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Instantly reach the people in your life—for free. messenger is just like texting, but you don't have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan). Not just for facebook friends: message people in your phone book and just enter a phone number to add a new contact. Group chats: Create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place. Photos and videos: Shoot videos and snap selfies or other photos right from the app and send them with one tap. Free calls: Talk as long as you want, even with people in other countries. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply.) Even more ways to message: Bring your conversations to life with stickers. Preview your camera roll photos and videos without leaving the conversation--then choose the perfect ones to send. Record voice messages when you have more to say. Extra features: Know when people have seen your messages. Forward messages or photos to people who weren't in the conversation. Search for people and groups to quickly get back to them. Turn on location to let people know when you're nearby. See who's available on messenger and who's active on facebook. Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break. Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
Alert bug
by Cheesercs on 2016/02/06 06:11
Please fix!! Im not receiving 'out of app' alerts. I've messed with my phones settings and the apps settings but noting will work. I'm so irritated and seriously about to stop using the app because of this!!
Bad update
by frustrated beyond the beyond on 2016/02/06 05:11
This newest update keeps logging me out and crashing every time I try opening it.
Latest update won't install
by LlamaQ on 2016/02/06 05:02
Not sure how to review this version because it will not install after numerous attempts.
Can't use w multiple accounts
by Faithful-E on 2016/02/06 04:24
Unable to use if u have more than one CB account.
Messenger
by Adammmm8888 on 2016/02/06 03:35
It takes me to messenger but it won't give me the chat heads so you can't play a game or do something else with out going to messenger and then back iPod 5 user
It's okay
by Aysel786 on 2016/02/06 03:14
The program is not bad it self. The only problem is you are not able to read or write anything without this program.
3 day "update"?!
by KFRyze on 2016/02/06 02:35
One day the app decided to update which usually takes like 10mins max for any app. Instead it slowly attempted to update for the past 3 days. I figured if I just let it alone it would go away, but today it still wasn't done installing. I'm not sure if that's a phone problem or an app problem but that shouldn't happen. Also the notifications are sporadic, making communication through the app kind of difficult and can cause some problems.
plz fix
by Inc 13 on 2016/02/06 02:09
Whenever I close out the app and get back on it keeps saying welcome to messenger lets get started
Thumbsup
by MrWett on 2016/02/06 02:08
Luv it
Fix this please
by Rhee47 on 2016/02/06 00:54
I installed this app back on my phone but I don't won't my phone number listed even to friends list cos most are not really known friends I would like the option to choose none in adding phone# I agree with everyone that this app should be incorporated with FB app it's a pain to leave FB app to text with someone and it takes more room on phone After high school reunion I will delete if this is not back into FB it's to much trouble going back and forth Also it would be great if you could see or be notified when someone unfriend 's you like tweeter give us the option to do the same
Messenger not working
by Debie48 on 2016/02/06 00:39
I got a message to upgrade messenger. When I tried it didn't work, so I deleted up the app from mu iPad and now I'm not able to reinstall ... Please fix.
Works Great, Minor Bugs
by idkwhatnick2put on 2016/02/06 00:29
App works very well and as expected. Some minor issues: 1) App seems to struggle to load online friends. It'll load some and then continually try to load more, it appears. 2) Uninstalling and reinstalling the app can mark you as not being active on or having Messenger. The blue squiggly icon turns to the gray "f" and stays like that.
Messenger app is horrible
by Thatgirl5886 on 2016/02/05 23:40
The messenger app is useless it does not tell me when I have messages I have push notifications on and still nothing I have deleted the app and re-downloaded it multiple times and it still is not working
The worst
by Carebear_0586 on 2016/02/05 23:37
I think it's retarded that you have to have another app just to read your messages. Facebook is trying to hard to be like yahoo messenger. It's a waste of space!
No video chat
by Kimmiedale on 2016/02/05 22:44
Before this update I would video chat now that no longer available I HATE this update please fix it!!!!
Nope
by wwweezy on 2016/02/05 22:07
Two separate apps = 1 star (only because I can't give 0 stars). FB wants to be dictator.
Messenger/facebook
by Dsmboy92 on 2016/02/05 21:02
Ever since facebook update neither facebook or messenger open whats the deal with that so much for improvements and bug fixes
Bad update
by TheRyanEffect on 2016/02/05 20:57
Not sure what happened with this last update, but it has essentially bricked any messaging capability for Facebook on my phone. App won't finish loading, can't respond to or even open messages, yet it's sending me updates anyway. I have a large camping group I'm the leader of and communicate with the majority only through Facebook, so this has really made things difficult this week as I have to wait til I get home on my laptop to respond. Thanks for making things overly complicated. I miss the days when Facebook actually seemed like it enriched communication among friends. Now everything associated with it seems like a chore or an ad...
Upset
by Upset madness on 2016/02/05 20:26
I can't get in to my messages because of a dam cleaning bs that never happened to me before fix ASAP!
Great
by Xotch8 on 2016/02/05 18:30
Great
Absolutely a Nightmare!
by Steve96913 on 2016/02/05 18:25
Just like some reviews said: why Facebook app created a separate app for messaging!? Facebook + messenger apps drain a lot of battery, because there are too many "hidden" threads are running behind the scene! Finally, FB messes up the messenger: download error! It's rime to switch to other FB compatible apps!
Still inconvenient
by Just change it back on 2016/02/05 18:10
Having separate apps is really a pain. My aunt is elderly and it's so irritating for her that she just doesn't even answer messages because she only has a tablet that she shares with a friend. Make transition between account easier; if someone logs into a separate FB account, transition in messenger should be automatic.
Bug/glitch
by Tylersmith1921 on 2016/02/05 16:44
When I try to reply to a message from my lock screen with a passcode, the keyboard will freeze on my lock screen & the message will disappear. I can type on the keyboard but it is frozen on my lock screen and I can't use my finger print to unlock my phone. This is a major glitch that needs to be patched. Another glitch/bug I have found, is when I use my quick reply from a app and send a message to someone, it will say that they sent me that message when I am the one that sent the message. So pretty much the bugs are coming from the new quick reply feature.
Complete Garbage
by Cakes4Death on 2016/02/05 15:35
I'd rate this at zero after the update if I could. Not only do the notifications no longer work for messenger, but they don't work for Facebook either. Many of my friends are also experiencing these same difficulties. Get it fixed.
Can't use the app
by gtlebeau on 2016/02/05 14:38
I can't update the app or use it at all. When I try to update it it tells me there's been an error. It's like the app isn't even there. It's just a blank square. Is it because I have a 4s?
Won't load
by Wrap girl 2 on 2016/02/05 14:26
The App stopped loading yesterday. Deleted the app, rebooted my phone, still won't load. Please fix ASAP. Thanks
FACEBOOK MESSENGER
by FORDMAN67 on 2016/02/05 14:17
Why is it when i send a message(s) whether I'm friends w/the person or not The message(s) get sent But it takes hours days weeks months or years for the message(s) to get delivered So the message(s) can be read by the person I sent the message(s) to THIS IS STILL A VERY ON GOING PROBLEM
Me gusta muy buena aplicación 😀👍🏻
by PabloMiguelRodriguez on 2016/02/05 14:11
Me gusta muy buena aplicación 😀👍🏻
Still unnecessary, no longer as annoying
by McSnee on 2016/02/05 13:43
Facebook looks like it may have fixed my second objection to this app, which is its obnoxious "TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS" spam. Of course, the main problem is that it exists at all and messages can't simply be read in the Facebook app.
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by IISnowII on 2016/02/05 13:31
Can you all put the log out feature back in the messager? I like to switch accounts when I need to. Thanks.
Not a fan
by Mmkjk on 2016/02/05 13:00
Wish they would've kept it on the Facebook app
Fix notifications
by Sadean87 on 2016/02/05 11:27
Agree with other reviewers- having the notifications show even after opening the app is annoying. I don't want to have to click on the messages to make the notification go away.
Read my review
by TheCrazyHacker1 on 2016/02/05 10:55
It got popular because you are forced to download it not because it's nice
I can download the messenger
by Soulsurvivor143 on 2016/02/05 10:13
I deleted the messenger and i couldn't download it again
Great app
by Kiki019 on 2016/02/05 08:36
It's a great app for talking to friends on Facebook. But lately it has been crashing a lot, please fix this.
Crap
by Glarex on 2016/02/05 08:33
Makes no sense why their needs to be a completely different app to have messages.
I do hate it
by arbenblerim on 2016/02/05 08:20
Why do I have to use it as another app?? Facebook app and messenger 😠??? Can't it b 1 app for both???
HELP.
by K.M.S. on 2016/02/05 08:00
My messenger app doesn't work at all!!! I deleted it hoping it was just S glitch or easily fixed but now I can't download it again. It's just not working...
It's good
by Cujizzle on 2016/02/05 07:08
It's a good app but what if someone else asked to use your phone but they can't just sign into your messenger anyways messenger needs a log out app I mean why not.
Bubble head
by Lacey00000000000 on 2016/02/05 07:04
I hate how the bubble head doesn't apply to iPhone. That would be so convenient
"Thumbs up" emoji
by Mimi Peyregne❤️ on 2016/02/05 06:25
The thumbs up emoji is too easy to access. My friend was rereading an old conversation with her crush and she accidentally clicked the thumbs up sign and it sent him a freaking thumbs up. Now she is lying on the floor crying. Thanks messenger.
Needs the ability to subtext under each message
by timyork on 2016/02/05 05:57
The app works great. But as people use it on group texts, it desperately needs the ability to take a message and text within it
Won't update
by Jernie Love on 2016/02/05 05:51
My messenger app will just keep trying to update but days later, it still won't update!! I'm beyond frustrated with it!!
It's alright I guess
by SEROlena on 2016/02/05 05:35
Only rated it 5 so people see. The new update made someo the stickers in the packs hide. Alain still missing a sticker from the egg pack. Pls fix
This app is terrible
by Cenaion679 on 2016/02/05 05:17
I dislike this version of messager I prefer the 2013 version of messager it's a pain to waste time going from one app to another
Vague updates
by goldfinger7476 on 2016/02/05 05:09
Tired of it
Mr.
by L.h.kyaw on 2016/02/05 04:47
Messenger knew what people need.Amazing application.
Annoyed
by Misscele on 2016/02/05 04:24
The whole separate app thing is just annoying.
Upgrade
by Princess butler on 2016/02/05 04:24
Completely locked up the app. Couldn't open it couldn't delete it couldn't read load it.... Wth?!?!!! Idiots!!!
Great app
by Player Karen on 2016/02/05 04:23
One best messanger
Elmansoura_Egypt
by Mohamed Cristoo on 2016/02/05 04:16
يااريت لو يرجع الاختصار للشات يعني من خلال الاختصار اقدر افتح الشات من غير الدخول علي التطبيق
Good but
by Dontworybotit on 2016/02/05 04:05
I have to delete and redownload often. When it works, it's great.
Video Call Icon Bug? Or is it something else?
by ChowMeng016 on 2016/02/05 03:56
Ever since I updated Messanger my Video call Icon has disappeared. I don't know why this is happening, but this is really annoying because I can't call Video call the people I want to video call. I uninstalled Messanger and reinstalled it, with my Video call icon showing up for a few hours then disappearing again. If this is a bug can you please fix this because it's really unreliable and it's annoying. Please and thank you.
No video button
by Aluch1162 on 2016/02/05 03:28
You did this latest update and the video button disappeared on the messenger and I can video call anybody on Facebook messenger terrible bring it back
FEB 3 Update - Locks Messenger!
by iPad95678 on 2016/02/05 03:26
Messenger worked great until latest update... Now every time I log in it says - Thanks for downloading, spins crazy, and then verifies my info for the 4000th time??? Fix this!!!!
Amazing when traveling internationally
by TheSkatingSomm on 2016/02/05 02:35
Been using this to stay in touch with family and friends in the USA while in Tokyo. All you need is internet, and you can even call them. It's fantastic!
I can't get it to update
by Missy Foreman on 2016/02/05 02:24
It won't update and it deletes itself.
I'm going to keep posting this...
by Ozogirl on 2016/02/05 02:20
WHAT ARE YOU UPDATING?! Why do I have to use more space on my phone for an app that isn't necessary? Using messenger within the FB app was always sufficient for me and there was no reason to remove it.
Horrible!!!! Jkjk
by Cece? on 2016/02/05 02:18
I like it & everything but when I want to look through sent photos from a group chat, as I keep scrolling further, my screen turns black. I'm still in the app though , is this just me or someone else ?
Messenger
by Sisieberhardt on 2016/02/05 02:10
Y'all could really use an better update this is really stupid you need more emojis and more every thing this lame you should be able to set nicknames or sum
Fix it
by Megansv on 2016/02/05 02:00
When I type a message the app freezes. And makes my iPhone hot.
Hate it
by Wehrly1 on 2016/02/05 01:49
Hasn't worked for me all day and I've gotten any help from support!!
Can't even download
by LadyKengal on 2016/02/05 01:04
Ever since the LAST update I have not been able to download messenger.
Great app
by KeeghanP on 2016/02/05 00:48
No complaints app work amazingly well.
Hate It
by luvmycarly on 2016/02/05 00:41
Won't load. It loaded, then it wouldn't work. Tried to delete it and it won't delete. Can't reload. I hate Apple.
Guess you're fixing it again
by MP3raid.com on 2016/02/05 00:36
The last update took a whole day for it to finish on me, and I was glad it did. Now this update that you guys just released to fix the other update, just made it worse, as it's not finishing the update like the previous one did. Just, come on guys.
No
by 118367803832k on 2016/02/05 00:36
This is pure booty hole, zero star, zero star!!!
Add video chat capabilities for iPad!!
by GuinnessGirl11 on 2016/02/05 00:15
Love video chatting from my iPhone, hate that I can't from my iPad 2. C'mon, fix this! 3 stars until then!
Cant log out?
by Pleasequitbeingannoying on 2016/02/04 23:42
Hate the idea of having to install and reinstall messenger because i want to log out. Please bring back that option!
Latest update is crap
by Mak10302 on 2016/02/04 23:28
Since the latest update for iPad, the app won't open. When I tap it, my iPad reboots.
Cool
by Phillipp661 on 2016/02/04 23:27
Nice one
Nothing special but still use regularly
by JeanPaulX on 2016/02/04 22:36
Like the colors and emoji for likes but really nothing special compared to other chat apps like LINE etc.
Chat heads
by Stranger5000 on 2016/02/04 22:30
I would give it 5 stars but i would like the chat heads back so i dont have to switch from whatever app im in to messanger to answer somebody......you need to put chatheads back on!!!!!!!👎🏻👎🏻
Good
by R@$h&! on 2016/02/04 22:08
👍👍👍
Messenger
by selami04 on 2016/02/04 22:00
This app is wonderfull because it can let you to call someone ore talk with camera you can send photos and videos to i will always use this app for talking with people(friends)❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Will not instal
by Paganiguy on 2016/02/04 21:49
I've tried for two days now and still not having any luck with messenger installing
Needs Work
by Caittiee on 2016/02/04 21:40
For the most part I've been enjoying the app' up until a few weeks ago. Now when I have a message from someone who is not a FB friend it tells me so, but I can't view it. Just the notification badge appears along with the FYI about it existing. Not good for future clients attempting to contact me. PLEASE fix ASAP!!!! Thank you.
Es de mucha ayuda
by Manutico on 2016/02/04 21:36
Deberían unificarlo con whatsapp de alguna manera
Muy bien
by Turbillo on 2016/02/04 21:25
Super
Nagging
by Ashcock on 2016/02/04 21:23
It is fine I guess it let's me talk to my friends it asked me to rate it so I did.
New version = crap
by Sugestedtowrite on 2016/02/04 20:42
Does't work, Please fix it.
Chat Heads
by @gilinskyftjai on 2016/02/04 20:42
I am pleased with your overall messenger app, although I do have some complaints. I do not like how I can't reply to messages in the Facebook app! I noticed that Samsung phones have the chat heads and I really think you should consider giving the iOS messenger app chat heads so we can reply in the Facebook app and when we're using other apps too!
Nice. Love it!
by Lemaximus1228 on 2016/02/04 20:32
Not to shabby.
Waste 🙄
by NeecieJaii on 2016/02/04 20:18
The dumbest idea ever was making messenger its own app. If it wasn't for the App Store you wouldn't get a single star from me
Would give 0 if I could
by Bobzwowoof on 2016/02/04 20:01
Why do I have to send messages out of Facebook app? Super inconvenient. Also now I have a dumb alert over my settings tab.
Good app
by Deeyanoo on 2016/02/04 19:57
I like it, njoy using it
Bueno
by HaruLex on 2016/02/04 19:39
No hay ningún problema
Messages
by Taken219 on 2016/02/04 19:30
I can't stand having 2 apps. One for my newsfeed and one for messages... It's unnecessary and annoying. Waste of space.
I can't download the app on my iPad
by Saints fan 2012 on 2016/02/04 19:22
I am having trouble downloading the messenger app on my iPad. Please help me.
Msg
by Andrea jho on 2016/02/04 18:44
What I can't make a call or videocall in messenger
New update won't finish loading
by Chanteey 123 on 2016/02/04 18:39
Had to delete app and re download.
Force touch
by It's my birthday today on 2016/02/04 18:29
Please insert force touch then the app is easier to use
Great
by DavoDive on 2016/02/04 18:24
Great for contact F&F outside de country !!!
Chat heads
by Max5rocks on 2016/02/04 18:24
I really miss the chat heads
Can't delete
by River666 on 2016/02/04 17:53
Wonderfull! I can't update this app and I can't delete it. What a pos.
Sra
by Xaviera1234 on 2016/02/04 17:50
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Eh..
by Icstarzz on 2016/02/04 17:45
I miss when we didn't need a separate app to check our messages. I also don't like that you can't customize sound. When you're in public and the Facebook messenger sound goes off everybody in the room looks at their phone..
Hate
by R0zEED on 2016/02/04 17:27
I don't like having to exit Facebook to see my messages.
LiArs and garbage.
by Turge on 2016/02/04 17:12
I don't trust Facebook. I will check my message and delete the app immediately. I do not want it on my phone. It should not be a separate app. Facebook is slimy. Messenger is worse. This is garbage. Making me update and not telling me what your updating should nullify the EULA as far as im concerned. it jus keeps gettin worse, tired of all these mysterious updates. The seperate apps makes this pointless
Only use this app for messaging
by Diggitydawgkajjkkkjjajnf on 2015/12/18 04:58
I contact a lot of people and used to text them all. But this app is now the ONLY app I use to message people. I use it so often. It's better than messages because it is way more responsive and quick, and the new update, where you can change colors of the messages and set an emoji to quickly send...kiss for the girl, beer for the bros, and thumbs up for everyone else. This app is perfect. The call quality is way better than using my phone, and the video quality could get better, still cannot get better than FaceTime, but the responsiveness and how amazing it looks could not get any better. I do not have any suggestions on how to make it better, just keep it up and I may buy a Facebook phone! Also, all of these warnings about privacy and messenger getting to learn your location...no matter what any app can have that ability, nothing is scary about it. Facebook uses the location to learn about where you are and post ads, and collect information to HELP businesses grow. Not to secretly sell your information behind your back. Get it right. You do have an option to not allow location settings as well. But also it is used for sending friends your location so they can quickly get to you using maps, instead of having to use an address. It is easier to do everything than it is on messages, too!
The Truth
by CallMeTarJack on 2014/08/09 16:53
Facebook: a way to keep in touch with my family. I rarely use it, and was messaging my cousin. When I moved from PC to mobile, I noticed that Facebook was asking me to download Facebook Messenger. Now, I love talking to my family, so I decided,"Sure, I'll download it." When it finished downloading, I was entranced. All the features are perfect, from the messages that never go through to the constant app crashes. This app is better than snapchat. Now I can concurrently open Messenger from my homescreen, and after constant refreshing, see my new messages. I find how long it takes to load great anyways, because I can spend more time contemplating how amazing the app is. Imagine all the bugs you saw with the Facebook app, and double them. I find it fun making a bingo board based on all the bugs listed on the internet, and see how many I get. I play the game with my family, and got bingo three times! All in all, this app is the perfect way to keep in touch, especially when you haven't opened it for months and think nobody messaged you, and then upon opening it, you find that the notifications don't work! So it's like a nice little surprise every time. Thank you Facebook, for forcing this upon us as a mother would force an ugly outfit upon her twin sons because it matches.
Solid update
by Daveroo92 on 2013/12/26 10:24
I just downloaded this app and I really like the new update. It has a very similar feeling to iMessage but you can literally message anyone on this when you have their cell phone number and it's attached to their facebook account. So essentially anyone can use it in contrast to apple only products being able to use iMessage. I was drawn to this app because it offers voice messaging, and a variety of emoji sticker options that google hangouts doesn't offer in their ipad apps which is what I use for my main communication .this app offers all of that here. The app overall is really snappy and fast and very simple. I like how it's not connected to regular facebook at all. So there's no annoying facebook profiles or news feed to be forced to look at. It almost feels like your not using facebook. However, the only serious negative for this app is that not too many people have started using this yet. So sometimes my messages just go their facebook inboxes where they have to log in to see what I said which is a lot slower than regular texting. So as of now it's almost impossible to use this app for all my messaging and calling needs with friends. It's a shame facebook did away with sms message. It's not here anymore so I have to use your facebook account to use this app. That's very annoying.
Perfect For Me
by The Rican on 2014/08/31 07:02
This app does exactly what I need it to do right now. I can still keep in touch with all of my friends and co-workers even though I don't have phone service right now. I don't care for all of the hype that's going on right now about Facebook being able to access my phone's data and import devices. We're all being watched and having data collected about us in someway or another anyways. For the engineers I would love to see, in the very near future or next version, the ability to control how my messages appear on my lock screen just like iMessage does. I can control the preview settings. I don't know if Apple allows you but I would really prefer it if who ever just happens to glance at my phone they won't be able to see whatever private Facebook message was just sent to me when my phone lights up. Since you guys came out with this app and I noticed that a pretty clear preview of my message appears on my lock screen, I've been waiting for you guys to change if that preview appears or not. Even if just told me who the message was from or if I had a message at all it would be great. I understand there is no privacy between you and I but at least let me keep my privacy on my phone from everyone else. Thanks, Facebook Fan
Terrible and inconvenient, wastes memory
by Mariposa Immortale on 2014/10/19 17:27
I like messaging from within my Facebook app. I like my chat heads. I like being able to browse news feed simultaneously while working with messages. I also need to save memory space on my phone- I don't want to download extra apps to clutter my phone, use up more memory, and make connecting with Facebook friends less streamlined than the current messaging system. To put it frankly, I hate your idea of a separate app. I don't care that it's faster, it's less streamlined and multitasking between multiple apps is for the birds... That actually makes the experience much slower! Hate a separate app... And hate isn't a strong enough word. Fine if you want to offer a separate app for those who want it but don't force the rest of us to switch over. I will pull my Facebook account and stick with google + if you don't give us the old way back! Oh and I want to be able to turn vibrating alerts off on messaging for both apps! Update: have been using it a couple weeks now... Still hate it!... Update been a couple months and I still hate it for all the same reasons. It's not seamless multitasking between FB and messenger, hogs extra memory and I liked the old chat heads format much better. I could care less about making phone calls for free in the app or messages counting as text... I'd rather have my chats integrated back inside my FB app than any other feature you can throw at me! And fwiw, FB phone calls are terrible quality!
Please do something about this app!
by Pblue164378 on 2014/09/08 19:46
I hate this app. It doesn't make sense to me why FB would force people to leave the Facebook app in order to view their FB messages. I also don't think it is very convenient to have to delete the messenger app and reload it in order to change or switch accounts and see messages from those accounts. My teenage son hates it too and is no longer using it along with most of his friends. He and a lot of his friends' accounts have been easily hacked since this new "feature" has been implemented. Coincidence?Maybe. Why, FB, would you change something that already worked into something else that annoys it's users. I understand not everybody is going to like change, but when so many people have an aversion to your app, one would think you'd listen to them. At least give the users an option to use the new app if they want, or keep the classic method if they don't. And if they like the new app, allow them to switch FB accounts. FB might seem like it is a free social network to use, but just because people don't have to pay a subscription to it, doesn't necessarily mean it's free. Users are paying for FB, but not in a traditional sense; we're paying for it by being subjected to non-solicited ads and exposing our personal information (be it known, or not) to paying advertisers and other big businesses. Our privacy might be blocked from the public, but certainly not from advertisers that pay FB big money to know FB users' habits.
Needs to be optional
by Not_Falling_for_it on 2015/10/03 07:58
I hate that Facebook has done this. Things worked perfectly fine before when we could message people from within the Facebook app. Facebook needs to stop trying to become a phone company and stick to social media. If I need to text or call someone, I'll use the phone I payed money for, thank you. The fact that this app is REQUIRED to message people from your SMARTPHONE is ridiculous. This might be a good idea if it was OPTIONAL and at least 90% of your contacts list are also your friends on Facebook, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who texts and calls people who are not on my friends list. I have been putting off downloading this app because it will take up unnecessary space on my iPhone, and I came here to download it and try it out. However, after reading several bad reviews, I realized my original views on this superfluous app were justified. I will not contribute to the number of downloads this app has just to keep in contact with Facebook friends "more easily". I can wait until I'm at a computer for that. I just want to know how downloading a whole other app to perform basically the same function that was performed just fine by the actual Facebook app is "easier". I don't care about emoticons and .gif compatibility and all that because my phone already does that. This app needs to be made optional for people who want to use it and let those of us who don't simply message people through the Facebook app like we used to.
No idea what these kids are whining about
by Linyuan123 on 2015/04/11 12:18
Facebook, you've tried your very hardest to streamline the separate apps idea for a year now, and I am happy to conclude that you has succeeded with flying colors. A great overwhelming majority of these reviews claim they will give Facebook automatic one-stars for the rest of eternity... To those reviewers: don't you think that isn't the slightest bit unfair? Social networking and messaging are related, but they both exist in separate realms. Like you, I was skeptical before, but I am open-minded enough to realize that the Messenger app has just blossomed over the past years to include apps, voice messaging, and easy pic taking directly within the app. Also, accessing Messenger from the Facebook app is so totally seamless that I don't notice it at all. And going back is just as intuitive. Above all else, I have realized that I truly love being able to access my messages directly from a separate app, without going through the hassle of opening the Facebook app. I can't imagine going back. If you can't accept this, I think you really need to examine your aptitude for change. Facebook Messenger is truly replacing text messages as the standard for messaging for my social network. Actually, I lied; it already has.
After 2 years, I finally deleted you
by Winged Ox on 2015/02/28 18:06
I recently updated my iOS, and the repeated notification that your app works better if I let you notify me was the last straw. I am given that setting option for a reason, and if you're going to interrupt me every time I use your app to remind me of my selection and why I should change, you're out of my life. Here's something your strategy and architecture folks need to understand: In part due to the incredible amount of liberty and choice of information and experience that the likes of Facebook and the wider Internet ushered into our worlds, Millenials are far less tolerant of this kind of coercion; even delicately packaged suggestions become an annoyance. We know what we want most of the time, we know how to get it; if we don't know right now, we will in a matter of minutes. We are not like our unwitting parents and those before, believing that we must dampen our preferences and accept all of the reminders, placements, and suggestions as the nature of the beast. I, and my counterparts, have been liberated to the point that we can choose with greater autonomy, making us tremendously less elastic to embedded solicitations and nudges. If I wanted to be notified by your app with a sound or a bubble, I've been an iPhone user since 2012, I know how to do this with the flip of a wrist, and I haven't because I DO NOT WANT TO. Mmkay? I've deleted your app and I will not return.
An excellent, perfectly functional application.
by Sierra Rhuno on 2014/09/22 18:40
+5 stars for making an awesome app. Switching between Facebook and Messenger is easy, intuitive, and seamless. The messenging options are numerous, e.g. emojis, voice recordings, photo-taking, and sending photos from your photo album, and the Facebook team really did a good job on making a stellar app. I can't express enough how much faster and easier I can send messenges now. -2 stars for forcing everyone to download the Messenger app and removing the chat functionality from the Facebook app. As should be explicitly obvious from all of the ratings, your users don't appreciate your forcing us to download an extra app just so we can continue to use a feature we originally already had, despite how amazing the Messenger app is. You should have added the Messenger app as an add-on to the original Facebook app, so we could have had the awesome new messenging interface all within the original Facebook app. Additionally, in regards to the hypothetical combined facebook/messenger app, you could have added an option for the app to always start up with the newsfeed or the messenger, so those who only wish to message could already be right where they wanted to be. In summary, amazing new messenger interface; abysmally poor implementation—it could have all been in one app without forcing people to download another.
Fb messenger
by Yumaflower on 2015/08/04 14:10
Well, I love it!! It works way better than my iPhone 6 messaging. My texts, if long, get received sporadically and out of order. Sometimes with sentences missing!!! However, with messenger I can write a very long message and it all gets there in one piece!! I love it! Also I love the "group function"!!! I have a group called my My Yuma Family and it's awesome. It's fun and convenient to be able to inform and chat with all my local family at one time!! Sometimes I will hit the phone call button or other options by accident :( but it's not a big deal. I also love that I can record a short video of myself. So fun to do! I especially like to send one singing Happy Birthday!! I like that it lets me see if it's been read. One thing I would really love is... If the message hasn't been read, I wish I could delete it from the recipients end. I know on my end it deletes but it still gets delivered. Overall, I use myvphone text very little and use my fb messenger whenever possible. For people that don't have smart phones I will have to continue to text cause they will not get my fb message til they get online. You would think everyone would have smartphones by now but not even close. So, thank you for asking my opinion :)
Love 2 in 1💖, HATE 1 in 2!!! 😡🔥
by Yzma Loves Levers on 2014/07/30 22:27
Like the title says. Everyone loves having an app that does several different things right? That's the Facebook app of last year. Now this year we have the latest technology: a crappy app that's only half as powerful as the previous generation, so we make you get two apps because we're going to undo everything we've accomplished so far! What?! That doesn't even make sense! Having the NEW Facebook is like choosing to dump your perfectly fine smart phone for a flip phone. But guess what! The flip phone isn't powerful enough to do what you need in a mobile device, so you have to get a second one in order to make sure everything is getting done, which ends up being a completely unnecessary hassle. You have to call someone so you pull the flip phone out and dial the phone. But then you need to send a picture over email to whomever you're talking to and you're not near a computer. Your flip phone can't talk and email so you take out your SECOND phone and send the email with the picture while talking. That's exactly what this feels like. You're talking to someone in chat, and bam you have a new comment notification. Your new crappy app that you chose over your previous perfectly fine one can't do anything but message, so you go back to the other app to comment over there. Ridiculous, annoying, and totally unnecessary. The Messenger should be optional, not forced.
Convenient
by H5UNAMII on 2014/08/19 08:52
Much better and efficient than the Facebook app in my personal opinion. I hated the message system when it was integrated into the actual Facebook app. I actually used Messenger a while ago before Facebook made it required to be downloaded. I love it, it's more convenient and concise. I'm not sure what everyone is saying how it takes such a huge space and whatnot, I don't seem to have a problem with it- just disable notifications and only message when you really have to, I guess. The privacy setting is a bit normal, I'm pretty sure if you read through the fine details of many sites, you'll learn it's almost about the same. App-wise, it's great and works pretty well and does what it needs to. I like being able to toggle with my notifications. The interface is really simplistic and nice, so it's easy to use. Overall, I don't quite understand all the hate and negativity, I've already had to switch to messenger a while ago- my Facebook account seems to react faster to the changes and updates faster than most others (for some reason, I get the new update layout earlier than others, about 3 weeks to a month ahead), and I don't complain.
From Great to Terrible
by Dancecheer18 on 2014/08/26 00:16
This used to be a fantastic app- I liked having my conversations take up nearly my entire screen. But since the release of the iPad version, it's just gotten worse and worse. First of all, there was no reason to restrict the conversation to just the right side of the screen, and list all the conversations on the left- now it looks just like the Messages page in the FB app, meaning the only advantage to this app now is that it's one less page you have to load. Oh except it crashes or freezes on me at least once a day, I can't send pictures and text at the same time, and it still replaces the send button with that stupid thumbs up sticker every time your type box is empty, a feature FB did away with a while ago (because it's too easy to accidentally click and can be interpreted as rather passive-aggressive). Oh and FB recently decided not to display in its app any messages sent or received in the messenger app but the single most recent, which is just silly. It all seems rather petty listed here, but it talk to people on FB a lot, and constantly having to cope with either technical glitches or design flaws every day becomes old after a while. I think the only reason it's taken me this long to ditch the app is the nevertheless lovely pop and ding noise the app makes when it sends me a notification.
It's pretty good, but I don't see why I need a separate app for messaging.
by Rjqb11 on 2013/12/21 16:14
It's ok, like I said in my title. The thing is, why do I have to have another app for messaging. I hope in the future we won't need apps for using anything and everything on Facebook. The whole reason I downloaded the Facebook app in the first place was for convenience. So I didn't have to go to a computer or have to use my internet app to use it. So having a seperate app for the use of something on an app is pretty much the same as having to use my internet app or having to use something else. It should just be all on one app. Every other app I have has all of it's uses, tools, features, etc. in that one app. Like I said, I just hope I won't need more apps to use other things and waste more space on my hard drive on my phone, and take up more pages of my phone to make navigating apps harder and more confusing. There are plenty more reasons why I think it should all be one app, but I don't feel like going into major detail and writing a book about these problems. Just my opinion, the Facebook messenger app is ok though. It works well, the messenger app is good. That's not the problem though. The problem is what I just explained. You wanted me to write a review and this is what I have thought about it.
I don't want to be notified, and yes I know how to turn it on.
by Jarsie on 2015/10/03 05:56
Does the app work? Yes. Overall the app is ok. It works, yes it crashes as well. But the most annoying thing is that I DO NOT want to be notified of every stinking little thing that is going on Facebook on my phone. If I did, clearly I would have followed the instructions the first time and turned the alerts on. Please for the love of all the is holy make it possible to permanently disable the darn message!!!! I get it! I don't want to be told every stinking time how to turn the darn thing on!!!!!!!!! I am almost to the point of removing this app from my phone because of this message. This is about to push me over the edge. The app receives 3 stars overall but I have removed a star because of sheer hassle. 2 stars. If you have an option to disable this setting then have it set on to default and then let the user decide whether or not to enable the notification feature. Clearly if I have disabled it I want it disabled! This is the one reason I don't get on the Facebook messenger program often on my phone because it is annoying! But apparently they think I'm an idiot that doesn't realize that I have become un-leashed from Facebook for a a brief period of time... Oh my goodness I have a REAL life in the world where I walk around and live and not type/text/take pictures/etc... Shocking!
A review that doesn't complain
by Najifa Khursid on 2014/09/09 08:04
I wrote a review on this app once before in the past and I felt the need to write another one. First of all, it's allowed not aloud. I just thought I should educate the others on the proper terminology. Second of all, this app isn't forced on anyone. I know lots of people that use the Facebook app to message and not the messenger app. The messenger app just makes things simple and more fun. It's very convenient compared to the Facebook app. It makes communicating a lot easier since it can basically be done offline now. It uses very very little data weekly. I absolutely love it. The stickers are cute and sometimes a voice text makes things more personal if you're talking to a loved one across the world from you. Last but not least, for all of you worried about security, you shouldn't be social networking. If you're so paranoid about an app then don't use it. Use your web browser or something. Your phone does not need to run on apps. Find other reasons to hate the app like it not working properly or constantly bugs out. Security isn't an issue because what in the world is ever secure over the Internet?
Love the app; hate dem thumbs
by Thatchickthathatesyourthumbs on 2014/11/17 01:22
It's a great app that allows me to stay in touch with dear friends. BUT HOLY CRAP THAT THUMBS UP BUTTON. Who in god's name decided to make it the same as the "send" button??? I keep accidentally clicking on them and it's the most irritating thing ever!!! No...it's beyond irritating....it's beyond frustrating... It's driving me literally INSANE. I can't eat...I can't sleep...I keep having nightmare about giant thumbs. THUMBS EVERYWHERE. I tried talking to my therapist about it and he suggested I don't use the app anymore. But how can I do that when that's my only way of talking to the most beautiful human in existence?? I just can't anymore....I'm losing it...I'm losing everything. I raged so hard about the thumbs during work that I lost my job... Now my children are starving. MY OWN CHILDREN ARE AFRAID OF ME!! Whenever I'm around them they hide their hands because they overheard me screaming "I swear I'm gonna break all these thumbs" when I accidentally sent 3 thumbs up without even touching my phone. It's ruining my life!!! Please...I'm begging you for the love of god and all that is holy....get rid of that thumbs up button...or at least make it a different button than the send button!!! I want to get my life back....
Poor choice Facebook
by Xmas1888 on 2014/08/30 18:35
While Facebook has a history of making changes that upset the status quo and many users in so, the changes usually are for the best technologically and users eventually get accustomed to them. This one is different. The separation of the messenger feature from the Facebook app makes no sense from a user interface standpoint nor from a programming standpoint. While the excuse is a 20% increase in speed of app, that ignores the fact that the messenger is still part of the Facebook app and takes up resources. Unless their plan is to completely remove it, that's not likely to significantly make a difference in speed. Also the app is a poor substitute for whatsapp, which may be why they're doing this. They want users to go over to that program, as it's much more flexible and powerful. The messenger part of the FB app is tiny relative to the entire app, as is evidenced by it 400k size. I personally do not use FB as my primary means of messaging friends, and judging by the amount of negative reviews, I'm not alone. I use it primarily to share posts with friends, especially those who don't have FB mobile. This separation of the app just makes it more convoluted to do so, having to use two apps to do what one use to be able to do quite well. I hope Facebook sees the folly in this eventually. Till then I'll be using whatsapp
Absolutely not. 👎🚫
by Kimberlyy7101 on 2014/08/10 03:16
I like this app, I really do. I like how it runs, the sound effects are nice, and it's aesthetically pleasing. The negative aspects, however, far outnumber the few strings of approval I hold for this app. First, why the HECK should I download a separate app for MY Facebook account to read MY messages? You're telling me that I can't even read my own flipping messages—from friends, family, my MANAGERS—because I don't have a separate app? The in-app chat was fine. The separate app was more than likely just a way to bridge the gap into major privacy infringement—which brings me to my second point. After hearing from various friends and articles, and then even checking myself, I found out that the terms to this app are ridiculous. Who the heck do you guys think you are? You have absolutely no right to take my and friends' information. Facebook isn't even great. The only reason I use it anymore is to store pictures and CHAT WITH PEOPLE—which, evidently, I can't do anymore. If it weren't for the five years' worth of pictures and such on there, I would flat-out close my account. Bottom line, Facebook? Get your heads screwed on right and stick to honesty. I am disappointed. I love this app, but I'm ticked off enough to delete it. I refuse to let my and friends' information be taken like that. I guess I won't be chatting on Facebook anymore.
It doesn't seem necessary
by Bbygurl96 on 2014/09/11 08:00
It is simply unnecessary to me. Facebook app had a messaging system. One that was perfectly fine. And after certain updates, you cannot open your messages unless you download the new messenger app. And even then it takes you out of the Facebook app every time you want to reply. Now, you can simply ignore the app download and use safari but that logs you out every single time you exit safari. And I don't want to have to put in my log in a hundred times to have a conversation with someone. Now I know some people like messenger, and that is fine. And I don't truly mind the whole "peeking into your phone usage" because quite honestly privacy barely exists anyways. It's just that I think you should be able to choose whether or not you want it, while still being able to have your Facebook up to date. I personally have deleted my Facebook app, re-downloaded it and refuse to update it because it automatically shows the "option" of downloading messenger. Messenger was nice but it takes up unnecessary storage and is a forced app via Facebook. I think it would be more beneficial to integrate the messenger app into the Facebook messenger. Everyone can still use the original app for messaging, but it has all the perks of messenger.
Ruining iTunes Store and game devs
by James green 69 on 2015/09/12 18:32
If any of you are wondering why this app updates practically every week, it is because it is trying to stay as the top app in free section. What does this do to everyone else? Well first of all, it eliminates the chance of a fun game or app taking that spot. For Facebook, it's just endorsing their product. An apple developer license cost $100 and I believe that's a monthly payment. If your app makes it to the top, it can make you millions. Facebook is robbing people that work hard and pay big money of that opportunity. Look at the facts, this app has more 1 star ratings than any app I've ever seen. Yet, it's top on the App Store. Imagine you made a game, it takes you months of hard work and brainstorming and you have finally come up with the money to develop and publish it. You work really hard and spend hundreds on ads. Your app reviews are great. The downloads just keep rising. You hope to reach the top. Oh wait, you can't, Facebook is there. It has held the title for almost 1.5 years now. Apple needs to change this. Every time it updates is another download. If you see this review, spread the message of how ridiculous this is.
Is this a joke?
by TheBRADLeyB on 2014/12/03 06:48
I'm running iOS 8.0.2 and it's been a few updates on this chat app and yet I still cannot pull down on a notification and reply. For those of you unaware 8.0 brought a sorely needed feature where when a notification banner pops up on the top of the screen you can pull it down and type in a message. Very useful for texting and other apps since it's a pain to switch apps, especially with video apps, but this messenger app has not installed that feature yet. Why? Does doing an update every 4 weeks without adding any useful features do anything for anyone? Or is Facebook updating the app every 4 weeks and pushing automatic updating in its notes in hopes people will forget to re-rate the app and thus they won't have these disgusting 1-2 star average ratings? For those of you who don't know, ratings are split into two categories. All ratings spanning all versions and then the important one (the one they show by default on the App Store) which is the ratings since the last update. Update: so now there is use of the iOS 8.0 feature but what it does is allow you to choose between muting the conversation and replying which just opens the app. This isn't what I wanted guys. This is worse than giving me nothing because it shows you spent time making something no one wants instead of giving me what I want.
Wish I didn't need this app
by punkassjim on 2012/10/09 00:51
The app works beautifully, although it's terrible on the iPad. Between the standard website, the Facebook app, and this Messenger app, there isn't a single way for me to fully enjoy effortless FB messaging on the iPad. The website doesn't refresh messages properly on iPad; the Facebook app is clunky and the overlay UI is too easy to dismiss (with an errant touch or swipe) while you're writing a long message, and lose everything; this messaging app, while great on iPhone, has the terrible up-scaled keyboard that makes it hard to type. But this app is nice, responsive, focused. For that reason, I love it. But, to have two separate apps for Facebook functions is kinda ridiculous. Now that the Facebook app has been updated to native performance, I want to delete this app altogether...but the FB app doesn't allow landscape typing. So I'm stuck with this app. Also, an annoying regression in the latest design change: it used to be that I could tap on a message, then select a word or portion of the message to copy/define it. Now I can't. You've changed it so I can only copy the whole message. It's not nice to take away functionality.
Annoying notification reminder
by Business customer 29036 on 2015/12/11 01:32
The app itself works well and does its job quite nicely. Doesn't crash. Lets me talk to folks as I desire. I'd rate it 5 stars ... except for the constant notification to turn on notifications. It is an insane annoyance and is the reason for only 3 stars. The app works great but if I have to click through a "you should turn on notifications" screen every time I turn it on, then you've just detracted from the friendliness of the app. Extra clicks. Annoying pop-up. In fact, the notification went from intermittent to every time you open the app (with a brief return to intermittent), then they reduced the visibility of the "remind me later" option to almost nothing (hoping you'd miss it I assume), and NOW they've put a notification on the settings icon at the bottom so that it constantly hovers telling you to change your settings to allow notifications. Hey Messenger: I don't want to. I don't do notifications. I don't like them. Not for mail. Not for txts. And not for messenger. Can you please get rid of this screen? Do you make money if we are notified? Why do you care? If I'm using the app and I like the app, why do you care how I know if I have a message?
No Way to Remove Notifications without Reading Message
by Adorre on 2016/01/28 09:38
Since the new update there is no way to clear messenger notifications from your phone without opening every unread message. If you turn off notifications for messenger in your phone's settings then you'll have a permanent red notification within the app telling you that you have them turned off. I don't want to have to read my messages (and thereby notify that person that I've seen it and requiring me to respond right away whether I have time or not to avoid hurting any feelings) just to be able to clear the notifications on my phone. I used to be able to preview my messages to clear them from my phone notifications and return to reply to them later at my convenience. Now I have to either have notifications pending (I have nearly a hundred messages unseen) or open every single one. There's no 'mark all as read' option like email, and when I turn off notifications in my phone's settings there's an annoying notification within the app to remind me that I have notifications turned off and no way to turn it off either! For someone as OCD as myself this notification issue is enough to delete messenger for good. Very intrusive, Facebook. You're becoming the the infrastructure for telemarketing.
A couple of issues
by FROZYO on 2014/04/01 05:04
Like others have said, the notification system is messed up, especially since the last update. The Facebook app was always telling me to download Messenger for a better experience, and I've had it on my phone for a while. They seemed to integrate well, seeing as when I click the chat icon or anything related chat in the regular Facebook app, it redirects me to the Messenger app... but that was until the last update for Messenger. Previously, I did not get chat notifications from the Facebook app and would instead get them via Messenger, further reiterating their integration with each other. But now I get chat notifications from both Facebook AND Messenger, clogging up Notification Center with double alerts and sounds, which doesn't make sense because chat is not supposed to work from the Facebook app (and it doesn't), so why I am getting notifications for functions that I can't access/are obsolete when Messenger is installed? Isn't that the whole point of a separate app? Ease of communication and better functionality? I had to delete Messenger because it was driving me insane with constant, double notifications and alerts/vibrations.
Government
by The best Grundy on 2014/08/07 13:57
We receive data about you whenever you use or are running Facebook, such as when you look at another person's timeline, send or receive a message, search for a friend or a Page, click on, view or otherwise interact with things, use a Facebook mobile app, or make purchases through Facebook. When you post things like photos or videos on Facebook, we may receive additional related data (or metadata), such as the time, date, and place you took the photo or video. We receive data from or about the computer, mobile phone, or other devices you use to install Facebook apps or to access Facebook, including when multiple users log in from the same device. This may include network and communication information, such as your IP address or mobile phone number, and other information about things like your internet service, operating system, location, the type (including identifiers) of the device or browser you use, or the pages you visit. For example, we may get your GPS or other location information so we can tell you if any of your friends are nearby, or we could request device information to improve how our apps work on your device. Btw that all came from the facebook terms and conditions
Works very well, for the most part.
by I-Pod Touch Rox on 2015/02/11 12:52
The only thing I don't like is that if you are in the FB app and you press the Messenger button, it automatically opens the FB Messenger app. It can be useful and cool at times, but if you don't want to open the Messenger app, you have no choice. Like, if I want to send a quick reply then the app has to open for me to do that. And there is a new feature that came with one of the recent iOS updates, where you can pull down the message banner and reply right then and there, and when you pull down a FB Messenger banner, it shows that you have 2 options, you can either "mute" or you can "reply". You can close the banner by pushing it up and you can reply by tapping the banner. But if you pull down the banner and press reply, it brings you straight to the app! You would think that, just like with regular text/iMessages, you would be able to reply right then and there. But no! It brings you to the app. And you have to go through that whole process. Great app! Works great! But the notification banner process with replying, and such, is really quite annoying...
Wake up Facebook.
by Silent Anguish on 2014/09/03 09:59
This app has a ridiculous amount of 1 stars. Do they not get the hint yet? Nobody likes this or want this. So many people use their mobile devices for social media nowadays, and they think forcing us to get a whole separate app to chat with people is a good idea? At least give us the option to use it. Yeah, the app is alright, but if you don't have it downloaded, they refuse to let you see your messages. REALLY? I'm out and about running errands, I'm nowhere near a computer, and I don't want to download the app. What happens if someone sends you an important message? My husband is currently deployed and messaging via wifi is the only way we can talk. So you're forcing me to download another app just to talk to my husband who is DEPLOYED? Is that really fair? This is one of the worst ideas Facebook has had. Facebook has had it's changes in the past that some people didn't like at first, but take a look at the reviews! The bad reviews far outweigh the good reviews. If they're thinking "people will eventually come around to it" they're WRONG. Give us back the option to message in the Facebook app and see our messages in there! If I really want the messenger app, then I'll download it. However, do not force me to download an app for ANOTHER app. Absolutely ridiculous.
Why do I need 2 Facebook apps? Can't one be enough?
by A once loyal fan on 2014/12/10 15:09
I don't want this application. I am very unhappy that Facebook forced everyone to download it by canceling the message functionality of the regular app. There is no acceptable reason for the Facebook app I already have to be unable to send messages like it always has. This isn't a technology problem, this isn't an "enhancement," this is Facebook simply forcing you to download more applications. What's next, the news feed app? The notifications app? The friend request app!? This is ridiculous. So thanks Facebook for another splendid app, and you're welcome for one of the millions of downloads this maneuver got you alone. Update: it's especially sleazy for Facebook to keep pushing out updates to cover up more and more of it's bad reviews. Since the only reviews that are displayed without digging for them are the most current version, each time there's an update all of the previous reviews get dumped into the "all reviews ever" category. Anyone who doesn't repost their reviews is no longer seen, even if they're still angry about things that updates have not changed (like forcing everyone to download this app by removing the message functionality of the original app). You're still a sleaze bag, Facebook, way to go.
This app needs improvement
by Sexycaucasian on 2014/11/25 06:39
So before messenger came out, people were able to 'go offline' for the people they chose. I'd like that back. Going offline for some people was really nice, then you can avoid a conversation that you don't want to have. Now it's as if you have no way to get away from people, even when you're simply scrolling through your newsfeed. Also, there have been rumors going around that messenger is a bad app to get mainly for hacking situations. I'm not saying I believe it, because I haven't been hacked (yet). But it'd be nice to be able to contact people, and some people don't get messenger and can't talk with friends or family without it. I feel that people should have the choice, whether or not they want to get the app. So please consider keeping messenger for people who like it, but also allowing people to talk to others on the Facebook app itself Going offline for some people would be great. It would definitely boost up props for messenger. Also, people need to talk to eachother, whether it's serious or not. So forcing people to get the messenger app just to talk to somebody is unfair and pretty much pointless. Giving people the choice will make messenger and Facebook a better app. Thanks.
Divide & Conquer????
by Haapala's yellow No.2 on 2014/02/05 03:50
This review is being posted by someone who much prefers a good old pencil... seriously... I started using Facebook only about a year ago... My issues with this app may be as simple as an IBM error (Idiot Behind Machine)... But I think not... Now Facebook feels like its in two places on my device... That in itself may not be all bad, but I have missed some important messages... That is most likely my fault. I'm sure there is a way to be notified when I check FB but only if I scroll through all the contacts and select the bold texted messages... This is my biggest issue ... I have had FB lock up 5 times in the past 4 days... This has not happened in the past... I have 80% of storage available and nothing is running on background ?!?! It may be all coincidence, but don't think it is... The apple product I use is amazing and new... Never been happier with the intuitive nature that the 5s brings to my minimal "computing" skills, I need to talk to some friends who are much more savvy with these peripherals to gain some understanding.... Hope your experience is better than mine... If the " kinks " get worked out, this may be helpful for some.
Direct Messaging Connection - STOP Harassing to Download!!
by mfee86 on 2014/09/03 14:38
I'm extremely annoyed that Facebook has forced its users to download an additional app in order to send/receive Facebook messages. Reluctantly, I downloaded it because I wasn't able to get into my messages via the normal Facebook app any longer. Now, I receive a request to link my contacts to the app for direct messaging EVERY time I open the message tab; this is incredibly annoying. For those who want to connect their personal messages and their Facebook, I'm sure they will enjoy this feature, but for those of us who want to keep the two separate, this feature is not desirable. You need to adjust the alerts that occur to suggest connecting the two; if I wanted to utilize this function, I would have the first time it was suggested. The alert popping up every time before I can get into my messages only angers me versus entice me to connect these two. I DO NOT want to have to connect my Facebook messages to my alerts or texts - I want to utilize Facebook at my own discretion and I think this continued harassment about allowing this feature on my phone is exhausting. Please be respectful of your users and not force them or pressure them into utilizing a feature they don't want or need.
Invasive - with no-choice but, fall-in & join rank-&-file
by Icon7888 on 2014/08/03 11:59
I DO agree with those above all of who mentioned the reasons this separate app should not be forced upon us in order to receive our original mssg from friends. Seems like another qay of migrating the masses to other invassive forms of your record-keeping, conversation-saving for personal profiling & perhaps govt retrieval! Addionally, I deleted it days ago after somehow, WITHOUT APPROVAL of SETTINGS BY ME & on my phone, I turned on my phone, as fb app had previously been closed, however, several times I found it open as soon as I turned on my phone. But what prompted me to delete mssg app & stop using fb on phone, for several days was because of the following. As I was turning on my phone to check an email, I was simultanously sitting on the potty, as said earlier, fb should've been off & NOT active, however, to my horror as i turned on the phone, already sitting I saw a flash of an image of myself, as you do when taking a selfie! Only this was NOT ME TAKING A SELFIE ON THE TOILET! Additionally, facebook suddenly was on & open! Naturally I deteted all fb data, & in the process I discovered an unknown ios logged-on! I regret not writing that exact whatever-it-was ios! It had a strange couple of letters attached to it's id!
Just one question....
by - JoJo BLock - on 2014/08/09 23:42
When will Facebook reactivate chat within the Facebook app? I absolutely refuse to download another app just so I can chat on Facebook with my phone. I would rather just not send and receive messages at all. Matter of fact, I may just choose to stop using Facebook all together. I hope Facebook's advertisers are seeing how their customers are responding to this. News flash adverts, your ads are not going out to as many people now that Facebook is driving away their users. I refuse to download an app that takes up so much extra space on my phone when I already had an app that did the same exact thing as this one. I refuse to give Facebook permission to access my microphone or camera at their will. If they only needed the camera to take photos within the app and only needed the microphone for use with the app, they would not word their 'privacy' statement to say they can access it when they feel like it. They also sure as heck are not going to get permission to see my call logs or send messages to my contacts. Facebook as over-stepped boundaries and needs to be put in its place. Time for someone to step up with a new community site and not sell out to government watch dogs and evaluate our every move.
Terrible App
by Stephen Chase Baker on 2014/08/08 02:41
Let's just list a few of the worst things about this app, alright? There's enough immediately out of the gate to give this a 1 star review. 1.) This app is forced for all people who use Facebook on their phones, immobilizing us from messaging friends until we have downloaded this app. 2.) I've already ran into numerous bugs that makes this app unusable and leaves me unable to use Facebook at all! From not letting me open the app, to not letting me even delete this app, there is no way that I have found yet to fix this problem. 3.) Facebook messenger was doing perfectly fine without the need of it's own forced app. At least I could sign out of Facebook to avoid people looking at my conversations. From what I'm reading in other reviews, that's not even possible here. That's idiotic if true. I would keep going, but I feel as though Facebook won't even bother removing this terrible idea for an app and remain on the path of forcing us to download apps to use it. In all honesty, I'm starting to hate using Facebook more and more. I'm honestly starting to think about finding alternative ways to talk to my friends. If Facebook don't get their game together soon, they're going to lose more of their already dwindling users.
Forced on those who use Facebook.
by cutesy on 2014/08/09 12:59
This app might be a great app, but the fact that all Facebook users are required to download the app so that we can read and respond to our messages is inconvenient and a great nuisance. Why should it be forced down our throats? Is there a reason why it cannot be optional? A legitimate reason? I personally am turned off from Facebook. The reason we use Facebook is too keep in contact with people who may be hundreds of miles away, and messaging is a huge part of that, but now we have to use a separate app to do so? Ridiculous. I don't want this review to sound like ramblings of a lazy teenager, so I'll go into other reasons why this "idea" is a bad one. What about those who had their phone capacity at its limit and didn't have enough storage, or even enough storage on iCloud, to download and save ANOTHER app? Yet, they would like to see their messages from Facebook. Changing the appearance of the social media is one thing, however, changing it's basic operations and forcing users, who support or used to support, Facebook, is another thing entirely. I wonder if a survey of Facebook users on whether they would want a separate app for messaging would have been beneficial. I oppose this app in so many ways.
Google+
by Mach Ten on 2015/01/06 10:47
Looks like someone is riding the Google Plus wagon. This app doesn't seem to do so well, though. I haven't been using this in such a long time because of the convenience of the Facebook app. Now, you're choosing to have us download this app and move out of the Facebook app just to talk to our friends. If you ask me, I'd say you just through Facebook's chat's convenience out the window. I have yet to see what this app is like, though, so I'll just leave five stars until further notice. Update: It isn't worth it to me. I'm sorry, but I don't like how different the UI is, compared to the chatting, I don't like how I have to be forced to download this app in order to chat with my friends, and I don't like its inconvenience. <.> As of now, I'll just use an app called Puffin Web Browser for Facebook chatting until something good happens. Like, maybe allowing us to chat using the Facebook app, itself. <.> Please, just let us chat in the main app again. It was way easier and more convenient back then. =|
You Don't Have to Install It
by dnjdnjdnjdnj on 2014/08/15 19:21
So, maybe this is just what has worked for me, but when I got the screen that says "messages are moving to messenger!" and gives you two options (learn more, or install) I clicked install, clicked the reviews, read a few, DIDNT INSTALL, then went back to the fb app and I could see my messages like normal. Haven't seen it come up again where it's basically forcing me to install. I absolutely DO NOT want to install a separate messenger app, for a number of reasons, but mainly because I find it extremely irritating to take out a feature of the app that worked perfectly fine before, and separate into an entirely new app for no apparent reason. It just feels cluttered and stupid to go to an entirely separate app to message someone on Facebook. If I'm using Facebook on my computer, I don't have to open a new window just to message people, I can do everything in the same tab. I'm speaking for myself but I only use apps that are efficiently and streamlined, and this is a step in the opposite direction. Forcing users to do this is what makes it even more terrible. Facebook, LISTEN TO YOUR USERS. or at least check out the App Store and acknowledge the 1-star rating for your useless app that nobody wants.
Let me turn off notifications while unlocked!
by splintercat on 2015/07/28 14:06
So I doubt anyone will read this or care and I'm locked into using this stupid app just because my friends use it, but I'm leaving this review because I can't believe I have to deal with this in 2015. Every time I set the app not to notify me when the phone is unlocked (i.e. I'm doing something, reading a book, playing a game, typing up emails, you know, busy and not wanting a banner at the top of the screen), this app decides that I've turned off notifications completely and starts giving me this "please turn on notifications" message every time I open it. It's annoying to have to click through every time I open the app and I should be able to decide when and how I want notifications without the app becoming basically unusable in order to blackmail me into getting notifications how the app wants. I'm not going to forget about you, Facebook Messenger! I have badges and lock screen notifications on! No other app has given me a hard time just for turning off notifications while unlocked, it's completely absurd. When are companies going to realize that annoying your users into using your product is not going to create good will or a loyal customer base?
To hell with this
by Pumpkin Jack on 2014/08/08 12:16
This app is dumb as rocks. This is me killing two birds with one stone, not only am I insulting this app, but I'm also insulting rocks. Though I'm not prepared to go into why hate rocks, I am prepared to go into why hate this app. There is nothing that I could add to my messages that would make it so special that it deserves it's own app. Even if I were perfectly articulate, completely deep in thought and could muster words that your strongest vocabulary couldn't even fathom. I could be messaging someone on Facebook with the secrets to ColdFusion, extra terrestrial life, the origin of God, and who killed JFK and it still wouldn't deserve it's own app. I was against joining Facebook just like I was against joining my space before it now this only solidifies and justifies my beliefs to not want to be part of this stupid social media. By adding this one more step for my friends and I to communicate I have decided that I'm going to go the old-fashioned route and actually start writing them letters. I know you're thinking "it'll take a very long time for that letter to get to them" but at least it will be heartfelt, hand written, and everything that I wanted to say without the bells, whistles, gimmicks and clichés. I wish you all a good day and burn in hell.
Really Convenient for People Like Me
by Jrhrum eur on 2014/09/08 14:52
If you're like me who doesn't really have any interest for Facebook and is only there for communication then this app is really much more convenient than the Facebook app itself. I uninstalled Facebook long time ago not just because it uses too much space but because I hated the idea of only knowing that someone messaged you if and only if you logged in. I'm not that type of person who does not log out their social media accounts so it's such a pain in the @ whenever someone talks to me and I need to log in and log out again and again. But with this app my life is now at ease. You guys are so worried about the privacy issue thing but take note that this is also business. If you're that terrified about the privacy of your information then maybe it's time to ask ourselves who the heck cares about your information other than you and well, maybe Facebook. Every social media does this and I'm surprised as to why not all complains about it.
Needs improvement
by 151 Proof on 2014/02/28 07:33
Overall it's a great app but it's still to slow transmitting back n forth, txt'ing is WAY FASTER but there are of course some folks that you don't want to txt so you use this sluggish app. Also, selecting "Friends" from FB to chat with, where are they? EVERYTIME it's a maze trying to get to message someone different and there's like different procedures that you have to go through to select people that are using something different, I'm not sure WHAT different thing, maybe a different phone, different app, different network, maybe they're on a desktop, I don't know but it's clearly not seamless, there's a lot of having to mess with the app to bring someone up on the screen to message them. Another problem, scrolling backwards to a message written a few months ago, gee whiz, can't that be made EASIER? Then the app is always "connecting", "reconnecting" or "disconnecting" gee whizz!! I know, blame it on the signal, or the satellite, or the network, or the carrier, or the mobile device... But once again, overall it's a great little app!!
Privacy invasion etc.
by Dkjsbrbchdnxjdbdjxjjsnd on 2014/08/20 04:08
I personally liked the messaging on the Facebook app itself. I liked the little bubble on the side of the screen. A few days ago, I went to message one of my friends that I haven't talked with in a while, and they forced me to download the app if I wanted to use chat on my phone. It's completely ridiculous! I've read the recent articles about this app and how invasive it is. I don't want Facebook reading my emails! They also want me to input my phone number! I don't want everyone on my friend list knowing my phone number! They look through a lot of your stuff that is on your phone (things like emails without permission) and some of that stuff is private! I have business emails on there that I would rather not have random strangers on the internet know about, but at the same time, I want to message my friends! Facebook has crossed many lines, and none of them are good. This app itself functions very poorly in my opinion compared to the actual Facebook app. I have nothing to hide, but I'd rather not have this company invading my privacy and ignoring my rights. You can't search without a warrant, and they're searching our emails without permission. This needs to change now.
Oh Really?
by drerko on 2014/09/04 04:54
Hey Facebook. You're on borrowed time. If you keep forcing people to download new apps without proper security settings while still being woefully intrusive, you're going to go more the way of VHS and MySpace than Apple or Google. Jerking around your clientele into downloading apps with no real purpose and forcing unwanted updates that are frustratingly complicated is not a sustainable business model. There is a reason why a shrinking number of teenagers and young adults use Facebook; they are simply tired of your crap. The only reason most of us downloaded this stupid app was to make the notification disappear. I will only open this application to make the notification disappear. Congratulations, you have created a worthless app that's only purpose is to remove the notification icon from your other, slightly-less-worthless-but-still-pretty-lethargic app. I hope that when you enjoy your nonfat skinny whatever from Starbucks that you have to go to a little Starbucks kiosk down the street to pick up your whatever drink, because that is basically what you have created here: an inconvenience to something that worked just fine before. Just remember, Facebook, you are not too big to fail.
The app works
by Marswolfe on 2014/09/12 03:14
This does everything it says it would. It's very easy to use and very functional. I think the privacy thing is a non-issue for now though options to limit it would have been appreciated. That being said, I do not enjoy having my more personal, business, or long messages combined with the same stream of communication when "chatting". The idea that it eliminates unwanted space or is faster or uses less battery life is just not factual. The programmers at Facebook could just have easily included this inside the Facebook app and previously they had a wonderfully functional way to do so. My thoughts on the matter: facebook wants to have an image of being the new chat messenger system. By dividing their app they manage to neatly confine people to chat or Facebook whereas it used to be completely integrated. Though the chat works great and the Facebook app works great, this is objectively a step back. I hope that this phase of Facebook is short lived. It's not the end of the world but I hope that an enormous communication and networking company will listen to what the vast majority want.
Do Not Sync Your Contacts!
by WARRZONE on 2014/11/11 08:41
Don't sync your contacts list. It's a big invasion of privacy that maybe you are fine with, but your friends might not be. Make sure Synced Contacts is switched off in the Messenger app Settings. If you already did sync your contacts list, thus uploading all your friends' personal info to the Facebook servers, you can delete it by opening the Messenger app and clicking Settings > Synced Contacts > Learn More (Manage Imported Contacts for Messenger) > Delete All. I suspect that one of the reasons Facebook released this app was to get everyone's personal info. Most people click accept without reading anything. Each person that shares their contacts list may only have pieces of a person's contact info, but Facebook can put the pieces together like a puzzle. If, scratch that, 'when' a friend's account gets hacked, this is one way your info can get leaked to spam lists, and you get annoying telemarketer and scam calls. Facebook claims syncing helps people connect, and it helps the engine generate suggestions. I believe the risks outweigh the rewards. Your contacts show up in the app, and it works just fine without syncing. Be considerate of your friends, and leave syncing turned off.
Why no zero star option?
by LlamaScarf on 2014/12/04 20:00
Facebook wouldn't let me use messages unless I downloaded this app. Sigh. So I downloaded it. I don't use Facebook much but occasionally I get messages. Why is there this insistence of the app that I turn on push notifications? I don't care about my messages that much, I check them when I feel like. I don't want to waste my data on push notifications from an app I was basically forced to download and hardly ever use. Every time I open the app, at least one thing pops up. Every time there is this big screen with no visible X button to close it. You have to tap around and guess, I feel bad for those who don't try that and end up turning them on to get it to go away. It makes no sense to me why they insist on this. Give me one warning, inform me that it's off in case I want it on, but then please respect my desire to not have them on by not harassing me about it. When I want to check a message I want to do it quick. I don't want to have to waste my time searching for how to X out of something that will never stop appearing. I'm very frustrated by this and frankly I want to delete the app but like I said, I occasionally use it and Facebook forces me to have it to check my messages.
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Instantly reach the people in your life—for free. messenger is just like texting, but you don't have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan). Not just for facebook friends: message people in your phone book and just enter a phone number to add a new contact. Group chats: Create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place. Photos and videos: Shoot videos and snap selfies or other photos right from the app and send them with one tap. Free calls: Talk as long as you want, even with people in other countries. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply.) Even more ways to message: Bring your conversations to life with stickers. Preview your camera roll photos and videos without leaving the conversation--then choose the perfect ones to send. Record voice messages when you have more to say. Extra features: Know when people have seen your messages. Forward messages or photos to people who weren't in the conversation. Search for people and groups to quickly get back to them. Turn on location to let people know when you're nearby. See who's available on messenger and who's active on facebook. Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break. Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
Alert bug
by Cheesercs on 2016/02/06 06:11
Please fix!! Im not receiving 'out of app' alerts. I've messed with my phones settings and the apps settings but noting will work. I'm so irritated and seriously about to stop using the app because of this!!
Bad update
by frustrated beyond the beyond on 2016/02/06 05:11
This newest update keeps logging me out and crashing every time I try opening it.
Latest update won't install
by LlamaQ on 2016/02/06 05:02
Not sure how to review this version because it will not install after numerous attempts.
Can't use w multiple accounts
by Faithful-E on 2016/02/06 04:24
Unable to use if u have more than one CB account.
Messenger
by Adammmm8888 on 2016/02/06 03:35
It takes me to messenger but it won't give me the chat heads so you can't play a game or do something else with out going to messenger and then back iPod 5 user
It's okay
by Aysel786 on 2016/02/06 03:14
The program is not bad it self. The only problem is you are not able to read or write anything without this program.
3 day "update"?!
by KFRyze on 2016/02/06 02:35
One day the app decided to update which usually takes like 10mins max for any app. Instead it slowly attempted to update for the past 3 days. I figured if I just let it alone it would go away, but today it still wasn't done installing. I'm not sure if that's a phone problem or an app problem but that shouldn't happen. Also the notifications are sporadic, making communication through the app kind of difficult and can cause some problems.
plz fix
by Inc 13 on 2016/02/06 02:09
Whenever I close out the app and get back on it keeps saying welcome to messenger lets get started
Thumbsup
by MrWett on 2016/02/06 02:08
Luv it
Fix this please
by Rhee47 on 2016/02/06 00:54
I installed this app back on my phone but I don't won't my phone number listed even to friends list cos most are not really known friends I would like the option to choose none in adding phone# I agree with everyone that this app should be incorporated with FB app it's a pain to leave FB app to text with someone and it takes more room on phone After high school reunion I will delete if this is not back into FB it's to much trouble going back and forth Also it would be great if you could see or be notified when someone unfriend 's you like tweeter give us the option to do the same
Messenger not working
by Debie48 on 2016/02/06 00:39
I got a message to upgrade messenger. When I tried it didn't work, so I deleted up the app from mu iPad and now I'm not able to reinstall ... Please fix.
Works Great, Minor Bugs
by idkwhatnick2put on 2016/02/06 00:29
App works very well and as expected. Some minor issues: 1) App seems to struggle to load online friends. It'll load some and then continually try to load more, it appears. 2) Uninstalling and reinstalling the app can mark you as not being active on or having Messenger. The blue squiggly icon turns to the gray "f" and stays like that.
Messenger app is horrible
by Thatgirl5886 on 2016/02/05 23:40
The messenger app is useless it does not tell me when I have messages I have push notifications on and still nothing I have deleted the app and re-downloaded it multiple times and it still is not working
The worst
by Carebear_0586 on 2016/02/05 23:37
I think it's retarded that you have to have another app just to read your messages. Facebook is trying to hard to be like yahoo messenger. It's a waste of space!
No video chat
by Kimmiedale on 2016/02/05 22:44
Before this update I would video chat now that no longer available I HATE this update please fix it!!!!
Nope
by wwweezy on 2016/02/05 22:07
Two separate apps = 1 star (only because I can't give 0 stars). FB wants to be dictator.
Messenger/facebook
by Dsmboy92 on 2016/02/05 21:02
Ever since facebook update neither facebook or messenger open whats the deal with that so much for improvements and bug fixes
Bad update
by TheRyanEffect on 2016/02/05 20:57
Not sure what happened with this last update, but it has essentially bricked any messaging capability for Facebook on my phone. App won't finish loading, can't respond to or even open messages, yet it's sending me updates anyway. I have a large camping group I'm the leader of and communicate with the majority only through Facebook, so this has really made things difficult this week as I have to wait til I get home on my laptop to respond. Thanks for making things overly complicated. I miss the days when Facebook actually seemed like it enriched communication among friends. Now everything associated with it seems like a chore or an ad...
Upset
by Upset madness on 2016/02/05 20:26
I can't get in to my messages because of a dam cleaning bs that never happened to me before fix ASAP!
Great
by Xotch8 on 2016/02/05 18:30
Great
Absolutely a Nightmare!
by Steve96913 on 2016/02/05 18:25
Just like some reviews said: why Facebook app created a separate app for messaging!? Facebook + messenger apps drain a lot of battery, because there are too many "hidden" threads are running behind the scene! Finally, FB messes up the messenger: download error! It's rime to switch to other FB compatible apps!
Still inconvenient
by Just change it back on 2016/02/05 18:10
Having separate apps is really a pain. My aunt is elderly and it's so irritating for her that she just doesn't even answer messages because she only has a tablet that she shares with a friend. Make transition between account easier; if someone logs into a separate FB account, transition in messenger should be automatic.
Bug/glitch
by Tylersmith1921 on 2016/02/05 16:44
When I try to reply to a message from my lock screen with a passcode, the keyboard will freeze on my lock screen & the message will disappear. I can type on the keyboard but it is frozen on my lock screen and I can't use my finger print to unlock my phone. This is a major glitch that needs to be patched. Another glitch/bug I have found, is when I use my quick reply from a app and send a message to someone, it will say that they sent me that message when I am the one that sent the message. So pretty much the bugs are coming from the new quick reply feature.
Complete Garbage
by Cakes4Death on 2016/02/05 15:35
I'd rate this at zero after the update if I could. Not only do the notifications no longer work for messenger, but they don't work for Facebook either. Many of my friends are also experiencing these same difficulties. Get it fixed.
Can't use the app
by gtlebeau on 2016/02/05 14:38
I can't update the app or use it at all. When I try to update it it tells me there's been an error. It's like the app isn't even there. It's just a blank square. Is it because I have a 4s?
Won't load
by Wrap girl 2 on 2016/02/05 14:26
The App stopped loading yesterday. Deleted the app, rebooted my phone, still won't load. Please fix ASAP. Thanks
FACEBOOK MESSENGER
by FORDMAN67 on 2016/02/05 14:17
Why is it when i send a message(s) whether I'm friends w/the person or not The message(s) get sent But it takes hours days weeks months or years for the message(s) to get delivered So the message(s) can be read by the person I sent the message(s) to THIS IS STILL A VERY ON GOING PROBLEM
Me gusta muy buena aplicación 😀👍🏻
by PabloMiguelRodriguez on 2016/02/05 14:11
Me gusta muy buena aplicación 😀👍🏻
Still unnecessary, no longer as annoying
by McSnee on 2016/02/05 13:43
Facebook looks like it may have fixed my second objection to this app, which is its obnoxious "TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS" spam. Of course, the main problem is that it exists at all and messages can't simply be read in the Facebook app.
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by IISnowII on 2016/02/05 13:31
Can you all put the log out feature back in the messager? I like to switch accounts when I need to. Thanks.
Not a fan
by Mmkjk on 2016/02/05 13:00
Wish they would've kept it on the Facebook app
Fix notifications
by Sadean87 on 2016/02/05 11:27
Agree with other reviewers- having the notifications show even after opening the app is annoying. I don't want to have to click on the messages to make the notification go away.
Read my review
by TheCrazyHacker1 on 2016/02/05 10:55
It got popular because you are forced to download it not because it's nice
I can download the messenger
by Soulsurvivor143 on 2016/02/05 10:13
I deleted the messenger and i couldn't download it again
Great app
by Kiki019 on 2016/02/05 08:36
It's a great app for talking to friends on Facebook. But lately it has been crashing a lot, please fix this.
Crap
by Glarex on 2016/02/05 08:33
Makes no sense why their needs to be a completely different app to have messages.
I do hate it
by arbenblerim on 2016/02/05 08:20
Why do I have to use it as another app?? Facebook app and messenger 😠??? Can't it b 1 app for both???
HELP.
by K.M.S. on 2016/02/05 08:00
My messenger app doesn't work at all!!! I deleted it hoping it was just S glitch or easily fixed but now I can't download it again. It's just not working...
It's good
by Cujizzle on 2016/02/05 07:08
It's a good app but what if someone else asked to use your phone but they can't just sign into your messenger anyways messenger needs a log out app I mean why not.
Bubble head
by Lacey00000000000 on 2016/02/05 07:04
I hate how the bubble head doesn't apply to iPhone. That would be so convenient
"Thumbs up" emoji
by Mimi Peyregne❤️ on 2016/02/05 06:25
The thumbs up emoji is too easy to access. My friend was rereading an old conversation with her crush and she accidentally clicked the thumbs up sign and it sent him a freaking thumbs up. Now she is lying on the floor crying. Thanks messenger.
Needs the ability to subtext under each message
by timyork on 2016/02/05 05:57
The app works great. But as people use it on group texts, it desperately needs the ability to take a message and text within it
Won't update
by Jernie Love on 2016/02/05 05:51
My messenger app will just keep trying to update but days later, it still won't update!! I'm beyond frustrated with it!!
It's alright I guess
by SEROlena on 2016/02/05 05:35
Only rated it 5 so people see. The new update made someo the stickers in the packs hide. Alain still missing a sticker from the egg pack. Pls fix
This app is terrible
by Cenaion679 on 2016/02/05 05:17
I dislike this version of messager I prefer the 2013 version of messager it's a pain to waste time going from one app to another
Vague updates
by goldfinger7476 on 2016/02/05 05:09
Tired of it
Mr.
by L.h.kyaw on 2016/02/05 04:47
Messenger knew what people need.Amazing application.
Annoyed
by Misscele on 2016/02/05 04:24
The whole separate app thing is just annoying.
Upgrade
by Princess butler on 2016/02/05 04:24
Completely locked up the app. Couldn't open it couldn't delete it couldn't read load it.... Wth?!?!!! Idiots!!!
Great app
by Player Karen on 2016/02/05 04:23
One best messanger
Elmansoura_Egypt
by Mohamed Cristoo on 2016/02/05 04:16
يااريت لو يرجع الاختصار للشات يعني من خلال الاختصار اقدر افتح الشات من غير الدخول علي التطبيق
Good but
by Dontworybotit on 2016/02/05 04:05
I have to delete and redownload often. When it works, it's great.
Video Call Icon Bug? Or is it something else?
by ChowMeng016 on 2016/02/05 03:56
Ever since I updated Messanger my Video call Icon has disappeared. I don't know why this is happening, but this is really annoying because I can't call Video call the people I want to video call. I uninstalled Messanger and reinstalled it, with my Video call icon showing up for a few hours then disappearing again. If this is a bug can you please fix this because it's really unreliable and it's annoying. Please and thank you.
No video button
by Aluch1162 on 2016/02/05 03:28
You did this latest update and the video button disappeared on the messenger and I can video call anybody on Facebook messenger terrible bring it back
FEB 3 Update - Locks Messenger!
by iPad95678 on 2016/02/05 03:26
Messenger worked great until latest update... Now every time I log in it says - Thanks for downloading, spins crazy, and then verifies my info for the 4000th time??? Fix this!!!!
Amazing when traveling internationally
by TheSkatingSomm on 2016/02/05 02:35
Been using this to stay in touch with family and friends in the USA while in Tokyo. All you need is internet, and you can even call them. It's fantastic!
I can't get it to update
by Missy Foreman on 2016/02/05 02:24
It won't update and it deletes itself.
I'm going to keep posting this...
by Ozogirl on 2016/02/05 02:20
WHAT ARE YOU UPDATING?! Why do I have to use more space on my phone for an app that isn't necessary? Using messenger within the FB app was always sufficient for me and there was no reason to remove it.
Horrible!!!! Jkjk
by Cece? on 2016/02/05 02:18
I like it & everything but when I want to look through sent photos from a group chat, as I keep scrolling further, my screen turns black. I'm still in the app though , is this just me or someone else ?
Messenger
by Sisieberhardt on 2016/02/05 02:10
Y'all could really use an better update this is really stupid you need more emojis and more every thing this lame you should be able to set nicknames or sum
Fix it
by Megansv on 2016/02/05 02:00
When I type a message the app freezes. And makes my iPhone hot.
Hate it
by Wehrly1 on 2016/02/05 01:49
Hasn't worked for me all day and I've gotten any help from support!!
Can't even download
by LadyKengal on 2016/02/05 01:04
Ever since the LAST update I have not been able to download messenger.
Great app
by KeeghanP on 2016/02/05 00:48
No complaints app work amazingly well.
Hate It
by luvmycarly on 2016/02/05 00:41
Won't load. It loaded, then it wouldn't work. Tried to delete it and it won't delete. Can't reload. I hate Apple.
Guess you're fixing it again
by MP3raid.com on 2016/02/05 00:36
The last update took a whole day for it to finish on me, and I was glad it did. Now this update that you guys just released to fix the other update, just made it worse, as it's not finishing the update like the previous one did. Just, come on guys.
No
by 118367803832k on 2016/02/05 00:36
This is pure booty hole, zero star, zero star!!!
Add video chat capabilities for iPad!!
by GuinnessGirl11 on 2016/02/05 00:15
Love video chatting from my iPhone, hate that I can't from my iPad 2. C'mon, fix this! 3 stars until then!
Cant log out?
by Pleasequitbeingannoying on 2016/02/04 23:42
Hate the idea of having to install and reinstall messenger because i want to log out. Please bring back that option!
Latest update is crap
by Mak10302 on 2016/02/04 23:28
Since the latest update for iPad, the app won't open. When I tap it, my iPad reboots.
Cool
by Phillipp661 on 2016/02/04 23:27
Nice one
Nothing special but still use regularly
by JeanPaulX on 2016/02/04 22:36
Like the colors and emoji for likes but really nothing special compared to other chat apps like LINE etc.
Chat heads
by Stranger5000 on 2016/02/04 22:30
I would give it 5 stars but i would like the chat heads back so i dont have to switch from whatever app im in to messanger to answer somebody......you need to put chatheads back on!!!!!!!👎🏻👎🏻
Good
by R@$h&! on 2016/02/04 22:08
👍👍👍
Messenger
by selami04 on 2016/02/04 22:00
This app is wonderfull because it can let you to call someone ore talk with camera you can send photos and videos to i will always use this app for talking with people(friends)❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Will not instal
by Paganiguy on 2016/02/04 21:49
I've tried for two days now and still not having any luck with messenger installing
Needs Work
by Caittiee on 2016/02/04 21:40
For the most part I've been enjoying the app' up until a few weeks ago. Now when I have a message from someone who is not a FB friend it tells me so, but I can't view it. Just the notification badge appears along with the FYI about it existing. Not good for future clients attempting to contact me. PLEASE fix ASAP!!!! Thank you.
Es de mucha ayuda
by Manutico on 2016/02/04 21:36
Deberían unificarlo con whatsapp de alguna manera
Muy bien
by Turbillo on 2016/02/04 21:25
Super
Nagging
by Ashcock on 2016/02/04 21:23
It is fine I guess it let's me talk to my friends it asked me to rate it so I did.
New version = crap
by Sugestedtowrite on 2016/02/04 20:42
Does't work, Please fix it.
Chat Heads
by @gilinskyftjai on 2016/02/04 20:42
I am pleased with your overall messenger app, although I do have some complaints. I do not like how I can't reply to messages in the Facebook app! I noticed that Samsung phones have the chat heads and I really think you should consider giving the iOS messenger app chat heads so we can reply in the Facebook app and when we're using other apps too!
Nice. Love it!
by Lemaximus1228 on 2016/02/04 20:32
Not to shabby.
Waste 🙄
by NeecieJaii on 2016/02/04 20:18
The dumbest idea ever was making messenger its own app. If it wasn't for the App Store you wouldn't get a single star from me
Would give 0 if I could
by Bobzwowoof on 2016/02/04 20:01
Why do I have to send messages out of Facebook app? Super inconvenient. Also now I have a dumb alert over my settings tab.
Good app
by Deeyanoo on 2016/02/04 19:57
I like it, njoy using it
Bueno
by HaruLex on 2016/02/04 19:39
No hay ningún problema
Messages
by Taken219 on 2016/02/04 19:30
I can't stand having 2 apps. One for my newsfeed and one for messages... It's unnecessary and annoying. Waste of space.
I can't download the app on my iPad
by Saints fan 2012 on 2016/02/04 19:22
I am having trouble downloading the messenger app on my iPad. Please help me.
Msg
by Andrea jho on 2016/02/04 18:44
What I can't make a call or videocall in messenger
New update won't finish loading
by Chanteey 123 on 2016/02/04 18:39
Had to delete app and re download.
Force touch
by It's my birthday today on 2016/02/04 18:29
Please insert force touch then the app is easier to use
Great
by DavoDive on 2016/02/04 18:24
Great for contact F&F outside de country !!!
Chat heads
by Max5rocks on 2016/02/04 18:24
I really miss the chat heads
Can't delete
by River666 on 2016/02/04 17:53
Wonderfull! I can't update this app and I can't delete it. What a pos.
Sra
by Xaviera1234 on 2016/02/04 17:50
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Eh..
by Icstarzz on 2016/02/04 17:45
I miss when we didn't need a separate app to check our messages. I also don't like that you can't customize sound. When you're in public and the Facebook messenger sound goes off everybody in the room looks at their phone..
Hate
by R0zEED on 2016/02/04 17:27
I don't like having to exit Facebook to see my messages.
LiArs and garbage.
by Turge on 2016/02/04 17:12
I don't trust Facebook. I will check my message and delete the app immediately. I do not want it on my phone. It should not be a separate app. Facebook is slimy. Messenger is worse. This is garbage. Making me update and not telling me what your updating should nullify the EULA as far as im concerned. it jus keeps gettin worse, tired of all these mysterious updates. The seperate apps makes this pointless
Only use this app for messaging
by Diggitydawgkajjkkkjjajnf on 2015/12/18 04:58
I contact a lot of people and used to text them all. But this app is now the ONLY app I use to message people. I use it so often. It's better than messages because it is way more responsive and quick, and the new update, where you can change colors of the messages and set an emoji to quickly send...kiss for the girl, beer for the bros, and thumbs up for everyone else. This app is perfect. The call quality is way better than using my phone, and the video quality could get better, still cannot get better than FaceTime, but the responsiveness and how amazing it looks could not get any better. I do not have any suggestions on how to make it better, just keep it up and I may buy a Facebook phone! Also, all of these warnings about privacy and messenger getting to learn your location...no matter what any app can have that ability, nothing is scary about it. Facebook uses the location to learn about where you are and post ads, and collect information to HELP businesses grow. Not to secretly sell your information behind your back. Get it right. You do have an option to not allow location settings as well. But also it is used for sending friends your location so they can quickly get to you using maps, instead of having to use an address. It is easier to do everything than it is on messages, too!
The Truth
by CallMeTarJack on 2014/08/09 16:53
Facebook: a way to keep in touch with my family. I rarely use it, and was messaging my cousin. When I moved from PC to mobile, I noticed that Facebook was asking me to download Facebook Messenger. Now, I love talking to my family, so I decided,"Sure, I'll download it." When it finished downloading, I was entranced. All the features are perfect, from the messages that never go through to the constant app crashes. This app is better than snapchat. Now I can concurrently open Messenger from my homescreen, and after constant refreshing, see my new messages. I find how long it takes to load great anyways, because I can spend more time contemplating how amazing the app is. Imagine all the bugs you saw with the Facebook app, and double them. I find it fun making a bingo board based on all the bugs listed on the internet, and see how many I get. I play the game with my family, and got bingo three times! All in all, this app is the perfect way to keep in touch, especially when you haven't opened it for months and think nobody messaged you, and then upon opening it, you find that the notifications don't work! So it's like a nice little surprise every time. Thank you Facebook, for forcing this upon us as a mother would force an ugly outfit upon her twin sons because it matches.
Solid update
by Daveroo92 on 2013/12/26 10:24
I just downloaded this app and I really like the new update. It has a very similar feeling to iMessage but you can literally message anyone on this when you have their cell phone number and it's attached to their facebook account. So essentially anyone can use it in contrast to apple only products being able to use iMessage. I was drawn to this app because it offers voice messaging, and a variety of emoji sticker options that google hangouts doesn't offer in their ipad apps which is what I use for my main communication .this app offers all of that here. The app overall is really snappy and fast and very simple. I like how it's not connected to regular facebook at all. So there's no annoying facebook profiles or news feed to be forced to look at. It almost feels like your not using facebook. However, the only serious negative for this app is that not too many people have started using this yet. So sometimes my messages just go their facebook inboxes where they have to log in to see what I said which is a lot slower than regular texting. So as of now it's almost impossible to use this app for all my messaging and calling needs with friends. It's a shame facebook did away with sms message. It's not here anymore so I have to use your facebook account to use this app. That's very annoying.
Perfect For Me
by The Rican on 2014/08/31 07:02
This app does exactly what I need it to do right now. I can still keep in touch with all of my friends and co-workers even though I don't have phone service right now. I don't care for all of the hype that's going on right now about Facebook being able to access my phone's data and import devices. We're all being watched and having data collected about us in someway or another anyways. For the engineers I would love to see, in the very near future or next version, the ability to control how my messages appear on my lock screen just like iMessage does. I can control the preview settings. I don't know if Apple allows you but I would really prefer it if who ever just happens to glance at my phone they won't be able to see whatever private Facebook message was just sent to me when my phone lights up. Since you guys came out with this app and I noticed that a pretty clear preview of my message appears on my lock screen, I've been waiting for you guys to change if that preview appears or not. Even if just told me who the message was from or if I had a message at all it would be great. I understand there is no privacy between you and I but at least let me keep my privacy on my phone from everyone else. Thanks, Facebook Fan
Terrible and inconvenient, wastes memory
by Mariposa Immortale on 2014/10/19 17:27
I like messaging from within my Facebook app. I like my chat heads. I like being able to browse news feed simultaneously while working with messages. I also need to save memory space on my phone- I don't want to download extra apps to clutter my phone, use up more memory, and make connecting with Facebook friends less streamlined than the current messaging system. To put it frankly, I hate your idea of a separate app. I don't care that it's faster, it's less streamlined and multitasking between multiple apps is for the birds... That actually makes the experience much slower! Hate a separate app... And hate isn't a strong enough word. Fine if you want to offer a separate app for those who want it but don't force the rest of us to switch over. I will pull my Facebook account and stick with google + if you don't give us the old way back! Oh and I want to be able to turn vibrating alerts off on messaging for both apps! Update: have been using it a couple weeks now... Still hate it!... Update been a couple months and I still hate it for all the same reasons. It's not seamless multitasking between FB and messenger, hogs extra memory and I liked the old chat heads format much better. I could care less about making phone calls for free in the app or messages counting as text... I'd rather have my chats integrated back inside my FB app than any other feature you can throw at me! And fwiw, FB phone calls are terrible quality!
Please do something about this app!
by Pblue164378 on 2014/09/08 19:46
I hate this app. It doesn't make sense to me why FB would force people to leave the Facebook app in order to view their FB messages. I also don't think it is very convenient to have to delete the messenger app and reload it in order to change or switch accounts and see messages from those accounts. My teenage son hates it too and is no longer using it along with most of his friends. He and a lot of his friends' accounts have been easily hacked since this new "feature" has been implemented. Coincidence?Maybe. Why, FB, would you change something that already worked into something else that annoys it's users. I understand not everybody is going to like change, but when so many people have an aversion to your app, one would think you'd listen to them. At least give the users an option to use the new app if they want, or keep the classic method if they don't. And if they like the new app, allow them to switch FB accounts. FB might seem like it is a free social network to use, but just because people don't have to pay a subscription to it, doesn't necessarily mean it's free. Users are paying for FB, but not in a traditional sense; we're paying for it by being subjected to non-solicited ads and exposing our personal information (be it known, or not) to paying advertisers and other big businesses. Our privacy might be blocked from the public, but certainly not from advertisers that pay FB big money to know FB users' habits.
Needs to be optional
by Not_Falling_for_it on 2015/10/03 07:58
I hate that Facebook has done this. Things worked perfectly fine before when we could message people from within the Facebook app. Facebook needs to stop trying to become a phone company and stick to social media. If I need to text or call someone, I'll use the phone I payed money for, thank you. The fact that this app is REQUIRED to message people from your SMARTPHONE is ridiculous. This might be a good idea if it was OPTIONAL and at least 90% of your contacts list are also your friends on Facebook, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who texts and calls people who are not on my friends list. I have been putting off downloading this app because it will take up unnecessary space on my iPhone, and I came here to download it and try it out. However, after reading several bad reviews, I realized my original views on this superfluous app were justified. I will not contribute to the number of downloads this app has just to keep in contact with Facebook friends "more easily". I can wait until I'm at a computer for that. I just want to know how downloading a whole other app to perform basically the same function that was performed just fine by the actual Facebook app is "easier". I don't care about emoticons and .gif compatibility and all that because my phone already does that. This app needs to be made optional for people who want to use it and let those of us who don't simply message people through the Facebook app like we used to.
No idea what these kids are whining about
by Linyuan123 on 2015/04/11 12:18
Facebook, you've tried your very hardest to streamline the separate apps idea for a year now, and I am happy to conclude that you has succeeded with flying colors. A great overwhelming majority of these reviews claim they will give Facebook automatic one-stars for the rest of eternity... To those reviewers: don't you think that isn't the slightest bit unfair? Social networking and messaging are related, but they both exist in separate realms. Like you, I was skeptical before, but I am open-minded enough to realize that the Messenger app has just blossomed over the past years to include apps, voice messaging, and easy pic taking directly within the app. Also, accessing Messenger from the Facebook app is so totally seamless that I don't notice it at all. And going back is just as intuitive. Above all else, I have realized that I truly love being able to access my messages directly from a separate app, without going through the hassle of opening the Facebook app. I can't imagine going back. If you can't accept this, I think you really need to examine your aptitude for change. Facebook Messenger is truly replacing text messages as the standard for messaging for my social network. Actually, I lied; it already has.
After 2 years, I finally deleted you
by Winged Ox on 2015/02/28 18:06
I recently updated my iOS, and the repeated notification that your app works better if I let you notify me was the last straw. I am given that setting option for a reason, and if you're going to interrupt me every time I use your app to remind me of my selection and why I should change, you're out of my life. Here's something your strategy and architecture folks need to understand: In part due to the incredible amount of liberty and choice of information and experience that the likes of Facebook and the wider Internet ushered into our worlds, Millenials are far less tolerant of this kind of coercion; even delicately packaged suggestions become an annoyance. We know what we want most of the time, we know how to get it; if we don't know right now, we will in a matter of minutes. We are not like our unwitting parents and those before, believing that we must dampen our preferences and accept all of the reminders, placements, and suggestions as the nature of the beast. I, and my counterparts, have been liberated to the point that we can choose with greater autonomy, making us tremendously less elastic to embedded solicitations and nudges. If I wanted to be notified by your app with a sound or a bubble, I've been an iPhone user since 2012, I know how to do this with the flip of a wrist, and I haven't because I DO NOT WANT TO. Mmkay? I've deleted your app and I will not return.
An excellent, perfectly functional application.
by Sierra Rhuno on 2014/09/22 18:40
+5 stars for making an awesome app. Switching between Facebook and Messenger is easy, intuitive, and seamless. The messenging options are numerous, e.g. emojis, voice recordings, photo-taking, and sending photos from your photo album, and the Facebook team really did a good job on making a stellar app. I can't express enough how much faster and easier I can send messenges now. -2 stars for forcing everyone to download the Messenger app and removing the chat functionality from the Facebook app. As should be explicitly obvious from all of the ratings, your users don't appreciate your forcing us to download an extra app just so we can continue to use a feature we originally already had, despite how amazing the Messenger app is. You should have added the Messenger app as an add-on to the original Facebook app, so we could have had the awesome new messenging interface all within the original Facebook app. Additionally, in regards to the hypothetical combined facebook/messenger app, you could have added an option for the app to always start up with the newsfeed or the messenger, so those who only wish to message could already be right where they wanted to be. In summary, amazing new messenger interface; abysmally poor implementation—it could have all been in one app without forcing people to download another.
Fb messenger
by Yumaflower on 2015/08/04 14:10
Well, I love it!! It works way better than my iPhone 6 messaging. My texts, if long, get received sporadically and out of order. Sometimes with sentences missing!!! However, with messenger I can write a very long message and it all gets there in one piece!! I love it! Also I love the "group function"!!! I have a group called my My Yuma Family and it's awesome. It's fun and convenient to be able to inform and chat with all my local family at one time!! Sometimes I will hit the phone call button or other options by accident :( but it's not a big deal. I also love that I can record a short video of myself. So fun to do! I especially like to send one singing Happy Birthday!! I like that it lets me see if it's been read. One thing I would really love is... If the message hasn't been read, I wish I could delete it from the recipients end. I know on my end it deletes but it still gets delivered. Overall, I use myvphone text very little and use my fb messenger whenever possible. For people that don't have smart phones I will have to continue to text cause they will not get my fb message til they get online. You would think everyone would have smartphones by now but not even close. So, thank you for asking my opinion :)
Love 2 in 1💖, HATE 1 in 2!!! 😡🔥
by Yzma Loves Levers on 2014/07/30 22:27
Like the title says. Everyone loves having an app that does several different things right? That's the Facebook app of last year. Now this year we have the latest technology: a crappy app that's only half as powerful as the previous generation, so we make you get two apps because we're going to undo everything we've accomplished so far! What?! That doesn't even make sense! Having the NEW Facebook is like choosing to dump your perfectly fine smart phone for a flip phone. But guess what! The flip phone isn't powerful enough to do what you need in a mobile device, so you have to get a second one in order to make sure everything is getting done, which ends up being a completely unnecessary hassle. You have to call someone so you pull the flip phone out and dial the phone. But then you need to send a picture over email to whomever you're talking to and you're not near a computer. Your flip phone can't talk and email so you take out your SECOND phone and send the email with the picture while talking. That's exactly what this feels like. You're talking to someone in chat, and bam you have a new comment notification. Your new crappy app that you chose over your previous perfectly fine one can't do anything but message, so you go back to the other app to comment over there. Ridiculous, annoying, and totally unnecessary. The Messenger should be optional, not forced.
Convenient
by H5UNAMII on 2014/08/19 08:52
Much better and efficient than the Facebook app in my personal opinion. I hated the message system when it was integrated into the actual Facebook app. I actually used Messenger a while ago before Facebook made it required to be downloaded. I love it, it's more convenient and concise. I'm not sure what everyone is saying how it takes such a huge space and whatnot, I don't seem to have a problem with it- just disable notifications and only message when you really have to, I guess. The privacy setting is a bit normal, I'm pretty sure if you read through the fine details of many sites, you'll learn it's almost about the same. App-wise, it's great and works pretty well and does what it needs to. I like being able to toggle with my notifications. The interface is really simplistic and nice, so it's easy to use. Overall, I don't quite understand all the hate and negativity, I've already had to switch to messenger a while ago- my Facebook account seems to react faster to the changes and updates faster than most others (for some reason, I get the new update layout earlier than others, about 3 weeks to a month ahead), and I don't complain.
From Great to Terrible
by Dancecheer18 on 2014/08/26 00:16
This used to be a fantastic app- I liked having my conversations take up nearly my entire screen. But since the release of the iPad version, it's just gotten worse and worse. First of all, there was no reason to restrict the conversation to just the right side of the screen, and list all the conversations on the left- now it looks just like the Messages page in the FB app, meaning the only advantage to this app now is that it's one less page you have to load. Oh except it crashes or freezes on me at least once a day, I can't send pictures and text at the same time, and it still replaces the send button with that stupid thumbs up sticker every time your type box is empty, a feature FB did away with a while ago (because it's too easy to accidentally click and can be interpreted as rather passive-aggressive). Oh and FB recently decided not to display in its app any messages sent or received in the messenger app but the single most recent, which is just silly. It all seems rather petty listed here, but it talk to people on FB a lot, and constantly having to cope with either technical glitches or design flaws every day becomes old after a while. I think the only reason it's taken me this long to ditch the app is the nevertheless lovely pop and ding noise the app makes when it sends me a notification.
It's pretty good, but I don't see why I need a separate app for messaging.
by Rjqb11 on 2013/12/21 16:14
It's ok, like I said in my title. The thing is, why do I have to have another app for messaging. I hope in the future we won't need apps for using anything and everything on Facebook. The whole reason I downloaded the Facebook app in the first place was for convenience. So I didn't have to go to a computer or have to use my internet app to use it. So having a seperate app for the use of something on an app is pretty much the same as having to use my internet app or having to use something else. It should just be all on one app. Every other app I have has all of it's uses, tools, features, etc. in that one app. Like I said, I just hope I won't need more apps to use other things and waste more space on my hard drive on my phone, and take up more pages of my phone to make navigating apps harder and more confusing. There are plenty more reasons why I think it should all be one app, but I don't feel like going into major detail and writing a book about these problems. Just my opinion, the Facebook messenger app is ok though. It works well, the messenger app is good. That's not the problem though. The problem is what I just explained. You wanted me to write a review and this is what I have thought about it.
I don't want to be notified, and yes I know how to turn it on.
by Jarsie on 2015/10/03 05:56
Does the app work? Yes. Overall the app is ok. It works, yes it crashes as well. But the most annoying thing is that I DO NOT want to be notified of every stinking little thing that is going on Facebook on my phone. If I did, clearly I would have followed the instructions the first time and turned the alerts on. Please for the love of all the is holy make it possible to permanently disable the darn message!!!! I get it! I don't want to be told every stinking time how to turn the darn thing on!!!!!!!!! I am almost to the point of removing this app from my phone because of this message. This is about to push me over the edge. The app receives 3 stars overall but I have removed a star because of sheer hassle. 2 stars. If you have an option to disable this setting then have it set on to default and then let the user decide whether or not to enable the notification feature. Clearly if I have disabled it I want it disabled! This is the one reason I don't get on the Facebook messenger program often on my phone because it is annoying! But apparently they think I'm an idiot that doesn't realize that I have become un-leashed from Facebook for a a brief period of time... Oh my goodness I have a REAL life in the world where I walk around and live and not type/text/take pictures/etc... Shocking!
A review that doesn't complain
by Najifa Khursid on 2014/09/09 08:04
I wrote a review on this app once before in the past and I felt the need to write another one. First of all, it's allowed not aloud. I just thought I should educate the others on the proper terminology. Second of all, this app isn't forced on anyone. I know lots of people that use the Facebook app to message and not the messenger app. The messenger app just makes things simple and more fun. It's very convenient compared to the Facebook app. It makes communicating a lot easier since it can basically be done offline now. It uses very very little data weekly. I absolutely love it. The stickers are cute and sometimes a voice text makes things more personal if you're talking to a loved one across the world from you. Last but not least, for all of you worried about security, you shouldn't be social networking. If you're so paranoid about an app then don't use it. Use your web browser or something. Your phone does not need to run on apps. Find other reasons to hate the app like it not working properly or constantly bugs out. Security isn't an issue because what in the world is ever secure over the Internet?
Love the app; hate dem thumbs
by Thatchickthathatesyourthumbs on 2014/11/17 01:22
It's a great app that allows me to stay in touch with dear friends. BUT HOLY CRAP THAT THUMBS UP BUTTON. Who in god's name decided to make it the same as the "send" button??? I keep accidentally clicking on them and it's the most irritating thing ever!!! No...it's beyond irritating....it's beyond frustrating... It's driving me literally INSANE. I can't eat...I can't sleep...I keep having nightmare about giant thumbs. THUMBS EVERYWHERE. I tried talking to my therapist about it and he suggested I don't use the app anymore. But how can I do that when that's my only way of talking to the most beautiful human in existence?? I just can't anymore....I'm losing it...I'm losing everything. I raged so hard about the thumbs during work that I lost my job... Now my children are starving. MY OWN CHILDREN ARE AFRAID OF ME!! Whenever I'm around them they hide their hands because they overheard me screaming "I swear I'm gonna break all these thumbs" when I accidentally sent 3 thumbs up without even touching my phone. It's ruining my life!!! Please...I'm begging you for the love of god and all that is holy....get rid of that thumbs up button...or at least make it a different button than the send button!!! I want to get my life back....
Poor choice Facebook
by Xmas1888 on 2014/08/30 18:35
While Facebook has a history of making changes that upset the status quo and many users in so, the changes usually are for the best technologically and users eventually get accustomed to them. This one is different. The separation of the messenger feature from the Facebook app makes no sense from a user interface standpoint nor from a programming standpoint. While the excuse is a 20% increase in speed of app, that ignores the fact that the messenger is still part of the Facebook app and takes up resources. Unless their plan is to completely remove it, that's not likely to significantly make a difference in speed. Also the app is a poor substitute for whatsapp, which may be why they're doing this. They want users to go over to that program, as it's much more flexible and powerful. The messenger part of the FB app is tiny relative to the entire app, as is evidenced by it 400k size. I personally do not use FB as my primary means of messaging friends, and judging by the amount of negative reviews, I'm not alone. I use it primarily to share posts with friends, especially those who don't have FB mobile. This separation of the app just makes it more convoluted to do so, having to use two apps to do what one use to be able to do quite well. I hope Facebook sees the folly in this eventually. Till then I'll be using whatsapp
Absolutely not. 👎🚫
by Kimberlyy7101 on 2014/08/10 03:16
I like this app, I really do. I like how it runs, the sound effects are nice, and it's aesthetically pleasing. The negative aspects, however, far outnumber the few strings of approval I hold for this app. First, why the HECK should I download a separate app for MY Facebook account to read MY messages? You're telling me that I can't even read my own flipping messages—from friends, family, my MANAGERS—because I don't have a separate app? The in-app chat was fine. The separate app was more than likely just a way to bridge the gap into major privacy infringement—which brings me to my second point. After hearing from various friends and articles, and then even checking myself, I found out that the terms to this app are ridiculous. Who the heck do you guys think you are? You have absolutely no right to take my and friends' information. Facebook isn't even great. The only reason I use it anymore is to store pictures and CHAT WITH PEOPLE—which, evidently, I can't do anymore. If it weren't for the five years' worth of pictures and such on there, I would flat-out close my account. Bottom line, Facebook? Get your heads screwed on right and stick to honesty. I am disappointed. I love this app, but I'm ticked off enough to delete it. I refuse to let my and friends' information be taken like that. I guess I won't be chatting on Facebook anymore.
It doesn't seem necessary
by Bbygurl96 on 2014/09/11 08:00
It is simply unnecessary to me. Facebook app had a messaging system. One that was perfectly fine. And after certain updates, you cannot open your messages unless you download the new messenger app. And even then it takes you out of the Facebook app every time you want to reply. Now, you can simply ignore the app download and use safari but that logs you out every single time you exit safari. And I don't want to have to put in my log in a hundred times to have a conversation with someone. Now I know some people like messenger, and that is fine. And I don't truly mind the whole "peeking into your phone usage" because quite honestly privacy barely exists anyways. It's just that I think you should be able to choose whether or not you want it, while still being able to have your Facebook up to date. I personally have deleted my Facebook app, re-downloaded it and refuse to update it because it automatically shows the "option" of downloading messenger. Messenger was nice but it takes up unnecessary storage and is a forced app via Facebook. I think it would be more beneficial to integrate the messenger app into the Facebook messenger. Everyone can still use the original app for messaging, but it has all the perks of messenger.
Ruining iTunes Store and game devs
by James green 69 on 2015/09/12 18:32
If any of you are wondering why this app updates practically every week, it is because it is trying to stay as the top app in free section. What does this do to everyone else? Well first of all, it eliminates the chance of a fun game or app taking that spot. For Facebook, it's just endorsing their product. An apple developer license cost $100 and I believe that's a monthly payment. If your app makes it to the top, it can make you millions. Facebook is robbing people that work hard and pay big money of that opportunity. Look at the facts, this app has more 1 star ratings than any app I've ever seen. Yet, it's top on the App Store. Imagine you made a game, it takes you months of hard work and brainstorming and you have finally come up with the money to develop and publish it. You work really hard and spend hundreds on ads. Your app reviews are great. The downloads just keep rising. You hope to reach the top. Oh wait, you can't, Facebook is there. It has held the title for almost 1.5 years now. Apple needs to change this. Every time it updates is another download. If you see this review, spread the message of how ridiculous this is.
Is this a joke?
by TheBRADLeyB on 2014/12/03 06:48
I'm running iOS 8.0.2 and it's been a few updates on this chat app and yet I still cannot pull down on a notification and reply. For those of you unaware 8.0 brought a sorely needed feature where when a notification banner pops up on the top of the screen you can pull it down and type in a message. Very useful for texting and other apps since it's a pain to switch apps, especially with video apps, but this messenger app has not installed that feature yet. Why? Does doing an update every 4 weeks without adding any useful features do anything for anyone? Or is Facebook updating the app every 4 weeks and pushing automatic updating in its notes in hopes people will forget to re-rate the app and thus they won't have these disgusting 1-2 star average ratings? For those of you who don't know, ratings are split into two categories. All ratings spanning all versions and then the important one (the one they show by default on the App Store) which is the ratings since the last update. Update: so now there is use of the iOS 8.0 feature but what it does is allow you to choose between muting the conversation and replying which just opens the app. This isn't what I wanted guys. This is worse than giving me nothing because it shows you spent time making something no one wants instead of giving me what I want.
Wish I didn't need this app
by punkassjim on 2012/10/09 00:51
The app works beautifully, although it's terrible on the iPad. Between the standard website, the Facebook app, and this Messenger app, there isn't a single way for me to fully enjoy effortless FB messaging on the iPad. The website doesn't refresh messages properly on iPad; the Facebook app is clunky and the overlay UI is too easy to dismiss (with an errant touch or swipe) while you're writing a long message, and lose everything; this messaging app, while great on iPhone, has the terrible up-scaled keyboard that makes it hard to type. But this app is nice, responsive, focused. For that reason, I love it. But, to have two separate apps for Facebook functions is kinda ridiculous. Now that the Facebook app has been updated to native performance, I want to delete this app altogether...but the FB app doesn't allow landscape typing. So I'm stuck with this app. Also, an annoying regression in the latest design change: it used to be that I could tap on a message, then select a word or portion of the message to copy/define it. Now I can't. You've changed it so I can only copy the whole message. It's not nice to take away functionality.
Annoying notification reminder
by Business customer 29036 on 2015/12/11 01:32
The app itself works well and does its job quite nicely. Doesn't crash. Lets me talk to folks as I desire. I'd rate it 5 stars ... except for the constant notification to turn on notifications. It is an insane annoyance and is the reason for only 3 stars. The app works great but if I have to click through a "you should turn on notifications" screen every time I turn it on, then you've just detracted from the friendliness of the app. Extra clicks. Annoying pop-up. In fact, the notification went from intermittent to every time you open the app (with a brief return to intermittent), then they reduced the visibility of the "remind me later" option to almost nothing (hoping you'd miss it I assume), and NOW they've put a notification on the settings icon at the bottom so that it constantly hovers telling you to change your settings to allow notifications. Hey Messenger: I don't want to. I don't do notifications. I don't like them. Not for mail. Not for txts. And not for messenger. Can you please get rid of this screen? Do you make money if we are notified? Why do you care? If I'm using the app and I like the app, why do you care how I know if I have a message?
No Way to Remove Notifications without Reading Message
by Adorre on 2016/01/28 09:38
Since the new update there is no way to clear messenger notifications from your phone without opening every unread message. If you turn off notifications for messenger in your phone's settings then you'll have a permanent red notification within the app telling you that you have them turned off. I don't want to have to read my messages (and thereby notify that person that I've seen it and requiring me to respond right away whether I have time or not to avoid hurting any feelings) just to be able to clear the notifications on my phone. I used to be able to preview my messages to clear them from my phone notifications and return to reply to them later at my convenience. Now I have to either have notifications pending (I have nearly a hundred messages unseen) or open every single one. There's no 'mark all as read' option like email, and when I turn off notifications in my phone's settings there's an annoying notification within the app to remind me that I have notifications turned off and no way to turn it off either! For someone as OCD as myself this notification issue is enough to delete messenger for good. Very intrusive, Facebook. You're becoming the the infrastructure for telemarketing.
A couple of issues
by FROZYO on 2014/04/01 05:04
Like others have said, the notification system is messed up, especially since the last update. The Facebook app was always telling me to download Messenger for a better experience, and I've had it on my phone for a while. They seemed to integrate well, seeing as when I click the chat icon or anything related chat in the regular Facebook app, it redirects me to the Messenger app... but that was until the last update for Messenger. Previously, I did not get chat notifications from the Facebook app and would instead get them via Messenger, further reiterating their integration with each other. But now I get chat notifications from both Facebook AND Messenger, clogging up Notification Center with double alerts and sounds, which doesn't make sense because chat is not supposed to work from the Facebook app (and it doesn't), so why I am getting notifications for functions that I can't access/are obsolete when Messenger is installed? Isn't that the whole point of a separate app? Ease of communication and better functionality? I had to delete Messenger because it was driving me insane with constant, double notifications and alerts/vibrations.
Government
by The best Grundy on 2014/08/07 13:57
We receive data about you whenever you use or are running Facebook, such as when you look at another person's timeline, send or receive a message, search for a friend or a Page, click on, view or otherwise interact with things, use a Facebook mobile app, or make purchases through Facebook. When you post things like photos or videos on Facebook, we may receive additional related data (or metadata), such as the time, date, and place you took the photo or video. We receive data from or about the computer, mobile phone, or other devices you use to install Facebook apps or to access Facebook, including when multiple users log in from the same device. This may include network and communication information, such as your IP address or mobile phone number, and other information about things like your internet service, operating system, location, the type (including identifiers) of the device or browser you use, or the pages you visit. For example, we may get your GPS or other location information so we can tell you if any of your friends are nearby, or we could request device information to improve how our apps work on your device. Btw that all came from the facebook terms and conditions
Works very well, for the most part.
by I-Pod Touch Rox on 2015/02/11 12:52
The only thing I don't like is that if you are in the FB app and you press the Messenger button, it automatically opens the FB Messenger app. It can be useful and cool at times, but if you don't want to open the Messenger app, you have no choice. Like, if I want to send a quick reply then the app has to open for me to do that. And there is a new feature that came with one of the recent iOS updates, where you can pull down the message banner and reply right then and there, and when you pull down a FB Messenger banner, it shows that you have 2 options, you can either "mute" or you can "reply". You can close the banner by pushing it up and you can reply by tapping the banner. But if you pull down the banner and press reply, it brings you straight to the app! You would think that, just like with regular text/iMessages, you would be able to reply right then and there. But no! It brings you to the app. And you have to go through that whole process. Great app! Works great! But the notification banner process with replying, and such, is really quite annoying...
Wake up Facebook.
by Silent Anguish on 2014/09/03 09:59
This app has a ridiculous amount of 1 stars. Do they not get the hint yet? Nobody likes this or want this. So many people use their mobile devices for social media nowadays, and they think forcing us to get a whole separate app to chat with people is a good idea? At least give us the option to use it. Yeah, the app is alright, but if you don't have it downloaded, they refuse to let you see your messages. REALLY? I'm out and about running errands, I'm nowhere near a computer, and I don't want to download the app. What happens if someone sends you an important message? My husband is currently deployed and messaging via wifi is the only way we can talk. So you're forcing me to download another app just to talk to my husband who is DEPLOYED? Is that really fair? This is one of the worst ideas Facebook has had. Facebook has had it's changes in the past that some people didn't like at first, but take a look at the reviews! The bad reviews far outweigh the good reviews. If they're thinking "people will eventually come around to it" they're WRONG. Give us back the option to message in the Facebook app and see our messages in there! If I really want the messenger app, then I'll download it. However, do not force me to download an app for ANOTHER app. Absolutely ridiculous.
Why do I need 2 Facebook apps? Can't one be enough?
by A once loyal fan on 2014/12/10 15:09
I don't want this application. I am very unhappy that Facebook forced everyone to download it by canceling the message functionality of the regular app. There is no acceptable reason for the Facebook app I already have to be unable to send messages like it always has. This isn't a technology problem, this isn't an "enhancement," this is Facebook simply forcing you to download more applications. What's next, the news feed app? The notifications app? The friend request app!? This is ridiculous. So thanks Facebook for another splendid app, and you're welcome for one of the millions of downloads this maneuver got you alone. Update: it's especially sleazy for Facebook to keep pushing out updates to cover up more and more of it's bad reviews. Since the only reviews that are displayed without digging for them are the most current version, each time there's an update all of the previous reviews get dumped into the "all reviews ever" category. Anyone who doesn't repost their reviews is no longer seen, even if they're still angry about things that updates have not changed (like forcing everyone to download this app by removing the message functionality of the original app). You're still a sleaze bag, Facebook, way to go.
This app needs improvement
by Sexycaucasian on 2014/11/25 06:39
So before messenger came out, people were able to 'go offline' for the people they chose. I'd like that back. Going offline for some people was really nice, then you can avoid a conversation that you don't want to have. Now it's as if you have no way to get away from people, even when you're simply scrolling through your newsfeed. Also, there have been rumors going around that messenger is a bad app to get mainly for hacking situations. I'm not saying I believe it, because I haven't been hacked (yet). But it'd be nice to be able to contact people, and some people don't get messenger and can't talk with friends or family without it. I feel that people should have the choice, whether or not they want to get the app. So please consider keeping messenger for people who like it, but also allowing people to talk to others on the Facebook app itself Going offline for some people would be great. It would definitely boost up props for messenger. Also, people need to talk to eachother, whether it's serious or not. So forcing people to get the messenger app just to talk to somebody is unfair and pretty much pointless. Giving people the choice will make messenger and Facebook a better app. Thanks.
Divide & Conquer????
by Haapala's yellow No.2 on 2014/02/05 03:50
This review is being posted by someone who much prefers a good old pencil... seriously... I started using Facebook only about a year ago... My issues with this app may be as simple as an IBM error (Idiot Behind Machine)... But I think not... Now Facebook feels like its in two places on my device... That in itself may not be all bad, but I have missed some important messages... That is most likely my fault. I'm sure there is a way to be notified when I check FB but only if I scroll through all the contacts and select the bold texted messages... This is my biggest issue ... I have had FB lock up 5 times in the past 4 days... This has not happened in the past... I have 80% of storage available and nothing is running on background ?!?! It may be all coincidence, but don't think it is... The apple product I use is amazing and new... Never been happier with the intuitive nature that the 5s brings to my minimal "computing" skills, I need to talk to some friends who are much more savvy with these peripherals to gain some understanding.... Hope your experience is better than mine... If the " kinks " get worked out, this may be helpful for some.
Direct Messaging Connection - STOP Harassing to Download!!
by mfee86 on 2014/09/03 14:38
I'm extremely annoyed that Facebook has forced its users to download an additional app in order to send/receive Facebook messages. Reluctantly, I downloaded it because I wasn't able to get into my messages via the normal Facebook app any longer. Now, I receive a request to link my contacts to the app for direct messaging EVERY time I open the message tab; this is incredibly annoying. For those who want to connect their personal messages and their Facebook, I'm sure they will enjoy this feature, but for those of us who want to keep the two separate, this feature is not desirable. You need to adjust the alerts that occur to suggest connecting the two; if I wanted to utilize this function, I would have the first time it was suggested. The alert popping up every time before I can get into my messages only angers me versus entice me to connect these two. I DO NOT want to have to connect my Facebook messages to my alerts or texts - I want to utilize Facebook at my own discretion and I think this continued harassment about allowing this feature on my phone is exhausting. Please be respectful of your users and not force them or pressure them into utilizing a feature they don't want or need.
Invasive - with no-choice but, fall-in & join rank-&-file
by Icon7888 on 2014/08/03 11:59
I DO agree with those above all of who mentioned the reasons this separate app should not be forced upon us in order to receive our original mssg from friends. Seems like another qay of migrating the masses to other invassive forms of your record-keeping, conversation-saving for personal profiling & perhaps govt retrieval! Addionally, I deleted it days ago after somehow, WITHOUT APPROVAL of SETTINGS BY ME & on my phone, I turned on my phone, as fb app had previously been closed, however, several times I found it open as soon as I turned on my phone. But what prompted me to delete mssg app & stop using fb on phone, for several days was because of the following. As I was turning on my phone to check an email, I was simultanously sitting on the potty, as said earlier, fb should've been off & NOT active, however, to my horror as i turned on the phone, already sitting I saw a flash of an image of myself, as you do when taking a selfie! Only this was NOT ME TAKING A SELFIE ON THE TOILET! Additionally, facebook suddenly was on & open! Naturally I deteted all fb data, & in the process I discovered an unknown ios logged-on! I regret not writing that exact whatever-it-was ios! It had a strange couple of letters attached to it's id!
Just one question....
by - JoJo BLock - on 2014/08/09 23:42
When will Facebook reactivate chat within the Facebook app? I absolutely refuse to download another app just so I can chat on Facebook with my phone. I would rather just not send and receive messages at all. Matter of fact, I may just choose to stop using Facebook all together. I hope Facebook's advertisers are seeing how their customers are responding to this. News flash adverts, your ads are not going out to as many people now that Facebook is driving away their users. I refuse to download an app that takes up so much extra space on my phone when I already had an app that did the same exact thing as this one. I refuse to give Facebook permission to access my microphone or camera at their will. If they only needed the camera to take photos within the app and only needed the microphone for use with the app, they would not word their 'privacy' statement to say they can access it when they feel like it. They also sure as heck are not going to get permission to see my call logs or send messages to my contacts. Facebook as over-stepped boundaries and needs to be put in its place. Time for someone to step up with a new community site and not sell out to government watch dogs and evaluate our every move.
Terrible App
by Stephen Chase Baker on 2014/08/08 02:41
Let's just list a few of the worst things about this app, alright? There's enough immediately out of the gate to give this a 1 star review. 1.) This app is forced for all people who use Facebook on their phones, immobilizing us from messaging friends until we have downloaded this app. 2.) I've already ran into numerous bugs that makes this app unusable and leaves me unable to use Facebook at all! From not letting me open the app, to not letting me even delete this app, there is no way that I have found yet to fix this problem. 3.) Facebook messenger was doing perfectly fine without the need of it's own forced app. At least I could sign out of Facebook to avoid people looking at my conversations. From what I'm reading in other reviews, that's not even possible here. That's idiotic if true. I would keep going, but I feel as though Facebook won't even bother removing this terrible idea for an app and remain on the path of forcing us to download apps to use it. In all honesty, I'm starting to hate using Facebook more and more. I'm honestly starting to think about finding alternative ways to talk to my friends. If Facebook don't get their game together soon, they're going to lose more of their already dwindling users.
Forced on those who use Facebook.
by cutesy on 2014/08/09 12:59
This app might be a great app, but the fact that all Facebook users are required to download the app so that we can read and respond to our messages is inconvenient and a great nuisance. Why should it be forced down our throats? Is there a reason why it cannot be optional? A legitimate reason? I personally am turned off from Facebook. The reason we use Facebook is too keep in contact with people who may be hundreds of miles away, and messaging is a huge part of that, but now we have to use a separate app to do so? Ridiculous. I don't want this review to sound like ramblings of a lazy teenager, so I'll go into other reasons why this "idea" is a bad one. What about those who had their phone capacity at its limit and didn't have enough storage, or even enough storage on iCloud, to download and save ANOTHER app? Yet, they would like to see their messages from Facebook. Changing the appearance of the social media is one thing, however, changing it's basic operations and forcing users, who support or used to support, Facebook, is another thing entirely. I wonder if a survey of Facebook users on whether they would want a separate app for messaging would have been beneficial. I oppose this app in so many ways.
Google+
by Mach Ten on 2015/01/06 10:47
Looks like someone is riding the Google Plus wagon. This app doesn't seem to do so well, though. I haven't been using this in such a long time because of the convenience of the Facebook app. Now, you're choosing to have us download this app and move out of the Facebook app just to talk to our friends. If you ask me, I'd say you just through Facebook's chat's convenience out the window. I have yet to see what this app is like, though, so I'll just leave five stars until further notice. Update: It isn't worth it to me. I'm sorry, but I don't like how different the UI is, compared to the chatting, I don't like how I have to be forced to download this app in order to chat with my friends, and I don't like its inconvenience. <.> As of now, I'll just use an app called Puffin Web Browser for Facebook chatting until something good happens. Like, maybe allowing us to chat using the Facebook app, itself. <.> Please, just let us chat in the main app again. It was way easier and more convenient back then. =|
You Don't Have to Install It
by dnjdnjdnjdnj on 2014/08/15 19:21
So, maybe this is just what has worked for me, but when I got the screen that says "messages are moving to messenger!" and gives you two options (learn more, or install) I clicked install, clicked the reviews, read a few, DIDNT INSTALL, then went back to the fb app and I could see my messages like normal. Haven't seen it come up again where it's basically forcing me to install. I absolutely DO NOT want to install a separate messenger app, for a number of reasons, but mainly because I find it extremely irritating to take out a feature of the app that worked perfectly fine before, and separate into an entirely new app for no apparent reason. It just feels cluttered and stupid to go to an entirely separate app to message someone on Facebook. If I'm using Facebook on my computer, I don't have to open a new window just to message people, I can do everything in the same tab. I'm speaking for myself but I only use apps that are efficiently and streamlined, and this is a step in the opposite direction. Forcing users to do this is what makes it even more terrible. Facebook, LISTEN TO YOUR USERS. or at least check out the App Store and acknowledge the 1-star rating for your useless app that nobody wants.
Let me turn off notifications while unlocked!
by splintercat on 2015/07/28 14:06
So I doubt anyone will read this or care and I'm locked into using this stupid app just because my friends use it, but I'm leaving this review because I can't believe I have to deal with this in 2015. Every time I set the app not to notify me when the phone is unlocked (i.e. I'm doing something, reading a book, playing a game, typing up emails, you know, busy and not wanting a banner at the top of the screen), this app decides that I've turned off notifications completely and starts giving me this "please turn on notifications" message every time I open it. It's annoying to have to click through every time I open the app and I should be able to decide when and how I want notifications without the app becoming basically unusable in order to blackmail me into getting notifications how the app wants. I'm not going to forget about you, Facebook Messenger! I have badges and lock screen notifications on! No other app has given me a hard time just for turning off notifications while unlocked, it's completely absurd. When are companies going to realize that annoying your users into using your product is not going to create good will or a loyal customer base?
To hell with this
by Pumpkin Jack on 2014/08/08 12:16
This app is dumb as rocks. This is me killing two birds with one stone, not only am I insulting this app, but I'm also insulting rocks. Though I'm not prepared to go into why hate rocks, I am prepared to go into why hate this app. There is nothing that I could add to my messages that would make it so special that it deserves it's own app. Even if I were perfectly articulate, completely deep in thought and could muster words that your strongest vocabulary couldn't even fathom. I could be messaging someone on Facebook with the secrets to ColdFusion, extra terrestrial life, the origin of God, and who killed JFK and it still wouldn't deserve it's own app. I was against joining Facebook just like I was against joining my space before it now this only solidifies and justifies my beliefs to not want to be part of this stupid social media. By adding this one more step for my friends and I to communicate I have decided that I'm going to go the old-fashioned route and actually start writing them letters. I know you're thinking "it'll take a very long time for that letter to get to them" but at least it will be heartfelt, hand written, and everything that I wanted to say without the bells, whistles, gimmicks and clichés. I wish you all a good day and burn in hell.
Really Convenient for People Like Me
by Jrhrum eur on 2014/09/08 14:52
If you're like me who doesn't really have any interest for Facebook and is only there for communication then this app is really much more convenient than the Facebook app itself. I uninstalled Facebook long time ago not just because it uses too much space but because I hated the idea of only knowing that someone messaged you if and only if you logged in. I'm not that type of person who does not log out their social media accounts so it's such a pain in the @ whenever someone talks to me and I need to log in and log out again and again. But with this app my life is now at ease. You guys are so worried about the privacy issue thing but take note that this is also business. If you're that terrified about the privacy of your information then maybe it's time to ask ourselves who the heck cares about your information other than you and well, maybe Facebook. Every social media does this and I'm surprised as to why not all complains about it.
Needs improvement
by 151 Proof on 2014/02/28 07:33
Overall it's a great app but it's still to slow transmitting back n forth, txt'ing is WAY FASTER but there are of course some folks that you don't want to txt so you use this sluggish app. Also, selecting "Friends" from FB to chat with, where are they? EVERYTIME it's a maze trying to get to message someone different and there's like different procedures that you have to go through to select people that are using something different, I'm not sure WHAT different thing, maybe a different phone, different app, different network, maybe they're on a desktop, I don't know but it's clearly not seamless, there's a lot of having to mess with the app to bring someone up on the screen to message them. Another problem, scrolling backwards to a message written a few months ago, gee whiz, can't that be made EASIER? Then the app is always "connecting", "reconnecting" or "disconnecting" gee whizz!! I know, blame it on the signal, or the satellite, or the network, or the carrier, or the mobile device... But once again, overall it's a great little app!!
Privacy invasion etc.
by Dkjsbrbchdnxjdbdjxjjsnd on 2014/08/20 04:08
I personally liked the messaging on the Facebook app itself. I liked the little bubble on the side of the screen. A few days ago, I went to message one of my friends that I haven't talked with in a while, and they forced me to download the app if I wanted to use chat on my phone. It's completely ridiculous! I've read the recent articles about this app and how invasive it is. I don't want Facebook reading my emails! They also want me to input my phone number! I don't want everyone on my friend list knowing my phone number! They look through a lot of your stuff that is on your phone (things like emails without permission) and some of that stuff is private! I have business emails on there that I would rather not have random strangers on the internet know about, but at the same time, I want to message my friends! Facebook has crossed many lines, and none of them are good. This app itself functions very poorly in my opinion compared to the actual Facebook app. I have nothing to hide, but I'd rather not have this company invading my privacy and ignoring my rights. You can't search without a warrant, and they're searching our emails without permission. This needs to change now.
Oh Really?
by drerko on 2014/09/04 04:54
Hey Facebook. You're on borrowed time. If you keep forcing people to download new apps without proper security settings while still being woefully intrusive, you're going to go more the way of VHS and MySpace than Apple or Google. Jerking around your clientele into downloading apps with no real purpose and forcing unwanted updates that are frustratingly complicated is not a sustainable business model. There is a reason why a shrinking number of teenagers and young adults use Facebook; they are simply tired of your crap. The only reason most of us downloaded this stupid app was to make the notification disappear. I will only open this application to make the notification disappear. Congratulations, you have created a worthless app that's only purpose is to remove the notification icon from your other, slightly-less-worthless-but-still-pretty-lethargic app. I hope that when you enjoy your nonfat skinny whatever from Starbucks that you have to go to a little Starbucks kiosk down the street to pick up your whatever drink, because that is basically what you have created here: an inconvenience to something that worked just fine before. Just remember, Facebook, you are not too big to fail.
The app works
by Marswolfe on 2014/09/12 03:14
This does everything it says it would. It's very easy to use and very functional. I think the privacy thing is a non-issue for now though options to limit it would have been appreciated. That being said, I do not enjoy having my more personal, business, or long messages combined with the same stream of communication when "chatting". The idea that it eliminates unwanted space or is faster or uses less battery life is just not factual. The programmers at Facebook could just have easily included this inside the Facebook app and previously they had a wonderfully functional way to do so. My thoughts on the matter: facebook wants to have an image of being the new chat messenger system. By dividing their app they manage to neatly confine people to chat or Facebook whereas it used to be completely integrated. Though the chat works great and the Facebook app works great, this is objectively a step back. I hope that this phase of Facebook is short lived. It's not the end of the world but I hope that an enormous communication and networking company will listen to what the vast majority want.
Do Not Sync Your Contacts!
by WARRZONE on 2014/11/11 08:41
Don't sync your contacts list. It's a big invasion of privacy that maybe you are fine with, but your friends might not be. Make sure Synced Contacts is switched off in the Messenger app Settings. If you already did sync your contacts list, thus uploading all your friends' personal info to the Facebook servers, you can delete it by opening the Messenger app and clicking Settings > Synced Contacts > Learn More (Manage Imported Contacts for Messenger) > Delete All. I suspect that one of the reasons Facebook released this app was to get everyone's personal info. Most people click accept without reading anything. Each person that shares their contacts list may only have pieces of a person's contact info, but Facebook can put the pieces together like a puzzle. If, scratch that, 'when' a friend's account gets hacked, this is one way your info can get leaked to spam lists, and you get annoying telemarketer and scam calls. Facebook claims syncing helps people connect, and it helps the engine generate suggestions. I believe the risks outweigh the rewards. Your contacts show up in the app, and it works just fine without syncing. Be considerate of your friends, and leave syncing turned off.
Why no zero star option?
by LlamaScarf on 2014/12/04 20:00
Facebook wouldn't let me use messages unless I downloaded this app. Sigh. So I downloaded it. I don't use Facebook much but occasionally I get messages. Why is there this insistence of the app that I turn on push notifications? I don't care about my messages that much, I check them when I feel like. I don't want to waste my data on push notifications from an app I was basically forced to download and hardly ever use. Every time I open the app, at least one thing pops up. Every time there is this big screen with no visible X button to close it. You have to tap around and guess, I feel bad for those who don't try that and end up turning them on to get it to go away. It makes no sense to me why they insist on this. Give me one warning, inform me that it's off in case I want it on, but then please respect my desire to not have them on by not harassing me about it. When I want to check a message I want to do it quick. I don't want to have to waste my time searching for how to X out of something that will never stop appearing. I'm very frustrated by this and frankly I want to delete the app but like I said, I occasionally use it and Facebook forces me to have it to check my messages.
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