Using Facebook Messenger with GigSky on your next trip
Facebook is the perfect app to chat, message, share photos, and to use for calling on your next trip using GigSky Mobile Data. Whether you’re using our service on iPad with Apple SIM or using an unlocked smartphone or tablet with GigSky Data SIM, this app is a top choice to stay connected. GigSky wants to show you how to use the most often used features on Messenger. Chatting/messaging is a perfect way to communicate with your fellow travelers and ping your family and friends back home. It’s also easy to share photos and make phone calls with Facebook Messenger.
In this post, we’ll review the most frequently used features on Messenger:
Making Voice Calls
How to Chat and Message with Facebook Messenger
This feature is great to stay in touch with the people you are traveling with as well as those back home. Need to install the Messenger app? We showed you how in this article – Click here.
Launch the Facebook Messenger App on your device.
View your Facebook conversations.
When you launch Messenger, you’ll see all of your Facebook conversations in the Recent tab. Tap any of these conversations to open them.
Start a new conversation.
You can create a new message from the Recent tab by tapping the “New Message” button:
iOS – Tap the New Message button in the upper-right corner.
Android – Tap the “+” button in the lower-right corner and select “Write Message.”
Add friends to the message.
After starting a new message, you’ll be shown a list of friends that you contact the most. You can tap a friend on this list or search at the top to find anyone in your friends list or contacts. You can also add any groups that you’ve created.
Quick tip – You can add additional friends by typing in names after selecting the first recipient.
Write a message.
At the bottom of the conversation is a text box with “Write a message” displayed. Tap on it if your keyboard hasn’t appeared.Unlike SMS messages, there is no practical limit on the amount of characters you can use (20,000).
Tap the emoji button to insert emoji. This button will replace your onscreen keyboard with the emoji keyboard. You can swipe left and right to view the different categories, and scroll up and down to see all of the emoji in each one.
iOS – Tap the Smiley button to the left of your space bar. Tap “ABC” to return to the regular keyboard.
Android – The button can be found to the right of the text field, and looks like four smilies arranged in a square. Tap it to open the emoji keyboard, and tap it again to return to the regular keyboard.
Tap the Like button to send a thumbs up. If you haven’t typed anything, you’ll notice the Like button next to the text field. Tap this to quickly send a Like when your friend sends you something interesting. It will be sent as soon as you tap it.
Quick tip – Press and hold the Like button to increase the size of the thumbs up. If you hold it too long it will “pop.”
Tap the ⓘ button (Android) or conversation name (iOS) to change the color, emoji, and other settings. You can change some settings related to your conversation on this screen. Note that some of these changes will be visible by all participants.
Tap “Notifications” to turn notifications for that conversation on or off.
Tap “Color” to change the color of the conversation. The other participants will see this change.
Tap “Emoji” to assign a special emoji character to the conversation. This will replace the “Like” button.
Tap “Nicknames” to give each participant a special nickname. This will only apply to the current conversation.
Tap “View Profile” to view the person’s Facebook profile.
See how far the other people have read.
You’ll notice small profile pictures along the right side of the conversation. The picture indicates how far in the conversation that person has read.
Sending Images, Stickers, GIFs, and Audio Notes
Sending images back home is one of the best ways to share the adventure. We will also show you additional features to turn you into a Messenger “pro.”
Tap the Camera button to take and send a picture or video. You can use your device’s camera to quickly snap and send a picture to the other people in the conversation. You may need to allow Messenger to access your device’s camera and storage.
Tap the circle to take a picture. Press and hold the circle to record a video. Please note this will use more cellular data if connected to GigSky. The video can be up to 15 seconds long. You can drag your finger off of the button to cancel the recording.
Tap the Camera button in the corner to switch between the front and back cameras.
Tap “Send” after taking the picture or recording the video to send it to the conversation.
Tap the Gallery button to send a picture from your device. You can use the Gallery button to find pictures saved to your device’s camera roll and send them to the conversation.
Tap a picture and then tap “Send” to send the image.
You can tap the Pencil button to draw and write on the picture before sending it.
Tap the Smiley button to send stickers.
Facebook Messenger has a variety of stickers available that you can insert into your messages. Scroll left and right along the top of the sticker panel to see the different packs you have.
Tap a sticker to send it immediately.Press and hold a sticker to see a preview. Many stickers are animated.
Tap the “+” on the right end of the sticker packs to browse the Sticker Store for new stickers. There are lots of different packs available, and all of them are currently free.
Tap the GIF button to find and send an animated GIF. GIF files are animated images that are popular for quick reactions. Messenger lets you search for GIFs hosted by several popular GIF sites and quickly send them to the conversation. Some of the more popular GIFs at the moment will be displayed when you open this tab.Search for the GIF you want to use. For example, if you want to send a Battlestar Galactica GIF, type “battlestar” into the search field.Tapping a GIF will send it immediately to the conversation.
Tap the Microphone button to send an audio note. You can record audio notes that the other people in the conversation can play at their leisure. If you’re using a device with a small screen, you may have to tap the “…” button first.
Press and hold the Record button to begin recording your audio note. Release your finger to immediately send the recording. Drag your finger off of the Record button and release to cancel.
Turn on Photo Magic to have Messenger detect your friends in pictures you take.
Photo Magic will scan the pictures that you take on your phone, even if you’re not in Messenger, and attempt to match faces with your Facebook friends. If a match is made, you’ll be notified and can instantly send the picture to everyone tagged in the photo through Messenger.
Open the Settings or Profile tab in Messenger.
Select “Photos & Media.”Tap “Photo Magic” and then toggle it on.
Open the notification that appears when you take pictures of friends. Tap “Send” to send the picture to a Messenger conversation with everyone tagged in the image.
Making a Phone or Video Call
With GigSky Data you can make a Phone or Video Call using Messenger to all your contacts on Messenger. Quick tip – Add Friends before your trip. Keep in mind a video call use more data. Lets show you how to make calls using Messenger and GigSky Data.
Open a conversation with the person you want to call. You can make free phone or video calls with anyone that uses the Messenger app.
Quick Tip – If you open a conversation with someone and the call buttons are grayed out at the top of the screen, or you see “Invite Name to Messenger,” that person is not using the Messenger app and cannot be called.
You can see which of your contacts use Messenger by looking at the icon in the corner of their profile image. If you see the Messenger bolt icon, they are using Messenger.
If you see the Facebook icon, they are using Facebook messages through the website.
Tap the Phone or Video Call button to initiate a call. Messenger will begin attempting to contact the other person. Their device will ring, provided they have call notifications enabled and have an internet connection.
Talk for as long as you’d like. There is no fee for Messenger, but you will use your GigSky data if you are not connected to a Wi-Fi wireless network. A video chat can eat up data quickly, so try to limit video chats to when you’re connected to Wi-Fi
Sharing Your Location with Friends
GigSky recommends you use this on your next trip. Its a great way so Mom won’t worry about where you are for starters. Let’s get started to learn how to use this feature.
Open a conversation. You can insert your location into conversations so that your friends can easily find you. You’ll find this option in open conversations.
Tap “...” and then tap “Location.” Enable location sharing if prompted by Messenger.
Move the pin to the location you want to share. When the map first opens, the pin will be at your current locations. You can drag the map around underneath the pin to pick a different location to share.You can select from nearby businesses in the list below, or search for specific locations using the search field at the top of the screen.Tap the crosshair or navigation arrow button to return the pin to your current location.
Tap “Send” to send the location of your pin. A map will appear in the conversation with the location of the pin and the place or business if you selected one. When someone taps the map, it will open full-screen for them, allowing them to get navigation directions.
This wraps up a quick overview of some of the key features. Want to learn more check out the wikiHow Article on Messenger – Click Here
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