Facebook Messenger debuts a new look focused on improving navigation


Facebook Messenger is getting a brand new look. No, it’s not eliminating its Stories characteristic, Messenger Day, however is as an alternative making a collection a smaller modifications to the best way the content material on its dwelling display screen is organized in an effort to hurry navigation and show you how to choose up the place you left off in your final go to.

The replace introduces new tabs to the highest of Messenger’s principal display screen for shifting between your messages, lively contacts, and teams. In addition, the app will now push you to go to different areas through the use of a crimson dot on numerous sections and tabs to let you already know when there’s exercise.

Facebook explains that the brand new design is supposed to raised spotlight the numerous different ways in which individuals join and talk, past textual content messages.

The replace relocates Groups from the underside navigation bar to the a tab on the prime of the display screen, making it a much less distinguished characteristic within the redesigned app.

Now, on the prime of the Messenger dwelling display screen, there are tabs on your messages and a listing of who’s lively on the app now (as indicated by the inexperienced dot subsequent to their identify), alongside the brand new teams tab.

Above: iOS inbox earlier than

By giving lively customers their very own devoted part, it looks like Messenger is encouraging you to begin extra conversations via the app, as it’s simpler to see who’s on-line in a single lengthy, vertically scrollable listing, as opposed the horizontal scrollbar earlier than.

But additionally, by centralizing all these messaging-focused areas into the house display screen as an alternative of unfold across the app, it frees up Messenger to focus different, newer components to its expertise in its principal navigation bar on the backside. For instance, Games – which simply rolled out worldwide earlier this month – will get its personal button on this bar now that Groups has been relocated elsewhere.

Above: iOS inbox after

Oddly, given its want to compete with Snapchat throughout platforms, Facebook has now decreased the dimensions of its Camera button in Messenger. Before, the outsized button was bigger than these surrounding it, typically even resulting in unintentional presses – in addition to an opportunity for Facebook to point out off its Snapchat-like assortment of filters, results, and masks. With the replace, nonetheless, the button is again to a standard dimension, and is properly lined up with its neighbors.

This is a greater design aesthetic to make sure, however it additionally makes the Camera performance really feel much less like Messenger’s main characteristic, like the bigger button did earlier than.

The up to date backside bar now has tabs for Home, Calls, the Camera button, People and Games. On iOS, there are labeled, too, the place earlier than they have been simply the icons. (On Android, the app is sticking with solely the icons.)

  1. Android-Inbox-Before

  2. Android-Inbox-After

Above: Android Before & After

Another new characteristic within the revamped Messenger app is the crimson dot that seems when one of many sections within the app has new exercise. For instance, for those who haven’t learn one in all your messages, you’ll see the dot subsequent to the Home icon on the underside. If you missed a name, the crimson dot will seem subsequent to the Calls tab on the highest of your house display screen.

This will probably be a helpful information to serving to you discover these belongings you missed because you final logged on, however it is also probably annoying to these of us with app OCD. That is, for those who’re a kind of individuals who at the moment faucets the Marketplace button in Facebook simply to clear the crimson dot out of your display screen, put together to begin clicking round Messenger extra following the replace.

Facebook says the modifications are rolling out to Messenger worldwide on each iOS and Android beginning this week.

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