Facebook Messenger gains iOS 10 integration on the Lock screen and in Phone app

By , Sep 22, 2016

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Facebook just pushed a major update to its Messenger software in the App Store. On iPhones with iOS 10, the app now takes advantage of Apple’s new CallKit framework to make audio (VoIP) calls from Messenger look and behave like normal cellular calls with full support for Lock screen and Phone integration.

Bumped to version 89.0, the app now shows incoming VoIP calls from Messenger contacts right on your Lock screen complete with fullscreen contact images, standard controls like the Mute, Keypad, Speaker, Add Call and Video buttons and more.

Aside from standard in-call buttons, Messenger’s Lock screen experience provides custom buttons to launch a video conversation or jump right into Messenger.

Before iOS 10, VoIP calls from apps like Messenger and WhatsApp would appear on the Lock screen as dull banner notifications. While accepting an incoming Messenger call you to the app itself, you can multitask as you normally would.

To return to the Messenger call at any time, just tap iOS’s standard in-call banner at the top of the screen. Again, just like regular cellular or FaceTime calls.

In addition, VoIP calls from Messenger are now captured in Phone’s Recents section, Messenger contacts can be added to Phone’s Favorites and you can even answer incoming Messenger calls while driving with CarPlay support.

Messenger does not yet take advantage of the SiriKit framework so you cannot at this time ask Siri to message or call a person on Messenger on your behalf. Facebook-owned WhatsApp recently implemented support for both CallKit and SiriKit.

Facebook Messenger is a free download from the App Store.

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  • NanamiAsuri

    88 versions later and we get a proper update. Not just a .x update added to the metadata lol

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      True, Facebook’s always behind for the  Ecosystem, maybe it has something to do with Mark’s tape covering of his MacBook Pro’s FaceTime camera.

      • NanamiAsuri

        What I meant is this is the first actual change in all 89 versions lol. They just say “user experience improvements” in every single change release lol I think most of the time it’s just literally just a version change and no actual improvements

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Yeah, I understood what you meant.

      • Jayy

        Yeah I believe they do that so they can continue to be in the top charts list in the App Store!

  • Yunik

    i updateed the app yesterday but there is no such integration

    • racerhomie2

      Needs ios 10

      • Yunik

        lol…ofcourse it does. i have been using ios 10 for 3 months

  • Beer Engine

    Updated facebook messenger today to the latest version on iOS 10 but still not working here 🙁 not rolling out to every user ?.

    • Abhijeet Gupta

      Rolling out in stages

  • Marcel Soussounis

    how can we turn off this thing, so the messenger calls appear only when messenger is on, and do not appear on the main screen just like normal phone calls?