Download Facebook Messenger for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Use the free Messenger app for chat, voice and video messages

Facebook's Messenger app is a popular app people use to communicate via text messages, voice calls, and videos with friends and family who are on Facebook. Messenger is free and works on all desktop computers and mobile devices. 

Messenger is emerging as a popular platform to interact with brands and services. For example, you can now get your news in Messenger or hail an Uber or a Lyft car right from the app itself. 

Apple fans can download the free Messenger app to their iPhones, iPod touch devices, and iPads and be communicating within minutes. 

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Download the Messenger App

Facebook Messenger

You need a few things to run Facebook Messenger on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:

  • 130 MB available space
  • iOS 7.0 or later
  • Wi-Fi or cellular web access
  • Facebook account username and password
  • Apple ID and password

How to Download the Facebook Messenger App

Before you begin, you need to download the Messenger app to your iOS device:

  1. Locate the App Store on your device.
  2. Tap Search at the bottom of the screen.
  3. In the search bar at the top of the screen, type "Messenger."
  4. Tap the Get button.

You might be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password if you have not installed an app recently. The installation process ​takes 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

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

Tap the icon to launch Facebook's Messenger app.

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Sign In to 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
  1. In the Welcome to Messenger screen, enter your Facebook email address or phone number and password. If you have another Facebook app on your mobile device, the Messenger app may pull the information from there. Tap Continue.
  2. The app requests permission 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 Messenger. If you permit Messenger to send you notifications, an alert appears on your home screen whenever a new message is waiting for you. Tap OK to enable access, or Not Now if you'd prefer not to receive notifications from Messenger.
  3. Once you've finished the setup, you'll see your contacts on the screen.
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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, tap any contact to see all the messages that you've sent or received with your Facebook account, whether on Messenger, another messaging client or app, or through your web-based account.

Scrolling down automatically loads older messages to fit your screen until you reach the beginning of your messaging history.

How to Send a Message in Messenger

At the top of the screen, tap the pen and paper icon. Enter the name of a friend in the field. As you type, Messenger filters your friends until the correct one is displayed. Tap the contact's photo or name to confirm the choice.

Enter your message in the field at the bottom of the screen. Type one of the icons in the area to add emoji, images, a voice message, a video clip or one of several other choices. When the message is complete, tap the thumbs up to the right side of the text entry field or the return key if the keyboard is displayed to post the message.

How Do I Know When I Receive a New Message?

When you receive a new message, a small blue dot appears next to the message. Messages without this dot have already been opened. If you allowed notifications during setup, you'll receive a notification that you've received a new message.

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How to Sign Out of Messenger

You can't sign out of Facebook's Messenger app, but you can change your status to Inactive.

  1. Tap your image to the left of the search bar at the top of the Messenger app Home screen.
  2. Tap Availability in the screen that opens.
  3. Move the slider next to Availability to the Off position. 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 they will understand if they don't hear back from you right away.

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