Facebook Messenger for iOS update out now, includes video messaging

Saqib Shah
June 13, 2014

Facebook has updated its standalone Messenger app for iOS with a new video messaging feature that allows users to shoot and send short, 15-second videos from within the app.

Also included in the update is the ability to send an even bigger thumbs-up icon as a reply to incoming messages by holding down the ‘like’ button.

Facebook playfully suggests that this new feature is aimed at those who “really, really like something”.


The video update adds to the multimedia functions of the app – with Facebook having already added the ability to send ‘instant photo’ messages back in April – putting it on a par with rival messaging services such as Line, Tango and Snapchat.

Additionally, the video messaging function is the lead feature of Facebook’s reported Snapchat-like, ephemeral messaging app; Slingshot. The upcoming app surfaced online on the App Store earlier this week, but was immediately pulled down by Facebook.

You can grab the updated Facebook Messenger from the Apple App Store.


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Saqib Shah

Tech/gaming journalist for What Mobile magazine and website. Interests include film, digital media and foreign affairs.

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