Facebook Messenger is a famous app when it comes to sending free messages to your contacts via the internet. It allows you to send messages using data or WI-FI. You can, however, choose an offline mode, so your contacts don’t know when you are online. Facebook Messenger’s interface is very clear and divided into two separate windows.

The first is dedicated to contacts, letting you see their status and availability and you can also add contacts and search from here. If you do not already have the app on your phone or tablet, here’s how you can download it and start chatting with your friends.

How to Install Facebook Messenger on iOS Devices

  • Open App Store on your device.
  • Click the Search button at the bottom of the screen, This leads to the app search field.
  • Type in ‘Messenger’ – several apps will appear in your search results. Locate the app developed by ‘Facebook Inc’ and click the ‘get’ button.
  • Click ‘install’. The app should now begin downloading. Based on your security and privacy settings, you may be asked to provide your Apple ID or Fingerprint before your device lets you download.
  • Once downloading is done, there should be an ‘Open’ button to click on the App Store to open Facebook Messenger.
  • You can now find the Messenger icon in your apps and tap that.

Immediately after launching the app, you would be prompted to log in, you can use your Facebook account to do this if you have one, or create a Messenger-only account if you decide not to be on Facebook by clicking on the ‘Not on Facebook’ option.

How to Install Facebook Messenger on Android Device

  • Open Google Play Store on your device.
  • Type in ‘Messenger’ in the search field. A list of apps will appear.
  • Locate the app developed by ‘Facebook Inc’, which should be at or near the top of the list and select it.
  • Tap the ‘Install’ button. You may be asked to give permission for Messenger to access various tools on your device. If you’re comfortable with these, click ‘Accept’. Based on your security and privacy settings, you may be asked to provide your Google account password before your device lets you download the app. You may also need to be connected to a WI-FI network to download.
  • Once it has finished downloading, tap the ‘Open’ button on the Messenger Google Store page. You can also find it on one of your home screens or in your list of apps and launch it by tapping the app icon.
  • Log in with a Facebook account, or if you don’t have one tap on the ‘Not on Facebook?’ button on the login screen. Follow the listed instructions on how to sign in using your phone number or email.

How to Install Facebook Messenger on Windows PC or Phone

  • Go to the Windows Store on your device.
  • Type in ‘Messenger’ in the search field. You will have a list of apps.
  • Tap on the app that was developed by ‘Facebook Inc.’ It will be at or near the top of the list. Click ‘Install/ to begin downloading Messenger. The app will start downloading to your device.
  • Once it has finished downloading, you can open Facebook Messenger by clicking on the icon in your Start menu, or by finding it on your homepage or in your apps list on your phone.

Immediately after launching the app, you would be prompted to log in, you can use your Facebook account to do this if you have one, or create a Messenger-only account if you decide not to be on Facebook by clicking on the ‘Not on Facebook’ option.

Note: Once its all set up, the app will ask you if you want to allow notifications. If you intend to make voice and video calls, it’s important to allow notifications otherwise you won’t know if people are trying to call you, unless you have the app open on your device at the time of the call.

You would also be prompted as to whether you would like to import your contacts from your device into Messenger. If allowed, the app will automatically scan your contacts for those who have Messenger so that you can contact them easily.

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