By Facebook, Inc.
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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.
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 camera roll photos and videos without leaving the conversation--then choose the perfect ones to send.
Record voice messages when you have more to say.
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.
Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break.
Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
What's New in Version 98.0
We update the app regularly so we can make it better for you. Get the latest version for all of the available features and improvements. Thanks for using Messenger!
Better than the Facebook app
I always loathed installing the clunky facebook app. This separated out the only thing I actually cared about from the Facebook app. The direct contact with 99% of my friends without having to swap between the massive amount of other messenger apps out there that people use or even god forbid going back to archaic SMS messaging.
I do agree they push a lot of updates, but there are reasons for that like fixing small bugs that you may not notice but others do and report. They also are adding features and security features like secret conversations which on your own you can confirm that no one except the recipient is reading your chat. Honestly half the apps on the App Store are only updated once a year I'm glad I actually get updates and know they care about this app.
Seems Faulty and Sensitive
I find myself using this a lot more over the past few months, but the "updated" version has me bothered.
I can type with no issues via text or Kik or anything else. I find the keyboard functionality to be finicky. Everytime I try to hit send in a natural progression from typing to sending, it's so sensitive that it thinks I'm scrolling upwards and opens up some pointless screen. Then when it does, it's slow to open up and subsequently close back down.
I dislike how small the typing area gets after a very short period of time. Much of the "fun" functionalities are pointless and impractical. Some of the icon designs don't seem to do what you would think they would do just looking at them. I've also been told by people I'm talking with that they weren't online even if it says they were active. At least 2 people have shown "active" a certain number of minutes before, then tell me that they haven't been on in hours. I'm not sure if it's true, but I can fathom it at the very least with all of the other things that seem to be wrong with it.
Oh, and my least favorite and most annoying part...every time I close it out then open it back up, it goes to the "let's get started" screen like I've never once opened it before even if I had it open 5 minutes before. When it does that, it shows "unread" messages from YEARS past that I've read and reviewed long, long ago, but get marked as unread somehow.
Not a fan.
It gets a lot of bad reviews but...
This app tends to get a lot of bad reviews from people crying about it not being part of the FB app.
From a programmer's point of view this was the only way to make the app run smoother. FB itself takes a lot of the phone's resources, and without the messenger app inside of it, it still can be slow (you ever read an article that has a ton of pictures and ads just to have it crash after hitting next 10 times?)
Plus the different "plugins" that can be utilized across various apps on your phone. This wouldn't be as achievable if it was all rolled into one.
Right now, smart phones aren't at a place power wise where they can handle all of that. And limitations from Apple with 3rd party access to the different APIs limits what can and can't be done in a single app. I'd rather have a separate app with integration across my OS, that runs smoother, and has a bunch of new features and functions.
All the complainers should really stop and think that maybe there is a reason it's a separate app. Something that is beyond the concept of their knowledge.
This app is good. I use it more than iMessage at times. It's the actual FB app that needs work.
Just my 2 cents.
- Category: Social Networking
- Updated: Nov 21, 2016
- Version: 98.0
- Size: 287 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Languages: English, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese
- Seller: Facebook, Inc.
- © Facebook, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.