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I use Facebook Messenger every day. With this chat platform, I chat with friends, family, and colleagues about every imaginable subject.
Because of my frequent use of the app (on my preferred mobile platform of choice, Android), on a number of occasions, I have sent the wrong message to the wrong person. It's never been a catastrophe, but there have been moments of slight embarrassment.
Recently, I accidentally discovered a nifty little feature on the mobile Facebook Messenger app that allows for the theming of individual discussions. I immediately employed the feature, applying it to some of my ongoing discussions with certain contacts.
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By doing this, I always know exactly who I am chatting with, without having to first glance up at the name or photo. The other added benefit of this feature is that it just makes chatting with the app more fun.
If either of those two reasons sounds familiar, I suggest you read on and find out how to theme your Facebook Messenger chats on the mobile app.
The only things you'll need for this are the Facebook Messenger app installed on your phone and some discussions to theme (as you can't apply a global theme).
One thing to keep in mind is that the themes apply to discussions, not contacts. So, if you were to permanently delete a discussion when you start a new one with that same contact, you'll have to reapply the theme.
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That's it. Let's get to the theming.
The first thing to do is unlock your phone and open the Facebook Messenger app.
Next, locate the discussion you want to theme and tap to open it.
In the upper right corner of the discussion, you'll see a small "i" icon. Tap that icon to open the discussion information page.
On this new page, you'll see the Theme entry. Tap that entry and select from the available themes in the popup.
You will be presented with a preview of the theme. If you like what you've selected, tap SELECT, otherwise tap CANCEL to go back to the theme selector.
After tapping SELECT, you'll be taken back to the now-themed discussion. Know that whoever you are chatting with will not see the theme, as this only applies to your instance. If you change your mind about the theme, go back to the theme selector and select something different. You'll also notice, at the bottom of the theme selecter, you can choose between color gradients (instead of background images).
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No, this feature won't make you a better friend, improve your typing, or make you work more efficiently. It will, however, add a bit of fun to the app and can even help you know exactly who you're having a discussion with, so you never say the wrong thing to the wrong person ever again.