Facebook Messenger is now end-to-end encrypted, but with a twist

Facebook has finally rolled out end-to-end security encryption to it’s Messenger app which is being used by over 900 million users.

The company’s own mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, got the end-to-end encryption feature a few months back, and I knew it was only a matter of time before it gets to the Messenger app.

Messenger secret conversation

Now, for those who still don’t understand the concept behind end-to-end encryption, it is a privacy/security feature that prevents your messages from being read or monitored by any third party.

While this worked out fine on WhatsApp regardless of the fact that messages can still be somehow monitored, Facebook Messenger’s end-to-end encrytion is a bit different. This is because it isn’t as usable as it needs to be and that brings about the twist.

Side Attraction: Facebook Messenger May Turn On End-to-End Encryption

Users will need to manually enable ‘Secret Conversation‘ feature for each and every chat. Not only that, both users needs to be running the latest version of the messenger app before encryption will work.

Additionally, the end to end encryption feature isn’t available for group chats, and the secret conversions can only be continued from the device it was initially started on.

When the secret conversation (encryption) is turned on, users won’t be able to use GIFs and videos. Now, that’s quite disappointing yeah? Well, images and stickers can still be used.

Point is, users will need to turn on the end to end encryption feature manually for each and every chat. Now, compared to other services like telegram, signal and even WhatsApp which tend to utilize same security / privacy measure, the feature on Messenger is below pal.


How to turn on End-to-End Encryption on Facebook Messenger

turn on end to end encryption on facebook messenger

  • Before you ignite a new conversion, Toggle the switch which is located at the top right corner of the chat page.
  • After switching on the encryption feature, the menu bar will turn to black. Now, choose your contact and begin an encrypted chat.
  • For existing conversations, tap on the recipient name and tap ‘Secret Conversation‘.

As earlier mentioned, this feature will only work if both parties are using the latest version of the app. Group chats are currently not supported, as well as GIFs and videos during an encrypted chat.

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