Facebook Messenger has finally arrived as a standalone app for Windows Phone, quite possibly, as Joe Belfiore said during it’s MWC 2014 announcement, is one of the most highly anticipated apps to be released for Windows Phone in a long while.
One of the biggest, and most understandable, reasons why Windows Phone never had the Facebook Messenger app was that the platform (Windows Phone) was built to allow Facebook Messages, along with Microsoft’s own Windows Live Messenger, inside the Messaging app ‘Threads’. The only problem with this, is that it has never seemed to work since day 1 it arrived, which has caused a great deal of stress for Windows Phone users down the line.
In mid 2013, Microsoft updated the official Facebook app for Windows Phone to work better for Facebook Messages, which whilst wasn’t 100%, worked, as still works much better than the Threads app has ever, with the ability of pinning ‘Messages’ to the Start screen and using it from there on. But, no typing and read receipts, no live messaging support so messages need manually refreshing within the app, no stickers support.
So, you can imagine the announcement of an official Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone has always been a very good announcement, since Mobile World Congress, but we didn’t expect it this early, as in today, but here it is.
Facebook Messenger app + 3 things to do first!
Facebook Messenger app
The Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone, as you can see, reflects the usual Messenger interface and colour schemes with the odd Modern UI touches that remind you it’s a Windows Phone. If you’re looking at this and going ughh, I was the same before downloading it, but when using it, it really does grow on you.
The app supports everything, messages are presented and delivered in a live update provided by a Facebook own clock timer (more on that in a minute), messages have read receipts, typing notifications, support for built in emoji or Facebook Stickers, which includes the Stickers Store. Windows Phone features include, double wide tile support with description, lock screen notification support, and from what we’ve found initially (hopefully not jinxed), very reliable notifications.
As I was mentioning, regarding clock time, Windows Phone is oddly the only Smartphone OS left that the user has to actually set the time upon set up, the problem with this is that applications rely on the clock to provide up to date notifications, so if you’re time is a minute slow, you will have a delayed or never shown up notification. So, due to this, by Facebook using their own clock timer to display notifications, notifications should be vastly more reliable.
3 things to do first… seriously you need to do these!
Windows Phone, as we mentioned at the start, with the release of this Messenger app now has 3 sources for Facebook Messages … more if you’ve an app like IM+ installed, so it’s important that before using this app you basically cancel out the baggage, as it were. Here’s the 3 things you must do before using the Facebook Messenger app on Windows Phone.
1. TURN OFF FACEBOOK CHAT IN THREADS
Disable, Use Facebook Chat, option from the settings of the Messaging Hub. Simply launch your text messages app, click the … at the bottom, tap Settings, you’ll be delivered by this exact window, un-tick (unless already) ‘Use Facebook Chat’, done!
2. DISABLE MESSAGING NOTIFICATIONS IN OFFICIAL FACEBOOK APP
As expected, this isn’t happens on iOS sometimes, before using the dedicated Facebook Messenger app, it’s important to disable Messaging notifications from the Facebook app, whether retail or beta version, otherwise you’ll be receiving multiple notifications for every message you receive … not fun. Launch Facebook, tap or drag the top Left Menu, scroll down until you see ‘Settings’, then tap ‘Notifications – Toasts and Live Tile’, from tapping those you should get the exact window as shown above. Untick ‘Message’ and done!
3. THE EASY ONE, ENJOY USING FACEBOOK MESSENGER FOR WINDOWS PHONE 8
Click that icon above and download Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone 8. Let us know if you’ve any problems and we’ll look in to it.