Facebook Messenger debuts a new look focused on improving navigation


The Messages tab allows users to see their conversations with other users, and the Active tab shows which of their friends are now online on the app through a green dot. Switching to the Active tab makes it easier to see who's online in one long vertically scrollable list.

Facebook Messenger is getting a new look.

Facebook Messenger is on the receiving end of an update that brings with it a redesigned interface, one that breaks the home screen up into tabs that, overall, offer better organization. "To help you get to your contacts quickly, jump into your conversations where you left off, start new chats, and stay up to date".

As the image above shows, the same general design will be arriving in both the iOS and the Android app - if you're not seeing the new interface yet, check to see if the update is available. For example, Games - which just rolled out worldwide earlier this month - gets its own button on this bar now that Groups has been relocated elsewhere.

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Facebook has also chose to decrease the size of the camera button.

The bottom of the app has sections for Home, Calls, People, and Games.

The home screen revamp for Facebook Messenger is needed due to the many new additions that have been recently added to the app.

This will be a useful guide to helping you find those things you missed since you last logged on, but it could also be potentially annoying to those of us with app OCD. The update is turning the Messenger into a personal hub for connecting with all the people and businesses users care about. These changes are rolling out on iOS and Android starting this week.