Messenger (software)

Facebook Messenger logo 2020.svg
Developer(s)Meta Platforms
Initial releaseAugust 9, 2011 (2011-08-09)
April 2020 (2020-04)
Stable release(s) [±]
Android342.[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 17 December 2021
iOS342.2[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 20 December 2021
Windows1180.4.112.0 Edit this on Wikidata / 18 August 2021
macOS134.0[3] Edit this on Wikidata / 19 December 2021
Preview release(s) [±]
Android (Alpha)343.[4] Edit this on Wikidata / 31 December 2021
Android (Beta)342.[5] Edit this on Wikidata / 12 December 2021
Operating systemWeb, Android, iOS, Windows 10, Windows 11, macOS
Size39.86 MB (Android)[6]
122.1 MB (iOS)[7]
169.4 MB (Windows 10 and Windows 11)[8]
118.2 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] is a 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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  8. ^ "Facebook Messenger". Microsoft Store. Microsoft. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
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  10. ^ "Facebook Interface Languages". Facebook (Select your language).
  11. ^ Stenovec, Timothy (13 August 2014). "The Real Reason Facebook Is Forcing You To Download Messenger". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved 24 March 2017.

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