Facebook For iOS Updated With Improved Messaging, Multiple Photo Sharing, Gifts

Facebook For iOS Updated With Improved Messaging, Multiple Photo Sharing, Gifts

Facebook has just pushed out a big update to its iOS app in the App Store. Version 5.1 brings a number of improvements, including a new interface for messaging friends, the ability to upload multiple photos at once, and Facebook Gifts.

Now it’s easier to chat with your friends and share multiple photos.
• Swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who’s available and send a message
• Add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites
• Share multiple photos fast
• Give real gifts to your friends using Facebook Gifts (US-only)
• When sending messages, see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply

A new chat button in the top right of the app triggers a window with your Facebook favorites, a.k.a. the people you message and stalk the most. You can drag and pin people around to create a list of who you want quick access to from your news feed.

Like Facebook’s standalone Camera app, you can now upload multiple photos at once. You can even crop and apply Instagram-like filters to pics from your Camera Roll as you upload.

Facebook For iOS Updated With Improved Messaging, Multiple Photo Sharing, Gifts

Users in the U.S. have access to Gifts on iOS now, a Facebook feature many probably don’t know exists. You can send gifts like Starbucks gift cards or even donate money towards a charity. Gift buttons will appear on certain Facebook pages as the feature takes off.

You can download the free Facebook 5.1 update in the App Store now.

Update: Many of you are having trouble logging in after the update, so proceed at your own risk.

  • TECreasey

    Since updating I can no longer log in to Facebook on my iPhone. I just get “There was an error logging in using Single Sign On.” :(

  • Robert X

    Since updating I can no longer log in to Facebook on my iPhone. I just get “There was an error logging in using Single Sign On.” :(

    I just updated and launched FB with no problems.

  • MarcWilson73

    I’ve upgraded and I’ve lost my News Feed.

  • thegraphicmac

    Since updating I can no longer log in to Facebook on my iPhone…

    Consider yourself lucky. You’re not missing much. ;)

  • SamuelGrantS

    I thought the title said “GIFs” instead of “Gifts” and I almost died of happiness… then I re-read it.

  • digitaltara

    Too bad they didn’t add the ability to share posts to this update. I can do it in the browser version, but not the iOS version – how does that make any kind of sense?

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