Simple messaging system that combines the best elements of picture messaging, Facebook chats and SMS.
License: Free for personal use only
Facebook's Messenger app is great for chatting with friends without wading through timelines and other Facebook distractions. As of July 2016 it now boasts 1 billion users worldwide.
The app enables you to easily keep up with recent contacts, initiate conversations as well as set up group chats. The app also supports VoIP calling for voice chats too.
As well as simply typing messages you can also send smileys, images and snippets of audio.
Chat heads: Keep the conversation going while you use other apps.
Recent app updates have added the following features:
- Know when people have seen your messages.
- Forward messages or photos to people who weren't in the conversation.
- Search for people and groups to quickly get back to them.
- Turn on location to let people know when you're nearby.
- See who's available on Messenger and who's active on Facebook.
- Create shortcuts to get to any conversation right from your home screen.
- Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break.
- Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
Messenger is brilliantly simple and most definitely worth installing if you use Facebook regularly.