FAQs and Troubleshooting

A curated list of the most commonly asked questions by Intercom customers

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The Intercom Messenger

Can I customize the Intercom Messenger?

Yes, you can (and should) customize the Intercom Messenger to match your brand. In your Intercom Messenger Settings you can add an accent color, background color, background texture and so...
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How does the Messenger work in mobile apps?

How to upgrade to the latest SDKs, what features work in mobile apps and more.
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Can I disable GIFs and attachments in the Messenger?

How to disable attachments and GIFs in the Messenger
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What's the Intercom App Store?

The app store is where you’ll find apps built by Intercom, apps built by other companies, and Messenger apps.
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How do I create an app?

Messenger apps explained, the difference between public and private apps, and more.
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How does the Messenger work with different languages?

It’s easy to set your Messenger home’s default language in your Messenger settings. You can choose from up to 38 languages, including French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. This will change...
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Can I send Messenger apps in a message?

Yes, you can send Messenger apps in your in-app messages, including your: - <a href="https://docs.intercom.com/capture-and-convert-leads/capture-high-value-prospects/automatically-message-visitors-on-your-website">Visitor auto messages</a>&amp
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When do borderless conversations appear?

With our borderless design, people can have conversations with your team on your website and web apps without needing to open the full Messenger: [Image "borderless+conversations.png"] Borderless conversations appear on...
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Can I hide my location in the Messenger?

Yes, where possible we recommend keeping your location visible to provide a more personal experience for your customers. But we understand that there are some cases where you might want...
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How do teammates appear in the Messenger’s team profile?

How the team profile shows your most recently active teammates.
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Can I move the Messenger's position on my product or site?

You can move the Messenger's position to suit your product or site.
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Your users' and leads' data in Intercom

Where do the social profiles come from?

Control whether you link your users to social media profiles.
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How do visitors, leads and users work in Intercom?

How visitors become leads, how leads become users and more.
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How do I delete leads in Intercom?

Clean the list of leads you're tracking.
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How do I delete users and leads in Intercom?

To help you comply with GDPR legislation, we’ve updated our deletion features for users and leads. Here’s how to archive users/leads: Before, you could delete a user/lead and remove their...
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How does Intercom track first and last name of my users?

Intercom will automatically split your name attribute into first name and last name. For example: - If name is "Joe Bloggs", Intercom tracks it as First name: "Joe", Last name:...
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Custom attributes vs events: what's the difference?

When to use custom attributes and events to track your customers' actions.
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Can I link directly to a user profile?

Create user profile links you can easily share.
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How is a session defined?

Web sessions We increment a users session count when one of two things happens: 1. The user has been inactive for more than 30 minutes and then returns. 2. The...
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Can I add descriptions to my custom attributes and events?

Yes. You can add a description to any custom attribute or event you create in Intercom. This will help both you and your teammates remember what your custom data means....
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Real time user presence (the technical explanation)

Real-time presence works based on periodic heartbeat requests coming from the user. The user sends those heartbeats every 30 seconds and is marked as offline when we haven't had a...
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Can I export user or company data as a CSV?

You can export your user data. First, select the users' data you want to export as a CSV. Next click the 'Export' button that appears at the top of the...
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What is a Unix timestamp and why is it needed?

One of the features of Intercom is the ability to distinguish new users from old ones. To do this, Intercom needs to know when your existing users signed up. This...
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What is user_id and why would I want to use it?

You may want to send Intercom a user id (a unique user identifier that won't change) instead of or in combination with an email. - One reason to do this...
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Why am I missing users that are showing up on my own system?

Your users might have installed a JavaScript blocking browser plugin/extension that uses the EasyList or similar list. This is especially likely if the number of users missing from Intercom is...
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How do I end a session?

You can install the Intercom Messenger on any public facing site that you own (your marketing site, your docs site, your developer hub, etc). In order to maintain continuity of...
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Is Intercom compliant with HIPAA?

Intercom does not currently comply with the HIPAA act.
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Sending messages

What's the difference between user and visitor auto messages?

With our Messages product, you can send automatic: - <a href="https://docs.intercom.com/intercom-s-key-features-explained/sending-messages/how-auto-messages-work">User auto messages</a> to your logged-in users, inside your app.  - And
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Can I turn off replies for messages I send?

One of the core philosophies of Intercom is to make it easier for your users to talk to you. Conversations are how you will win, delight and ultimately convert non-paying...
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Why hasn’t a user received my message?

If a user who should have received a message hasn’t, there could be a few reasons why. This troubleshooting guide will help you get to the heart of the problem....
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How do I avoid spam traps?

What are spam trap email addresses and why do they matter for your app?
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How does Intercom deliver push, email, and in-app notifications?

- For users, we delay sending mobile push notifications for 10 seconds. We delay sending emails for 2 minutes. If a user reads the message in-app before those time periods,...
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How quickly does Intercom deliver emails?

We deliver both automated and manual emails as quickly as possible to your selected users. The time it takes to deliver your message is based on two major factors: -...
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When do email auto messages send?

There are a few different times that your email auto messages will be matched and sent to your users. We'll look at each in turn: 1. <b>When you first put...
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What size should images be in my message?

The best image dimensions for emails, in-app messages and conversations.
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Updated over a week ago

How do I create filters for dates in the future?

If you want to create filters for dates in the future, you need to use negative numbers. For example, if you want to send an auto message to customers 3...
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My custom email design isn't displaying correctly. What's up?

This problem is usually to do with responsive email templates. There's an easy fix: If you're using a responsive design for your email template, make sure to include the following...
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Does Intercom support markdown?

Markdown can't be used to create messages in most cases. However, the composer for replies in the conversations inbox has limited markdown support. - It's possible to create lists by...
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Can I send surveys using Intercom?

You can send out your own questionnaire or a link to a survey using Intercom's Auto messaging feature. The auto message aspect of this will allow you to send your...
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Can I send mobile push notifications/messages to customers?

Yes, Intercom lets you send both push notifications and push messages to customers. But it’s important to note that both options allow you to do different jobs. Here we explain...
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What messages should I send to engage my customers?

Encourage trial users to convert, anticipate their questions, celebrate their progress and more.
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How do I remove company email addresses from group conversations?

When your customers CC people into a conversation your company’s support addresses (e.g. support@exampleapp.io) are often included. You’ll need to mark these addresses as ‘company addresses’ to let us know...
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Getting set up

How do I sign up for a free trial of Intercom?

Signing up for a free trial of Intercom is quick and easy: 1. Just enter your email address on the <a href="https://www.intercom.com/">Intercom homepage.</a>  2. Then select a product and enter...
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Can I use Intercom on multiple domains?

Yes. But only as long as you use the same app_id everywhere. Important: If you're using Intercom on your website, your conversations can’t be seen on different domains for the...
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What system requirements does Intercom have?

Intercom is built and tested to work in the following desktop web browsers. It may work in other browsers but these are not officially supported. Web browser support for the...
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How do I change my app's local timezone?

Changing your app’s local timezone in Intercom is easy. Just go to your Settings, then select ‘General settings.’ From here, select your local timezone from the dropdown menu. [Image "Screen+Shot+2018-03-26+at+13.18.28.png"]...
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How do I update my billing details?

Add products, change your payment details and view your invoices in your Billing settings.
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Where can I find my workspace ID (app ID)?

Your workspace ID (this appears as app _id in your code) is a unique code assigned to your app when you create it in Intercom. There are a few ways...
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Your team inbox

How do I add, remove or delete a teammate?

To add or delete a teammate, you can click here to go directly to your teammates page, or navigate there with the instructions below. Add a teammate - Hover over...
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How do I delete a teammate in Intercom?

To help you comply with the GDPR legislation, we’ve updated our deletion process for teammates. Here’s how to remove teammates Before, you could delete a teammate and reassign messages and...
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How do I block spam in my team inbox?

How to block and unblock users, and view your spam list.
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Does Intercom have keyboard shortcuts?

Speed up your workflow in the inbox by using keyboard shortcuts.
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Can I start group conversations in Intercom?

Yes, when you’re chatting to a customer, you can loop another customer into the conversation. This is useful if you’re chatting to a customer and they need to get a...
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Can I link to a specific reply in a conversation?

Share a user's reply with teammates by copying a link.
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Written by Liam Keegan
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Can I delete a reply I send to a user?

Delete replies to conversations that you sent in error.
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How do Inbox seats work?

Enable your teammates to provide faster, more personal support by assigning them an Inbox seat.
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Educating customers

What is the difference between a Help Center and a help desk?

A Help Center is a public website people can visit to find the answers they need about your product. With Articles, you can find out what your customers need help...
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Can I localize my Help Center language?

Easily choose one language for your Help Center.
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What formatting is available in the Articles editor?

Text styles, lists, code blocks and more.
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How can I save my article and set it live?

When you write an article in the Articles editor, there are a few different ways you can save it or set it live. For example, you can: Keep it as...
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What formatting does the Articles editor not support?

In case you’re curious, here are the formatting options we do support 😀 And here’s what we don’t support right now: - Custom HTML or CSS. - Re-sizing images: we...
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How does Operator learn which articles to suggest?

Smart suggestions help you answer your customers’ questions faster. Operator suggests smart suggestions in two ways. It: - <a href="https://docs.intercom.com/educating-your-customers/answer-customer-questions/let-users-help-themselves-with-smart-sugges
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Will it hurt my SEO if I move my Help Center to Intercom?

The Help Center, powered by Articles, is designed and built to have strong SEO. Do I need a sitemap? If you had a site map on your old help site,...
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Can I change the URL for my Help Center?

How to set up a custom domain for Articles.
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Written by Liam Keegan
Updated over a week ago