While you surf the web or use other applications on your computer, you can:
- Chat and message with your friends on Facebook
- See the latest updates from your friends in ticker
- Get quick notifications about what’s going on
To try out the first version of this app, just complete a one-time setup. Note: Messenger for Windows will automatically install updates.
Once you have Messenger set up on your computer, you can log in and log out by right-clicking the Facebook icon in the your Windows system tray.
Messenger will log you in using your browser and continue delivering messages and notifications after you close your web browser. Since you don’t need to be in a browser to use the app, you’ll need to have the “Keep me logged in” option checked when using Messenger. This option allows you to stay logged into Facebook even after you close your browser or navigate away from Facebook. As always, if you’re on a shared computer, make sure to log out of Facebook and the Messenger application completely (note that the Exit option will close the app but still keep you logged in).
What’s the difference between Exit and Log out in Messenger for Windows? Choosing Exit will close the app but still keep you logged into Facebook. Use this option if you want to stop getting notifications but stay logged into Facebook in your browser. After you exit, you can open Messenger again by searching for “Facebook Messenger” in your Windows Start Menu. The app will also open when you restart your computer.
Choosing Log out will completely log you out of both the Messenger app and www.facebook.com. Since Messenger automatically syncs with Facebook in your web browser, we direct you to www.facebook.com to log out.
Can I chat with a group or video call with friends on Messenger for Windows? Not yet. You can chat and message with individual friends, see what’s going on in ticker and get quick notifications about Facebook activity in Messenger. Chatting with multiple friends, video calling, limiting chat availability and editing settings are not currently available through the app. You can still do these by going to www.facebook.com in your web browser.
How does privacy work for Messenger for Windows? The same preferences you’ve set in your privacy settings on www.facebook.com apply when you’re using the Facebook Messenger for Windows app.