Facebook Messenger 52.0 for iOS 3D Touch Home screen shortcuts iPhone 6s screenshot 001

Facebook has released an update to its Messenger software in the App Store, bumping the app to version 52.0 and bringing out 3D Touch shortcuts on the Home screen for owners of the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

Just press Messenger’s icon lightly with 3D Touch and up pops a menu with the New Message option, along with handy shortcuts for starting a chat with your top three most-frequently messaged contacts.

In addition, changelog accompanying the download mentions that Messenger now lets all users reach anyone on the service by sending them a message request.

“You don’t need their phone number or to be their Facebook friend to contact them,” reads the description. Facebook in the summer began allowing users to sign up for Messenger only with their mobile phone number, no Facebook account needed.

Last but not least, you will now see snowflakes fall across the screen when you send or receive winter-related emojis and stickers.


Messenger requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later and offers a native app for the Apple Watch with the ability to send your location and reply to messages with dictation, voice messages and stickers.

The app is localized in English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Download Messenger for free in the App Store.

  • Franklin Richards

    What would be the best Christmas present from Facebook is if they shoved all their apps back into a single app.

    • Noohar

      lol yeah…but like that would ever happen

    • Marcus

      I actually like having Messenger as a separate app, but aside from that they should just put everything else back into the normal Facebook app.

  • avd98

    it had 3d touch for weeks already

  • Jake Platt

    I don’t get why iDB and the App Store are highlighting the 3D Touch feature as a new addition to messenger. This has been part of the app for many weeks.

  • agipaok

    Which contacts uses the 3D Touch ? Can i put someone manually ?