Facebook has launched a standalone Messenger app for PC and Mac. This means that you can now use Messenger on your desktop computer, as long as it is running Windows or macOS. These desktop apps arrived nine years after Messenger started.
At its F8 2019 conference, Facebook announced that a Messenger desktop app is under development. A year later, and with growing demand for messaging apps, the social network launched a Messenger app for Windows and macOS.
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How to use Facebook Messenger on the desktop
Facebook announced Messenger for Desktop on About Facebook. Stan Chudnovsky, vice president of Messenger, said Facebook is launching a desktop app so that “you can video chat on your computer and stay in touch with friends and family all over the world.”
New Messenger Desktop App for Group Video Calls and Chats https://t.co/wk1zFyp7tk pic.twitter.com/bLBwRDZ1a3
– Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) April 2, 2020
With people in many countries locked in to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this is more important than ever. And Chudnovsky said there was “a 100% increase in people using their desktop browsers for audio and video calls on Messenger.”
The Messenger app for Windows and macOS does everything from the browser version. This includes group video calls (up to eight people), new message notifications, support for dark mode and GIFs, and syncing of mobile and desktop chats.
Download: Facebook Messenger on Windows | macOS
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COVID-19 is changing the way we communicate
While Facebook has clearly planned to launch a Messenger desktop app for some time now, we suspect that the current crisis – and the way it has changed the way people communicate – led Facebook to release it early on. And without much fanfare.