As the prevalence of social media continues to rise, privacy becomes a bigger concern. In response to public concern about privacy, Facebook launched secret conversation feature to its Messenger app for iOS and Android. Based on Signal encryption protocol, Facebook messages are encrypted end-to-end, which means the messages can be viewed by the sender and the viewer only - not even Facebook itself.
Unlike WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption, which encrypts all messages by default, Facebook’s encryption only apply to secret conversations on Messenger. This post is going to show you how to use have secret conversations on Messenger if you haven’t started it yet.
- How to Encrypt Facebook Messages on Android
- How to Verify If Your Facebook Messages are Encrypted
- In a Secret Conversation, What Can You Send?
- How to Delete Secret Conversations on Messenger
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Facebook enables secret conversation only in its Messenger app for Android/iOS devices. That’s to say, you can’t have a secret conversation from Facebook desktop app or Facebook.com. The secret conversation feature is enabled on your Messenger app by default.
To start a secret conversation on Android:
Tap and choose a contact that you would like to have secret conversation with;
On the messaging window, tap your contact’s information to get more detail;
Tap Go to Secret Conversation;
You are now in secret conversation mode with everything become black.
To change a conversation to a secret one on Android:
On the Messages section, choose the conversation that you want to encrypt;
Tap > Go to Secret Conversation;
From now on, the messages that you send and receive with the contact are encrypted.
If you want to disable or enable secret conversation, please:
Tap your profile photos;
Choose Secret Conversation;
Toggle on/off Secret Conversation.
If you like, you can even verify if your messages are encrypted.
Tap and you will see two keys: your key and the receiver’s key.
Compare the device keys that appear on your device with those on your contact’s device.
If the keys match, the conversation is encrypted. In other words, those chats are encrypted messaages.
Having a secret conversation on Messenger is certainly safer, however, it comes with downsides: you can’t send GIFs, voice, voice calling, payment, group messages in a secret conversation.
What you can send in a secret conversation includes:
Yes, you can send Snapchat-like messages that disappear at a set time after they are seen in Facebook Messenger. To send disappearing Facebook messages on Android:
Open a secret conversation;
Tap Disappearing message;
Set when you want the message to disappear, for example, in a hour after it has been seen.
When it is time, the message will disappear from both your device and the other device.
You can delete a secret conversation individually. Or you can delete all secret conversation at once.
Tap your profile picture in the top right corner;
Choose Secret Conversations;
Tap Delete Secret Conversations;
Tap Delete All.
Note: After removing secret conversations from your device, the sent or received secret messages still remain in someone else's devices if they don’t delete them.
That’s how to have secret conversations on Facebook Messenger. If you have more questions about secret conversation on Messenger, let us know by leaving your comment.