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How to Use Facebook Messenger’s Secret Conversations

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Several months ago when WhatsApp announce it’s intentions to encrypt all conversations by default, a new message security trend was created.

Weeks ago, Google entered the instant messaging market with Allo, a messaging client capable of facilitating end-to-end encrypted conversations via a feature dubbed Incognito mode.

Coincidence or not, Facebook’s Messenger received an update with a new feature called “Secret Conversations“, within days from the initial Allo launch.

What you Need to Know About Secret Conversations

  • Any secret conversation that you will have in Messenger will be completely encrypted end-to-end. What this means is, only you and the recipient will be able to see and decrypt the messages.
  • Using Secret Conversations will theoretically prevent Facebook, the NSA or any other secret service from swooping into your business.
  • Both the sender and the recipient will have a device key that can be used to verify if the messages are end-to-end encrypted.
  • When using secret conversations you can set a timer for your messages to automatically self-destruct after being “seen” by the recipient. You can adjust various values to the timer yourself.
  • Secret Conversations is only available on mobile devices such as phones or tablets.
  • When using Secret Conversations, your messages will appear in black bubbles instead of blue ones.
  • You can send emojis, stickers, likes, and photos, but not video/voice calls, or group conversations.

How to Start a Secret Conversation in Messenger

1. Open a normal chat conversation with the person you’re trying to use Secret Conversation with and tap the information box.

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2. Scroll down and tap on Secret Conversation located under the Settings tab.

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3. Turn on secret conversations on your device.

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Note: Keep in mind that this will now be the only device you can send & receive secret conversation messages. If you log-in with Facebook on a desktop PC or another smartphone you won’t see any of these messages.

4. Tap OK to enable Secret Conversations and start conversing safely.

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5. You can set your messages to self-destruct by tapping the timer icon and selecting a period of time in which they will be deleted.

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How to Verify If a Messenger Conversation is Encrypted

As we already pointed out, the 2 people involved in a secret conversation are given a device key that can be compared in order to verify if the messages are actually encrypted.

Note: This step is entirely optional and is available just to reassure users of their anonymity. Your messages will still get encrypted inside a secret conversation window regardless if you compare the device keys or not.

Here’s how you can do it:

1. Open a Secret Conversation and tap the information icon.

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2. Select Device Keys.

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3. Compare the 2 device keys, if they match your conversation is encrypted.

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  1. Hey admin Thanks for this awesome trick. It was really helpful for me even i have learned how to use start secret conversation on facebook messenger. It is such a great post. please admin Post some more tricks like this. And Thanks again for this trick

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