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The Symbols and Icons on Facebook Messenger: What Are They?

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The Symbols and Icons on Facebook Messenger: What Are They?

Key Points

  • Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular messaging apps available today.
  • There are many symbols and icons on the Facebook Messenger desktop and mobile apps that add functionality and fun to the app.
  • The symbols and icons on Facebook Messenger help users access chats, marketplace chats, message requests, and more.
  • The icons and symbols on Facebook Messenger allow users to send messages, make calls, share photos and videos, and add stickers and emojis to their conversations.

Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular messaging apps available today. But before becoming a Facebook Messenger guru, you’ll need to learn about all the icons and symbols. Fortunately, we’re here to teach them to you!

There are many symbols and icons on the Facebook Messenger desktop and mobile apps. Some icons add more function, and some of the symbols just make the app more fun! If you want to learn all of the features and functions of Facebook Messenger, hang out with us for a bit while we review each one!

Quick Facts

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Symbols & Icons on Facebook Messenger – Desktop

We use Facebook Messenger for all sorts of things. For example, if you use a PC or a Mac, you can install the Messenger app on your desktop and send/receive messages without picking up your phone. If you want to use Facebook Messenger on your desktop, you must know what all the icons and symbols do.

For our readers who want to learn about the desktop version of Facebook Messenger, read through this section:

1. The Chat Icon

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The Chat Icon for Facebook Messenger on Desktop

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We’ll start with the left-side menu and work our way to the right. When you open the Messenger app on your desktop, you’ll see a Chat icon in the top left corner. That’s where you can see the chats that matter most: the ones with your friends and family.

Click the Chat icon to access conversations with your friends or create new ones (that’s option number 5 below).

2. The Marketplace Icon

The Symbols Icon for Facebook Messenger on Desktop
FB Messenger Marketplace Icon Desktop

Below the Chat icon, you’ll see a little storefront symbol. This symbol represents your Facebook Market chats. This is where you’ll want to be if you’re selling or buying something. Click the Marketplace icon to access all of your buying and selling conversations.

3. The Message Request Chat Icon

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The Message Request Icon on FB Messenger for Desktop

Next up is the Message Request icon. While this may appear similar to the chat icon, it’s a little different. Facebook Messenger won’t let just anyone send your messages, so this icon symbolizes chats that might be spam.

If someone who isn’t your friend on Facebook messages you, the conversations will appear here.

4. Archive Icon

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The Archive Icon on Facebook Messenger for Desktop.

The last icon on the left menu is the Archive icon. If you want to save conversations and revisit them later, you can add them to the Facebook Messenger chat archive. Whenever you want to go back and view them, click this icon.

5. The Pen & Pad Icon

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The FB Messenger Pen and Pad Icon on Desktop for creating new messages.

Now, let’s say you want to create a new message thread or group message. The Pen & Pad icon near the top (above your contacts) is how you do that. Click the icon and input the name of the Facebook user you want to message.

6. The Attachments Symbol

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The Attachment Symbol on FB Messenger for Desktop is for adding attachments.

Let’s move to the conversations panel. Click on a conversation, and we’ll work left to right again.

The first icon you’ll see is down by the chat bar. It looks like a + symbol, and it’s your attachment icon. Click this to add pictures and videos to send on Facebook Messenger.

7. The Stickers Symbol

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The Sticker Icon on Facebook Messenger for Desktop for adding stickers and GIFs.

You’ll see a few more icons on the right side of the chat bar. First, the Sticker icon is where to get all the cool stickers, GIFs, and photos. Select this icon to get more exciting and funny things to liven up your chat.

8. The Emoji Symbol

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Emoji Icon on the Facebook Messenger for Desktop

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Another symbol you’ll see to the right of the chat bar is the Emoji symbol. Unlike the mobile version of Facebook Messenger, you may not have the emoji button on your keyboard. This is the reason Facebook’s developers added it to the platform.

Click the emoji icon to add emojis to your chat on Facebook Messenger.

Calling, Search, & Menu

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Calling icons FB Messenger Desktop

Finally, a few icons are in the far top right corner of the conversation panel. The first two icons allow you to call your friends. The second one even lets you video call your friends.

The third icon, which looks like a magnifying glass, lets you search the conversation for keywords.

Finally, the three-dot icon allows you to access that contact’s menu. You can block them, change the theme, and access all shared media here.

Symbols & Icons on Facebook Messenger – iOS & Android

Social media has been around for decades, but it got so much better when we got mobile versions of our favorite sites. If you aren’t using a desktop to talk to your friends, you probably use the Facebook Messenger mobile app for iOS or Android. Each icon performs a task or makes Facebook Messenger more fun. Fortunately, all icons are similar on Android and iOS, except one.

If you’re using the mobile app, review this section to learn more about the symbols and icons on Facebook Messenger:

1. The Menu Icon

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The menu icon on the Facebook Messenger mobile app lets users access more features and options.

You’ll see several icons and symbols when you launch Facebook Messenger on your iPhone or iPad. We’ll work through these icons from top to bottom in this section. The first icon is in the upper left corner and looks like three lines. This is your menu icon.

If you tap the menu icon, you’ll see your chats, marketplace chats, message requests, communities, and more.

2. The New Chat Icon

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New Chat Icon FB Messenger Mobile

Next, the top right corner has the pen & paper icon. This is the icon that lets you create new conversations. Tap it and input the names of your friends and family you’d like to talk to. You can also make group chats by tapping this icon.

3. The Chats Icon

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Users can see all active chats by tapping the Chats icon.

Now, we’ll look at the icons and symbols at the bottom of the Facebook Messenger app. The first icon in the bottom left corner is the Chat icon. Tap this to see a list of all your conversations.

4. The Calls Icon

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The Calls icon on FB Messenger shows the call history.

The second icon at the bottom of the page is the Call icon. Tap it to access Facebook Messenger calling.

Note: There are also calling options inside the conversation. We’ll discuss that further below.

5. Your Contacts

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The People icon on FB Messenger will pull up Facebook Contacts.

The People icon is the third Facebook Messenger icon at the bottom of the app. You’ll find a list of friends and people you can contact here.

6. The Stories Icon

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Facebook Messenger’s Stories can also be found in the FB Messenger app.

Finally, you’ll see the Stories icon on the right. If any of your friends have posted Stories, you can see those here.

7. The + Icon

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FB Messenger Plus Icon Mobile

Now that you know the icons and symbols on the main page of the Facebook Messenger app, we’ll teach you about the ones in the conversations.

Working from the bottom left to the right, the first icon is a + sign. This symbol allows you to send money, share your location, or play games.

8. The Camera

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FB Messenger Mobile Camera Icon

You can take pictures in the Facebook Messenger app and send them in your conversations. The camera symbol lets you do that! Tap the symbol and snap a photo. Then, tap Send.

Note: If this button doesn’t work initially, you may need to allow camera access in your device’s settings.

9. Your Photos

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The Photos icon links to the device’s camera gallery.

Do you already have a photo in your device’s camera roll and want to share it? Assuming Facebook Messenger has permission to access your photos, tap the Photo icon. Select the image you want to send and tap Send.

10. The Voice Record Icon

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Voice Record Icon FB Messenger Mobile

The microphone icon lets you send voice recordings in Facebook Messenger. Tap this icon and record something. You can send it to your friends or family when you’re ready.

11. The Sticker Icon

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Stickers and GIFs are found by tapping the Stickers icon.

The Sticker icon is how you can make your Facebook Messenger conversations a little more fun. You can add stickers or GIFs, create an avatar, and more. If your friend needs a little cheering up, push this button. Send them something sweet or funny to add some pizzazz to your chats.

12. The Calling Icons

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Calling Icons FB Messenger Mobile

Finally, you have the calling icons. These are pretty self-explanatory, but you can voice call or video chat your Facebook Messenger contacts. Open the conversation and tap one of these icons.

The i Icon – Android Only

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FB Messenger on Android has a menu button within each chat.

In the top right corner of each conversation, you’ll see an i icon on the Android version of Facebook Messenger. Tap this icon to access the chat sub-menu. Here, you can change themes, view pinned messages, add nicknames, block users, and more. You can even see shared media files like pictures and videos in this menu.

The Profile Icon – iOS Only

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FB Messenger for iOS has a menu in the Profile icon rather than a menu button.

If you’re an iOS user and want to access the conversation sub-menu, you won’t see an icon or a symbol. Instead, you must tap on the user’s profile picture. When you do, you’ll see a list of options from themes to blocking and media files.

Choose any of these options to find pictures or tweak the chat settings quickly.

Facebook Messenger Symbols & Icons – Wrap Up

Facebook Messenger is something we use every day. It’s functional, user-friendly, and works really well. However, there are a lot of symbols and icons. Knowing what each one does is essential to how you use the app. Follow the tutorial above and get familiar with each one.

Summary Table

IconFunction
The Chat IconAccess conversations with friends or create new ones
The Marketplace IconAccess your Facebook Market chats
The Message Request Chat IconAccess chats that might be spam
Archive IconSave conversations and revisit them later
The Pen & Pad IconCreate a new message thread or group message
The Attachments SymbolAdd pictures and videos to send on Facebook Messenger
The Stickers SymbolGet stickers, GIFs, and photos
The Emoji SymbolAdd emojis to your chat on Facebook Messenger
Calling, Search, & MenuCall friends, search the conversation for keywords, access contact’s menu
The Menu Icon (Mobile)Access your chats, marketplace chats, message requests, communities, and more
The New Chat Icon (Mobile)Create new conversations
The Chats Icon (Mobile)See a list of all your conversations
The Calls Icon (Mobile)Access Facebook Messenger calling
Your Contacts (Mobile)Find a list of friends and people you can contact
The Stories Icon (Mobile)See friends’ posted Stories
The + Icon (Mobile)Send money, share your location, or play games
The Camera (Mobile)Take pictures in the Facebook Messenger app and send them in your conversations
Your Photos (Mobile)Share a photo from your device’s camera roll
The Voice Record Icon (Mobile)Send voice recordings in Facebook Messenger
The Sticker Icon (Mobile)Add stickers or GIFs, create an avatar, and more
The Calling Icons (Mobile)Voice call or video chat your Facebook Messenger contacts
The i Icon – Android OnlyAccess the chat sub-menu
The Profile Icon – iOS OnlyAccess the conversation sub-menu

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access more information about the chat?

If you want to know more about the chat, or tweak some settings, tap the profile icon on iOS, the i icon on Android, or the three-dot icon on the desktop app.

Can I customize the symbols and icons on Facebook Messenger?

No. Unfortunately, Facebook Messenger’s developers didn’t give us the option to customize the symbols and icons. The only real customization option we have is to change the themes and colors of each conversation. Go to the conversation menu and select Themes.

Where is the Facebook Messenger payment option?

You can quickly send money to your friends and family on Messenger. Tap the + icon on the mobile app and tap the payment option. Then, you can send money.

Can I see my message requests in my regular conversations?

No. These only appear in the Message Requests folder.

What do the faces at the top of Facebook Messenger mean?

The faces you see at the top of Messenger are the profile pictures of your friends who are currently active.

What does the blue check next to my message mean?

If you see a blue check next to your message, it means the message has been sent. If you see a blue circle, it means the message is sending. A blue circle that’s filled with a check means your message has been delivered.

You’ll know your message has been read when you see your friend’s profile picture appear next to it.

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