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

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.

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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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