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Facebook app also updated to prep for Facebook Home's launch today

Facebook this morning has rolled out an update to its Facebook Messenger app -- and "chat heads" are now live! These are the little persistent notifications that you get when someone messages you. Tap it to open and reply. You can move it around on the screen, but it'll remain docked to an edge. To get rid of it, just press, hold and toss to the bottom of the screen.

If you use Facebook Messenger but hate chat heads, there's an option in the settings to turn them off when you're using other apps, so they won't just float on your screen.

The Facebook application itself also has gotten an update this morning, in preparation for Facebook Home. (Some bugs were also squashed, according to the new changelog.)

We're expecting Facebook Home (the launcher) to go live anytime now.

 
There are 113 comments

Partyman says:

Well they updated the Facebook app (3.1) and in the setting you have a toggle in there now that says enable facebook home, you click on it and it sends you to the playstore but says item not found..they are getting there.

XavierMatt says:

Sure a tease. But chat heads is awesome!!!

mstrblueskys says:

I just took the update. Where is this option?

matthwo8 says:

So will chatheads only work with sms text on HTC phones??

kicko says:

no the messaging app has had the sms option for a while now. I was using it before as my main messaging app. The chat heads work fine on my S3.

matthwo8 says:

It must only work on a few different phones, Moto Razr must not be one of them :(

fraliex says:

Right the new Facebook Home only working on 4 devices at this moment.
HTC First
HTC One X
Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Jacky Wong says:

Yes for Facebook Home, no for FB messenger app.
The chat head supposed to be working on all phone.

Even more strangely, my Nexus 4 have the SMS/MMS setting in Messnger app, but my HTC One X+, one of the few devices that can use Facebook Home for now, do not have the option to enable SMS/MMS. Without that, Facebook home is almost useless

Allen75013 says:

do I have to do something different than just updating the app? I have a Galaxy S3 and when I updated the Messenger app, nothing changed.. Although "Cheat Heads" are enabled on Notifications Setting, it doesn't seem to work... What could possibly be wrong?

s3riusly says:

Loving the chat heads bit... even went ahead and made it my default SMS client so I can enjoy it even more.

antk90 says:

How do you make it your default SMS client?

Oskiee says:

This. I didnt even know you could do that. please someone tell me!

matthwo8 says:

If someone could figure out how to make FB messenger default text messenger on the Moto Razr well that would just be awesome!

s3riusly says:

In the FB Messenger app, go into settings > SMS/MMS and enable the feature.

antk90 says:

That option is not available when I go into settings. I have a droid razr maxx.

shaungilmer says:

can't find this on my note ii either

fjitb says:

Def feeling the chat heads, very cool!

heyyu says:

Chat heads is definitely cool. Wondering how long before Google implements something similar?

peterjr123 says:

Not getting chat heads on my Galaxy Nexus :L

oddom says:

I have a sprint genx and I have it working....did you update fb messenger

Kellan O says:

I have a sprint gnex and it does NOT work. I have updated and checked settings... how did you add a new chat head? did you have to wait for a message to come in?

Nev says:

Holy shit, the chat heads are hysterical! I just told someone that they look like an app.

Only frustration I have with FB messenger is it didn't pull over all my contact pics. Even some that are linked to fb. Anyone have a fix or similar issue?

fjitb says:

yeah I'm getting that too, I reported it as a bug which is now an option in the Facebook app

justlaxin13 says:

So no chatheads on the Nexus 4...not happy about that...

Chatheads are working fine for me on the Nexus 4.

votdfak says:

How? It's not working on my N4.

darkoman4 says:

Are you in US?

votdfak says:

Nope. N4 bought from german Google Play store. I am in Belgrade, Serbia.

darkoman4 says:

E pa onda druze, sacekaces malo duze

votdfak says:

LOL. Iskreno. Muka mi je vise od cekanja. Ako znas na sta mislim. Pozdrav.

I had to clear the messenger app data to get it to work, but it works fine now (Or at least as well as the Facebook messenger app has ever worked.)

s3riusly says:

Work on my Nexus 4, works great actually.

Working fine on my Nexus 4 in UK, try to kill app, clear cache or even reboot your device... Messenger is obviously updated??

OK... Chathead is pretty bad ass... Its got me excited to check out Home now... I've been waiting on it since 6am. Let's go FB... GET ON BALL!

orlans says:

How do you start using chat heads?

Enable it in the fb messenger app settings.

orlans says:

It's enabled. So does someone have to send me a msg on Facebook messenger?

Thb91 says:

If you long press on one of your conversations you should see a list of options. Choose the 'pop out chat head' option. :)

doenervich says:

This just doesn't work for me :( It just does NOTHING at all!

Sophia Anna says:

hallo leute

bkosh84 says:

Hmm... LG Optimus G and I don't have Chat Heads settings or SMS/MMS Enabled settings on my phone unless I'm completely missing it.... Weird..

orlans says:

yea i see it now. is there anyway to use this for sms?

Thb91 says:

Go into the settings of the app, down to SMS/MMS and then enable text messaging.

bkosh84 says:

If I had that I would enable it.. But I do not.. My settings section has Notifications, Location Services, About, Privacy and Switch Accounts.. That's it.

it's the same way on my phone which is the droid razr m.

orlans says:

im on the facebook messenger and i dont see that option

Rolandh says:

Had to uninstall & reinstall Messanger to trigger the Chat Heads feature, my Facebook App doesn't have the Facebook Home button.

oddom says:

Ok I Have a genx and have to say I love chat heads! So much better then anything I imagined lol

cerebasan says:

Chat heads are working ok. Could not send MMS. Sprint EVO 4g LTE.
I'm wondering if i can get the new facebook home...this phone is basically a HTC ONE X.

orlans says:

if someone sent me a facebook message would it pop up as a chat head

oddom says:

Yea it would

Thb91 says:

Chat heads working fine on my nexus 4 in the UK, just need to enable them in the app.

Well, it works -sort of on my Infuse. The chat heads will show up but sometimes I have to pull notificatio shade down and back up to see them. Then switch to a different screen they disappear again. Trying to reposition them makes them disappear too.

Glad I am getting a new phone soon.

If you are running a launcher with notification hidden, turn that hidden notification off.

Rolandh says:

@orlans you get your friends facebook profile pic as a chat head with the message in a bubble next to it. If your friend sends you an sms you get their contact pic from your contacts app (if one is not set I'm not sure what you get as I got my wife to sms me to check out chat heads and I've got a separate picture set for contacts).

It's basically like the sms popup apps that's on the play store, but less obtrusive as it doesn't fill the screen, so you can finish reading something on a web page or commenting on a forum/blog/Google+ or facebook status etc and just move it out of the way.

Rolandh says:

@bkosh84 It's in Settings > Notifications & then the bottom option. I had to uninstall & reinstall to get messanger to update though as it wasn't showing as an update in the Play Store only as Installed.

bkosh84 says:

Not there.. Under that I have Notifications, Sound, Ringtone, Vibrate and Light.. I also uninstalled and reinstalled the app.. I wonder if it's because Facebook was preinstalled when I updated the phone to Jelly Bean last week.. hmm...

darkoman4 says:

I am not getting link from my facebook app to the playstore to get facebook home on my N4

Mayoo614 says:

Facebook app :
- New icon.
- News flow missing entries seems fixed, for now.
- Seems faster too.
- Small UI updates on messenger drawer.
- Report Bug in menu (3 dots menu). Might be old, for how this has been there? I should have abused that long time ago!

But images are still oversized :-(

ShahinTr says:

Neat, and I wish whatsapp would adopt this feature. With Facebook messenger, this will be a battery drain considering it being a widget and also connected to online chat.

Rolandh says:

@Thb91a I hope they let us users In the UK have Facebook home when its launched now they have teased us with the 3.1 update to the Facebook app and the 2.4.2 Messanger with chat heads.

Rolandh says:

@ShahinTr Chat Heads isn't a widget, think of it more like the Popup feature in Go SMS so it won't be such a battery drain & it'll work offline for SMS.

ShahinTr says:

Thank you for the info. :)

Jon W says:

I left a chat head open this morning and my battery went from 100% to 15% within three hours, the data was even turned off. Under normal use of three hours, it would be above 80%. Make sure you close those little suckers. Nexus 4.

orlans says:

i still dont know how to get it to work if someone would send me a text message

Mayoo614 says:

I had my girldfriend send me a message throught facebook messenger after the update. Guess what, 2 minutes and counting, still no popups.

I'll keep you guys posted. So far, looks like another broken FB product.

mstrblueskys says:

Make sure it's open.

Mayoo614 says:

The problem was wifi which is slow to get refreshes. See my full comments further down!

fraliex says:

Only thing I notice is the Chat heads don't appear on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 "lock screen", which is just a swipe lock. But other than that it works for me...

Mayoo614 says:

So here it is.

Wifi : Huge delay
3g/4G/LTE/etc. : Quick as hell

Chat heads are cool. Not as intrusive as I would think. Popup is quick, chat history is already there, with pictures and all. Killing the bubble is easy too.

Fun-fact : It stays over Facebook itself!
Well made : It disappears when opening messenger and reappears when closing messenger.
What could be improved : Once we've read the message, if we don't want to reply, make it go away instead of having us to drag it down to the "dump area".

I am normally really unhappy about any FB products. So far, both updates are the best I have ever seen from them, even fixing some old time bugs!

I'll change my review of the app for sure!

mzanette says:

Tested on my Nexus 4, liking the chatheads and the fact that Facebook messenger uses the iphone-style emoji that I was used to for so long. I think I may stick with it as my SMS app

Not working on my Nexus 4. Downloaded the app update, uninstalled, reinstalled, and still no toggle under Notifications for chat heads.

DWR_31 says:

I'm not sure if I want Facebook having access to all my SMS's......!

bridic says:

I thought the same thing at first but if they want to know that I am picking up milk on my way home so be it. No top secret messages on my device.

Mayoo614 says:

Amen to that my good friend. Cannot be worse than frikkin' Google already knowing everything throught maps, gmail, sms, now, searches, shopper, glass (upcomming), watch (upcomming), Ingress, etc.

Get the point? lawls!

bridic says:

Not working on my Sprint S3. It could be the custom ROM I am running.

orlans says:

wait so chat heads only work for facebook contacts. not your contacts on your phone if you were to recieve a text message

Rolandh says:

@DWR_31 Facebook doesn't have access to your SMS's, it just pulls them from your devices built in SMS app (probably with the exception of the HTC first, unlsee HTC have built their SMS app into it)

matthwo8 says:

Do the SMS text work on the HTC Rezound? anyone know?

cmiller74 says:

Ok question....is it just me or is anyone else seeing this? I use Nova Launcher. The ChatHead does not show over the actual launcher (home screens). When I am in an app, or using the default launcher, I see the ChatHeads fine.

cmiller74 says:

Nevermind, I figured it out. FYI for those using other lauchers....you can't have the notification bar set to hidden.

Must be my problem Thanks.

Edit - helps but chat heads still still show in stack and can't be separated.

shaungilmer says:

Still can not get SMS on Messenger to work on my Galaxy Note II

jasonprice says:

SMs is working fine on my Note II, however chatheads are not showing up at all. No option to turn them on in the settings. I'm wondering if this is because I am rooted. Running stock rom though.

shaungilmer says:

I have the sprint version, my chatheads work fine but no place to enable SMS

javi225 says:

I thing is only working in some countries, because of the build number, mine is 178229 and I can't get it to work is there some one with this build number?

bridic says:

Co-worker's verizon s3 version 2.4.2, build 178229 is working great. My sprint s3 version 2.4.2, build 178229 is not working. No Chat Heads check box.

tender says:

Updated both Facebook and Messenger on my Verizon Nexus, SGIII and Nexus 10, chat heads not working on any device for me. Updated apps on my wife's Verizon Nexus, works fine. What gives?

Do multiple chat heads just stack? I thought I could move them individually to different locations? ANyone? Bueller?

cmiller74 says:

They stack for me too....I think that is by design.

jasonprice says:

Returned my Verizon Note II to bone stock and still no chatheads. I think there are some bugs to be worked out.

kicko says:

do you have any other messaging apps installed?

some messaging apps are more aggressive and block all others from working when they are installed.

furrba11 says:

Just activated Chatheads on my Galaxy Note II, the Facebook update was actually live yesterday (no home yet) but I was a bit reluctant to install after trying the beta the other day. I'm more than happy with the default set-up of my G-Note II I'd rather home be a lockscreen option than a whole front end replacement. Maybe just cos I use other apps and social networks etc...

yao ket says:

Liking the chat heads; google should totally steal that for key lime pie lol.

To all people who can't make it work:

Can you please switch to another account (or a friend or family member) and check again if it works? Chat heads doesn't work for me but when I switch to my sister's account it works fine. I would like to confirm that this is an account issue.

jasonprice says:

Yup, you got it. Created an account and the chat heads option appeared. Switched back to my account and it disappeared again. What gives?

bassdj says:

Same thing here. Logged in on my sister's account and it works but on mine it doesn't.

Funkpod says:

I get chat heads to work for Facebook messages, but not with sms.anyone else? Galaxy s3. Also have hand cent installed bit disabled pop ups.

m0scs says:

Using a Galaxy S3 chatheads seems to work fine however even though I have my wifes facebook account linked to her phone contact info it does not merge messages from sms and Facebook Messaging and they are treated as two independent message strings with her respective profile pics. Is that right?

m0scs says:

Using a Galaxy S3 chatheads seems to work fine however even though I have my wifes facebook account linked to her phone contact info it does not merge messages from sms and Facebook Messaging and they are treated as two independent message strings with her respective profile pics. Is that right?

cammykool says:

do you need Facebook Home for chatheads to work?

m0scs says:

In case you havnt got the answer yet, No you can update Messanger and get Chatheads even if Facebbok Home is not available in your country. It seems to work on any devise as well, not just the onces that FBHome can be used on

Why does noone mention that it does NOT merge facebook thread with sms tread ? now you have 2 threads with every single person !!

It does not allow you to send mms.. W T F ?

the actual chatheads are cool but it's lackng even basic functionality, gg facebook.

m0scs says:

Hi, I have noticed this too and mentioned in in my comments. Seems a bit lame that you have 2 strings of messages for the same person. Not sure why this is, maybe both parties have to be using Messanger for their default messenging app for the same thread to be used all the time. Sucks a bit! Does anyone else have an explanation?

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balansboy says:

Facebook messenger was useless before, it did basically the same thing as logging into FB. That being said, I love the Chat Head feature. This is an awesome experience.

MC_A_DOT says:

Chat heads is a BRILLIANT feature...I love it.

slave2theaxe says:

If they worked I'm sure it would be a great feature, but alas, it seems like a lot of us are having problems. Uninstalled and reinstalled several times...still no option for chat heads...getting irritated.

ksize9 says:

Why does this work on some iphone 5's but not others?

AlexP151 says:

Chat heads are awesome but they disappear after a while. I'd love them don't go away, i mean to stay on the screen until I close them. Is it possible?

Hey, Don't know if this is the correct place to ask this but since its re messenger thought I'd give it a go!

Does anyone know how to quickly pull all links that have been sent to and from in a Facebook message conversation?? I have too many messages to this particular contact, but want to gather the links for work purposes, however I can't do this quickly. Any suggestions? Thank you so much in advance