messenger web interface, and the mobile apps.

Facebook Messenger Web

Visit Facebook Messenger and select the conversation thread that you want to move from the inbox to filtered inbox. On the right side, you will see a set of controls, and the contact/profile’s name. Next to it is a cog wheel button. Click it and select ‘Ignore messages’ from the menu that opens.

You will see a confirmation message telling you you’re about to move the conversation thread. Accept it, and the thread will be moved.

To undo this, click the cog wheel icon at the top left of Facebook Messenger, and select Message Requests. Look for the Filtered Messages option in the list of filtered messages and click it. Find the conversation thread that you sent to the filtered inbox, select it, and click Reply. You don’t need to actually reply to the message. Clicking the button is enough to return it to your inbox.

Facebook Messenger Apps

The process for moving a conversation from your inbox to filtered inbox is more or less the same on both Android and iOS apps. Open the Messenger app on your device and tap the conversation you want to move. Tap the contact name at the very top and on the contact’s details page, scroll down. You will see an Ignore Messages option. Tap it, and accept the confirmation message.

To undo this change, go to the People tab, and tap the Requests button at the top. Scroll down to the Filtered Messages section and tap the message you want to move back to your main inbox. Tap Reply, and it will return to main inbox.

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How To Install The Nokia Camera App On Any Android Phone

Nokia was once the most popular phone manufacturer in the world. It had some of the best hardware, reasonably good design, and a fairly intelligent OS running on its sturdy phones. This was of course the feature phone era and Nokia didn’t really make it big once smart phones became popular. That said, it did try to compete and while it was still in the race, it released a series of phones called Lumia which boasted an excellent camera, and an ever better camera app. With its recent resurgence in the smart phone market with new handsets running Android, the Nokia Camera app has made a come back. The app is officially only meant for Nokia’s own phones but you can install the Nokia Camera app on any Android phone via its ported version.

Requirements

  • Your need an Android phone. Root is not required and there isn’t a restriction as to which version of Android you ought to be running.
  • Your phone camera must support the Camera2 API level 3.

Nokia Camera App

Download the Nokia Camera App from XDA Forums. Sideload the app on your device by copying the APK file to your device’s internal or external storage. Use a file manager app, or the storage viewer in the Settings app to open, and install the app. Once installed, open your app drawer and run the app.

You’ll be given a brief tutorial. The highlight feature of the Nokia Camera app is its Pro mode. This Pro mode lets users manually adjust white balance, shutter speed, exposure, etc. Tap, hold, and swipe up on the shutter button to enable Pro mode. Swipe down on the shutter to disable it. Pro mode works with both the back and front camera.

The app doesn’t have any features that you won’t find in other feature rich camera apps however, the Nokia Camera app was popular because it worked well and the results were great. The photos are the true test of this app. You might have an app with similar settings available and that’s what you want to compare results with.

From our brief test, the app is taking fairly good pictures but we had a very capable device i.e. the Nexus 6P which has a great camera. The Nokia Camera app may run well for the most part but you might still experience crashes.

For example, we weren’t able to access the app’s settings because each time we tried, the app would crash. You might experience other crashes and that’s to be expected since this is a ported app in its early stages of development. It ought to fix itself soon.

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How To Find What Camera2 API Level Your Android Phone Supports

Phone cameras, as far as end users are concerned, have to do with pixels and which features of the next OS they will support. For most, buying a flagship phone is usually the safest bet because Android camera apps can get quite ambitious and they rely on your device having a good capable camera or you won’t be able to install them. With cameras, it isn’t just about how many pixels it is. A lot of other factors come into play as well one of which is what Camera2 API level your phone supports.

Camera2 API Level

It’s pretty easy to find out what Camera2 API level your phone supports. Your OS won’t tell you but you can download a free app named Camera2 API Probe. Install it, and run it on your phone. Look at the Hardware Level Support Category section. The first field will tell you two things; whether or not your camera supports the Camera2 API, and which level it supports.

The app can also give you additional information about the camera on your device such as whether or not you can manually control the exposure and the focal length. The default camera app may not have the controls for it however you can find apps in the Play Store that will let you manually control both these things.

Other useful information you can find is whether or not your camera can take RAW photos. You can get this information for both the front and back end camera. They may have the same or different specifications. The entire specifications list can be copied to your clipboard and/or emailed to someone via dedicated buttons at the bottom of the app’s home screen.

Why It Matters?

If you’re running an ordinary app from the Play Store, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever need this information. With some apps, those that are meant to run on specific devices like the Pixel phones, or one of Nokia’s flagship phones. These apps are built for a specific device and they won’t normally run on other devices but ported versions of these apps are developed so users who own other devices can benefit from them. The Google Camera app is one popular example.

With ported apps, there are limitations and sometimes they require that your device support a specific Camera2 API level. If you’re looking to run such an app and need to know this particular specification for the camera on your device. this app is the easiest way to find out.

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How To Change The Chat Background In Whatsapp

By default, all chat threads in Whatsapp have the same background. It’s not a bad background; the chat bubbles stand out from it, and the text inside them is easy to read. It is a bright background though and Whatsapp doesn’t have a dark mode. Additionally, the same background means every thread looks the same at a glance and you might message the wrong person if you’re not careful. You can change the chat background in Whatsapp. The feature is built in to the app so you won’t have to download additional tools. All you need is the image you want to set as the background

Whatsapp lets you set a solid color as the chat background, it has a few presets that you can choose from, or you can use any image from your camera roll as the background. This works on both iOS and Android. On Windows 10, you can only set a solid color as the wallpaper background. Whatsapp’s presets and the option to use a custom image is not available on the desktop and web version of the app.

Chat Background In Whatsapp

If you want to use a custom background, download it and save it to your camera roll. On Android, you don’t necessarily have to save it to the DCIM folder since apps can easily access the Downloads folder as well.

Open Whatsapp and tap Settings. On the Settings screen, tap Chat.

On the Chats screen, tap Chat Wallpaper. On the Chat Wallpaper screen, you will see three options for selecting a wallpaper; Wallpaper Library which is Whatsapp’s own library of wallpapers, Solid Colors which features solid color backgrounds, and then there is Photos which lets you pick a photo from your camera roll.

Select  the source, and then select the wallpaper you want to use for your chats. You can change it any time, and you can tap the Reset Wallpaper option to return the wallpaper back to the default one. The color of the chat bubbles will not change to contrast with the new wallpaper. They will still be white and green.

The wallpaper is applied to all chats. Whatsapp unfortunately doesn’t give users the option to set a different wallpaper for each chat thread. This may have to do with keeping the size of the app small on your device since each image takes up space and Whatsapp tends to get pretty big with all the images, videos, and voice messages that are shared.

The wallpaper will not sync to the Whatsapp desktop app for Windows 10, nor will it sync to Whatsapp for web.

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