How To Start Messenger Secret Conversation For End-to-end Chats

Timothy Iyekowa
Timothy Iyekowa - Writer & Editor
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Messenger doesn’t have end-to-end encryption by default, but you can turn it on by starting a secret conversation in the app. Messenger secret conversation has been introduced for users to protect their conversation.

But the feature isn’t popular, and most people don’t know if this kind of feature even exists in the app. With secret conversations, even Facebook won’t be able to read your messages.

If you care about privacy so much, using Messenger’s secret conversation should be a must for you if you don’t want someone peeping on your chat. You can also enable disappearing messages to let the message disappear after a certain time has reached.

The secret conversation works the same way Telegram secret chats work, a new chat will be created for you and the recipient.

Facebook Messenger comes with interesting features, and the feel when you type makes its user’s experience top-notch. But privacy and security are a problem because Facebook-owned the app.

With their privacy issues, trusting the app is one thing, so you’ll have to take this step if you don’t want to get ads based on what you’re discussing.

Facebook has been accused of poor data security for its users, the messaging app is not encrypted by default, except you use the secret conversation to protect and secure your messages.

Note: If you want to use secret conversations, you can only access it through the mobile application. The feature is not available on the website.

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How to use secret conversation in Messenger

To use Messenger secret conversation, you just have to select the users you want to chat with. It’s only available on Android and iOS. You can’t access it from the site.

1. If you want to enable encrypted end-to-end messages for your account, you’ll need to start a secret conversation with the user. Launch the Messenger app on your Android or iPhone device.

2. On the Messenger app, click on the pen (✏️) at the top right corner of your screen. Tap the lock (?) at the top right and search for the recipient you want to have a secret conversation with.

Tap on the pen, tap on the lock, search the recipient and start a secret conversation

From Messenger home tab

1. You can also start a secret conversation by searching on the recipient from your Messenger home tab, or select the chat you want to use secret chat with.

Start a secret conversation in Messenger
Search the recipient.

2. Once you’ve chosen the chat, click on the notification (¡) icon at the top right corner of your screen or the profile photo and click on “Go to secret Conversation” to start sending encrypted messages.

How to set up Messenger secret chat
Go to secret Conversation” to start sending encrypted messages.

With secret conversations, you can send:

  • Messages
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Stickers
  • Voice recordings

Secret conversations don’t support:

  • Group messages
  • Gifs
  • Voice or video calling

Once you start a secret conversation with a user you’ll be able to send encrypted end-to-end messages. Facebook won’t be able to see your messages. If you don’t use Messenger’s secret conversation your chat won’t be encrypted and the messages can be read by Facebook.

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By Timothy Iyekowa Writer & Editor
As a seasoned content writer with 4+ years of experience in consumer technology, Timothy has been a dedicated author and editor at since its inception. Specializing in addressing user concerns, his articles offer effective solutions for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac-related issues. Timothy's expertise also extends to crafting content about social media and various applications. Through his daily articles, he consistently aids users in overcoming their technology challenges.
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