Skip to content

How to download Messenger for free

Rate this post

How to download Messenger for free: Are you at the very beginning with the technological world, have you just bought your first smartphone and would like to learn how to chat with your friends on Facebook? Don’t worry, this is really a no-brainer. All you need is Messenger, the Facebook application that allows all members of the social network to communicate in real time. It allows not only to chat, but also to make telephone and video calls over the Internet (without consuming telephone credit).

How much does it cost to talk on Messenger? Zero euro! Facebook, and consequently Messenger, is 100% free and does not require the payment of any monthly or annual fee. The only thing that can become paid is the use of calls and video calls under the 3G or 4G network: in that case, based on the data plan active on your phone, you could pay a sum due to the consumption of data on your line , but this is completely disconnected from Facebook (the money, in fact, goes to the telephone operator and not to Facebook).

Having clarified this, I would say to put aside the chatter and see how to download Messenger for free on all the most popular smartphone models at the moment: Android ones, iOS ones (i.e. iPhones) and those equipped with Windows Phone. Communications are independent of the platforms used, so you can communicate with your friends on Messenger even if they use a brand of smartphone or even an operating system other than the one you use. Have fun!

Preliminary steps: sign up for Facebook

As easily understood, to use Messenger you must have a account on Facebook. If you haven’t done so yet, install the official Facebook app on your smartphone or connect to Facebook from your PC and register with the well-known social network by filling out the form that is proposed to you.

You can sign up for Facebook using both your e-mail address and your mobile number. If you need help completing the operation, follow the instructions you find in my tutorial on how to sign up for Facebook.

Download Messenger for free on Android

Once you’ve created a Facebook account, you can take action! If you use a smartphone Android and you want to find out how to download Messenger for free, go to the phone menu (the one in which there are the icons of all the apps installed on the latter) and start the Google Play Store, which is the white shopping bag icon with the ▶ ︎ symbol printed in the center.

In the screen that opens, presses on search bar which is at the top, type Messenger and press the button to start searching for Facebook Messenger on the Play Store. At this point, select the icon Facebook Messenger from the search results (it is the blue speech bubble with white lightning bolt inside, do not get confused with “Google Messenger” which instead has a blue circular icon with a white balloon inside) and presses the button Install to start downloading and installing the app on your smartphone.

If you are reading this tutorial directly from your Android device, you can also do first and press here to directly open the Play Store page dedicated to Facebook Messenger. To use the Play Store you must have a Google account connected to your smartphone (or tablet).

How to download Messenger for free

Once the download is complete, go to the application menu of your smartphone and start Messenger. In the screen that opens, “tap” on the button Continue as [tuo nome] to use the application using your Facebook account, active synchronization of contacts to find out which of your friends are subscribed to Facebook and can speak on Messenger and, if necessary, confirm yours cellphone number. If you are asked to use Messenger as default app for SMS management, refuse, there is no need.

How to download Messenger for free

Perfect! You are now a full Messenger user and you can start talking to your friends simply by selecting their names from the main screen of the app. For the rest there is not much to explain: pressing on the icons of the handset and of video camera which are located at the top right you can initiate a call or a video call via the Internet with your interlocutor, while using the icons located at the bottom you can send photo, smileys and other multimedia content to the latter.

Alternative method

You have an Android smartphone but can’t find the Play Store on the latter? Don’t panic. You probably have a cheap and / or Chinese imported phone that for licensing reasons does not include Google services in it. In this case you have to get the Facebook Messenger installation package (a file in apk format) and install it “manually” on the device.

To download the Facebook Messenger installation package on your smartphone, open the browser you usually use to surf the Internet (eg. Chrome), connected to the site apkmirror.com/apk/facebook-2/messenger/, scroll down the page until you reach the box All versions and select the first version of Facebook Messenger that does not show the wording beta in its title.

At this point, select the version of Messenger that best suits your device (eg. arm Android 4.0.3+) and presses the button APK Download to start downloading the app installation package. If you are asked which app you intend to download with, choose the browser you are currently using (eg. Chrome) and answer OK notice that appears at the bottom of the screen.

How to download Messenger for free

When the download is complete (you can follow the download progress by accessing the Android notifications menu, then swiping your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom), open the application Download of Android, select the package com.facebook.orca_xx_apkmirror.com.apk, scroll up and down the screen that opens and press the button Install to install Facebook Messenger “manually”.

If you can’t find the Download application on your smartphone (or tablet), install a file manager such as ES File Manager and use that to access the folder Download of your device (just press the button located at the top left and select the item Download from the bar that appears laterally).

How to download Messenger for free

If you get any error messages trying to install Messenger, try opening the menu settings of Android (the gear icon), go up Safety and put the check mark next to the item related to unknown origins.

Download Messenger for free on iOS

If you want to download Messenger for free and use a iPhone or a iPad, open theApp Store by selecting the blue icon with the letter “A” printed in the center which is on the home screen of your device and, in the screen that opens, select the tab Near located at the bottom right.

At this point, “tap” on search bar which is located above and seeks messenger; locate the icon Facebook Messenger among the search results (it is the blue balloon with the white lightning bolt inside) and presses the button Get / Install located next to it to start downloading the app. To complete the operation, you may be required to type your Apple ID password (you must have an Apple ID connected to your phone to use the App Store) or to place your finger on the Touch ID sensor.

If you are reading this tutorial directly from iPhone or iPad and want to do it first, press here to directly open the App Store and download Messenger for free.

How to download Messenger for free

When the download is complete, start Messenger selecting its icon from the iOS home screen and access your Facebook account by pressing the button Continue as [tuo nome]. He then accepts to activate the contact synchronization to find out which friends are subscribed to the service and, if necessary, confirm yours cellphone number.

Once the operation is complete, you can start talking to your Facebook friends by simply selecting their names from the app’s home screen. To start calls And video calls just press the buttons located at the top right of the chat; to send photos and other multimedia content, instead, just use the buttons at the bottom.

How to download Messenger for free

Download Messenger for free on Windows Phone

You are using a smartphone equipped with the operating system Windows Phone? No problem. To download Messenger, all you have to do is open the Windows Phone Store (the shopping bag icon with the Windows flag printed in the center), press the icon of magnifying glass placed in the lower center and look for messenger in the search bar at the top.

At this point, select the icon Messenger from the search results (the blue balloon with the white lightning bolt inside) and proceed to install the app on your smartphone by pressing the button first Install which is at the bottom left and then on that Allow.

How to download Messenger for free

Once the download is complete, you will find the app icon in the Windows Phone app menu, which you can access by returning to the home screen and swiping your finger from right to left.

For the rest, the procedure to follow is the same as I explained above for Android and iOS: you must open the app, log in with your Facebook account, accept the synchronization of contacts and, if necessary, confirm your mobile number. .

Download Messenger for free on PC

To use Facebook Messenger on your PC, just open your browser and connect to the site messenger.com or, alternatively, take advantage of the integrated Facebook chat (in the right sidebar).

If, however, you do not want to keep the browser open all the time and you are looking for a more practical way to access Messenger from your computer, you can resort to unofficial clients, that is to programs that allow you to use Facebook Messenger without having to keep the browser always open.

How to download Messenger for free

There are many unofficial clients for Facebook available for download, but I recommend two in particular: Messenger for Desktop for WindowsAnd Goofy for macOS. They are both free and open source. To use them, all you have to do is download them to your computer, install them and access them using your Facebook account data.

Messenger for Desktop is available in various versions, even for Linux and macOS (where, however, I recommend that you opt for Goofy). The exact version you need to download if you have a Windows PC is the one called messengerfordesktop-xx-win32-setup.exe.