The easiest way to access the new Messenger bots is to use the latest version of Facebook’s messaging app on Android or iOS. If you don’t have one of these devices, you can still check out the bots thanks to the power of the PC.
Getting access to Messenger bots without the right mobile app starts with Messenger for the web. Go to Messenger.com and sign in with your Facebook credentials.
Select the bot you’d like to check out and click on the appropriate link in the URL column. Messenger will then open with a new chat ready to go for your chosen bot.
All you have to do now is interact with the bot by saying “Hello” and you’re all set. Once you’ve started a conversation on Messenger for the web, the bot conversation will also show up on your mobile devices.
However, if the version of Messenger on your phone is not updated for bot integration some of the features may not work. For example, bots often give you several options you can click or tap such as Try it, View full story, and so on. These options may not appear or render properly on your device. Some links may also fail to work.
Everything will work just fine on the web, however, and inside of Facebook too.
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