How to Use Masks in Facebook Messenger on Android


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    Open Messenger. It’s the blue chat bubble icon with a white lightning bolt. You’ll find it in the app drawer or on your home screen.

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    Tap the circle at the bottom of the screen. This opens your camera.

    • If it’s your first time using this camera, follow the on-screen prompts to grant it the proper permissions.
    • To use the front camera (selfie mode) instead of the back camera, tap the camera icon made of curved arrows at the top of the screen now.
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    Tap the smiley face icon. It’s at the top of the screen.
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    Scroll down to the “Masks” heading. You’ll see a list of many masks from which to choose. Swipe left across the options to see what’s available.
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    Tap the mask you want to use. You’ll see a preview of that mask on your face (or the face of the person you’re photographing).

    • Make sure the face you’re photographing is lined up in the gray square on the screen so the mask looks right.
    • If you tap a mask with a downward-pointing arrow at its bottom-right corner, the mask will need to download to your Android and may take a moment.
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    Tap the large circle to snap a photo. Or, to record a video, tap and hold the circle. When you’re finished, you’ll see a preview of your photo or video on the screen.
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    Tap Aa to add text. It’s at the top of the screen. This is optional, but you can now select a color and type anything you want to appear on the photo or video. When you’re finished, tap Done at the top-right corner of the screen.
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    Tap the squiggly line to draw. This is also optional. Use this tool to draw freehand in the color(s) of your choice, then tap Done.
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    Tap the circle containing an arrow. It’s at the bottom-right corner of the screen. This opens the “Send to” screen.
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    Select recipients and/or locations. You can choose any or all of the following options:

    • If you want to add the photo or video to your ongoing story (called Messenger Day), make sure the box beside “My Day” is checked.
    • To save the photo or video to your Android, make sure “Camera Roll” is checked.
    • Tap the name of any recipient in the list to select them as recipients.
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    Tap the send button. It’s the blue paper airplane at the bottom-right corner of the screen. Your masked photo or video will now be delivered, posted, and/or saved.


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