The good news is, the one-one encrypted messaging featured known as Secret Conversations is now available for all Android users. It is a huge step for the encrypted messaging trend that is set by other applications such as the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Google Allo, and Viber.
Facebook introduced a limited beta version of the Messenger for Android that has an end-to-end encryption feature that has dubbed secret conversations. The secret conversations are only available to a limited number of the Facebook messenger’s first, and a wider roll is planned for later this summer.
This feature does not operate like in WhatsApp, which offers the end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for all messages when all users have a compatible version of the application. Instead, secrets conversations let the Messenger fans to encrypt one-on-one conversations on the fly. The group messing is not covered.
Though all messages on the Messenger are always secure, this new option lets users encrypt messages from one end to end. This means that no one has the ability to decipher them. Not even Facebook itself. Moreover, even your government cannot spy on your messages.
The only drawback with the app is that you have to turn the feature on so that your messages can be encrypted. This seems a little unfair because you can send secret messages without activating the feature. An automatic option would be more recommended.
How to encrypt Facebook messages with secret conversations
1. Open your Facebook Messenger and go to the ‘Me’ screen
To get to this screen, select ‘Me’ from the bottom menu. You will notice Secret Conversation
option below Payments.
2. Select ‘Secret Conversations
When you find this screen, tap on the switch that is next to ‘Secret Conversations.’
3. Tap Ok
After you open the feature, you are prompted to a short message and an Ok button. Tap the button. You are now good to go. You can now use the encrypted messaging from the Messenger application.
4. Sending a secret conversation
Just open a new message, click ‘Secret’ and then choose the person you want to send a message to. From there, tap the clock icon next to the message field. The clock changes or sets a timer that will cause your message to disappear after a set period of time.
After sending a message that is encrypted, the person receiving have to agree on using the Secret Conversation features. Once they accept, they will be able to see your message.
You can send, pictures, text, emoji, and stickers with this feature. However, videos, payments, video calling, and gifts are not supported.