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Messenger – Text and Video Chat for Free

Messenger – Text and Video Chat for Free

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Free group video chat, video calls, voice calls and text messaging.

4.2 Ratings 79M+ Reviews 1B+ Downloads

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4.2
79.1M+ Ratings
  1. 5
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  2. 4
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  3. 3
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  • Apr 17, 2021

    By Rodney O h l e r
    Messenger video FaceTime needs an update itself because sometimes on your phone when you try hitting the back button tab it won't work and bugs out it needs to be addressed but besides that it is a very good application, me and my girlfriend have that problem rarely but in the same time often. I'm not dissing this application whatsoever I just want the FaceTime bugs to stop that's all. But this application gets a four out of five. And the bubbles are annoying put it on the side of the screen🙄
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  • Some of the latest features missing Jan 1, 2021

    By Bgzorro
    Did the developers just give up on this app for iPad or something? I see that the latest update was two weeks ago, and usually Facebook likes to update all of their apps every two days 🤨 While the app *is* functional, it lacks some of the updated features that are all available on the iPhone app and mostly available via the direct website — such as FB avatars stickers and the like (i do appreciate the extra choices for emoji reacts, tho’; i just wish there were more heart options with that). My iPad is on the latest OS (iPadOS 14) and is an iPad Air 2...this latest update of Facebook Messenger is an incomplete version of the latest update for its version on iPhone 😐 would be nice to access ALL of the latest features on this app for iPad, since there’s more space on my iPad than on on my iPhone to support it. Hopefully, y’all will come back with a new update of ALL the latest features soon...
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  • Apr 16, 2021

    By Ronald McBurney
    I have always liked messenger, for lots of reasons. But mostly when FB would block me, or punish me (started in 2014 and has never stopped) Messenger would never block me. I have never stalked, made any sexual comments, used coarse language, humiliated or threatened or made any racist remarks or anything against gender issues. I was able to prove that I never did anything back then, nor do I do so today. But the severe treatment of me and others because of many problems with monitors! Who were o
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  • Not Horrible but Has Issues Feb 12, 2019

    By Tambri62
    Although I have connected with some amazing people through this app and love the fact that I can connect with people all over the world this app is not a dating app and people need to be respectful of that. I’m not on messenger to hook up with people and receive numerous messages and random calls from people during all times of the day and night. I do understand I can shut my phone off or use my sleep setting on my phone but have had a parent experiencing some health issues and don’t want to shut my phone down as I may need to take a call or message at anytime. The other thing I don’t like is that people know the second I connect to Facebook or messenger and become active on the sight. Sometimes I just jump on to check something out for business purposes and get bombarded with messages. It would be nice to have the ability to get online without the world knowing I’m there.
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  • Great but definitely could be better! Dec 17, 2017

    By Obsessed w/ makeup
    Compared to previous versions of the app this is by far the best one but personally I think it would definitely be much better if a few things were changed on it. Even just the smallest changes could make it way better. Simplicity is key always. With this being said I think by making the main messenger screen less complex and having it to where you can go in the app and out quicker could have a great affect on everything including the ratings. Meaning having the Messenger App uncomplicated and more straight forward I know I would personally be happier with it and use it daily and as well as a good amount of individuals I know. For example if someone could get on message a friend & respond right back; almost compared to AIM or slightly like iMessage. It would change the game completely and have a higher rating guaranteed. Only asking to take it into consideration. :)
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  • Apr 16, 2021

    By Brittany Greaves
    Update after update this app gets progressively worse! Why can't they just leave it alone? Like 6-8 updates ago everything was fine but then they had to try to add new features and now change the entire make-up of the app....now more than half the time my chat bubbles close on their own randomly and that's when I can get them to open, and I don't always get message alerts! JUST STOP "FIXING" what isn't broken & fix what is, PLEASE??!!
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  • Glitchy to the point of unusable. Jul 21, 2020

    By what do you mean name taken
    For the longest time, Facebook messenger with my go to for communication. I didn’t have everyone’s phone number and not many of my contacts used something like WhatsApp, but everyone has a Facebook account. This app is so glitchy that it’s finally broken me of Facebook period. I never really used the service as a social media platform to begin with, but it was a decent communication service. Or would have been. For the majority of this year, the software has been unreliable, glitchy, and riddled with bugs. It consistently fails to give notifications, occasionally forgets that I had sent a message, and by far the worst glitch: it will randomly kick me out of conversations while I’m reading them or typing in them and put me back at the contacts screen. And of course, it doesn’t save what I had been typing. This means that something as simple as sending a message can require you to start typing it two or five times before you can actually send one. There is no excuse for a company that big to deliver software this crappy, especially given how much shady crap they are otherwise up to involving user data. Check please, I am done.
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  • Apr 16, 2021

    By Diana Manzano
    This app has been so buggy lately. My notifs don't sync between mobile and desktop, and sometimes it automatically dismisses all my notifs when I simply unlock my phone, so I miss messages. Also, if you look at a photo in your messages and then close the chat head, when you open it back up, it's still looking at the photo, which I don't know if that's intentional, but it's annoying. I also miss the larger chat heads. This app is a mess right now.
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  • Overwhelming and extremely difficult to navigate Feb 4, 2021

    By qhdms3886
    With school being online, I have been using messenger as my main medium of communication among the peers. The more I use it, the more I get annoyed at how poorly the app is made. When I have a few messages unread, it would make sense to guide me to the place where I left off when I open the chat. However, I have to scroll ALL the way up to figure out where in the conversation I had left from, so it is especially difficult when I am in a group chat and missed more than a dozen messages. It is also impossible to find the date and the time of each messages, which makes it take an even more time and effort from my end to go through every message to get to where I left off. This should be a basic function in all messenger programs by now, so I don’t understand why messenger wouldn’t carry such an essential function. It is not user-friendly, as the updates have been only adding stuff that no one would ever make use of while ignoring the basic necessities. I also can’t save or mark any messages if I need to go back to them. I truly hope you guys make the important updates soon.
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  • Apr 14, 2021

    By Theresa Strick
    Ever since the new update ive had nothing but problems. Im not receiving notifications, i will here the noise of someone typing when i dont ecen have the chat open and it will mark as read and will not even alert me of a message. The bubbles keep disappearing, it won't pop up with the face of the most recent person who sent a message. I've been restarting my phone thinking that may have been part of the issue but that wasnt helped and as i can see alot of others are having similar issues.
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  1. Free, fast, and secure messaging by text, call, or video chat - anywhere and anytime you need to connect
  2. Personalize it! Customize your messaging experience with special colors, nicknames, and group photos for friends and family
  3. Calls and video chats are free over wi-fi, even to contacts in other countries around the globe

Reviewed by Kaylin on April 13, 2018

  • Facebook messenger need to pickup the pace Aug 20, 2018

    By DIGBYS XPAND
    Facebook messenger is seriously lacking behind with simple and small functions that can make it great. Facebook has friends that we do not want to share our phone numbers with to be able to communicate on other great and easy to converse instant messaging apps. One of those function is to be able to reply directly to a particular message. So difficult to handle conversation on Facebook as it doesn’t allow for different topics to be discussed concurrently just with a reply functionality. Most times when you go back to an old discussion during a new one the whole thing becomes confusing and then takes longer to type and clarify things with who you are chatting with. I can have a discussion in 3 mins on other apps and that same conversation would take me 10 mins on Facebook messenger. This is because you talk about one topic finish it up properly and start the next one again. When you can talk about both same time just directly replying to the exact thing you getting back at. Please fix this because it’s getting boring chatting on Facebook messenger. If you can smile to a message thumb up and other things why can’t we reply? Thank you.
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  • What if... Jun 16, 2020

    By HEYYYYY YAAAAA
    What if the facebook account gets hack and then you can’t also return or log in to the messenger which the account from facebook? Still not secured here. I hope that problem fix, waiting for the day it changes. My relatives just get hack a week ago, they thought it’s fine because they don’t addicted to facebook much. Then they realized that there are dozen of images they took before for memories, thousands of messages who encourage them come through the dark storm had been deleted because of the hackers with no conscience. Anyways, I’m concerned for these related app. I’m giving 4 stars because I loved this app before, now it updated and somehow it disappointed me. And with the hope of bringing a better security for both apps, I remove 1 star. Please fix
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  • Explain please Feb 21, 2020

    By Sinnamyn
    I used to be able to get to the “other” folder but now that is gone. Please redo this and fix because many messages get filtered and now I can’t get those. Long time user. **EDIT** I found this setting finally. One last thing that would be a great addition is to give us the option to remain hidden. I don’t want everyone knowing I’m online. I have active turned off and I can’t see who is active but the ones who have active on can still see me. Also it would be nice to have an option that doesn’t show its read. Sometimes I can’t reply in a timely fashion and it leaves the person thinking I don’t care enough to respond. Yes I can mark it as unread but they can see it’s been read. My main suggestions. Thank you so much
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  • Fixed: A annoying glitch Feb 1, 2018

    By ToasterWife
    Edit: hey you fixed it, nice. Typing on iPad is pain still layout wise but it works. Messenger usually works well on my iPhone no issues what so ever, in this case for an odd reason it doesn’t want to type I’ll begin typing “Hey I’m” and it doesn’t let me type afterwards. I have no idea why this occurring but I hope I’m not alone, I use this app to talk to friends and talk about homework and junk— this is a real pain and honestly a bad move on the team’s part for not checking before sending this update out. This could’ve honestly been fixed or avoided if they checked this before releasing it, I trust on the team a lot and will always update on day one. You’re making me regret this honestly, y’all just giving me trust issues
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  • MAJOR ISSUES😡 HUGE SECURITY FLAWS Oct 30, 2019

    By ChelleSpoon
    MAJOR ISSUE #1 - Messenger DOES NOT Prevent Repeated Audio/Video Calls When Messenger is set for DND, it only allows for a 24hr period. RANDOM callers who are using the app as a dating app will call back multiple times within a three minute window and interrupt my day or sleep. I cannot shut my phone down completely as I have to remain accessible to family. I would like the option of DND until I DECIDE turn it back on with the option of keeping out repeat callers who call right back within a 3 minute window. Right now I have to reset Messenger DND every 8 hours. MAJOR ISSUE #2: Why do I get Messenger notifications EVERY SINGLE TIME I accept a new FBF request that says “wave to your new friend?” I do not need this added message that draws ppl to contact me as if this is a dating app. I use Messenger only to contact ppl for important non-public information. Not to hook up. Just like I have to choice to add someone as a FBF, I should have to choice if I want to add them as a messenger contact. This should NOT be automatic! How dare you take away my choice and subject me to unnecessary harassment! MAJOR ISSUE #3: There’s no option to report inappropriate messages such as porn.
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  • Apr 17, 2021

    By Rodney O h l e r
    Messenger video FaceTime needs an update itself because sometimes on your phone when you try hitting the back button tab it won't work and bugs out it needs to be addressed but besides that it is a very good application, me and my girlfriend have that problem rarely but in the same time often. I'm not dissing this application whatsoever I just want the FaceTime bugs to stop that's all. But this application gets a four out of five. And the bubbles are annoying put it on the side of the screen🙄
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  • Apr 16, 2021

    By Ronald McBurney
    I have always liked messenger, for lots of reasons. But mostly when FB would block me, or punish me (started in 2014 and has never stopped) Messenger would never block me. I have never stalked, made any sexual comments, used coarse language, humiliated or threatened or made any racist remarks or anything against gender issues. I was able to prove that I never did anything back then, nor do I do so today. But the severe treatment of me and others because of many problems with monitors! Who were o
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  • Notification alarm Mar 30, 2020

    By Babystego
    Good app, let’s me keep in contact with others. Initially I deactivated Facebook when I was in school, but was allowed to use messenger still. After a while for some reason that stopped being the case and it deactivated messenger too. Well, that wasn’t an option because I have a family chat on there and otherwise I would have been out of the loop. Minor issue, done with school now so not as big of a problem, until I return for degree number two. Video quality could be a bit better too. Also, my dog absolutely HATES the message notification. He will run away when he hears it. I would prefer a list of audible options for the sake of my dogs ears, and me being upset when he leaves due to a message coming through. Minor detail, but it makes me want to get rid of the app all together.
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  • Very good but.... Feb 24, 2020

    By woof user
    Messenger is a good app and I like to talk and connect with people on the app. And the sticker feature I really like since you can pick from a wide variety of different things. But the thing I recently hated about messenger is that I can no longer save gifs that I send to my friends or anyone, and I used to be able to do that and I would give a five star rating then, but now only four because I really need moving memes in my life and in my photo album, please consider letting us save gifs again. I know I may sound silly but I’m really upset that I can’t save them anymore and I found my favorite meme on gif recently and I can’t save it no more so I beg you, please let us save gifs again, but if theirs a new feature we’re you can save it but just have to click something different then please tell me :(
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  • Messaging is Good, Calling Isn’t Mar 21, 2018

    By lilmarbles
    The messaging with FB friends is pretty good. I like that you can customize individual chats and I enjoy the sound effects in the app. It’s a really good way to stay in touch with far away friends & family. I don’t always get notifications when I receive a new message though. I’m not a fan of the call/video chat feature. Calls are often dropped, the sound/call quality is awful. Video chat is really choppy. A lot of the video calls are spent “connecting” so all you see is a black screen , but at least you can still talk to the other person while this is going on. This app isn’t too bad , it works better than the Facebook app itself in my opinion. It’s a good way to stay connected and talking to old friends. I recommend using it if you got Facebook.
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  • Some of the latest features missing Jan 1, 2021

    By Bgzorro
    Did the developers just give up on this app for iPad or something? I see that the latest update was two weeks ago, and usually Facebook likes to update all of their apps every two days 🤨 While the app *is* functional, it lacks some of the updated features that are all available on the iPhone app and mostly available via the direct website — such as FB avatars stickers and the like (i do appreciate the extra choices for emoji reacts, tho’; i just wish there were more heart options with that). My iPad is on the latest OS (iPadOS 14) and is an iPad Air 2...this latest update of Facebook Messenger is an incomplete version of the latest update for its version on iPhone 😐 would be nice to access ALL of the latest features on this app for iPad, since there’s more space on my iPad than on on my iPhone to support it. Hopefully, y’all will come back with a new update of ALL the latest features soon...
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  • Not Horrible but Has Issues Feb 12, 2019

    By Tambri62
    Although I have connected with some amazing people through this app and love the fact that I can connect with people all over the world this app is not a dating app and people need to be respectful of that. I’m not on messenger to hook up with people and receive numerous messages and random calls from people during all times of the day and night. I do understand I can shut my phone off or use my sleep setting on my phone but have had a parent experiencing some health issues and don’t want to shut my phone down as I may need to take a call or message at anytime. The other thing I don’t like is that people know the second I connect to Facebook or messenger and become active on the sight. Sometimes I just jump on to check something out for business purposes and get bombarded with messages. It would be nice to have the ability to get online without the world knowing I’m there.
    more
  • Great but definitely could be better! Dec 17, 2017

    By Obsessed w/ makeup
    Compared to previous versions of the app this is by far the best one but personally I think it would definitely be much better if a few things were changed on it. Even just the smallest changes could make it way better. Simplicity is key always. With this being said I think by making the main messenger screen less complex and having it to where you can go in the app and out quicker could have a great affect on everything including the ratings. Meaning having the Messenger App uncomplicated and more straight forward I know I would personally be happier with it and use it daily and as well as a good amount of individuals I know. For example if someone could get on message a friend & respond right back; almost compared to AIM or slightly like iMessage. It would change the game completely and have a higher rating guaranteed. Only asking to take it into consideration. :)
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  • Somewhat an annoyance Dec 11, 2019

    By Wolf of Flame
    I don't normally leave reviews, but i feel that i have to in this case. I don't really have any problems with Messenger itself, being what it is; however, there are a few things that I need to gripe about: 1) foremost is the fact that it is a whole separate app from Facebook. You have to have both in almost every single case. I remember that you used to be able to utilize the Messenger function in the Facebook app without the need for the second application. 2) the most annoying thing about the Messenger app is the "friendversary." It's just an attempt to make the app seem relevant. I have pretty much every function of the Messenger app turned off aside from Notifications because I have a couple of people that only send things through Messenger. I seriously wish that the stupid "friendversary" crap could be turned off as it goes off randomly and the sound is quite loud and distracting.
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  • Post iOS 11.0.3 issues Nov 3, 2017

    By eva_joes
    Always been a big loyal fan of Facebook’s Messenger app and to this day it is still my go-to method of communication versus texting with my personal cell number. However, after the iOS 11.0.3 update messenger has a huge lag when it comes to sending pictures, and even messages at all for that matter. I thought it was the pictures themselves or the WiFi connection but it happens with any picture or video I try to send, no matter what size, and no matter the WiFi signal strength or network I’m connected to. At times the app will even crash right when opening it for the first time on any given day, no matter how often I clear background apps and history and data on my iTouch. Don’t know if it’s Apple’s or Facebook’s issue but the compatibility and functionality should be pristine and on point, considering how much we pay for our devices and how often software is updated.
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  • Apr 15, 2021

    By Adalin Williams
    After this last update when they messed with the chat heads my entire messenger has been messing up. It won't show profile pictures in the bubble. It stopped sending me notifications for all messages. I have to move each conversation off silent individually AND manually as they pop up in my phone notifications . I can't open a conversation directly from the bubble and now have to open the entire app. This is am absolutely horrible update and I implore you guys to fix it.
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  • Apr 18, 2021

    By Laura Gaitan
    Not sure why but for some time now this app has not been working correctly I've uninstalled and installed again I keep up with the updates and still does the same thing. I don't see any messages come in or video chats I hear my phone ring or feel it vibrate when a video call is coming in but it won't pop up on the screen I have to click on the app it self then when I go in the app it still doesn't show it only shows a red bar at the top and I have to click on it in order to see who is video chat
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  • Apr 15, 2021

    By Allison Kriz
    So my bubble got smaller, appears in random spots (usually off to the left) and half the time it marks messages as read as soon as I unlock my phone. Currently searching for a better version of the app because this sucks. I don't know if it's due to an update, or my new phone, but I've never had these issues before.
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  • Apr 17, 2021

    By mitchell thomas
    Whatever update happened made this app trash. Doesn't keep notifications up so I miss texts. And god forbid you have a chat bubble open and the person your talking to sends a message.... here's a hint. It crashes. Used to work fine. Was all I used basically. Not they ruined it with these stupid updates... leave it alone!
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  • Pointless Jan 16, 2018

    By Silverramette
    Facebooks messenger app is a pointless application—everyone already has free text messaging and pays for cell phone service, so why create a new application (for things like virtual yard sale) and ask for permissions to text and call? I find it absolutely absurd that I have to download an app to view messages from a web based platform. (No I DO NOT have the FB app, thank you.). Not only that but the two rarely communicate efficiently. After you check messages in the app, FB profile will still show a messages notification. On top of that every time you use it asks for notifications to be turned on (why? When FB should be notifying you?) and asking for permission for microphone and camera. The app drains battery power when you do have notifications turned on especially in group chats—pinging every time there is a new comment. I’m not sure what a good use for this app is—it should be reintegrated back into Facebook and allow users to check messages from the web based platform.
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  • Apr 16, 2021

    By Brittany Greaves
    Update after update this app gets progressively worse! Why can't they just leave it alone? Like 6-8 updates ago everything was fine but then they had to try to add new features and now change the entire make-up of the app....now more than half the time my chat bubbles close on their own randomly and that's when I can get them to open, and I don't always get message alerts! JUST STOP "FIXING" what isn't broken & fix what is, PLEASE??!!
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  • Glitchy to the point of unusable. Jul 21, 2020

    By what do you mean name taken
    For the longest time, Facebook messenger with my go to for communication. I didn’t have everyone’s phone number and not many of my contacts used something like WhatsApp, but everyone has a Facebook account. This app is so glitchy that it’s finally broken me of Facebook period. I never really used the service as a social media platform to begin with, but it was a decent communication service. Or would have been. For the majority of this year, the software has been unreliable, glitchy, and riddled with bugs. It consistently fails to give notifications, occasionally forgets that I had sent a message, and by far the worst glitch: it will randomly kick me out of conversations while I’m reading them or typing in them and put me back at the contacts screen. And of course, it doesn’t save what I had been typing. This means that something as simple as sending a message can require you to start typing it two or five times before you can actually send one. There is no excuse for a company that big to deliver software this crappy, especially given how much shady crap they are otherwise up to involving user data. Check please, I am done.
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  • Apr 16, 2021

    By Diana Manzano
    This app has been so buggy lately. My notifs don't sync between mobile and desktop, and sometimes it automatically dismisses all my notifs when I simply unlock my phone, so I miss messages. Also, if you look at a photo in your messages and then close the chat head, when you open it back up, it's still looking at the photo, which I don't know if that's intentional, but it's annoying. I also miss the larger chat heads. This app is a mess right now.
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  • Overwhelming and extremely difficult to navigate Feb 4, 2021

    By qhdms3886
    With school being online, I have been using messenger as my main medium of communication among the peers. The more I use it, the more I get annoyed at how poorly the app is made. When I have a few messages unread, it would make sense to guide me to the place where I left off when I open the chat. However, I have to scroll ALL the way up to figure out where in the conversation I had left from, so it is especially difficult when I am in a group chat and missed more than a dozen messages. It is also impossible to find the date and the time of each messages, which makes it take an even more time and effort from my end to go through every message to get to where I left off. This should be a basic function in all messenger programs by now, so I don’t understand why messenger wouldn’t carry such an essential function. It is not user-friendly, as the updates have been only adding stuff that no one would ever make use of while ignoring the basic necessities. I also can’t save or mark any messages if I need to go back to them. I truly hope you guys make the important updates soon.
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  • Apr 14, 2021

    By Theresa Strick
    Ever since the new update ive had nothing but problems. Im not receiving notifications, i will here the noise of someone typing when i dont ecen have the chat open and it will mark as read and will not even alert me of a message. The bubbles keep disappearing, it won't pop up with the face of the most recent person who sent a message. I've been restarting my phone thinking that may have been part of the issue but that wasnt helped and as i can see alot of others are having similar issues.
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