How to know if someone has blocked you on Facebook Messenger

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You can use Messenger’s message status icon to determine if someone has blocked you.

  • There’s no built-in tool that lets you know if someone has blocked you on Facebook Messenger.
  • However, you can infer that you’ve been blocked on Messenger from the state of the status icon on a message you’ve sent.
  • If you send a message to someone and the message is not delivered, meaning an unfilled check mark icon appears, you may have been blocked.
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Facebook doesn’t make it easy to know whether someone has blocked you.

They do this for privacy and security reasons, which means that, unfortunately, you won’t get confirmation that someone has blocked your account.

However, it is possible to deduce whether you’ve been blocked based on how the Messenger app behaves when you try to send a message.

Here’s how you can tell if someone’s blocked you on the Facebook messaging app.

How to know if someone blocked you on Messenger

When you use the Messenger app on your phone or in a browser on your desktop, you are probably familiar with the status icons next to the messages you send. There are four such icons:

  • An unfilled, empty circle means the message has not been sent. This is typically because you don’t have any internet access when you try to send a message.
  • An unfilled icon with a check mark means the message has been sent but not delivered to the recipient.
  • A check mark icon that’s filled in means the message has been delivered.
  • An icon that’s filled with your recipient’s profile picture means it has been read.
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You can tell if a message has been received or read based on the status icon.

As long as the recipient is logged into Facebook, your message should be delivered within a few moments, which means you’ll see the check mark icon’s filled-in version. Of course, it might not be read for a while; your recipient needs to open Messenger and view the message thread for that to happen.

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If you see this status icon but suspect the user is otherwise active on Facebook, you have probably been blocked.

If you send a message to someone and the message is not delivered, meaning that only an unfilled check mark icon appears, it generally means one of two things:

  • The user has not logged into Facebook.
  • The user has blocked you on Messenger.

It’s not always possible to tell the difference, but if you see that the recipient has posted to his or her Facebook page or comments on other people’s posts, that implies he or she is logged into Facebook. If your message remains undelivered, you are probably blocked.

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How to make Telegram stickers and share your custom emojis with friends

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You can create custom stickers with a third-party app and upload them onto Telegram.

  • You can make Telegram stickers with image editing apps like Photoshop, GIMP, or Canva.
  • Stickers can be used and sent in Telegram conversations like emojis.
  • Once you publish your sticker pack, anyone on Telegram can use it in their conversations.
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Many messaging apps allow you to include stickers in conversations with your friends and family. Telegram, a popular secure messaging app, is unique in that it actually lets you upload and use your own stickers in conversations.

You can create sticker packs and show them off as much as you want. Here’s how to make stickers and use them in your Telegram conversations.

How to make Telegram stickers

Before you can create Telegram stickers, you’ll need image editing software that lets you create PNG files with transparent backgrounds. Adobe Photoshop is the most popular image editing software out there, but if you’re looking for something less expensive, you can poke around the internet for a free alternative – we used GIMP in this instance, and there are plenty of other options available as well.

There are a few rules you need to keep in mind when designing Telegram stickers:

  • Telegram stickers must be PNG files with a transparent background.
  • Telegram stickers cannot be larger than 512 x 512 pixels.
  • Telegram stickers cannot contain copyrighted material (such as images or quotes from popular media).
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The completed sticker should have a transparent background, measure 512×512 pixels or smaller, and be saved as a PNG file.

The process of creating a transparent background for your sticker varies depending on the software you’re using, but in general, you’ll need to add an “alpha channel” to the background in order to create transparency. Once you’ve added an alpha channel, anything you erase or delete in that layer will become transparent, represented by a white and gray checkerboard pattern. With this, you can edit the image to your liking and save it as a PNG file once you’re done.

Just remember that once you’ve made and published a pack of stickers (as we show how to do below), the stickers are public for everyone on Telegram. So if there’s anything in your stickers that you’re not alright with strangers seeing, leave them out.

How to add and use your sticker pack in Telegram

After you’ve created your sticker pack, you’ll need to upload them to Telegram before you can start using them in a chat. To do this, you’ll have to contact the Telegram sticker bot.

1. Open the Telegram app and log in if prompted.

2. Tap on the search bar and type “stickers,” then tap on the Telegram sticker bot once it appears. This will create a new conversation with the sticker bot; tap “Start” to begin.

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Start a conversation with the Telegram sticker bot.

3. Type “/newpack” (without quotation marks) into the message bar and tap the blue arrow to send the message.

4. Type a name for your sticker pack in the message bar and tap the blue arrow.

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After you name your sticker pack, Telegram will direct you to upload the file.

5. Now it’s time to upload your first sticker. Tap on the paperclip icon in the message bar, then tap “File,” and then select the sticker you want to upload.

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Make sure you upload your sticker as a file, not a photo; if you try to upload it as a photo, Telegram will reject the sticker.

6. Use the emoji keyboard to type and send an emoji that applies to the sticker you just uploaded. This helps the sticker bot categorize the stickers.

7. Repeat steps five and six for each sticker you want to include in the sticker pack. Once you’ve finished adding stickers, type “/publish” (without quotation marks) into the message bar and tap the blue arrow.

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Once you finish adding stickers to your pack, use the /publish message command to indicate that you’re done.

8. Telegram will give you the option to upload an icon for your sticker pack. If you choose to do so, the icon must be 100 x 100 pixels. This isn’t required, though, so if you want to skip this step, just type “/skip” (without quotation marks) into the message bar and tap the blue arrow.

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The short name you choose will be incorporated in Telegram’s unique link for your sticker pack, so you might have to try a few before finding one that isn’t taken.

9. Type a short name for your sticker pack and tap the blue arrow. This will be included in the URL that Telegram creates so that you can share the sticker pack. If a short name has already been taken or isn’t usable, Telegram will ask you to choose a different one.

10. Telegram will send you a link for your sticker pack. Tap on the link, then tap “Add Stickers” to download the sticker pack. You can also share the link with your friends so that they can use your stickers as well.

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Telegram creates a unique link that you can share with others, allowing them to use your stickers, too.

11. Now that you’ve created and downloaded your sticker pack, you’ll be able to include them in messages like any other sticker. Start a conversation with a friend and give it a try.

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Once you’ve added them, your stickers will appear in your sticker keyboard and you can use them like any other sticker.

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How to contact Discord and submit a help or support request as a user or developer

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There are several ways you can contact Discord support.

  • You can contact Discord support directly using their online forms for users and developers, via Twitter, or by reaching them via email at support@discordapp.com.
  • Developers can contact Discord with a specific issue using the Game Dev “Submit a request” feature.
  • If you want a quicker resolution, you can try to use Discord’s FAQ help center or community forums to get general support or help from fellow Discord users.
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Discord – the popular group-chatting platform initially designed for gamers – offers users a way to communicate, play games, stream, listen to music, and more.

With so many users and so many ways to use it, you’re likely to encounter problems on the platform. Regardless of the issue – whether it’s audio and video functionality, your Nitro subscription, or integrating Discord with a game console – contacting the support team is easy.

You can contact Discord for help and support issues through email at support@discordapp.com, via Twitter, or through various means within their help department.

How to contact Discord developer support

Like Discord users, developers are allowed to send support requests. Their request form is a little broader, and the help center isn’t as large, but you can still get answers and related assistance.

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Developers can use their own request form to receive help from Discord.

First, go to the game developers’ submission request form. Then provide a description of the problem, how the bug is affecting your program’s function, what the program is intended to do without the bug, and what the outcome is of the program with the bug.

You must also include the operating system you’re using and the platform that it’s used on.

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How to hide online status on WhatsApp to protect privacy

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WhatsApp’s online or “last seen” status tells other users when you’re using the app, but you can turn it off.

  • You can hide your WhatsApp online status if you don’t want others to see when you’re online.
  • WhatsApp normally allows everyone to view your online status, but it’s easy to change in the app’s settings.
  • If you hide your online status on WhatsApp, you also won’t be able to see other people’s online status.
  • This story is a part of Insider’s Guide to WhatsApp.

If you use WhatsApp regularly, chances are you’ve spotted the login status next to the name of some of your contacts. Though WhatsApp makes your online status visible to everyone by default, you can easily change it.

WhatsApp online status

WhatsApp online status allows users to see the last time their contacts were active on the platform and whether they are currently using the app.

When someone is “online,” it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve seen your message – it simply means they’re currently using the app. “Last seen” refers to the last time the person used WhatsApp and also doesn’t mean that they have seen your most recent message. The only way to tell if someone has seen your message is the blue checkmarks beside the message.

If you don’t want your WhatsApp contacts to know your “last seen” or online status, you can easily hide your status from everyone, or make it available to only your contacts, through the app’s settings.

Here’s how to hide your online status on WhatsApp.

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What is Telegram? A quick guide to the fast and secure messaging platform

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The Telegram messaging app is a popular alternative to WhatsApp and Signal.

  • Telegram is a cross-platform messaging service with enhanced encryption and privacy.
  • Most messages feature client-to-server encryption, but Secret Chat messages have end-to-end encryption.
  • Telegram also supports group chats and self-destructing messages as well.
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Telegram is a popular cross-platform messaging app that is widely used because it offers some enhanced privacy and encryption features as well as support for large group chat features. It also has no ties to other social media platforms (both Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are owned by Facebook, for example), which makes the service more appealing to some.

The app is multiplatform, with versions of the app available for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can also access the Telegram from a web browser.

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You can access the Telegram app on a variety of devices, like Android tablets.

Telegram was founded by Russian social media entrepreneur Pavel Durov, and the service is free to use.

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What is WeChat? Everything you need to know about the popular messaging app, including how to sign up

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WeChat is more than just a messaging app – you can also use it to make video and audio calls, translate text, and more.

  • WeChat is one of the world’s most popular social media messaging apps, and is similar to WhatsApp.
  • WeChat supports video, voice, and text chat and has unique features like localized translation.
  • To sign up for WeChat, an existing user will need to scan a QR code on your phone.
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With more than a billion monthly users, WeChat is one of the most popular social messaging apps in the world, especially in China.

No matter what country you’re in, WeChat is free to download  – but signing up for an account isn’t so easy.

What is WeChat?

Launched in 2011 and owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent, WeChat has grown from a messaging app to become a unique social media hybrid. Services like Facebook are banned in China, so WeChat is the standard for business and communication.

 

WeChat supports the basics like voice chatting, picture messaging, and video calling. You can also share your real-time location with friends, play mini-games with each other, and post to a Story-like feature called “moments.” 

It also has a feature called WeChat Out that lets you call international landlines at a low rate. This comes with a localization feature that will translate messages and content between 20 different languages. 

However, it’s not nearly as secure as other messaging apps like Signal or Telegram. This is especially the case in China, where certain topics are actively censored and Tencent shares user data with the government. The app doesn’t have any sort of encryption, meaning that your messages can be potentially intercepted and read by third-party groups.

WeChat is free to download for iPhone and Android users.

How to sign up for WeChat

Despite its popularity, signing up for WeChat isn’t as easy as making a username and password.

When you try to sign up, someone who already has an account will need to scan a QR code to verify you. If you don’t have someone to scan the code, you can’t open an account.

Here’s a more detailed step-by-step.

Now you can send messages using WeChat.

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