In addition to sending free texts, you can also:

Message friends and contacts

  • Get started fast log in with your Facebook account, or just use your phone number
  • Send voice messages, photos, smileys and other emoji
  • Get push notifications

Make plans on the go with social messaging features

  • Message a friend or start a group conversation
  • Include your location to let friends know you're nearby

Chat and receive SMS messages

  • Swipe left to see who's available to chat
  • See your SMS and Facebook messages together in the app currently only available on some phones

Messenger does all this using your existing data plan.

What's New:

  • Added Direct Download link which contains the .apk file for Facebook Messenger.
  • Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place
  • Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn't in the conversation? Just tap to forward it on
  • Conversation Shortcuts: Create a shortcut so that you can get to any conversation right from your home screen
  • Free Calls: Talk as long as you want and stay in touch wherever you are. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply).