Facebook Messenger Lite can best be described as a basic version of Facebook Messenger that is optimized for slower Internet connections.
Facebook announced Messenger Lite a couple of days ago advertising it as a slimmed down version of Messenger size-wise, and optimized for slow Internet connections.
With Messenger Lite, more people can stay in contact, regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices. Messenger Lite was built to give people a great Messenger experience, no matter what technology they use or have access to.
Messenger Lite supports all core features that you may know already from Messenger. You may use it to read and reply to messages, compose new messages, browse the list of contacts, and use it to send text, photos or links to anyone using either Messenger or Messenger Lite.
It is in this regard similar to Facebook Lite, a light version of the main Facebook application.
All your Facebook messages are displayed in Facebook Messenger Lite when you start it up. Here are the most important information regarding functionality, differences to Messenger and availability.
Facebook Messenger Lite is only available for download if you live in one of the countries that are supported by the application.
While you cannot use Google Play to download Messenger Lite to your device, you may sideload the application instead if you want to use it.
This downloads the Android application file to the device. Depending on how the device is set up, all you may need to do is tap on the downloaded file to start the installation process. This works only if you have enabled the installation of apps from sources other than Play Store (also known as unknown sources).
How you enable that depends largely on your device and Android version. Most of the time, you simply open the Settings and there the Security preferences listing. Locate unknown sources there and enable the feature.
Tip: You can turn it off again after you have installed Facebook Messenger Lite to turn the feature off again.
The installation process depends on the device and Android version as well. You may get a warning that you are trying to install an application that did not come from Play Store. Permissions will be displayed to you as well which you can check out before hitting install.
Facebook Messenger will install fine even if you don't live in one of the regions that it has been rolled out to by Facebook.
The main benefit of running the lite version of Messenger is that it is lighter on network traffic. It is unclear right now if it will also be beneficial to battery live of the device.
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