Facebook’s New Messenger Desktop App Lets You Skip the Browser

An illustration of Facebook Messenger's desktop app.

Facebook just launched a new desktop Messenger app for Windows and MacOS, allowing you to chat or video call your friends without opening your browser. This is a timely release, and it should help families and friends stay connected without coordinating a confusing Zoom or Google Hangouts chat.

You won’t be surprised to hear this, but video calls through Facebook Messenger have gone up two-fold over the past month. The company’s decision to release Facebook Messenger for desktop won’t matter to most users, but it’s welcome news for anyone who’s tired of their doomsday-era Facebook feed. Now you can socialize without falling down the rabbit hole of Facebook posts and news stories! Yay!


The new Facebook Messenger desktop app will look familiar to Messenger users, and includes options for Dark Mode and GIFs. The app allows you to mute or snooze notifications and will sync chats across devices. Like the browser version of Facebook, the desktop Messenger app is totally free.

The Facebook Messenger app is available for all Windows or MacOS devices.

Source: Facebook

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