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All Google Apps with Dark Mode and How to Enable

Enable dark mode on all Google apps

Dark mode looks great on phones, especially on LED displays. For a long time, developers have ignored the fact that people love dark mode apps, but now slowly but steadily it is catching up. Now we see a new wave of apps with dark mode theme. Many of our favorite apps like Twitter is available with the dark mode in the setting. For Android users, we have been using a lot of Google apps from YouTube to Gmail and Maps, and Google has known for slapping white themes on each of its apps. Not anymore. Google is also slowly shifting dark modes and now many of Google apps and services available with an optional dark mode which can be enabled from the settings. Today in this article, we will list all the dark mode Google apps with the process to enable.

Google Apps with Dark Mode and How to Enable

1. YouTube

YouTube dark mode

YouTube is the biggest app from Google which many people use. In the last few months, Google has been spotted testing its dark mode themed YouTube and now it is available for everyone. Here is how you can enable dark mode on your YouTube app.

  • Update your YouTube app.
  • Go to setting, then General. You will see a new dark theme option. Enable it to enable dark theme on your YouTube app.

2. Messages

Android Message dark mode

Google’s own messaging app is been going through a lot of changes in the recent time. If you are using message app from Android, you can experience a few interesting features including a new material theme, messages for the web to send and receive messages from your computer and of course dark theme. The dark theme on Android message looks dope.

  • To enable dark mode, download the latest app from the Play Store.
  • Tap on the 3 vertical dots from the top right corner and select ‘Enable dark mode.’

3. Google News

Google News Dark Mode

I don’t personally use Google News on my phone. But if you do, then you will be glad to know that this app also comes with an option to enable dark mode.

  • Update the app and then go to setting.
  • Here you can see the “Dark theme” option. Tapping on it will show different options for enabling or disabling the dark mode. You can select “always” to enable dark mode for both day and night. Or you can choose to enable dark mode only in the night or only during battery saving mode.

4. SnapSeed

SnapSeed dark mode

SnapSeed is Google’s answer for Lightroom from Adobe. You can do professional touch up to your photos from your Android and iPhone. The SnapSeed app is now coming with the option to enable dark mode.

  • Update the app and go to setting from the menu.
  • Enable “Dark theme,” and you are done.

5. Google Authenticator App

Google Authenticator app dark mode

Google Authenticator is an interesting app which replaces two-step security code SMS with an in-app code generator. Many people don’t use this app, but if you do, you can enable dark mode for this app too.

  • Tap on three vertical dots from the top right corner and select “View in night mode.”

6. Gmail on Browser

Unfortunately, Gmail app hasn’t gotten any dark mode update yet. But if you use Gmail on a computer, you can enable dark theme there for your browser. To enable dark themed Gmail on computer follow the below steps.

  • Open Gmail from your PC or Mac browser.
  • Click on the settings icon and select “Themes.”
  • From there scroll down and select “Dark.” You will have a dark themed Gmail for your computer.

7. YouTube on Browser

Just like Gmail, YouTube is also offering a dark mode for computer users. You can enable by following the below steps.

  • Open YouTube.com and make sure to log in with your Google account.
  • Now click on your profile picture and select “Dark Theme.” Slide the dark theme switch to enable the dark theme.

So these are the apps and services from Google which comes with the dark mode. Google, as well as other app developers, are still afraid of enabling dark mode by default. But it is good to see them adding it. So, what other would you like to see come in dark mode? Let us know in the comments.

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5 Tips to Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer

Smartphone technology has grown from nothing to crazy in the past few years. We have impressive triple camera setups, in-display fingerprint, we have phones getting bigger and bezzles are shrinking with every new smartphone, we have SOCs that can compete with top tire computers. But do you know what hasn’t changed in the last few years? Our battery technology. There is no significant changes in the way batteries have to be manufactured. No matter how expensive or how cheap phone you are using, your battery will start losing its power after a few months of usage. No one wants their battery drained in the middle of the day, and no one likes to charge their phone in every few hours.

Even though we can not change how our batteries are being made, but we can try and keep our battery losing its value by changing how we use our smartphones. Here are 5 basic but important tips that can help you keep your battery losing before the sun goes down.

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1. Find Out Which App Using Your Battery the Most

On an average, every smartphone users install 30-40 apps on their phone. But the report suggests that they hardly use 7-8 apps regularly. With huge internal storage, many people would think that having that many unused apps on their phone won’t matter. But it does, it does to the battery. Almost all the app now try to connect to the internet all the time so that they can show you relevant notifications. These apps cost a lot to your batteries life.

So, you need to find out which apps are using more battery and you don’t use those apps or user rarely, then it is best for you to install those applications.

2. Turn Off Wireless Services When not in Use

Disable Wifi to make battery last longer

Connectivity is a field where our smartphones got us all cover. We have now GPS, Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth, NFC. They are a blessing for this new generation of smartphone users. It is good to have some many connectivity options but to be honest; we don’t need all of these all the times. These services are also very power hungry as they have to send and receive data constantly. So it is a good practice to turn them off when not in use.

You can do that by swiping from the top in the case of Android and from the bottom for iPhone. This is simple but believe me; your battery will thank you.

3. Change Unnecessary Settings

There are many settings that we just use without thinking twice, but they can affect your battery badly. Here are a few settings that you need to change:

  • Brightness: Use auto brightness, that way your phone will adjust brightness accordingly. That way you will use full brightness only when needed. And brightness does affect battery performance.
  • Haptic Feedback: You don’t need your phone to vibrate everytime you type a letter, you also don’t need your phone to vibrate when you tap something on the screen. These are called haptic feedback. Many phones have different levels for haptic feedback. Your phone usages won’t be affected if you turn these off, but your battery will improve for sure.

4. Minimize Animations

Animations are cool! That being said, it also sucks up a lot of battery juice. We can surely live without animations. I am not saying to turn off animations altogether. It will give you bad user experiences. But you can reduce it by few points, that way your user experience won’t change while you do some good for your battery.

On Android, go to the accessibility setting then animation, there you can see many animation categories. Reduce animation for every animation category. For iPhone, this setting is labeled as Reduce Motion under accessibility settings.

5. Update apps and OS

Update apps and OS

Every major app developer and OS developers now understand how important battery optimization is. That is why many developers are now making their apps battery friendly ad implementing many features. So, it is wise to keep your apps updated to enjoy the latest battery optimizations that are being offered by your favorite apps.

These are the 5 essential tips one can add to his/her smartphone usages habit and can see great differences in battery performances. There are other methods too like killing background apps, disabling vibration and ringtone all together and many. While those do work but they are what makes your phone a smartphone. And in my opinion, curbing them for a better battery is not worth the trade-off.

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How to Use Two WhatsApp Account on Mac and Windows

WhatsApp is a popular instant messaging app which is now owned by Facebook. WhatsApp has gone through lots of changes after Facebook’s acquire. One of the most popular features of new WhatsApp is that now people can access WhatsApp from their Windows or Mac computer. By using this feature, you can send and receive messages, check status, do basic WhatsApp configuration. This features works by syncing your WhatsApp app on the phone with the desktop on real-time, and this works smoothly. Even though it is a great feature but for many, this features lacks something: dual WhatsApp capabilities. Many people use two SIMs especially in developing countries like India and China. And for those people, able to access two different WhatsApp accounts from the same computer is a nightmare. But not anymore.

In this article, we will talk about a simple solution to access two different WhatsApp accounts from the computer and on the same browser. This feature is going to help many people who use two accounts for two different purposes. So, without further ado, lets just straight into this article.

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Access Two Different WhatsApp Account from Same Windows and Mac Computers

For this to work, we are going to be using WhatsApp web feature. Many people believe that the WhatsApp web only works with one WhatsApp account at a time. And to many extents that are true. But with a little trick, we can trick WhatsApp and make a path for us to access two different WhatsApp accounts from the same computer and browser.

WhatsApp web works with almost all modern browsers for Mac and Windows. But for better connectivity and performances, we recommend the Google Chrome browser. If you have Chrome browser, then you are good to go. If not, take a minute and install it before proceeding.

Step 1: Open http://web.whatsapp.com on your Google Chrome browser.

Step2: Open WhatsApp on your smartphone and then follow below:

  • On Android and Windows phone: Go to menu> WhatsApp Web
  • On iPhone: Settings> WhatsApp Web.
  • On BlackBerrey: Go to Chat> Menu> WhatsApp Web.

WhasApp web

Step 3: Scan the QR code on your computer screen from WhatsApp web on your phone.

Now you have synced one WhatsApp account with your Windows or Mac browser.

Step 4: Open another tab on your Google Chrome browser (or whatever browser you are using) and open http://dyn.web.whatsapp.com

Step 5: Open your second WhatsApp account on your phone and go to WhatsApp web. See step 2 for reference.

Step 6: Scan the QR code, and you have linked your second WhatsApp account as well.

Congratulation. You are now successfully added two different WhatsApp accounts on your Windows or Mac computer.

Remember, for this method to work you need to have two different WhatsApp accounts connected to the internet.

So, this is how you can use two different WhatsApp accounts on your Windows or Mac on the same browser. You don’t have to fidget around two different browsers for different accounts. I hope I made this post as easy as possible. If you find any difficulties, drop a comment, and I will help you right away.

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How to Access Windows PC and Mac from Android and iPhone

The smartphone is an essential part of this information generation. We all carry smartphones with us all the time. Smartphones are also getting smarter and powerful with every passing year. Smartphones are also capable of handling many tasks that only computers were able to do a few years back. Now things have changed. Many people think that in the coming years, our smartphones might be able to replace computers completely. While there is time for that to happen, in the current time we all have a computer with us for different tasks that a smartphone might not be handled.

Managing two devices at the same time is a difficult task, and sometimes we just wish that there were ways to access a computer from the smartphone itself. Well, that is going to come true in this article. We have had several methods to access computers from smartphones in the past, but most of them are not up to the expectation. Not anymore. In this article, I’ll show you how you can access your Windows and Mac computer from both Android and iOS smartphones for free.

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Prerequisite

Here are few things you need to have in place to be able to access computers from Smartphones.

1. A Windows or Mac laptop or desktop.
2. Google Chrome browser on your Mac or Windows computer.
3. A decent speed internet connection and a Google account

How to Access Windows and Mac Computer from Android or iOS

First, make sure you have read the Prerequisites.

Step-1: Configure Mac or Windows computer

Open your Google Chrome browser on Windows or Mac computer and visit remotedesktop.google.com.

Scroll down a little and click on “Get Started” button. Sign in with your Google account. If you are already signed in then, it might not ask you again.

After signing in, Google will ask you to install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension for your browser. This is a free extension for Google Chrome developed by Google itself.

After installing the extension, open it by clicking on the extension icon.

Here under “My Computers,” click Get Started and then Enable Remote Connection.

Enter a PIN and re-enter the pin then click on OK.

Allow Chrome to Download and Install remote desktop on your computer.

Step 2: Configure Smartphone

After configuring your computer, now it is time to setup your smartphone.

  • First, download Chrome Remote Desktop for your Android or iOS from the respective app stores.
  • Open the app and sign in with the same Google account that you used to set up your computer remote desktop.
  • Now you can see your computer name on the app. Click on it, and it will ask you to enter the PIN.
  • Enter the PIN that you had set up earlier and click connect.

That is all; now you can access your computer from both Windows and Mac from your Android or iOS smartphone.

How to Install Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux?

Installing Chrome Remote Desktop on Linux based computer is tricky. Google has a really good resource page about how you can install and active Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux. You can read from here.

Please remember that Chrome Remote Desktop is still in beta phase, you can expect some basic bugs in it.

This is how you can access your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from Android or iOS smartphones easily and for free.

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How to Find and Saved Passwords on Mac

Mac, the 2nd most popular computer OS after windows have a lot of features under its sleeve. Many people use Mac because they feel mac is more sophisticated with features and performance than windows and that is true for many instances. I use both Mac and Windows for different purposes, and I must tell you that Mac has its advantages and millions of others who use Mac I agree with them.

Mac has very subtle and nifty features that might not sound super important, but in our day to day, it helps to make the computing process easier. One of them is the Keychain. Keychain helps you to save passwords for many websites in an encrypted form and autofill it when necessary. Keychain passwords are also synced with other Apple devices logged with the same Apple ID which ensures that you carry your password everytime you need.

There is no denying that Keychain is a great feature and saves you from remembering hundreds of complex password. But sometimes we do need to know the password and saving a complex password is not that easy. There could be many reasons as to why you need a password, but we can help, you find your saved password from your Mac machine.

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How to Find Save Password on Mac

1. Open Keychain Access. You can find it in others folder by going to launch pad, or you can do a spotlight search.

2. Click on the Password under the category on the left.

3. Search for the thing you want to see the password and double click on it.

Show Password

4. Click on the box beside ‘Show Password.‘ Mac will ask for your login password. So enter the password that you use to login to your mac.

5. Now you can see the password.

How to Find Saved WiFi Password on Mac

Another great feature of Keychain Access is that you can also find the WiFi password that you have saved. So to do so, follow the below instructions.

1. Open Keychain Access, under Keychains from the top left side of the screen, click Systems.

2. Under category from the bottom left side of the screen, click Password. You can see all the WiFi networks; your Mac was connected to.

3. Select your desired network and double click on it.

4. Click the box beside Show Password and enter your Mac login password.

5. Now you can see the password of that network.

Keychain on Mac is a great feature and easy to use too. I wish Windows also had such a simple yet powerful tool to find and organize passwords.

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Instagram Now Lets you to Apply for Blue Tick Verification, Here is How You Can Apply

Instagram with 400 million active users, it becomes necessary to keep a tab on security while giving the best experience to the users. In a recent announcement, Instagram has started giving users an option to apply for blue tick verification features. For those who don’t know what blue tick is, it is a stamp that you can see right next to many profiles which signify that the account is the original one and Instagram verified the authenticity of the people or brand.

Earlier to get a blue tick you generally had to had a large number of audience, somewhat popular, some connections with people in Instagram office. Many people also went to some shady practice of going through the black market. There is a huge black market for blue tick where many people promise to get you a blue tick for your profile in exchange for hefty fees. More often than not those people turn out to be scammers.

Instagram Now Lets you to Apply for Blue Tick Verification, Here is How You Can Apply

To fight all these, Instagram has decided to let people allow for blue tick themselves. It is still not clear as to what criteria there in place for verification process but having a large audience with the right document helps you to get in line.

While announcing, Instagram also announced a few more security features like 2F Authentication in a press statement.

How to Apply for Instagram Account Verification

In the last article, we showed you how to use Instagram on laptops to share photos and videos with your followers. This is the 2nd How To video on Instagram and in this article we will show you how to use the new feature to apply for Instagram verification.

This article will walk you through the steps required for applying verification. We don’t guarantee that the Instagram will give verify badge, i.e., blue tick. Verification badge solely depends on Instagram.

First, make sure you have the latest version of Instagram installed on your phone. If not go to Google Play Store for Android and App Store for iOS and update your app.

Open Instagram, head to your profile then setting.

In the setting, scroll down until you see an option “Request Verification.

Tap on that and then fill in your Username, full name or business name.

Instagram account verification

Attach documents to back your claim. If you are applying for verified blue tick for a person, then upload government-issued IDs like a driving license or passport. Make sure your name and photo are visible.

For a business account, upload documents like your business incorporation certificate, Tax filing report or utility bill.

Instagram promises to keep your documents safe and not share with anybody.

After that tap on submit and your wait. Instagram will initiate verification and decide if your account is eligible for the blue tick.

Instagram strongly advised you not to believe if any people approach you disguised as an Instagram employee and ask for money. Instagram also encourages to report those peoples.

I hope you get a verified badge on your profile soon. If you did get a blue tick, share with us in the comments. We would love to see.

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How to Post Pictures on Instagram from Your Windows and Mac Laptop Computers

With over 400 million active users worldwide, Instagram is one of the most popular social network sites. This platform is owned by Facebook it is very different that Facebook in many nature. For starter, Instagram is a social site for sharing photos and videos and you can follow others as well as others can follow you. Instagram is mostly focused on smartphone users as many of its features are available on smartphone only. On the smartphone, you can share photos, videos, and stories instantly. But on the desktop version, you are very limited regarding what you can do. The desktop version is limited to viewing and liking others photos as well as managing basic setting. There are not a whole lot of things that you can do on your PC or Mac computer or laptop.

This is a bummer as many of us spend a considerable time with our computer or laptop and want the convenience of sharing images from the comfort of our laptop. There are also other instances like we have a picture on the computer which we want to share and because Instagram won’t allow posting directly from the laptop, we have to go to an extra step to transfer the file from computer to phone.

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Not anymore, I’ll be sharing a simple method which you can use to use Instagram from your laptop like you would from a phone. You can use all smartphone features easily, and yes you can upload video and photos as well.

How to Share Photos and Videos on Instagram From Windows and Mac Desktop Laptop

Before you follow the steps, make sure you are using the Google Chrome browser, and you have the latest version of Chrome installed on your laptop.

Open the Google Chrome browser and go to www.instagram.com and log in using your IG credentials.

Click on the three vertical dots from the top right corner of your browser.

Go to ‘more tools’ and the select “Developers Tools”. Alternatively, you can also press Ctrl+Shift+C on Windows and Command+Shift+C on Mac to pull up developer option.

A window shall appear. Here click on the small mobile icon. For reference check the image down below.

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Now reload the website using browser button or simply press F5 for windows or Command+R for Mac.

Now you shall see a mobile version of Instagram. Click on plus icon and browse to the photo you want to share. Add the bio, add hashtags, tag people if you want to click on share to share the image with your followers.

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Similarly, you can also add stories to your Instagram from the laptop.

So, this is how you can share photos and videos on Instagram from your PC, and you don’t have to go through the pain to transfer media from computers to mobile.

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How to Download and Install Fortnite on Android

Finally, Fortnite is here for Android. In beta, but that’s ok I guess especially for months looking at your friend with iPhone playing the game. Even though Fortnite is available for Android but it is not available on Play Store, and Epic Games, the developer behind the Fortnite is not looking for releasing on Play Store yet. So downloading and installing isn’t as easy it should be.

Many people are getting confused as to how to download the app on their latest smartphone and start the action on their mobile screen.

We here at The Converging Network bringing this article which will try and solve this. We’ll tell you how you can download Fortnite on your android phone right way in the simplest way possible.

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How to Download Fortnite for Android

I’ll be dividing the download process into three parts for better understanding.

Part One: Checking Device Compatibility

This is an important part. You have to check if your phone is, in fact, incompatible with latest Fortnite Beta. Even though the app is optimized for phones but it still requires a lot of processing power, and your phone might not have that.

Fortnite Install Compatibity Devices

A glance at the Epic Games website confirms that the latest beta can be run on the latest Samsung devices, All Google Pixel devices, few Huawei, LG, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Nokia, Razor, Asus and ZTE phone. You should check if your particular brand and model mentioned on that list or not. If it is, then go ahead read the second part. If your device isn’t specified, then you might have to wait for few more days because Epic Games is rolling to other devices as well.

Part Two: Allowing Security Permission

Now that you know your phone is compatible for Fortnite beta, you have to change the security permission to allow installation from third part source.

As I said, Fortnite is not coming to the Play Store. And to download apps from other sources, you have to allow in the security setting. So go ahead open setting app, scroll down to Security and here toggle the switch right next to ‘Unknown Sources.’

Remember, your setting screen may differ from mine, and you may have to go deeper in setting to find this option. It depends on the phone you are using. So try hard.

Part Three: Request Fortnite Installer and Install Main App

To install the Fortnite, you have to first request a Fortnite installer (2MB) app from the official Fortnite sign up page and then only you can install the original app.

Open a browser and go to Android beta sign up page. Here sign up for an account and wait for Epic Games invitation mail.

Fortnite Android beta app Invitation

In your invitation mail, you’ll find a link to download your installer. Once you have the installer, select your device model, and it will start downloading and installing Fortnite for your Android.

Viola! Now you have the latest version of Fortnite on your Android device. No more eye-siding while your friend with iPhone plays Fortnite.

So, this is how you download and install the Fortnite app for your android smartphone. This app is in beta so expect some glitches and bugs here and there.

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Facebook Messenger Features that Many People Don’t Know

Facebook messenger is around for a long time. Facebook also ensured that all the Facebook users on mobile device install this app. With over 1.3 billion users worldwide, you’d think that a handsome chunk of users using all the features Facebook is offering with Messenger. But you are wrong. Here are few interesting features on Facebook Messenger that you should be using but you are not.

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Top Facebook Messenger Features

All the features that I am going to listing are available on both iOS and Android version of Facebook Messenger.

1. Messenger for PC

We all know that Messenger is an app for Android and iOS but did you know that you can also access facebook messenger from your PC? No, I am talking about some Android emulator, there is a first party way of accessing all the features of Messenger from your PC and Mac. Open up your browser and type messenger.com and log in with your Facebook credential.

Now you can chat with your friends and colleagues without opening Facebook.

2. Add someone to your Friendslist Instantly by Scanning Code

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Facebook lets you add anyone to your friends without ever going to Facebook and searching for their name. You can instantly add them to our friendliest and start your conversation. This is especially great when you are in a hurry and want to send someone something on Facebook but can’t wait to go through the traditional way of adding friend.

To do this, open your Messenger app, go to your profile by clicking on your profile picture from the top right corner. Then tap again on your profile picture on the center. Now you can share your code with the friend, or you can scan their code. Either way, you both will be connected instantly.

3. Start Secret Conversation

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Sadly spying is a real thing in this digital age. There is no way you can think that all your conversations are secret. But if you really want to start a conversation that you don’t want others to snoop, then you should start a secret conversation using Facebook messenger. These chats are end-to-end encrypted where no can see what you two are talking about not even government or Facebook itself.

To start an encrypted secret conversation, open up your Messenger app tap on the new message and then secret conversation. Choose the person and start talking. If you want your messages to be disappeared after a certain time, then tap on clock icon right next to your typing area.

4. Play Games

Yes, Facebook also allows you to play games from your Messenger app. No these are not any competitive multiplayer games, but these are good enough to play in your free time. There are a lot of games from Solitaire to Basketball and EverWing. You can play alone, or you can invite your friends to play along.

5. Send and Request Money

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This is another great feature of Facebook Messenger where you can send and request money from your Facebook friends. Like many other money transfer platforms, here also you have to connect your card to Facebook and every time you need to send money to someone from facebook you can do so in just a few taps.

To add your cards, go to profile>Payment>Add a New card and start sending and requesting money from your Facebook friends.

Note- Facebook Payment is only available for few countries. Please check before sending someone.

6. Send Text From Messenger

Messenger is also a great text application which you can use as a strong alternative to your default messaging app. The benefit of this app is that you can chat with your Facebook friend while you can also text somebody all from one app.

There are also many other features available on Messenger from Facebook. For example, you can chat with bots, share flight routes, plan a trip, split the bill among your friends, customize your chat, send graphics and loads of other features. You need to explore all the features that Messenger has to offer to fully utilize the power of the Messenger app. Stay tuned to The Converging Network for more such informative articles.

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