Facebook Messenger is updated with new themes and a quick response bar

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Facebook Messenger gets three new features in an update for its mobile app. New features include three new chat themes, a quick response bar, as well as scanning for QR codes and payment links. The update will be rolled out for its Android and iOS apps. The social media giant mentioned that the QR code and payment links option is being rolled out for app users in the United States from now on. The new themes will be available on Messenger and Instagram.

The Messenger update was announced on Facebook’s blog on June 10. The updated messaging app brings three new themes to celebrate Olivia Rodrigo, Fast & Furious 9 (F9) and World Oceans Day. Olivia Rodrigo’s theme marks her debut album, Sour, released on May 21. The F9 theme has been released to celebrate 20 years of the Fast and Furious franchise. The theme of World Oceans Day – celebrated on June 8 – apparently allows you to virtually explore the world’s oceans while promoting sustainability.

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A quick response bar has been added at the bottom of the media viewer in Messenger. Users can simply respond to the image or video while viewing it in full screen mode and without having to return to the main chat to respond to media. Users can then drag the media up to return to the main chat box.

Additionally, users in the United States can now send and receive payments through Facebook Pay. Users can perform these transactions with anyone, even if they are not connected to each other on Facebook. Users can access their payment links or QR code by going to Settings> Facebook Pay. They can then share the payment links or view the QR code to send and receive money from friends.

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Gadgets 360 was able to show the themes on Instagram and Messenger, but the quick response bar as well as the QR code and payment links were not visible when we tested. It is possible that the update will be rolled out in phases and the quick response bar feature will soon be available to all users.


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