Until a few years ago – you may remember it too – the term Messenger was associated with Windows Live Messenger, a very popular messaging software developed by Microsoft. Now times have changed, Live Messenger has been replaced by Skype, social networks have conquered the world and even that famous name, Messenger, has changed its “master”.
The new Messenger, the one that everyone is talking about and, it seems, can not do without is branded Facebook. It is an instant messaging application that is installed on your smartphone and that allows you to exchange messages with your friends on the social network. All at no cost. Perhaps Facebook Messenger could seem to you in many ways a ” duplicate ” of WhatsApp, another very popular messaging app that has come under the control of Facebook; but its tight integration with the social network in blue makes it an absolute “must-have” for Android, iOS and Windows Phone users.
Haven’t you tried it yet? Well, if you are a Facebook member you should do it, otherwise you won’t be able to keep in touch with your Facebook friends! Don’t know how to download Messenger? Don’t worry, in today’s guide I will explain how to download Messenger , giving you all the information you need. You will find out how to download Messenger on your Android, iOS and Windows Phone smartphone. For completeness of information, I will also talk to you about how you can download Messenger from PC and Mac, directly using the browser you use to surf the Internet, but also by downloading the official client for Windows 10.
Having said that we can proceed; are you ready to discover all the steps to take to download Messenger ? Keep your smartphone handy, to follow my step-by-step instructions. As always, I wish you a good read.
How to download Messenger on Android
If you want to download Messenger on Android , the first thing you need to do is look for the official Facebook application for messaging in the Google Play Store, the Google virtual store where you can download all the Android apps. To do this, open the Google Play Store (the shopping bag icon with the ▶ ︎ symbol in the center) and use the search bar at the top to search for the app. Then type Messenger to search for it.
Once the first search results appear, the application to download will be the first item in the list. The Messenger app has a blue balloon icon with a white lightning bolt inside , and is developed by Facebook.
Click on it and press the Install button on the screen that opens, to start downloading and installing the app on your device. Wait a few seconds for the app to download and install correctly.
If you wish, I can make things even easier for you: if you are reading this guide of mine directly from your Android smartphone, you can download the Facebook application, Messenger, simply by visiting the link below that refers to the application on the Google Play Store . Once you have clicked on it, just press the Install button , present in the screen that opens to download the application.
- Messenger– installa l’app dal Play Store per Android
Have you installed the application correctly on your smartphone? Very good! At this point you just have to log in. Then follow my instructions to log in to Messenger, using an Android smartphone.
Start the Messenger application, selecting its icon from the Android main menu, and follow the initial configuration procedure of the app that will appear on the screen. You will see that it is just a few simple steps, from the moment you simply press the Continue button as [your name] .
In this way, the Messenger app will make the direct connection with your Facebook account, allowing you to send messages to your contacts on the social network.
If asked, turn on notifications to receive an alert every time your friends send you a message via Facebook Messenger. Once done, my advice is also to activate the synchronization of contacts, confirming your phone number: you will be able to find friends who have signed up for Facebook and who use the messaging application. Instead, if you are asked to use Messenger as your default SMS management app, my advice is to decline; it is an additional function that you do not need.
Now that you have followed all these steps you will have finished the initial setup of the app and you will be able to log in to Messenger whenever you want. To do this, simply press its icon from the main menu of your smartphone’s apps.
Once you have opened the messaging app, just press on the Home section (icon of the house located at the bottom left) you will be able to choose and select the name of your friend and start sending you messages with him.
How to download Messenger on iOS
Would you like to download the Messenger app to use it, but you have an iPhone and don’t know how to do it? No problem, I can explain how to do it in detail; you will see that if you follow my instructions it will be very easy. First of all, let’s see how to download it via the iOS App Store.
First you must obviously open the iOS App Store ( the blue icon with the letter A in the center ), the virtual store of iOS devices that will allow you to download applications.
Search for the Facebook messaging application by going to the Search tab ( magnifying glass symbol at the bottom right) and typing Messenger in the search bar you find. On the search results screen, locate the Facebook Messenger icon (a blue cartoon symbol with a white lightning bolt inside ), press the Get / Install button , located next to the application name. If necessary, verify your identity by typing your Apple ID password or using Touch ID, which will ask you to place your finger on the sensor. Wait a few moments: the Messenger app will be downloaded and installed correctly on your device.
I can make this process easier for you if you are reading this guide directly from your smartphone: you can download the Facebook Messenger application by visiting the link below which refers to the application on the iOS App Store. Once you have clicked on it, just press the Install / Get button , present in the screen that opens to download the application.
Messenger – install the app from the App Store for iOS
Have you made sure that the app has been correctly downloaded and installed? Very good! At this point, I want to explain how you can proceed to make the first access. Then follow my instructions to sign in to Messenger on iOS.
First start the Messenger application, selecting its icon located on the main screen of your device and follow the initial configuration procedure of the app that will appear on the screen. It involves following a few simple steps from the moment you simply hit the Continue button as [your name].
In this way, the Messenger app will connect with your Facebook account, allowing you to send messages to your contacts on the social network.
In case you are asked to activate notifications, confirm by pressing OK and then Allow . This is a very useful feature since Facebook Messenger will send you a notification on your device whenever your friends will send you a message. Once done, activate the synchronization of contacts, confirming your phone number: you will be able to find friends who have signed up for Facebook and who use the messaging application.
If you have correctly followed the configuration procedure that I have indicated you will be able to access Messenger whenever you want and send messages to all your friends registered on Facebook. To use the messaging application and send a message, simply select the name of a person to contact via the main screen of the Messenger app. Alternatively, using the search bar at the top, you can type the name of the person you wish to contact.
How to download Messenger on Windows Phone
The Facebook messaging application, Messenger, is also available on smartphones with a Windows Phone operating system. Would you like to know how to download it and how to use it? No problem, I can help you in no time.
First of all, follow the steps below to download and install Messenger for the first time. Open the Windows Phone Store (the shopping bag icon with the Windows flag in the center) and search for the Facebook app, Messenger, within the latter. To do this, just tap on the magnifying glass at the bottom center and type Messenger in the search bar that appears at the top.
At this point, locate the Messenger icon from the search results (the blue balloon with the white lightning bolt inside ); then press first on the Install button located at the bottom left and then on Allow to start the download and then the installation of the app. As usual, wait a few seconds for the app to install correctly on your Windows Phone smartphone.
Now that you have installed the application on your device you can start using it. From the Windows Phone Start Menu , with a swipe from right to left, access the section with all the apps installed on the device. Find the Messenger app and tap it to launch it.
In the following lines, I will explain in detail all the steps you will need to follow to configure the Messenger application on Windows Phone and log in for the first time.
The first thing you will need to do is to log in with your Facebook account. It also accepts the synchronization of contacts and, if asked, confirm your mobile number to synchronize the address book and thus be able to chat with your friends. As you may have noticed, the procedure to access Messenger is practically identical to what you will have to do if you have an Android or iOS smartphone.
How to download Messenger on PC / Mac
Messenger, Facebook’s messaging application is also available on PC and Mac . Would you like to know how to download it? No problem, I’ll explain immediately what you need to do.
First of all, however, you must know that, to access Messenger on PC, you can choose whether to use the application via browser (also accessible via Mac) or whether to download the official Messenger client, available only for Windows.
There are no functional differences between the browser application for Windows and Mac and the client for Windows. Clearly, however, the browser application allows you to access Messenger in a simpler and more immediate way, directly from the browser you use to surf the Internet. You will therefore not be prompted to download any type of software to your computer.
If you want to access Messenger via the browser application, just go to the official Messenger website and press the blue button Continue as [your name] . In this way you will access the Messenger chat, directly from the browser.
Alternatively, the Messenger chat is integrated directly into Facebook : just press on its icon in the bar at the top right of Facebook. You will find Messenger on Facebook ( blue icon in the shape of a speech bubble with white lightning bolt ) next to your name and the notification icon. If you click on it, the Messenger chat integrated into Facebook will open and you will be able to chat with your friends in the social network.
If you want to use Messenger to stay in touch with your Facebook friends, you can also choose to download the official Messenger client for Windows from the official Windows Store site . Once the app has been downloaded and installed, to access Messenger, simply type in your phone number or email and the password linked to your Facebook account. Then just press the Continue button to access Messenger and start using the messaging tool.