Made for big screens and close connections. Get access to free* texting, and high-quality voice and video chat built specifically for desktop.
MADE FOR DESKTOP, MADE FOR YOU
Type even faster, multi-task while video chatting so you never miss a moment and stay connected with desktop notifications.
SPEND QUALITY TIME IN HIGH QUALITY
Host one-on-one meetings or bring the whole group together with free*, high-quality voice and video chat features.
GET THE GROUP TOGETHER WITH ROOMS
Send a link to group video chat with anyone, even if they don't have Messenger. Host up to 50 people with no time limits.
SAY 'HI' IN LOW LIGHT WITH DARK MODE
Cut down glare from your screen in low-light situations, so you can stay in touch no matter when or where you are.
EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH STICKERS, GIFS AND EMOJIS
Tell your story with stickers, gifs and emojis when words aren't enough.
SHARE WITH FRIENDS
Send photos and videos to keep your close friends up to speed. Receive files for even more productivity.
*Calls are free over Wi-Fi but otherwise, standard data charges apply.
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Ratings and Reviews
First of all -- it is amazing how I can use Messenger app on my MacBook because I wouldn't like to have an iPhone and laptop at the same time, since they are all connected to the same account where we can communicating like iMessage, Messenger, WhatsApp, etc. Honestly, once this issues fixed for not receiving any notification (because I am deaf and i couldn't hear if it is ring me), for major issue is CPU and battery: my CPU is too high and battery went drain too fast, but my laptop isn't very old because I recently updated my new laptop since 6 months ago. By the way, it's beautiful feature when I can be able to enable dark mode to reduce my red eyes on the screen at night (still, doesn't help 100% due to screen). I would give three out of five, but this is still earlier verision of Messenger for macOS. I removed Messenger off of my computer but I will be looking forward to better-fixed version that come friendly support with our (in the world) computers' hardware. It's kinda funny when Messenger works like a charm on iPhone and iPad, but MacBook...
Not good enough
If you're looking for a simple app for Messenger, this will suit you just fine for the most part.
But under the surface, this app simply does not have enough developer support. I don't fault the developers themselves, but it is evident that Facebook does not consider this a product worth investing much time or money in at all. Bugs, performance issues (CPU and RAM leakage, etc.), all built on a subpar Electron platform. Even little things like the window styling are broken on macOS Big Sur, when they had months to address this before it was released to the public.
Simply put, the lack of polish conveys a lack of importance on Facebook's part, which is a huge shame. Casual use is fine, but if you're looking for an app for Messenger even close to as polished as Apple's own Messages app, look elsewhere.
Developer Response ,
Hi T. Nathan, thank you for trying the app and for your feedback. Mac notifications are there, but we identified an issue that prevents the full experience from showing for some users that will be fixed in the update. We're so sorry about this! Would you be willing to let us know whether this fixes the issue for you in the next update? There's lots more coming every week including custom notification sounds. Cheers from the team in Seattle.
Kills the CPU on a Mac
This app is just fine on mobile platforms. My brand new Macbook Pro with 8GB of RAM was running the fan like crazy and couldn't even keep websites loaded. I checked the wifi, closed and reloaded tabs, did updates, etc. Nothing helped, and I was feeling like a I might have a serious problem. While I am pretty tech savvy in using the computer, I am not strong in the underlying workings of software and hardware. I did a little research online, which advised to check the Activity Monitor. Facebook Messenger was the top CPU process - 60% or something - with others nowhere close to that number. These were other programs with far more computing power - Google Chrome, MS word, iBooks, etc. I only had messenger open in the background. I uninstalled the app. Immediately, fans turned off and everything started working again. I did some more research and found out that many people were also having this problem in both Windows and Apple. This is a HUGE issue that Facebook needs to address before continuing to offer this app. It completely cripped a brand new computer just being open. That is unacceptable!
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- Facebook, Inc.
- 118.2 MB
- Social Networking
- Requires macOS 10.12 or later.
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