Facebook Messenger now supports 3D Touch to send messages from your home screen

Facebook has updated its Messenger app, adding support for 3D Touch quick actions on the iPhone 6s. You can also now send message requests to people, without the need to be their Facebook friend or have their phone number.

Here's everything you'll find in Facebook Messenger 52.0:

  • With 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, you can send messages right from your home screen.
  • Reach anyone on Messenger by sending them a message request. You don't need their phone number or to be their Facebook friend to contact them.
  • See snowflakes fall across the screen when you send or receive winter related emojis and stickers.

It should be noted that it's unclear at this time how Facebook is choosing which contacts that appear on the icon quick action pop-up. There also does not seem to be a way to change which people appear.

You can grab this update to Messenger on the App Store.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.