Messenger (software)

Developer(s)Meta Platforms
Initial releaseAugust 9, 2011 (2011-08-09)
April 2020 (2020-04)
Stable release(s) [±]
Android431.[1] Edit this on Wikidata / October 24, 2023 (October 24, 2023)
iOS390.0[2] Edit this on Wikidata / December 14, 2022 (December 14, 2022)
Windows1180.4.112.0 Edit this on Wikidata / August 18, 2021 (August 18, 2021)
macOS169.0[3] Edit this on Wikidata / November 17, 2022 (November 17, 2022)
Preview release(s) [±]
Android ([[ release life cycle#Beta|Beta]])437.[4] Edit this on Wikidata / December 5, 2023 (December 5, 2023)
Android (Alpha)438.[5] Edit this on Wikidata / December 3, 2023 (December 3, 2023)
Operating systemWeb, Android, iOS, Windows 10, Windows 11, Windows Phone, macOS, WatchOS, Wear OS
Size53.33 MB (Android)[6]
124.1 MB (iOS)[7]
169.4 MB (Windows 10 and Windows 11)[8]
91.3 MB (macOS)[9]
Available in111[10] languages
List of languages
Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Assamese, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Breton, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Cebuano, Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Dutch (België), English (UK), English (US), English (upside down), Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino, Finnish, French (Canada), French (France), Frisian, Fula, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Guarani, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Japanese (Kansai), Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian (bokmal), Norwegian (nynorsk), Oriya, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sardinian, Serbian, Shona, Silesian, Simplified Chinese (China), Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Sorani Kurdish, Spanish, Spanish (Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Syriac, Tajik, Tamazight, Tamil, Tatar, Telugu, Thai, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong), Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh and Zaza
TypeInstant messaging, VoIP
LicenseFreeware, proprietary

Messenger,[11] also known as Facebook Messenger, is an American proprietary instant messaging app and platform developed by Meta Platforms. Originally developed as Facebook Chat in 2008, the company revamped its messaging service in 2010, released standalone iOS and Android apps in 2011, and released standalone Facebook Portal hardware for Messenger calling in 2018. In April 2015, Facebook launched a dedicated website interface,, and separated the messaging functionality from the main Facebook app, allowing users to use the web interface or download one of the standalone apps. In April 2020, Facebook released a Messenger desktop app for Windows and macOS.

Messenger is used to send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio, and files, and also react to other users' messages and interact with bots. The service also supports voice and video calling. The standalone apps support using multiple accounts, conversations with optional end-to-end encryption, and playing games.

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  2. ^ "What's New Dec 14, 2022 Version 390.0". Retrieved January 5, 2023.
  3. ^ "Version 169.0 New! Messenger has a new look and more ways to connect with friends". Retrieved January 5, 2023.
  4. ^ "Messenger apkmirror repo". Retrieved December 5, 2023.
  5. ^ "Messenger apkmirror repo". Retrieved December 3, 2023.
  6. ^ "Facebook Messenger – Text and Video Chat for Free APKs". APKMirror. Archived from the original on June 21, 2023. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  7. ^ "Facebook Messenger". App Store. Archived from the original on October 7, 2023. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  8. ^ "Facebook Messenger". Microsoft Store. Archived from the original on March 12, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  9. ^ "Facebook Messenger". Mac App Store. Archived from the original on June 21, 2023. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  10. ^ "Facebook Interface Languages". Facebook (Select your language). Archived from the original on January 26, 2021. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  11. ^ Stenovec, Timothy (August 13, 2014). "The Real Reason Facebook Is Forcing You To Download Messenger". HuffPost. AOL. Archived from the original on October 19, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017.

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