Download Facebook Messenger for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

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Locate the Facebook Messenger App in Your App Store

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is a great app for people to communicate with friends and family who are on Facebook. Additionally, Messenger is emerging as a popular platform to interact with brands and services. For instance, you can now get your news within Messenger, or even hail an Uber or a Lyft car right from the app itself.  

Facebook Messenger System Requirements

Make sure that you have meet the following available before you begin to download Facebook Messenger on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:

  • 150MB available space
  • iOS 7.0 or later
  • WiFi or mobile web access
  • You have a Facebook account and have your username and password ready
  • Your Apple ID and password

How to Download the Facebook Messenger App

Before you begin, you will need to follow these easy steps to download Facebook Messenger to your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Locate the App Store on your device
  2. Tap on the search bar (the field located at the top), and type in "Facebook Messenger"
  3. Tap on the "Get" button
  4. You might be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password if you have not installed an app recently. The installation process will likely take about a minute or less depending on your internet connection and speed.
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Launch Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger is downloaded to the home screen of your device. Facebook

Once your Facebook Messenger app has been installed, you are just a tap away from enjoying the exciting world of messaging with your social network friends. Locate the Facebook Messenger icon, which appears as a white icon with a blue conversation balloon, as illustrated above.

Tap the icon to launch the Facebook Messenger application.

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How to Sign In to Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger
You will either be prompted to enter your username and password, or to confirm who you are logging in as if Facebook recognizes your device. Facebook

Signing In to Facebook Messenger for the First Time

  1. You may be prompted to enter your Facebook username and password, or if you've had another Facebook product installed on your device, you may be recognized and asked to confirm who you are logging in as. Either enter your username and password and follow the prompts to continue, or tap "OK to confirm your identity. You can also select "Switch Accounts" at the bottom of the screen to log in as another user.
  2. Once logged in, a dialog box will appear asking for your permission to let Facebook access your contacts. This will enable Facebook to find your contacts within Facebook and make them available to chat with via Messenger. Tap "OK"
  3. Another dialog box will then appear asking your permission for Facebook Messenger to send you notifications. This is an optional feature, but a good one to take advantage of if you want to be notified when a contact its initiating or replying to a conversation on Facebook Messenger. If you do permit Facebook to send you notifications, an alert will appear on your home screen whenever a new message is waiting for you. Tap "OK" to enable access, or "Don't Allow" if you'd prefer not to receive notifications from Facebook Messenger.
  4. Once you've finished the setup, you'll see your Facebook profile photo and the text "You're on Messenger." Tap "OK" to continue and start chatting.
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Access Your Messages in Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger to iPhone, iPod Touch
Screenshot Courtesy, Facebook © 2012

Once set up is complete and you're logged in, you'll see all the messages that you have sent or received with your Facebook account, whether on Facebook Messenger, another messaging client or app, or through your web-based account.

Scrolling down will automatically load more messages to fit your screen until you have reached the beginning of your messaging history.

How to Write a Facebook Messenger IM

In the top right corner of Facebook Messenger, you will notice a pen and paper icon. Tap this icon to create a new message by searching for your friends, and entering your message using your keyboard.

How Do I Know When I've Received a New Facebook Messenger IM?

When you receive a new message, a small blue dot will appear to the right of the message and under the date and time that you received it. Messages without this dot icon have already been opened.

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How to Sign Out of Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger
Navigate to the 'Notifications' screen to activate 'Do Not Disturb' or turn sounds and vibration off. Facebook

While you can't actually sign out of Facebook Messenger, there are a few things that you can do to modify how you appear and what you receive in Messenger.

  • Tap the "People" icon in the bottom menu and move the button next to your name to the left. This changes your status from "Active" to "Inactive." You'll still be able to receive messages, but your friends will see that you are not active on Messenger so will understand if they don't hear back from you right away.
  • Tap the "Me" icon on the right side of the bottom of the screen and then tap "Notifications" to access a few different ways to control your notifications.
    • Scroll the button next to "Do Not Disturb" to the right to stop your notifications temporarily. You may be prompted to choose what time frame you would like to stop your notifications for — for instance, 15 minuets, 8 hours, or until a particular time.
    • Tap "Notifications in Messenger" to access controls for sound and vibration when a Facebook message is received. Move either button to the left to prevent your device from alerting you to a message via sound or vibration.

That's it! You're ready to start chatting with your contacts on Facebook Messenger. Have fun!

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 7/21/16

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