Reviewed in My Essentials
I just recently started using this and was shocked at how much less frustrating Facebook feels when using this app. A theme that will become obvious in this list is that I'm a huge fan of apps that let you do things without leaving your current app. This one let's you access your messages and chats in a lightweight window that floats over whatever you're doing instead of opening a bulky and clunky app.
Instantly reach the people you care about. Messenger is a fast, free and reliable way to stay in touch. It's just like texting, but you don't have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan).
Get to your messages without opening Facebook.
Chat with groups and make plans on the go.
Bring messages to life with stickers.
Send photos privately.
Keep the conversation going: with chat heads, you can chat while using other apps.
Text your phone contacts, even if you're not Facebook friends.
Share your location so people know when you're nearby.
Record voice messages.
Make free calls, even to friends in other countries.
Know when people have seen your messages.
See who's available on Messenger and who's active on Facebook.
Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break.