Facebook Messenger updated with new themes, payment improvements, and more

Facebook Messenger features

Facebook today announced a few new features rolling out to Messenger users as part of the latest updates. The firm is adding a few new themes for chats, introducing improvements to Facebook Pay, and adding a way to quickly reply to media on chats.

Three new chat themes for Facebook Messenger shown on three phones placed next to each other

There are three new themes that are making their way to Messenger and Instagram users, which include one with Olivia Rodrigo’s signature face stickers to celebrate the launch of Olivia’s new album titled Sour. The other two options are the World Oceans Day theme to promote sustainability and cleanliness of the ocean, and the F9 – Fast and Furious 9 theme – to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Fast franchise.

Facebook Pay features for sharing QR code on Messenger

Facebook Pay is receiving a few new enhancements that make the payments service easier and safer to use for those who accept payments from clients and unknown users – such as freelancers. Users can now use QR codes and payment links to send across their information and request money. The QR code is situated right at the top of the Facebook Pay UI in Messenger’s settings.

The messaging platform is also adding a nifty way to respond to multimedia messages in chats. Now, users can reply to received media just like they would to stories. The in-line Quick Reply Bar sits at the bottom of the image and will be familiar to those who use stories across platforms. Though small, the capability is a nifty way of quickly responding to received images or the like.

These changes are rolling out to the Messenger and Facebook apps on Android and iOS. However, it seems that the new themes on Instagram will work only for those who have enabled integration with Messenger.

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