Add friends and contacts in Facebook Messenger

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Add friends and contacts in Facebook Messenger
Add friends and contacts in Facebook Messenger
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This article will show you how to add contacts to the Facebook Messenger app. You can do this by using your phone's contacts, entering a specific phone number, or scanning an 'add code' from another Facebook Messenger user. This is possible with the versions of Facebook Messenger on iPhone and Android.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Add contacts from your phone

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Step #1. Open Facebook Messenger

Click on the Messenger app icon. The icon contains a lightning bolt in a speech bubble.

If prompted, you'll need to enter your phone number or email address and password to sign in before continuing

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Step #2. Click on the Home tab

This house-shaped icon is located in the lower-left corner of the screen.

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Step 3. Click on the 'Profile' icon

This is either in the top left corner of the screen (iPhone) or in the top right corner of the screen (Android).

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Step #4. Click on People

This option is in the middle of the page.

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Step 5. Sync your phone's contacts

If contact syncing is disabled you will see a white switch (iPhone) or 'Off' under the option Sync (Android). Press the switch or Sync to sync your contacts. This will add all contacts in your phone who use Messenger to Messenger.

  • If you see a green switch (iPhone) or the word "On" below Sync (Android), your contacts are already synced with Messenger.
  • If you have an iPhone, you may need to grant your contacts access to Messenger first. To do this you need to go to Institutions go, scroll down and click messenger and the white switch next to Contacts to turn on.

Method 2 of 3: Add a phone number

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Step #1. Open Facebook Messenger

Tap the Messenger app icon. The icon contains a lightning bolt in a speech bubble.

If prompted, you'll need to enter your phone number or email address and password to sign in before continuing

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Step 2. Press the 'People' tab

This consists of horizontal lines in the lower-left corner of the screen (iPhone) or near the upper-right corner of the screen (Android).

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Step 3. Press +

This option is in the top right corner of the screen (iPhone) or the bottom left corner of the screen (Android). A menu will appear.

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Step 4. Press Enter Phone Number

This is in the menu. This will bring up a text field where you can enter your phone number.

On Android, you should skip this step

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Step 5. Enter a phone number

Tap the text field and use the on-screen keyboard to type a phone number.

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Step 6. Press Save

It's in the top right corner of the screen. This will cause Facebook to search for the person whose name matches the phone number.

  • On Android you just have to click Add contact press and skip the next step.
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Step 7. Add the person

Press the option Add to send a friend request to the person whose phone number you entered. If that person accepts the invitation, you will be able to chat with him or her in Facebook Messenger.

  • You can also send this person a message, but he or she will have to accept the invitation to view the message.
  • If the number you typed does not match a Facebook profile, you can press Invite to Messenger to send an app invite to that person.

Method 3 of 3: Scan a code

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Step #1. Open Facebook Messenger

Tap the Messenger app icon. The icon contains a lightning bolt in a speech bubble.

If prompted, you'll need to enter your phone number or email address and password to sign in before continuing

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Step #2. Press the People tab

This looks like a stack of horizontal lines at the bottom left of your screen.

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Step 3. Press Scan Code (iPhone) or Messenger code scan (Android).

This option is at the top of the screen. A code scanner will appear.

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Step 4. Have a friend look up his or her code

To do this all you need to do is go to the tab People to go, pressing Scan code and then on the tab My code at the top of the screen.

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Step 5. Point your camera at the code

The code should be in the center of the circle on your phone's screen.

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Step 6. Press ADD TO MESSENGER when prompted

You will see this at the top of the screen. This will add the person to your contacts on Messenger.

Tips

  • By default, your Messenger contact list consists of your friends on Facebook. You can add friends on Facebook to automatically add those people to your Messenger list.
  • If you've added a contact who hasn't added you, you can 'wave' to him or her by clicking the option To wave so you can let him or her know that you'd like to chat without having to message them.

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