How to Enable Facebook Chat Heads on iOS Today

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Yesterday saw the release of Facebook 6.0 for iOS devices, introducing the Chat Heads feature previously launched with the Android release of Facebook Home and the latest Facebook Messenger. The iOS implementation doesn’t sound quite so compelling as the Android Chat Heads, but it’s still something we know a lot of you are interested in checking out. While Facebook said that the feature would slowly be rolled-out to users over the next couple weeks, there’s a way to jump to the head of the line and start using Chat Heads today.

First, you’ll need a way to access your iOS device’s file system – something like Macroplant’s iExplorer or Ecamm’s PhoneView. Then you need to pull up the Facebook/Library/Preferences directory and access the com.facebook.Facebook.plist file. With a plist editor editor, you have to either find or create the key “messenger_chat_heads_ios” and set it to yes/true. Then just replace the plist with this modified version, restart the app, and you should be ready to use Chat Heads – no jailbreak needed.

Of course, that’s not the only new feature slowly being introduced with this release – there are also those new stickers. While there’s a way to get those activated early as well, it’s quite a bit more complicated; more than just modify a setting, you have to keep Facebook from reverting your efforts every time the app runs. You can do it, but it’s (a lot) more work. If you’re dead-set on getting those stickers today, check out the source link for the details.

Source: iMore
Via: Redmond Pie

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