How to start using facebook messenger on your mac

More messaging! Wait, don’t leave —this one is actually great news. Facebook moves its Messenger from a browser tab to a standalone desktop phầm mềm. Let’s face it, you already have sầu too many of those tiny barely recognizable tabs weighing upon your Chrome or Safari (not lớn mention the naughty spinning wheels they cause). Take your messages lớn the Mac’s Doông chồng instead to see one of those tabs gone.

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And that’s only one of many perks. The brand-new ứng dụng means unlimited video calls and the familiar chatting environment with all your contacts already there. Let’s look at Messenger’s best capabilities when used on desktop, plus one cool alternative that will make your messaging even more convenient (spoiler: it’s IM+).

Why you should download Facebook Messenger

A bit of history first. In 2017, Facebook released a desktop app for Workplace, their very own collaboration tool. Everyone’s been wanting Messenger phầm mềm for Mac, too. The COVID-19 quarantine with its spike in đoạn Clip conferencing added more fuel to lớn the fire. While Facebook Messenger has a handy video chat feature, it would be of great help during these uncertain times. So here it is. As of April 20trăng tròn, Facebook Messenger is available on the App Store globally. What’s more, the company is rolling out a dedicated platsize called Messenger Rooms (aka Zoom killer) for video clip calls with up to lớn 50 people. But that’s another story.

Basically, the newly released Facebook Messenger ứng dụng is a full-featured replica of the browser version and sản phẩm điện thoại app. It has all the same superpowers & is as customizable as the original one. It also establishes the same philosophy —an easy way to lớn message và video clip chat with your loved ones. The huge perk that its counterparts don’t have sầu is a large screen.

Here’s what you get with the Messenger app in your Mac’s Dock:

Larger video calls, literally. Start a đoạn phim Điện thoại tư vấn with up lớn 8 people —you can jump on it right from the chat, just like you vày in a browser. What changes is you get khổng lồ see more of those smiley faces on a large screen.

Automatic chat sync. Once you install Facebook Messenger from the App Store, connect your protệp tin, và you’ll see your chat history travel to lớn Mac’s desktop in a flash. This means you thua kém nothing —not even those conversations with your ex you need khổng lồ get rid of.

No Facebook feed distractions. The browser experience is very tricky because you can get easily sidetracked bumping into some hot Facebook news —even though you only intended to lớn message a frikết thúc. With a dedicated tiện ích, you get exactly what you came for.

Connect with friends. No need lớn type a person’s tin nhắn or phone lớn message them. Since the tiện ích syncs with your Facebook Friends, they are already there by default.

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Save sầu media khổng lồ Mac. How to lớn tải về a video from Facebook Messenger? In all versions, including the desktop app, you have sầu the “Save to lớn Downloads” button. mở cửa the video/photo lớn right away & tải về, or find it in the shared truyền thông thư mục accessible in the chat’s settings. The whole process is super intuitive, so you won’t have khổng lồ ponder over it.

Dark Mode, emojis, and custom colors. You can change the way your Facebook Messenger tiện ích for Mac looks like by inflicting some darkness upon it. Or, mix it to lớn mirror your System Preferences for consistency. There’s tư vấn for custom per-chat emojis và colors, too.


2. Make sure you control distractions

Lots of messengers means lots of messages. This is a no-brainer. But the beautiful thing about IM+ is that it actually helps you choose how many of those messages you want to let through. You can allow notifications for each messenger individually by toggling the Sound button in Preferences. Also, distinguish between work messengers & private chats with tags. Say, if you tag some services as “Work” and the others as “Private,” you can enable/disable a whole group in Preferences > Tags.

3. Hotkeys for extra speed

IM+ saves a lot of your precious time by taking away the pain of switching between messengers. But guess what, you can speed it up even more. For instant switching, use Command + the order of the account in IM+. You’ll find the order in the app’s menu > Go.


Let’s embrace the past và see how you could have created Messenger for Mac using Unite. No worries, it works with any other trang web just as seamlessly:

All you need is a URL. Copy và paste your website URL và think of a great name for the newly created Unite tiện ích. Upload the tiện ích inhỏ if you want to lớn customize the look —or let Unite assign a custom favibé lớn it. That’s it. Get ready to lớn hit the button.

Tweak it lớn your liking. The chances are your website might not look that fabulous on macOS, so you’ll need khổng lồ customize it. Unite lets you toggle window titles, change tab bar colors, or enable app icon display flexibly. You can even use whitelisting và URL forwarding to determine which URLs are permitted into the ứng dụng.

Sạc Pin the app to the status bar. If you want lớn keep the Unite phầm mềm cthua kém at hvà, you can pin it lớn the status bar. Chechồng the option when creating your new ứng dụng, or pin it later from the menu. Once you stop using your status-bar ứng dụng, reform size by dragging onto the circle in the bottom right corner to unpin.

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Both Unite and IM+ are a part of the Setphầm mềm suite —180+ best Mac apps you can use for 7 days free, then $9.99 per month. Most Mac power users are Setphầm mềm members because it helps them cut the cost of using premium software like Ulysses, CleanMyMac X, Gifox, and more. If you’re the lucky one, you can go ahead và install IM+ & Unite right away from your Setphầm mềm suite.

If you still want khổng lồ kiểm tra out Facebook’s new creation, you can tải về Facebook Messenger on the App Store for miễn phí. It’s the easiest way lớn stay connected with your family & friends —which is so important in the uncertain times of self-isolation.

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