After Instagram and WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger gets Snapchat-like Stories feature

Photos and videos added to Messenger Day disappear after 24 hours. Photograph:( Others )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 10, 2017, 07.43 AM (IST)

Taking a leaf out of Snapchat, Facebook has introduced a new feature in the Messenger app that lets users share ephemeral photos and videos. Called Messenger Day, the new feature in Messenger works in a similar way as Snapchat Stories. Photos and videos that you add to your Messenger Day disappear after 24 hours.

“You’re always in control of who can see your Day - share it with everyone, or choose specific friends and family members on Messenger. Since everything you add disappears after 24 hours, feel free to add as often as you want,” says Facebook in a post.

Facebook has started to roll out the new feature for both Android and iOS. But before you start to use the Messenger Day feature, here’s a step-by-step guide to how it works:

1. Update your Messenger app so you have the latest version on your phone.

2. Open Messenger, and tap on the camera highlighted with a sun. Doing so drops you right into the full-screen camera. Or, tap the "Add to your day" button at the top of your inbox to get started.

3. Now you can snap a quick selfie or take a photo or video of what’s around you.

4. To add art and effects, tap the smiley face icon in the top right and then tap to add to your photo or video. You can also add text over your images by tapping the "Aa" icon, and you can overlay a drawing by tapping the squiggly line in the top right corner.

5. Once you have your photo or video the way you want it, tap the arrow in the bottom right corner. You can then add directly to your day, save it to your phone’s camera roll, and/or you can choose to send it to a specific person or group of people. The photo or video that you add to your day will be viewable for 24 hours.

In Messenger Day, you can choose to send your photo or video to a specific person or group of people. (Others)