Idea: One-press camera button to make video reply or one-press audio button to make audio reply on Facebook Messenger 4.12.2016 (#114)

Purpose is to enable people to quickly message using video or audio with one press. Messenger currently requires two taps for this.

Start on text in messaging app then tap Audio which shows audio option or tap Camera which shows camera option. But then go back to text, then press on Audio which records then sends when you let go. Then press on Camera which records a selfie video then sends when you let go. Then note read receipt that audio was off when video viewed by Person 1, but then changes to audio was on when Person 1 finishes watching the video with audio on. Designed by D.J. Sherrets.

Facebook & Snapchat today:

  • Snapchat Chat 2.0 enables to press to make a video note with a front facing camera then release to send, and press to make an audio note then release to send. These are called Video Notes and Audio Notes.
  • Facebook Messenger requires tapping the audio button then pressing a button to record an audio note then releasing to send the audio.
  • Facebook Messenger requires tapping on the camera then pressing a button to record a video, then tap to choose to send the video.
  • Apple iMessage has an audio button that enables to press to record audio then release to send.

Proposed idea:

  1. Start in message conversation. Tap on audio to open audio, which is how this works in Messenger today.
  2. Then tap on Camera which opens the Camera as happens in Messenger today.
  3. Now press on Audio to see that recording is starting then let go of finger to stop recording that sends to Person 1.
  4. Now press on Camera to record a selfie video then let go to send. Note that Person 1 views your video at first with audio off, then after views again with audio on so the read receipt changes to indicate audio was on.


  • Opportunity is for Facebook Messenger to make interacting simpler with audio and video messages.
  • Preserves the buttons that Messenger has today while adding a capability.
  • Alternative is to do this when pressing on the call or video call buttons.
  • Benefit of this approach is that pressing provides an action but still opens to the feature that the person was pressing.
  • This approach preserves the one tap to the Camera or Audio as works in Messenger today.
  • Read receipt indicating that video was listened to with a audio on or off is useful in cases when audio is off so unclear if video was watched fully. Also, “audio off” includes if the audio is too low to be heard, or the read receipt can indicate that the audio may be too low to be heard.
Designed by D.J. Sherrets.

© 2016 D.J. Sherrets