Facebook Messenger now lets you share and view fullscreen photos and videos

By , Jul 31, 2014

Facebook Messenger for iPad

Facebook today issued a small update to the Messenger client for iOS. Now bumped to version 9.0 (yeah, their versioning scheme is a bit odd), the refreshed iPhone and iPad application finally makes it possible to share and view fullscreen photos and videos.

Previously, sharing a photo or a short video clip would render content in a smaller section within the larger conversation view, similar to Apple’s iMessage…

How exactly does this work?

Easy, just fire up the updated app and hit the camera or photo icon at the bottom. Pay close attention and you’ll notice that Messenger’s built-in camera now has a full screen icon in the lower left.

Facebook Messenger 9.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Facebook Messenger 9.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Tap it and you can now capture photos or videos in full screen. Previously, the camera interface was limited to the lower third of the screen, which was quite annoying.

In addition to fullscreen photos and videos, this edition of Messenger features other improvements “to make the app faster and more reliable,” as per Facebook’s release notes accompanying the 35MB download.

The company recently informed users that it will be disabling messaging functionality in the main mobile app, meaning everyone will soon need to download Messenger to communicate with their Facebook friends.

It is Facebook’s aim to avoid user confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences, as per the company’s statement.

Earlier this week, the social networking behemoth soft-launched its Snapchat competitor, dubbed Bolt, in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa ahead of a global launch due in the coming weeks.

Download Facebook Messenger free in the App Store.

The universal app requires iOS 7.0 or later.

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  • Jason Baroni

    Now Zuckerberg see all your sent and received photos full screen while reading your messages to sell data to the industry.

    • Muhammad !

      I’m not really worried if he reads my messages tho ! Lol .. I mean what is the big deal about it !!!

      • Jason Baroni

        Well… He gets zillionary selling information about you and people around you. He has also been messing with people’s feelings and stuff

      • Kr00

        So your happy that a company makes millions selling your (and anyone else) information for advertising?

      • Soylent Green

        The big deal is all this bs is by design and specifically crafted to take away and kill various ammendments in the US constituition, this has a massive knock-on effect globally. Google “Airborne Ebola to wipe out 90% of humans” – you will see the eminent scientists who beleive this is necessary for the survival of humanity, guess what side your on?

  • leart

    They will cut the messages from main app and the messenger will require ios 7 and latter so tons of devices are out from sending messages… wtf almost all the world is using facebook and they cant make a app to satisfy older devices users … meh

    • Soylent Green

      The most worrying thing is the people are playing along, the so-called moral majority eat these privacy raping meals like they are starving sheep. Obaaaaaama care, the lies these nwo cumstains are zillionaires via these sheeple :(