If you use Facebook to chat with friends, clients, relatives, etc. and you do not want to use an additional browser window for this purpose, then you can use one of these Facebook Messenger apps for Windows 10. Facebook allows you to ditch the Facebook interface and open Messenger to check Facebook messages using these apps.
Facebook Messenger apps for Windows 10
Please note that the fourth app has been released by Facebook, while the first three are unofficial third-party Facebook Messenger clients for Windows 10.
- Messenger for Desktop
- Messenger from Facebook.
1] Messenger for Desktop
Messenger for Desktop is a pretty simple Facebook Messenger client for Windows 10. The user interface is just like the official Facebook Messenger website. You can send text, audio, video, emoji, sticker, etc. to your friends. Apart from that, you can use voice calls as well as video call options. It is possible to browse all messages of the Inbox, Archive, etc. In case you want to switch from the regular Messenger to Workplace Messenger, that is possible too. The best thing about this tool is that you can use a dark theme. To enable it, go to Theme > Dark. Apart from this theme, you can have Black, Midnight, Mosaic, etc.
Download it from the Softpedia website. It is ad-supported, though.
Caprine is an open-source Facebook Messenger client for Windows 10 that you can download for free. There is no difference in the user interface as compared with other apps – but it loads faster. It allows you to use a dark theme – but it doesn’t have the option to use different modes like the first app. Caprine offers some useful options such as-
- Mute notifications
- Show unread badge
- Block seen indicator
- Block typing indicator
- Custom style
For many people, the Seen indicator, and the Typing indicator would be quite helpful. You can download it from Github.
In terms of feature, Franz is far ahead of both tools mentioned above, since it allows you to add other chatting services such as WhatsApp, Slack, Skype, Telegram, etc., as well. Talking about Franz as a Facebook Messenger client, you can navigate through various folders, i.e., Inbox, Archive, Unread, etc. You can make a voice call, video call, etc. The only thing that is missing in this tool is a dark theme. You need to create an account on Franz first. If you want to download it, you can visit their site. Take care of any third-party offers and opt out.
4] Messenger from Facebook – Official app
This is the official app from Facebook, and we recommend that you use it. With Messenger from Facebook, you can keep your conversations going wherever you are, and chat on the go! It is available for download from the Microsoft Store.
Which one is your favorite?
PS: This post has been updated.