Facebook’s brand-new Messenger app available to all on Mac

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Grab it now from the Mac App Store.
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The all-new Facebook Messenger app for macOS made its official Mac App Store debut on Thursday at a perfect time for those working and interacting more from home.

Messenger for the desktop first appeared in early March, almost a year after Facebook announced it at its F8 conference, but was then on offer in only a handful of countries. It is now open to all — and free to download.

Over the past month, Messenger usage in desktop browsers has more than doubled, Facebook says. Millions of people around the world are trying to keep in touch with friends and loved ones while they’re stuck at home in quarantine.

Now you can enjoy the best experience Messenger has to offer on your Mac with the brand-new native app. It sports a clean and polished design, and all the Messenger features you know and love.

Facebook Messenger lands on Mac

That includes group video calling, instant messaging, and chat syncing across all your devices. You can also enjoy native notifications so you don’t miss any updates, plus complete GIF support, which is obviously very important.

Messenger also has a dark mode, and it plays nicely with the baked-in dark mode preferences in macOS Mojave and later. So, if you have a schedule set up for automatic switching, Messenger will follow suit.

The desktop version of Messenger was built using Electron, not Catalyst, so it’s compatible with systems that haven’t yet been upgraded to Catalina. Try it out for yourself today by downloading it from the Mac App Store.