How Will Facebook Messenger Change in 2018

Facebook Messenger will undergo a restyling in 2018 to put order to the features and open even more to the business world.

January 17, 2018-The 2017 was an important year for Facebook Messenger. To testify to this are the numbers reached by the Instant Messaging service: More than 1.3 billion active users every month, more than 200,000 active bots that allow users to have a direct relationship with the most important companies in the world, 500 billion of emoji Sent and over 18 billion of GIF shipped. Numbers that last year were only reached by WhatsApp, another application of the Facebook galaxy.

But the Facebook Messenger developers are certainly not people who lie on their laurels and are already working to improve the messaging platform. In the last two years have been released many features that have enriched Facebook Messenger, but at the same time have made it more complicated to use. And in many cases the new features are not even taken into account by users because they have difficulty finding them. The goal for the 2018 is to make a complete restyling of the application, making it easier to use the app.

To say it is David Marcus, head of Facebook Messenger, who through a post on medium (Content management platform) explained how it will change the messaging service in the coming months. In addition to a new user interface, will be given more and more importance to messages in real time (especially video-chat), group conversations, but above all will try to make Facebook Messenger the preferred platform of companies. Not only to offer customer support, but also to promote tailor-made offers. Here are the changes we will see on Facebook Messenger in 2018.

Real Time Communications

For those who like to make video calls, Facebook Messenger is already among the best platforms to use. You can make group calls up to a maximum of 50 participants and share with our friends news and events that we participate in. Real time communication has become even more important in a period of crisis, where attacks and earthquakes can happen at any moment. And having tools that work in these particular moments is very important. Facebook Messenger wants to become the platform that users use when they have to feel comfortable after a natural disaster. Or when you have to celebrate the birthday of your grandson who lives on the other side of the world. For this reason we will enhance the tools to communicate live, especially taking advantage of video calls. An example is Messenger Kids, the messaging application dedicated to the under-13 that allows parents to always be in touch with their children thanks to VideoChat.

Simplify the user interface

In the last two years on Facebook Messenger have made their debut so many new features. AR filters for editing images, GIF support, the ability to customize groups. Many of these features released in the last two years, however, have done nothing but complicate the user interface and worsen the usability of the application. For this reason there will be a restyling of the application, in order to simplify its use and allow users to exploit all the hidden tools in Facebook Messenger.

Assist customers

With more than 200,000 active bots, Facebook Messenger is one of the preferred platforms for companies to get in touch with their customers. But for the moment it is a one-way relationship: Customers ask and bots or those who care about customer service respond. In 2018, developers would like this relationship to become mature, with companies contacting users/customers firsthand to offer products and services.

7 Applications That Consume All the Data on the Smartphone

Among the most “hungry” Data are Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and Neflix. Here’s how to save a little bit of gigabyte.

Manage traffic Data smartphone We are: once again we have to renew the data plan with a net advance in order to continue to surf. Yet we were careful to use, whenever possible, Wi-Fi and not to waste data listening to favorite music on YouTube or downloading videos and heavy images on WhatsApp. How is it possible then that we were without Internet traffic before the end of the month? Unfortunately most of the applications most used by users need some “revision” to the settings to minimize the consumption of data. Without touching up, in less than no time, they are able to drain US giga and, therefore, also our wallet. Here’s how to reduce data consumption.


Among the most hungry data apps we find definitely, also because of its popularity, Facebook. Boredom and curiosity push us to open and close the social Mark Zuckerberg hundreds – if not thousands of times a day. Try to count. The first thing to do, if you want to safeguard your rate plan, is to disable the automatic playback of videos. How so? In a few simple steps. Open the Facebook app and click on Settings (the three horizontal lines that you find in the top right). Did? Now press “Account settings” and then “Video and Images”. Here you will have to enter “Autoplay”: Choose if you want the videos to open automatically only in the presence of WiFi or completely deactivate the function.


Another little thrifty application, when it comes to saving a few gigas, is Instagram. Facebook-owned social lovers know that, in addition to photos, on the platform you can view videos. The problem is that the app automatically loads the clips. This means more data consumption. What can I do to stop the clips from playing? Even if the social does not expect, unlike Facebook, to completely disable AutoPlay, you can still stop the service automatically at least when using the phone connection. Open the app and click on the settings of your profile. Now select “Use cell data” and activate the “Use less data” entry. And you’re done.


And we come to Twitter, one of the main apps responsible for the anticipated end of our mobile traffic. Like Facebook and Instagram, the microblogging app is also poorly inclined to save data. The main culprits are always theirs: the videos that start automatically. Quiet, even in this case you can turn off the function. And always with a few taps. First thing, of course, is to start on your IPhone the Twitter app. Go to “Account” (find it at the bottom right) and then enter “settings” by pressing the icon next to the “Edit Profile” item. Now it’s time to click on “Use Data” and then finally on “video playback”. Here you can choose between never reproduce the clips or enable them only in the presence of Wi-Fi.


Let’s move on YouTube now. Surely you will be wondering what we “guess” the application of Google with others. It does not play video automatically, Facebook style, Twitter and Instagram. It’s true, how to give you wrong. But trust that you can reduce the consumption of data by putting hands to the settings. Does it tell you something about the HD word? As you well know, the application allows users to choose, when possible, to play the clips at a lower or higher resolution. If you want to save some giga it is good to choose the first option and disable the second. What? Start YouTube on your iPhone and then head to the settings (you’ll find them at the top right, next to the hourglass). Here you simply have to activate the voice that allows you to play the videos in HD only in Wi-Fi mode. That’s it.


Among the “social networks” another application that consumes a bit is Snapchat. The automatic playback of Snapchat Stories and snaps takes us away, in fact, of mobile traffic. And the risk of staying at “dry” sooner than expected is very high. Also in this case there is a way to remedy and save some data connection. Simply activate the “Travel mode” function. First you need to start the application and then click on the icon shaped “gear”. When you do this, scroll down until you find the “manage” item. At this point, to secure your data, you will need to press “Travel mode”.


Let’s continue the guide and talk about Netflix. The video streaming platform allows users to watch content (Movies, TV series, documentaries) even in offline mode. The service is not always available for all titles. How can we save data if we want to continue to view an episode of our favorite show even in the absence of Wi-Fi and without draining the traffic? It’s worth the same speech made for YouTube. We have to give up video quality. How so? Click on “Settings” and then “mobile data consumption”. At this point, turn off the “Default settings for data and quality” and choose the “low” option between the entries that allows you to watch 4 hours of video consuming only 1 GB.


We close with Spotify. If you subscribe to a Premium subscription you can safely ignore this slide. The streaming music platform allows, in fact, to download the songs and then listen to them even without internet connection. A bit like Netflix. For everyone else, the only way to decrease data consumption is to “lower the volume”, or rather the quality of the music tracks. Open the application and click on your “library” and tap on “Streaming quality”. Here you can choose between “automatic”, “normal”, “high” and “extreme”. The advice is to select the “Normal” item. So you can continue to “hop” to rimo of music without consuming too much data.