Facebook Messenger Redesign Focuses on Better Navigation

Gwen Vasquez
May 19, 2017

New tabs on the top of the main screen are created to make it easier to move between messages, active contacts, and groups.

Facebook Inc.is hoping new tweaks to Messenger's Inbox design will help the app's more than 1.2 billion active users navigate the platform's growing number of features.

Facebook has just revealed the new changes that will be added to its Messenger app in the coming days. You will also be prompted to visit places with activity via a red dot that will come up wherever something occurs. Notice that when on the new Messages tab you can see a list of who's active on the app, indicated by a green dot.

The bottom bar is also getting a refresh.

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Designed for the iPhone and all iPad models, Messenger can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. Before, the oversized button was larger than those surrounding it, often even leading to accidental presses - as well as a chance for Facebook to show off its Snapchat-like collection of filters, effects, and masks.

The updated bottom bar now has tabs for Home, Calls, the Camera button, People and Games. Not familiar with the latest Messenger features? For example, if you haven't read one of your messages, you'll see the dot next to the Home icon on the bottom.

In a release announcing the update, a spokesperson for Facebook said: 'Messenger is about people and how you connect with the people you care about - whether that's chatting with a group via text and stickers, sharing your Messenger Day, making calls via video or voice call, or interacting by playing a game. That's why a new Facebook Messenger update is being rolled out today which brings a new home screen that puts the focus back on messaging.

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