Boomerangs are a staple camera feature for Instagram and its users. The idea is to take up to 20 frames of video, which Instagram then processes into a looping movie that plays forward and backward. Since Facebook owns Instagram, it was only a matter of time before the feature hit its namesake apps, so it's not surprising that Messenger now supports the popular camera technique.
Facebook announced on Monday, Dec. 17, that both Boomerang and selfie portraits are rolling out to the Messenger app. The Boomerang feature is already available in the Facebook app's camera. But if you don't see it in your Messenger camera yet, don't worry — Facebook has said the updates are rolling out slowly to users, so you might need to be patient before seeing them hit your device.
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Once your Messenger app has the new feature, there's not much too it. Just open your camera by tapping the camera button at the bottom of the display. Then, swipe over on the feature carousel to "Boomerang." Accept any popups, line up your subject, then tap the infinity button on-screen or hold and release if you want to control the number of frames taken. You can take up to 20 frames of video.
Once Messenger takes the Boomerang, it will process it, then display it for you to watch. You can add effects to your Boomerang with the "Effects" button in the bottom left of the display, save the Boomerang to your gallery by tapping "Save," add to your story by tapping "Your Story," or customize it with stickers, text, or drawings using the three buttons at the top right.
When you're ready to share, tap "Next." You can choose where to send the Boomerang using the options on-screen, including your Messenger or Facebook story, or to friends in Messenger. Tap "Share Now" to complete the process. If you want to scrap the Boomerang, tap the back button in the top-left corner.