Facebook Introduces Standalone Messenger App for macOS and Windows

Facebook Messenger Desktop App For MacOS

Facebook has finally launched native desktop Messenger apps for macOS and Windows operating systems. The Facebook Messenger apps are now available for download on Macs and PCs from the Mac App Store and Microsoft Store, respectively.

The Facebook Messenger native desktop app, which was unveiled during the social media giant’s F8 developers conference last year, is now available to users. The app was released to a few users in Europe last month as a beta test. Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, Facebook is gifting its users a great way to stay in touch with friends and family without needing to reach the web browser.

Apart from sending and receiving text messages, photos, videos, GIFs, stickers, files, and voice messages, users can also use the new Facebook Messenger app to make and receive voice calls and video calls. Taking part in group calls and video conferences is possible, too. This makes Facebook Messenger a great tool to connect with family and friends or to collaborate with colleagues for work.

Facebook Messenger Desktop App For MacOS Dark Mode

The macOS version of the app is also compatible with macOS’ Dark Mode, so depending on your Mac’s theme, the Messenger app changes its UI color scheme (Light or Dark). The app had been available on Windows 10 for quite some time, but the new version of the app brings a redesigned user interface design and a lot more features.

Since it syncs with your Facebook account, all your messages are always in sync and you don’t need to back up the data in case your switching between computers or if your computer software crashes. Moreover, the app is compatible with native notification systems on both macOS and Windows. You can even use the app side-by-side with other apps and tasks.

Our Take

Facebook has been cleaning up its apps after the whole Cambridge Analytica scandal and users’ distrust in the social media giant when it comes to personal data. The company started with the rollout of a cleaner, simpler, and smaller version of the Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android. Now, the company has released the Facebook Messenger app for macOS and a refreshed version for Windows.

It seems like the company wants to help users and gain attraction to its apps amid the COVID-19 related lockdown throughout the world. It is competing with apps and services like Houseparty, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Slack, and Zoom.

[Download Facebook Messenger For macOS, For Windows]