Messenger

Messenger (Facebook Messenger) Varies with device

Text, voice calls, and video calls now included

Facebook Messenger is a stand-alone chat app that lets you to chat with your Facebook friends. The app is also expanding to support other third party apps so you can send GIFs and short movies in Messenger. View full description

PROS

  • Supports chats, voice calls, video calls
  • Support third party apps
  • Easy to use

CONS

  • Compatible apps require new download

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Facebook Messenger is a stand-alone chat app that lets you to chat with your Facebook friends. The app is also expanding to support other third party apps so you can send GIFs and short movies in Messenger.

Chat with free voice and video calls

If you have a lot of Facebook friends, Messenger is the easiest way to keep in touch with them. Chats are normally one-on-one and you can see when your friend has read the message or when they are writing one. You can create group messages and have all your messages in one place.

Messenger also supports sharing photos and videos. You can take a photo or video directly in the app or attach a photo. If texting isn't enough, you can make free voice or video calls with the app. Both voice and video calls can be made through Wi-Fi or cellular data.

Messenger also gives you the option to share your location by default, which is good if you're meeting someone. The app also supports stickers by default and you can purchase more through Facebook's store. If you think the stickers are boring, you can download compatible apps for Messenger like GIFHY or Bitmoji to add a customized message.

There is also the possibility that games will be added to Messenger in the future.

Messenger on Android supports Chat Heads. Chat Heads are a persistent floating Messenger shortcut to your current conversations. You can move Chat Heads anywhere on your screen and it acts as an overlay on top of any running app. To close a Chat Head, hold the circle and swipe to the bottom of the screen.

Great when you use it, but it's easily forgotten

The usefulness of Messenger is based off how much you use it. If you talk to friends mainly through Messenger, the app is great. But if you use alternative messaging apps, Messenger can sit unused on your device.

But when you're traveling internationally, Messenger is a great app because you don't have to worry about expensive charges if you have to dial an international phone number.

Compatible apps for Messenger add more personalization, but don't dramatically change how you use the app. Messenger is first and foremost a chat app and it is great at connecting you to your friends.

However, Messenger will never replace your phone number or dialer even through Facebook is trying with Hello.

If you use Facebook, you need Messenger

Facebook is expanding the usability of Messenger slowly. It now supports voice and video calls and you can install compatible apps to add something extra to your chats.

But at its core, it's all about chatting with friends. And since messaging isn't supported in the main Facebook app, you're forced to use Messenger.

Instantly reach the people in your life - for free.

Messenger is just like texting, but you don't have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan).

Not just for Facebook friends: Message people in your phone book and just enter a phone number to add a new contact.

Group chats: Create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place.

Photos and videos: Shoot videos and snap selfies or other photos right from the app and send them with one tap.

Chat heads: Keep the conversation going while you use other apps.

Free calls: Talk as long as you want, even with people in other countries. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply.)

Even more ways to message:
Bring your conversations to life with stickers.
Preview your gallery photos and videos without leaving the conversation--then choose the perfect ones to send.
Record voice messages when you have more to say.

Extra features:
Know when people have seen your messages.
Forward messages or photos to people who weren't in the conversation.
Search for people and groups to quickly get back to them.
Turn on location to let people know when you're nearby.
See who's available on Messenger and who's active on Facebook.
Create shortcuts to get to any conversation right from your home screen.
Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break.
Stay logged in so you never miss a message.

Messenger

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Messenger (Facebook Messenger) Varies with device

User reviews about Messenger

  • lovelysingh214697004

    by lovelysingh214697004

    "Great App :)"

    Messenger is Good App for Video Call and Voice Call!! hdwallpapersdownloads.net. More.

    reviewed on March 1, 2016

  • 1162633145

    by 1162633145

    "good"

    a good application to send emoticons and smileys premium It is free https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=smil... More.

    reviewed on November 4, 2014

  • darlamcole

    by darlamcole

    "Nice app but hideous theme."

    I like the app but the interface is hideous. They need some new themes. A dark blue background for my text messages is... More.

    reviewed on November 20, 2013

  • azrosti

    by azrosti

    "amazing program"

    what does make this program guys ? amazing program unique program super program program is amazing and cool. More.

    reviewed on May 27, 2012