Messenger – Text and Video Chat for Free

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  • Last update: 4 years ago
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Facebook Messenger app for Android, iOS: Say My Name Review

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The name "Messenger" is a bit egoistic and bold, as it screams "All of your messenger are belong to us!!1", and it was proposed by developers and it shows the great ambition of creating a versatile messenger that would satisfy most needs of most users. And this ambition seems realistic, considering the global Facebook population.

As the app can be used across multiple operating systems, you can enjoy it on most smartphones and tablets. The messaging system is integrated with the Facebook web service. So the 600 million users (claimed by Facebook on March 2015) may be a big underestimation.

Functionality 4/5
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Facebook Messenger became a standalone app in 2014. Before that messaging functions were featured in the Facebook app, but now Messenger users don’t even have to be registered on Facebook. When authorizing at the first launch, you may enter your Facebook entry data or just your phone number. You can as well create a new Facebook account straight from the start screen (it will redirect you to Facebook registration page).

Of course, Messenger app doesn’t require a phone number (unless you use it for Facebook authentication) and works quite fine on devices with no SIM slot.

Design 4/5

After you have authorized your app, you can set notifications (turn them on or off). If you change your mind later you can always turn notifications on or off in app’s Settings.

The contacts are integrated with your phone book in a very advanced way. You can use your Facebook friends’ contacts only. They become available in People tab when you launch the device. But you can as well let the app scan your phone book and find people from your phone contacts you may not have added on Facebook for some reason. You don’t have to wait until they approve on your requests, you can communicate directly.

And don’t get surprised when suddenly there are new phone numbers in your phone book. The numbers of Facebook users (unless they keep their phone numbers hidden) are automatically added to your contacts as they sync.

You can see which of your friends is active on Facebook now and who is off at the moment. The messages you send are displayed with special signs when they are sent, delivered or read.

It’s not even worth mentioning that texting within Facebook is free and unlimited. You can add photos (both from Facebook galleries and from outer sources, besides you can upload photos from your local memory), voice messages, external links with page previews, your current location or any other point on the map. By the way, you can attach your location to any message by default, so the receiver can see exactly where you are.

Usability 3.5/5

Emoticons, stickers and Emoji are available in special sections. You can add emotions to your conversation. And even more, there are special apps you can download directly from Facebook Messenger to make your communication brighter. There are emoji sets, stickers, picture editors and filters, drawing apps and even exotic apps that can speak or sing your messages! The full list is available from the app (a pictogram with three dots under input message field) and is worth its own review. Maybe these additional apps are the only paid things about Facebook Messenger.

Of course, there are group chats that support conferences you can create or join.

Cross-platform use 4/5

Messenger is adapted for iPhone/iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices. The interface is elaborate. The screen space is used wisely. While the iPhone app looks like a phone book with SMS features, the iPad version has a lot of space to show more info. In iPhone, version screen can only show conversations list or current dialogue. The iPad version shows both simultaneously.

Unlike some other messengers, Facebook Messenger seamlessly integrates your previous and current chats. Even when you launch it for the first time on your mobile device, it shows all your history and the users you have chatted with recently. The app downloads the history as you scroll the screen.

The service supports multiple logins. You can use Facebook Messenger on several devices simultaneously. The notification on any event will arrive on all of them.

One of the most important features added recently is voice and video talks. The app promotes the features as “HD Voice” and “Video”. Even the regular 3G connection can provide excellent voice quality. Of course, all Facebook calls (including international) are free. There has been no delay, echo or sound distortion noticed when both sides have a good Internet connection. Of course, if you’re using a slow Internet there may be issues with sound transferring. But they’re not on Facebook.

In-App Purchases

There's nothing to pay for in Messenger for Android and iOS. However, things like video calls, especially international, are not supported worldwide yet. Country by country, this feature is activated gradually.

But if this feature works in your country it works excellently. Intelligent algorithms automatically adjust video quality so it fits your bandwidth to provide the best possible quality. Of course, you can send videos from devices with a front camera only (time to sigh for most iPod Touch users). But anyway, you can receive video from the other side.

The Bottom Line

All in all, Messenger app is one of the best messaging services available. Its best feature is combining Facebook account and traditional messenger’s interface. It’s still strongly integrated with the main Facebook app, but these two apps are independent now and don’t require each other.



Messenger app has all it takes to become your main IM app: chats, voice, video communication, data exchange. However, rival apps are not far behind - if at all. So don't give up on alternatives some of your friends may already be using.

Pros : Available for most devices;
Supports Video calls.
Facebook Messenger free to download.

Cons : Poor quality of pictures sent through the app;
Lame stickers compared to rival apps.
Messenger download software takes up a lot of disk space

Functionality 4

Design 4

Usability 3.5

Cross-platform use 4

Average : 3.9


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  • How can I be sure that my messages are going through like they’re supposed to in the Messenger app?

    You’ll instantly see when your messages are delivered to another user’s device, and when they’ve read it.

  • How to send money via the Messenger app?

    If you don’t have cash, you can send and receive money within the Messenger app. It’s a secure and fast way. You just have to add your debit card and get started.

  • Can I use the Messenger app without a Facebook account?

    Yes, you can. Launch the app, type your phone number, and select Continue. After your number is confirmed, enter your name and add a photo. You can synchronize your contacts to send messages to anyone on your device.

  • Why Facebook Messenger won't open?

    Maybe there is an updating process the app is going through or you just have to update the app and get the latest version.

  • Why Facebook Messenger message is not delivered?

    Maybe the problem is in your Internet connection. Make sure it works properly and try to send the message again.

  • How do I access Messenger settings?

    Open the Facebook Messenger app. Tap the 'Me' button located in the bottom right-hand corner. This opens a settings page within the app.

  • How do I create a Messenger account?

    Download the Facebook Messenger app, select the “Not on Facebook?” option, and enter your phone number and name. That's it.

  • Are Facebook Messenger calls free?

    Facebook Messenger's voice calling feature is similar to other standalone messaging apps such as Viber, and provides totally free calls.

  • Is Facebook Messenger available for Android?

    Yes, Facebook Messenger can be downloaded on an Android device.

  • How to get the Facebook Messenger latest version?

    Click on the ‘Get app’ button on the site, or just check App Store or Play Market and get the Messenger latest version.


  • RA
    Roton Abdur Razzak
    Samsung SHW-M110S (Galaxy S)
    1 year ago
    like to meet friends
  • KL
    Kgothatso Leeto
    Samsung GT-S5310I (Galaxy Pocket Neo)
    1 year ago
    Love chatting with messenger
  • AM
    Ann Martin
    Apple iPad 2
    1 year ago
    How do I get SOS on pad?
  • na
    nancy algahnim
    Nokia Lumia 920 (Lumia 920)
    1 year ago
    More easy to use than before
  • na
    nancy alhahnim
    Nokia Lumia 920 (Lumia 920)
    1 year ago
    More interesting to use than before and easy to connect and have fast to send a messages fast to have a fast conversation fast and more fan
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