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Facebook Messenger

By Facebook, Inc.

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Instantly reach the people you care about.

Messenger is a fast, free and reliable way to stay in touch. It's just like texting, but you don't have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan).

Get to your messages without opening Facebook.
Bring your conversations to life with stickers.
Send photos privately.
Have group conversations and make plans on the go.
Text your phone contacts, even if you're not Facebook friends.
Share your location so people know when you're nearby.
Record voice messages.
Make free calls, even to friends in other countries.
Know when people have seen your messages.
See who's available on Messenger and who's active on Facebook.
Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break.

What's New in Version 4.2

Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place

Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn't in the conversation? Just tap to forward it

Plus, continued improvements to make the app faster and more reliable

Free Calls: Talk as long as you want and stay in touch wherever you are. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply.)

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Customer Reviews

Don't like it! 👎👎👎

I see no point in creating this app!? In the past I could get messages "within" the actual FB app but now you're taken in and out of the FB app so you can access the FB messenger instead. ...and where's the "go back to FB" button inside the messenger???
Also, if you haven't logged into your messenger prior to accessing your FB app you now have to wait until it connects so you can read and/or send messages.

Why am I being forced to use a new app (FB messenger) in order to keep features previously available within the old app (FB)? What's the point??
Also, now I get all those annoying "sync contact" requests, "phone confirmation" prompts, etc.
I'm not against using new features per se but this just doesn't make any sense to me? I definitely want Facebook to be a successful company; currently a large portion of my 401K retirement portfolio consists of FB stock and I'm very pleased with my portfolio's performed thus far. However, sometimes I wonder if FB likes to change things around to make them better or simply for the sake of change? I guess it's too early to tell?
As of now I do not like the FB messenger. They'll have to come up with some major improvements and new features for me to like it. As of now -> 👎👎👎

Fantastic messaging app

I want to preface this by saying I have no love for Facebook, in fact I feel like their service is invasive and promotes ridiculous behavior.

BUT with all that said this is a great messaging app. It's fast and responsive and is great for real time chat. It also easily let's me attach voice recordings and pictures, which are both things I frequently use. Combine that with the iPhones screenshot function and it just becomes an excellent communication tool that is just as robust but way more convenient than a computer.

One possible area for improvement are video functionality for video chat and sending short clips. That would make it a one stop shop for all my messaging and communication needs on my phone.

All around a fantastic app and not something you'd expect from Facebook. At least I wouldn't have.

Not an SMS (text msg) replacement. Privacy/security questionable.

I don’t see anywhere in the app where you can simply send an SMS text message to someone who’s not a Facebook friend without first inviting them to download this same app themselves.

This app advertises itself as being able to send SMS text messages, and it can’t. It only sends in-app messages, just like the primary FB app, like Google’s Hangouts app, like Apple’s Messages, like Viber…so what’s the point?

Also, the app seems to insist on making my phone number public. If I reset this to be visible only to friends (which can only be done in their desktop client’s privacy settings), this Messenger app then logs me out and complains that my number is unverified—though the desktop client still reports it as verified. Sketchy.

Links included in messages don't produce any preview image.

And the "pop-ring" alert sound is too abrasive.

Facebook Messenger
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  • Free
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2014
  • Version: 4.2
  • Size: 35.4 MB
  • Languages: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese
  • Seller: Facebook, Inc.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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