How to use Facebook Messenger for Firefox

Mozilla has integrated Facebook Messenger into Firefox as part of the Social API and many other social services will be integrated into Firefox, which may soon happen, if you have enabled Facebook Messenger in Firefox, let’s see how to use it.

We have covered how to activate Facebook Messenger for Firefox in Aurora or Nightly version, Mozilla promised us that they allow Beta users to test Facebook Messenger. The Beta 2 update released by Mozilla for Firefox 17 today is now available, you can download and install it by checking for Firefox updates on the dialog. After installing the update, you still need to enable Facebook Messenger by visiting This page.

Using Facebook Messenger in Firefox

To start using Messenger for Firefox, click the “Log In” button on the sidebar and log in to Facebook with your email and password.

Messenger for Firefox offers Sidebar and icons that appear after you sign in. Access friend requests, messages and notifications from the Facebook icons visible in the top right corner of Firefox.

Facebook Messenger Icons in Firefox

Hide Sidebar in Facebook Messenger for Firefox

The sidebar can be intrusive, it covers part of the browser on the right side, you can hide this by clicking on the Facebook icon and unchecking show sidebarsimilarly, you can also hide desktop notifications from that icon.

To send a message to a friend, click their name in the chat sidebar and type the message in the small chat window, the message you send will appear as part of the Facebook conversation.

To like an article on the site, click the Facebook Like button in the address bar, which appears in your news feed and timeline. You can always track your likes in your activity log.

You can manage popups, chat sounds, disable chat and exit Messenger for Firefox and access Help button by clicking the Settings icon in the lower right corner of the sidebar.

The privacy settings you’ve applied to your account will also apply to Messenger for Firefox.

Disable or disable Facebook Messenger for Firefox

Above, we told you how to hide the sidebar. You can completely hide Facebook Messenger and its icons by unchecking ”Facebook Messenger for Firefox” in the Firefox>Options menu.

You can also achieve the same by changing the “social.enabled” preference value to false.

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