22
Apr
fbmessenger

Facebook has been making numerous changes to its Android apps as of late, thanks to the arrival of Facebook Home. Sometimes, new features also bring "hidden" options – things that may not be quite ready for prime time but can be accessed within the app. Facebook Messenger has one such "feature" tucked away in its emoticon menu: stickers. Big ol' images with goofy faces and cats and other stuff. I'm not entirely sure why this is a thing that anyone wants, but it's there, and you can use these oversized emoticons now. Fun.

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That's right, Internet – I don't really like cats. What you gonna do about it?

Here's how to find 'em:

  1. Enable Chat Heads. (This only works in a popped out Chat Head, it doesn't work in the regular Facebook chat.)
  2. Press the tiny invisible area to the left of the "+" button on the bottom left.
  3. Bam - stickers.

I had some issues getting stickers to load properly while testing this – a force close/re-open seems to do the trick.

Update: Some users are having a hard time finding the invisible area that needs to be tapped. Here's a shot with the area highlighted:

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And that's pretty much it. Enjoy your new fat heads and fat cats. Share them with all your friends.

via DroidSans; Thanks, Ponlawat Keratimanoch!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    We've gotten like 10 tips about this randomly appearing before someone figured out how to enable it. Thank you, Ponlawat, now I can just send people to this post. Sanity has been restored.

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    I've yet to receive "chat heads" despite being on the latest version of Facebook Messenger. I know there's hacks to enable them but I'd rather wait until Facebook decides I'm worthy enough to get them :P

    • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

      Same here

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      Where did you see these "hacks"? I'm interested.

      • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

        Take a look at Nelson James' comment, he linked to the xda mod. :-)

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          Sorry about that, I commented before he posted that.

          • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

            I noticed, but Disqus doesn't notify you of replies made to my comment, which is why I replied, to notify you of the link to the mod :-D

          • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

            Thanks. I'm really enjoying it. I actually replaced the stock 4.2 messaging app with it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=618059324 Nelson Jaimes
  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/107214144202094295079/posts James

    There's no invisible area to the left of my plus button, I don't get it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gor-Elchyan/100000651881548 Gor Elchyan

      I don't have such thing too :/

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        It's invisible and small. You can't see it, but it's there.

        • https://plus.google.com/u/0/107214144202094295079/posts James

          Am I missing something? I tried tapping to the left of the + icon but nothing happens.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Try force closing the Messenger and restarting it. That's what fixed it for me when the stickers stopped popping up for me.

          • Guest

            Got it, thanks!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gor-Elchyan/100000651881548 Gor Elchyan

            James, it worked! You just need to touch the edge of the screen left from + button...it's a little tricky, but it works!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gor-Elchyan/100000651881548 Gor Elchyan

          Can you make a screenshot with pointing arrow?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Make sure you are in chat head mode, popped out.

    • jpfrasier

      I think it is the plus button. At least that it was brought it up for me.

    • Colin Kealty

      I don't see an invisible area but I can click on the left side of the + and get the stickers

      • ForeverUhBro

        Those are just little crappy pics, i thought they were big awesome things, like computer cats.

    • Barton82

      How can you be sure if it's invisible? ;)

  • renatofontes

    Could you guys make a video tutorial? Does this only works on tablets? D:!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No, works on phones too.

    • andy_o

      Working on my N4 here.

  • http://www.droidextra.org/ Ujjwal Kumar

    Few days ago I tipped you guys with this. Glad you finally posted :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Except your tip just mentioned that you've seen it but randomly and don't know how to enable it. The difference with Ponlawat's tip is that he actually showed us how.

      • http://www.droidextra.org/ Ujjwal Kumar

        Yup and that is why you are the best source of Android news :)
        Keep up the great work guys. Big fan here!

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    Are chat heads automatically enabled in the latest version or must they be enabled manually?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/107214144202094295079/posts James

      There's an option in the settings menu.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        But I believe that option is enabled automatically if you do have it.

  • http://twitter.com/andr3wjacks0n andrew jackson

    For those of you who have "chat heads" how do you reply to messages? I click on the head and get the threaded view in messanger, but no keyboard comes up to reply.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's... weird. There should be a text field right under that.

  • andy_o

    Anyone else still not getting the voice call option? I'm in the US on a Nexus 4. Also, I'm still missing the ability to use messenger without a FB account. I even tried going back to unrooted stock and first thing installing only FB Messenger, and I never got the option to fill out only name and phone number. I only get the regular FB login screen or a "sign up for Messenger" button that opens the browser and takes me to a full FB account sign up page.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I have it, but it's not enabled for every contact. Make sure you're looking at a Facebook conversation, not SMS. Also, Facebook said it's going to roll out gradually, so not everyone may have it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=522468080 Danny S Sanjaya

        I have it.. I'm in Indonesia

  • http://twitter.com/9davidandres David Molina
  • http://www.facebook.com/DKB827 Daniel Buckman

    is it possible to have facebook messenger handle text messages without screwing up visual voicemail on sprint?

  • http://www.zadig.info Mario Gaucher

    How tiny is the "special" area exactly?
    I tried everything and the only thing I'm getting is the normal emoji insert or my keyboard that pops up

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Image now up.

      • http://www.zadig.info Mario Gaucher

        ok... got it now...
        I had to force close facebook messenger to get it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1024268131 Christopher Sanders

    Pretty cool, thanks...

    • tatika

      now that ive sent stickers, how do i remove them?

  • Frank Urbanski

    Thanks for the Tip. I've been accidentally getting them all weekend but couldn't figure out what I was doing.

  • Rudolph Bistrovich

    Nice...I've done this several times on accident now and its been driving freaking crazy on how to repeat it!!!!!!

  • Squiddles

    I got it to work once, afterwords, the invisible button became unresponsive. Oh well, at least someone I know got a fat cat today.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Force close and restart Messenger and make sure you're in popped out mode.

      • Squiddles

        Aha! That worked. Thank ya!

        Actually just noticed it in the article while linking a friend to it while the Disqus notification came in.

      • Anon1

        You don't need to force close. You just remove the pop head by dragging it to the X at the bottom, then making a new one my holding the name in the messenger menu and selecting pop out chat head.

        For those still having trouble, The keyboard needs to be opened by either tapping the space to write a message first, or hitting the left of the +. If the emoji screen opens, then the stickers won't work again until you delete the chat head and make it again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    How do you even get chatheads to work? I enable it, get a message, the chat head appears on my homescreen, i press it, it disappears with the notification icon in the notification bar and if i press my app drawer icon the keyboard appears to reply to the message, but nothing else does =/

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      When you press on a chat head, it should pop up with the conversation on top of any other window you're on (floating) without interrupting what you're doing. You should then be able to respond, go to the full messenger, leave the chat while keeping the chat head visible, or swipe the chat head down to close it out altogether. I love this UI, switched from the regular SMS app to Messenger and have it handle my texts now.

      • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

        it seems to be there and working, but not appearing at all

  • Karan O

    Can Someone Modificate/edit it and add it to (+) section

    i only can tap 1 in 100 times it too damn frustrating PLEASE ...
    i even mention it in my playstore review !

    come on FB!

  • http://www.facebook.com/imman.navarro Imman Navarro

    The instructions in the article are incomplete. You can't make it appear just by clicking the left side of the + icon. Here's how to do it consistently (or at least it worked for me. IMPORTANT: You have to make sure you have the keyboard appear by pressing the space left of the + icon and not by putting the text field in focus, and then clicking the same space left of the + icon AGAIN once the keyboard has appeared): http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=40569333&postcount=21

  • jimx2

    It's so hard on a 4.3inch screen -____-

  • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

    What, what, WHAT?! You don't like cats? The internet will hear of this...

  • ForeverUhBro

    I have a plus sign to the left of my message box. Confuzled hard core

  • Guest

    Great tip! This VDO

    http://youtu.be/X4Is500nOB4

  • http://twitter.com/Bombuok มิสเตอร์บอมบ์

    Great tip! Facebook Sticker
    This VDO

    http://youtu.be/X4Is500nOB4

  • HK

    It doesnt come in Xperia Z

  • http://www.tekshop.us/ TekShop

    Thanks for sharing this tip.

  • http://twitter.com/_achalv Achal Varma

    Heads up - All the different sticker packs available in this app right now are FREE.

  • Nathan Bryant

    Why don't they simply input it in the app and stop making stuff difficult

  • http://www.facebook.com/igozzo Isaac Gozzo

    They say it's hidden but I don't have any invisible area besides my plus button, but I do have an smiley right besides my send button and my location arrow where the Stickers Pop up. Now about them, they are becoming very popular, even thought you say the opposite. just look at most popular chatting apps, apart from Whatsapp, they all have stickers (Viber, Tango, Line, Path, Weechat, etc). And by the way I find the stickers in my regular facebook messenger and the chat heads, too.

    Now for the chat heads, I don't see how they are hidden when they just pop up over almost any app you have open when a message arrives.

  • Shane Edser

    I've got the stickers, but a friend, who has an iphone, says that some are animated, but i don't get to see the animations. i see the same stickers but she sees them animated and i don't. Why is that?

    • Sam

      Same thing happened to me and yet I can't find anywhere that explains why...

    • Jerry

      I've been looking everywhere for why I can't see the animations, but I can't find information about it at all!

  • jenny

    I do not have a + sign nor a smiley face beside it. What to do?

  • Minam

    how to enable voicemail on fb pls.... I tried to send voicemail but then it says there hold to talk, I did it, but nothing happened.. that's on xpearia z... pls... a little help...

  • android user

    How do I close chat heads when not in use. annoyiiiiiiing!!