How to Chat on Facebook Without Visiting Facebook Itself
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Facebook Messenger is great because it’s so widely used. Chances are most of your friends are on Facebook, so you can send them a message anytime without having to worry about other software. Though Messenger is integrated into Facebook’s site and mobile apps, they spun it off into a separate app for mobile which was met with much controversy due to its extensive permission list in 2014.

Now, Messenger is available separately on the desktop, too, but this time it’s a good thing.

If you utilize Facebook Messenger for chatting but don’t like having constant notifications for other parts of the site in your face while doing it, you can use Messenger without visiting Facebook on Messenger.com.

You’ll still need a Facebook account, of course, but the standalone site provides a nice, clean interface and won’t bother you with notifications of your friends asking you to play stupid games.

Those who haven’t used Messenger in a while might be surprised at its feature list. In addition to sending messages, you can make calls, take pictures and videos, record voice messages, and create groups. There are always alternatives, but since Messenger is integrated with your friend group already, it’s convenient and you might be missing out if you don’t take full advantage.

If you’re new to Facebook Messenger, take a minute to read up on what all its symbols mean.

Do you use Facebook Messenger on its standalone site? Let us know your preferred way to access the service in the comments!

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  1. TomSJr
    February 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I heard that this app was being shut down March 3rd. Am I wrong?
    "Facebook Messenger for Windows will shut down on March 3"

    http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2014/02/26/facebook-messenger-windows-will-shut-march-3/

    • cmcollins001
      February 17, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      That may be in reference to an actual windows downloaded app for Windows phones. The version of Facebook Messenger referenced in the article is referring to a browser version of FB Messenger.

      • Ben Stegner
        February 22, 2016 at 4:06 am

        You're correct. The Windows Phone app is different from using Messenger in your browser.

  2. Anonymous
    February 17, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Perfect.This is exactly what I need to take that extra step back from the time suck that is Facebook proper.
    I use Messenger a fair bit to keep in touch with friends and having a desktop site that only uses messenger is a godsend.
    Cheers!

    • Ben Stegner
      February 17, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      I'm so glad this helped you! There was some debate among us whether people knew about this tool already or not (I honestly didn't) so I'm happy you were one :D