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How to Use Word Effects in Facebook Messenger

Meta continues to roll out new features for Messenger users, from new emojis to new chat themes. In mid-2021, the company introduced an amazing feature, known as word effects, to enhance the chatting experience.

Here, we will briefly discuss word effects, how they help make your conversations more interesting, and how to add and remove them in Facebook Messenger.

What Are Word Effects in Facebook Messenger?

The concept behind word effects is to connect specific phrases with different emojis. As you use those phrases on the Messenger app, an animation plays to show those emojis floating from the bottom of your screen to the top.

You can pair your most-used emojis with phrases, and the next time you use them, an animation of these emojis fills both your screen and that of the person you’re chatting with.

Using word effects, you no longer need to search through the massive list of emojis. Instead, type in the word, and you’re on your way to adding delight to your texts.

How to Use Word Effects in Facebook Messenger

By default, Messenger adds a few word effects to your chat theme, provided you’re using one. To use them, follow these steps:

  1. Open the chat where you’re using a particular theme.
  2. At the top, click on the contact’s name.
  3. Go to Word effects.
  4. Take note of the phrases and emojis directly before them.
  5. Send the exact phrase as a text.

You’ll see the animation on your screen as soon as the text is delivered. When the recipient opens (and sees) your message, they will see the effect.

You can also add custom word effects to Messenger. Here’s how:

  1. Open the chat where you’re using a particular theme.
  2. At the top, click on the contact’s name.
  3. Go to Word effects.
  4. Add your desired phrase to the bottom text box.
  5. Select an emoji to use in animation as an effect on the left side of the text box.
  6. Click on the upward arrow button on the right side of the text box.

Once you complete the above steps, your custom emojis will start to appear under Your Effects. You can use them the same way as we did earlier with pre-added word effects.

The Limitations of Using Word Effects in Facebook Messenger

Since the word effects feature is relatively new, it has many limitations. Let’s talk about a few limitations you should know when using them.

1. You Can’t Use Word Effects on

Word effects are only available on the Messenger app for Android, iPhone, and iPad. You cannot use them on Messenger’s web client and desktop app.

If you use the same phrases you’ve added as word effects in the Messenger app on, they’ll be sent as text. In addition, the recipient won’t see a message “sent with word effects” under the main phrase as they could see while using word effects via the Messenger app.

2. You Can’t Trigger Multiple Word Effects With Single Text

You cannot conjure multiple word effects in a single text by typing more than one phrase. Even if you do, only word effects associated with the phrase coming first in the message will take effect. Messenger will ignore everything else like it doesn’t even exist.

3. The Total Number of Word Effects You Can Add Are Limited

According to the Facebook Help Center, you can only add 50 custom phrases as word effects. While this is a pretty decent number of phrases, it probably won’t be enough if you want to cherish every moment with word effects.

Fortunately, Messenger allows you to delete the custom word effects and add new ones to get around this limitation. You can learn that next.

How to Delete Word Effects in Facebook Messenger

Deleting the custom word effects you’ve added is pretty easy. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the chat where you’re using a particular theme.
  2. At the top, click on the contact’s name.
  3. Click on Word effects.
  4. On iOS, swipe left on the word effects phrase and hit Delete. On the other hand, if you use Android, press and hold the word effects phrase and tap on Remove.

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