View Secret Conversations on Facebook Messenger

How to View Secret Conversations on Facebook Messenger

Secret Conversation Messenger allows users to send end-to-end encrypted messages to their Facebook friends. However, there are a few caveats. First, it only works on a single device. Facebook says it doesn't have the infrastructure to distribute encryption keys across your phone, tablet, and PC.


You should also definitely start a secret conversation on Messenger. Encryption is not the default mode, and encrypted messages do not merge with the given contact in the primary thread of your conversation.

In other words, if Deb and Daniel had been chatting on Messenger for years, they would have to start a separate encrypted thread, and that encrypted thread would never merge with their original, encrypted thread.

This approach is very different from what Facebook-owned WhatsApp is doing. Popular messaging platforms automatically encrypt messages for all users if their phone has an encryption-compatible version of WhatsApp.

The ultimate caveat for Facebook Messenger is that encrypted messaging only works on one-to-one messaging. Group conversations do not include confidential conversations.

Now that we've found the suggestion, here's how to use secret conversations. For our example, we are using Messenger for Android but Messenger works similarly on iOS.

How to use secret conversations

From the Messenger landing page, tap your profile section, which is the person icon at the top right of the screen. Scroll down and tap on it until you see the secret conversation. On the next screen, make sure the Conversation Slider is enabled. Once this is done, secret conversations are enabled for your device.

There are two ways to start an encrypted conversation in Messenger The first is to create a new message that you usually do. At the top of the message creation screen you will see a lock icon next to a slider button. Click on it and the screen theme changes color from blue to black. Now, choose the contact with whom you want to start an encrypted conversation and you're on your way.

After you send an encrypted message, the recipient must agree to use the Secret Conversation feature. Once they do, they'll see your message.

how to view secret conversations on messenger

The second way is to start an encrypted conversation from a pre-existing message thread. Tap the icon in the upper right corner of the message thread and tap Secret Conversation on the next screen. The screen will again turn into a black theme and you can go.

To view an open secret conversation thread, select it from the list of open message threads on the app's main screen.

Secret conversations work almost like regular Facebook messages, but not completely. You can send texts, emojis, stickers and pictures; However, GIF, video, voice calling and payment are not supported.

Secret Conversations also offers a Snapchat-style self-destruct setting that you can adjust on a per-conversation basis. Open a secret conversation, and then tap the stopwatch icon to the right of the text entry area. This allows you to set how long your messages will remain visible on another person's device after being read. You can let them last from 5 seconds to a day, or turn off the self-destruction setting altogether.

This is what the new Secret Conversation feature is all about. You can use it as an ideal way to communicate with people on Messenger, although this is a conscious choice you should make every time you start a new message thread, or just use it for sensitive topics.

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