How to Turn “Chat heads” On or Off in the Messenger app

This summary covers an article that provides instructions for managing “Chat heads” – a feature of Facebook’s Messenger app that enables users to converse on Messenger whilst using other apps. It also mentions other configurable options in both the desktop and mobile versions of Messenger. The article notes that preference for “Chat heads” varies among users based on their personal usage patterns.

This article explains how to turn “Chat heads” on or off in the Messenger app on mobile devices.

The Messenger Desktop app is a standalone messaging app developed by Facebook that allows users to send and receive messages, make audio and video calls, and share files and media with other users without going through a web browser.

When you use the Messenger app on Windows, you can turn auto-start on or offchange your online status, turn message preview on or off, mute or unmute all notificationschange skintone for emojis and hand gesturesturn to spell-check and auto-correction on or offturn open Messenger when used in a browser, on or off, and more.

On mobile devices, you can also turn Active status on or offturn on safe website browsingadd or remove people from hidden contactsturn unlock with biometrics on or offadd or remove people from restricted accounts, show or hide notifications on lock screenturn new friend notifications on or offturn notifications and sounds on or offchange who can see your stories, turn security alerts on or off, and more.

When you use the mobile version, you can turn “Chat heads” on or off to let you talk on Messenger while using other apps on your mobile device.

Some users prefer to have this feature enabled, while others find it distracting and prefer to turn it off. It ultimately comes down to personal preference and how you use the Messenger app on your mobile device.

Thrn “Chat heads” on or off in Messenger

As mentioned above, users can turn “Chat heads” on or off in the Messenger app to allow them to talk on Messenger while using other apps on their mobile devices.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Messenger app on your mobile device.

Messenger app on home screen

When the app opens, click Menu on the top left and select the Settings (gear) button on the profile menu.

Next, click the Chat heads tile to expand it.

Chat heads tile in settings

Next, click the “GO TO SETTINGS” button under Turn on Chats Heads.

Turn on Chat Heads button

In the mobile device’s settings for apps, choose the apps you want Messenger to draw over. Apps you turn on will display Messenger “Chat heads” when using it.

That should do it!


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