As couldn’t be otherwise, the most popular social network with the most users in the world also has its owninstant messaging and chat application. With the latter, we can communicate with all those users that have decided to download this standalone app that’s totally necessary if we want to chat with our contacts on Android.
If you’ve got a good memory, there was a time in which you only needed to have the official Facebook app installed on your smartphone or tablet, until the time came when the company decided to separate this function from the social network to turn it into a completely independent application. Although many people weren’t too keen on the idea, at least we don’t need to have network’s battery-eating app on our phone as we’ve only got to download Facebook Messenger to keep in touch with our friends.
Send messages to all your contacts
But the app has definitely evolved: it allows us to communicate with anyone on our contact list, regardless of whether he or she is a Facebook friend or not. You only have to input the phone number to be able to send messages, turning into a global app capable of competing with other alternatives such as WhatsApp (also owned by Zuckerberg and company), LINE, Telegram or Kik Messenger.
A chat app in constant evolution.
But hasn’t stopped evolving because it’s constantly adding new functions and features that have turned it into a very interesting application that goes way beyond the classic concept of sending text messages: voice and video calls, multimedia files, groups, etc.
Main features of Messenger
- Send individual messages.
- Group chat.
- Share photos and videos.
- Make free voice and video calls using the VoIP protocol.
- Send messages to FB friends and contacts on your phone.
- Send documents.
- Receive activity notifications.
- Find out when your messages have been read by their recipients.
- Forward messages and images to people that aren’t in the conversation.
- Enable your location to inform when you’re nearby.
- Create shortcuts to your favorite conversations on your device’s home screen.
- Check who’s active or online on Messenger and Facebook.
- Disable notifications whenever you don’t want to be disturbed or keep your session open.
- Take photos and record videos straight from the app and share them within your conversations.
Integrated into the daily use of your smartphone
One of the peculiarities of Messenger by Facebook is how it displays the conversations when running in the background. We’ve all seen those bubbles that appear with notifications about new messages and that we can move around the screen allowing us to not lose the thread of the conversation while we use other apps… although some people aren’t too happy with this function and consider it rather invasive.
Facebook Messenger is the official Facebook app that lets you have text conversations with all of your friends on the popular social network. Thanks to this app, you’ll be able to send and receive text messages in conversations which you can later continue on your computer.
As with other instant messaging apps, Facebook Messenger lets you share images, or your location, in the text messages; you can even add several recipients and open chat windows with several people at the same time. Each conversation is then kept in a bubble which you can conveniently move around on your device’s screen.
You can also configure Facebook Messenger to receive sound and vibrating alerts every time you receive a message, and even respond via normal text message (phone to phone) if the person you want to talk to doesn’t have Facebook (or isn’t logged on to it). Plus, you can also make VOIP voice calls from within the application itself.
One of the most entertaining things on Facebook Messenger is its stickers collection, which you can use to personalize your conversations. These fun images are very similar to the classic LINE giant emoticons, and they really help bring your conversations to life.
Facebook Messenger will come in really handy to anyone who regularly uses Facebook (which is probably just about everyone). Thanks to this app you’ll be able to communicate with your friends more quickly, and from anywhere, at any time.
Another advantage that took some time to arrive on WhatsApp is that it’s based on a development for PC, therefore, ever since the beginning we’ve been able to chat from Windows, Mac and Linux (first from the web, and later on the desktop). That means that we haven’t had to wait to be able to chat on both our desktop and our phone at the same time, which is great for our productivity.
Therefore, if you’re a user of this social network that likes to keep in touch with your friends, don’t discard the possibility of downloading this app to your phone to have access to one of the most important and popular communication networks in the world.
What’s new in the latest version
- All your call registry and missed calls in the same place.
Requirements and additional information:
- Minimum operating system requirements: Android 5.0.
- Offers in-app purchases.