How to forward messages on Messenger – Step by Step guide

Message forwarding is a handy function to be able to use across all messaging platform, and Facebook Messenger is no exception. Having the ability to forward messages with a few clicks of a button allows users to simply relay a message to someone else without having to go through the faff of explaining what someone else has said.

Thankfully, Facebook Messenger does provide this functionality to all of its users, making message forwarding an easy-to-do activity on the platform. In this article, we are going to explain to you how you can go about forwarding messaging on Facebook, on both the mobile app and via a web browser.

Additionally, we will show you some other ways to share messages with others users across Facebook Messenger. Let’s get started.

How to forward messages on Messenger – step by step

To forward messages on Facebook you really don’t need to be a technical genius at all. Far from it in fact – as long as you have a very basic grasp on how Messenger works then it should be a really easy task to complete.

To forward messages while using the Messenger app on a mobile device, please follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to your Facebook Messenger account.
  2. Find the message thread that contains the message you want to forward.
  3. Hold down on the message that you want to forward and select ‘forward’ from the three bottom menu options that will appear.
  4. Select which message thread you want to forward the message to. You can either pick individuals or group chats and you can pick as many threads as you want.
  5. Click on the message threads individually to make sure the message has been forward on correctly.

If you are looking to forward messages on Facebook Messenger and Messenger Lite while using a web browser, then the process is largely the same just with a few minor differences. Here is the process in full:

  1. Log on to your Facebook account.
  2. Select the messenger icon on the top right hand side of the screen and select “see all in messenger”.
  3. Find the message thread that contains the message you want to forward.
  4. Next to the message that you want to forward, select the three dotted icon and click ‘forward’.
  5. Select ‘send’ next to all the people you want to forward the message to. Again, you are able forward messages to either individuals or group chats and can select as many as you want.

Alternative message sharing methods

If you aren’t bothered about following the “formal” forwarding process, then there are other options available to you when it comes to sharing someone else’s messages with another person. Some of them are even less time consuming than the forwarding process explained above. Let’s have a look at a few of the most popular ones:

Copy and paste

Copy and pasting a message from one thread to another is probably the quickest way to share messages with other Facebook users. You are able to do this on both the mobile app and Facebook for web, and it is as simple as it sounds.

On the mobile app, simply hold down on the message you want to copy, then select ‘more’ from the bottom menu bar that will appear and then hit copy. From there, all you have to do is find the message thread that you want to paste the message to, select it, tap the screen and then click ‘paste’. All that’s left for you to do is to hit the send button and the message will be received by your recipients.

It’s even easier on Facebook for web – simply highlight the text you want to copy, right click on it and then select copy. Then, head to the thread you want to paste it into, right click again and select ‘paste’. Hit enter or select the ‘send’ button to complete the process.

The only downside with copy and pasting messages is that if you are wanting to share the message on multiple different message threads then you will have to click in and out and do them all manually. With forwarding, you are given the option to share the message with multiple users all while staying on one screen.

Screenshotting

Unlike some social media platforms, namely Instagram and Snapchat, Facebook isn’t in the business of notifying users when screenshots occur. As a result, screenshotting messages is a perfectly viable way of sharing messages with others.

While it is possible to screenshot on both mobile and desktop, we wouldn’t advise this as a legitimate sharing method on desktop due to the fact a screenshot taken on a laptop/desktop computer would feature the entire 15 inch screen, making it less obvious what you are sharing.

To screenshot a message on an iOS or android device, navigate to the message you want to share and then click the button on the upper right hand side of your phone at the same time as the upper volume button. Afterwards, head to the person you want to share the message with and share the screenshot with them like you would with any other photograph.

Conclusion

To conclude, forwarding messages on Facebook Messenger is a really simple and painless task, much like unsending a Facebook message. Follow our instructions at the top of this piece and you’ll be forwarding messages in no time. If you are interested in alternative message sharing methods then consider copy and pasting or screenshotting.

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