Facebook Messenger is a actually fashionable communication app. It’s solely actual draw back is that it’s extremely bloated. On my Moto E4, it weighs in at just below 60MB, which is sensible—not solely does it have all of the messaging options that you really want, it additionally has audio and video calling (good), chat heads (alright), a Snapchat Story clone (why?), video games (not that you simply knew), and plenty extra underneath the hood.
Thankfully, Facebook has an alternate known as Messenger Lite. On my Moto E4, it’s simply 6MB in dimension; a tenth of what the total app is. Messenger Lite is designed to work wherever, however particularly on sluggish telephones on low high quality mobile networks. It’s been obtainable for a whereas in India and Africa, however it’s now obtainable within the US, European, and different Play Shops. (If you happen to’ve bought an iPhone…properly, you’re out of luck. Messenger Lite is simply obtainable on Android and Facebook has no present plans to convey it to iOS.)
Messenger Lite is a stripped down model of Messenger. It solely has the fundamental options—you already know, those you care about in a messaging app. You possibly can ship and obtain messages, photos, voice notes, stickers, and audio calls. The one issues you possibly can’t do that you simply’ll most likely care about are ship movies and make video calls. Within the screenshots under, common Messenger is on the left and Messenger Lite is on the correct.
By taking out video options although, Messenger Lite makes use of a lot much less bandwidth and may get by on a lot worse connections. It’s additionally a lot faster to use in your telephone. This most likely received’t matter if you happen to’ve bought a high-end Android telephone, however if you happen to’re on one thing like my Moto E4, the efficiency distinction is noticeable.
Ought to You Use Facebook Messenger or Messenger Lite?
In case you have a slower Android telephone or are on a telephone plan with restricted knowledge, Messenger Lite is a simple name. You lose a few options, however for essentially the most half the app is simply nearly as good. You can too hold each put in in your telephone for the few situations once you want to ship a video or make a video name.
If you happen to’ve a increased finish telephone or a first rate knowledge cap, then it’s a more durable name. On normal precept I like Messenger Lite, as a result of it’s so lean and stripped down. However I do use Messenger for video calls and obtain at the very least a few movies a week as messages. If you happen to don’t use Messenger’s additional options, give Messenger Lite a go and see if you happen to prefer it. If you happen to do although, switching apps on a regular basis will most likely annoy you greater than ignoring Messenger Day.