Messenger Lite is a simplified version of Messenger, Facebook's messaging application. Just like the original app, the service lets you make free calls and messages, so it's a good option to connect with people instantly. The free tool is available exclusively for download on Android, meaning it is not possible to download on Apple's iPhone (iOS).
The purpose of the alternative platform is to cater for lower performing handsets, while maintaining Messenger's core functions such as text messaging, voice and video calling. In addition, it is useful for places with poor Internet connection as it does not require as much of the cellular data packet as the standard tool. To help stakeholders resolve their questions, the TechTudo has prepared a list of the main features of Messenger Lite.
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Messenger Lite, lighter version of Facebook Messenger for Android Photo: Divulgao / Facebook
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Messenger Lite is the lightest version of Facebook Messenger. It is designed to be installed on older phones as well as to work better in places with slow Internet connection. This is because the application consumes less data and requires less processing than the original platform. Thus, investing in this alternative version has advantages for users with lower operating performance devices.
2. What systems is Messenger Lite available on?
The exclusive app for Google system phones. It runs on devices running the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) version released in 2010 or later. In Brazil, Messenger Lite has been available since May 2017.
Facebook Messenger Lite received new features in 2018, such as chat window customization Photo: Disclosure / Facebook
3. What is the difference to the normal version of Messenger?
Messenger Lite has fewer features than standard Messenger. On the other hand, it consumes less storage, mobile data from 3G / 4G networks and requires less from mobile phone hardware. This is the main highlight of the application, which works best even in the most unstable situations.
Exact space varies by device. For comparison, it is worth noting that it occupies 17.89 MB on a Moto G5S Plus smartphone with Android 8 Oreo, while the standard application spends 106 MB on the same handset a considerable difference in space.
The list of missing features in Messenger Lite includes photo editing, Instant Games games, use of extensions, location submission and creation of plans and polls, as well as secret conversations, among others less popular. Other functions that were not originally present in the simplified version of the platform came later. In 2018, Facebook included video calling in Lite, as well as the ability to upload video, view animated GIFs, and customize individual and group chat windows.
Voice and video calls were features introduced in Messenger Lite later Photo: Divulgao / Facebook
4. How to download Messenger Lite?
The same operation as full Messenger. Just go to the Google Play app store, search for "Messenger Lite" and download the platform. When the download is complete, open the app and enter your Facebook credentials to start chatting with your contacts.
Like the standard version of Messenger, Lite can also be used by those without a Facebook account. In this case, the user should touch the link "Not on Facebook?" and make the registration with the mobile number.
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