Facebook Messenger updated, you can now save photos and more

Facebook Messenger

Today is all about Windows Phone 8.1, but that doesn’t mean developers stop updating apps in the Windows Phone Store. We’re looking at an update for Facebook Messenger in the Windows Phone Store. Looking forward to saving photos? Then you’re in luck, the newest update to Facebook Messenger allows that and more. Let’s check it out.

Facebook Messenger launched on Windows Phone nearly a month ago. Today we’re looking at an update that puts the app at version 3.1 in the Windows Phone Store. Here’s what’s new:

  • You can now save photos
  • Notifications are more reliable, so you never miss a message
  • The app uses less data
  • Overall performance has improved

We just updated the app and can confirm the ability to download images. We haven’t spent enough time to see how performance and notifications work. Though we haven’t had any major complaints with notifications in Facebook Messenger. Let us know if you notice any changes with the app going forward.

Download Facebook Messenger from the Windows Phone Store for free.

Thanks for the tip Debaraj B!

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Facebook Messenger updated, you can now save photos and more


Sorry! Haven't checked the forums today. Just saw some tips in the email inbox. Thank you though rockstarzzz!


I will accept your apology if you promise me to get something to read about "default messaging app" selection dialogue in WP8.1 and if "blue apps" are ever going to be shown off at Build? Deal?

Sorry! I actually do want to cover it. I'll do my best to get it over the weekend once the Build madness dies down. Then the app won't get lost in the shuffle.

Genuinely seems a bit faster when retrieving messages and contacts, as opposed to a poor "seems faster" joke.

Its Beta has a ton of stuff, including backgrounds and stuff. I don't know why are they stalling so much on it..

Nope. We'll be doing more Windows Phone 8.1 news as the days go on. We just wanted to hit the high stuff. There's a lot more 'little' things in the OS that we'll cover. Joe B calls those 'delight' features.

Is Project My Screen going to be covered by any chance? The Windows Phone Blog says "We’ve added support for that as well—connect your Windows Phone to a compatible PC using a USB cable and you can run an application on the PC to show the phone screen."

I'm curious what that looks like.

no it does not. try to post an image and if your library exceeds a few thousand pics, the performance remains horrible. why did they decide to re-implement the image chooser? arg.

I think you're mixing up apps here. The Facebook app is the one that has a custom image picker. Facebook Messenger uses the system picker.

Nope, I also have this and I reported the bug the day it came out, I'll just do it again.. It's weird though.

I wish for an option to disable all notifications in this app for good. I like the built in messaging in WP, but a few times I like to use this app.. but most of the time I just use the regular

This! I uninstalled the app because of the lack of option to turn off notifications and rely on live tile updates. Interestingly there is an option to turn notifications off for 1 hour or till 8 A.M. Obviously 8 A.M. is some blessed point in time but you have to do the ritual every day to keep them off. On the other hand I will install it back once I have 8.1. Notifications from this app will be the first victim of the new option to choose notification behaviour per app.

While I had this installed on my 620, the battery started to lasts only 6hours. I uninstalled it and the same moment ut xame back to 20h+ battery life. Did it happened to you and if yes is it fixed now?

It's not faster, but i aprecciate this update :) Thanks Facebook Inc. (Lumia 920 Cyan, yeah Cyan Nokia :)). 

Off topic, will Cortana be available outside the US? Like we can choose the language of TellMe now? Even if it's not available in your language? :)

Sam off topic but this is bugs me alot.. If l download a game from store (in 8.1) it will be saved to sd card or regularly to internal memory? I know and l seen save apps to sd card is available in 8.1 But l like to know is games are in the same list..

There is an option in storage sense to store apps in sd or internal memory like it's now for pictures.

Joe showed it while demonstrating Cortana.. it look the same to me, just cortana imlpementations... maybe they've kept the look and changed the core?.. I certenly hope so -.-

No chance to use it on EDGE.. it still loads too much data. It only works on 3G, LTE or wifi.. which pisses me off. I cant use it on my cottage, where is just the edge. I use the integrated FB chat in messaging hub and it works great.. but after 8.1 update, this app will be my only option.. So i hope they'll update it..

thanks for reply, i reinstalled it and it works better.. but still, in my opinion, it uses to much data.. just look at data sense. it is one of 'hungriest' apps.. i dont get why it has to redownload avatars for example..

Last 20 days it use 25mb in my phone but I never worried about data usage because I have unlimited data pack in my phone

Good. Managed to see better photo images now. But why the app is not doing caching at all? Every reload of the app need to refresh friends avatars?? Is still slow.

i've always had this issue and it's not fixed in this update that if you tap on a notification it takes you to the chat screen with the person the notification was from but the conversation isn't there, it says Start the conversation. anyone else get this?

I think if you have opened the app it works but of you haven't or if you have closed the app or backed out of it, it doesn't work.

saving photos....meh


I just wish messenger had voice dictation capability like the builtin messaging client does.  That's why I still prefer using that instead 

What I would like to see in upcoming releases:

- Turn off notifications for good

- Enter to manifest line break

- Dark (black) backgroud: It is more related to WP overall experience and, more important, it reduces battery usage

p.s. If internal facebook messenger integration within the Messaging app would support picture attachment - I'll never use this version of FB messenger at all


So is this messenger comparable to the messaging function (facebook email I call it also)  and facebook chat in one or just the latter? This still confuses me.