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Facebook Messenger is now listed on Windows 10, but you can't download it yet

We've received reports from readers that the Facebook Messenger app is now listed on the Windows Store as a beta. There's only one issue: you can't download it yet. The app remains there to as a tease for those who desperately seek the messenger on their Windows 10-powered device.

That said, at least we know for certain that previous leaked images and video footage were indeed accurate. As one would expect from a Facebook Messenger client, you'll be able to communicate with friends on the social network, as well as participate in closed group chat. Stickers, GIFs, videos, photos and more are all supported, as well as handy notifications.

Update: It appears if you switch your PC's region to Spain or Italy you can download the app to your PC; however, like the Facebook beta app you may not be able to log in due to invite status.

Here's the link to the Facebook Messenger (beta) listing, which should let you download when the app goes live:

Download Facebook Messenger (beta) for Windows 10 (opens in new tab)

Big thanks to everyone who tipped us!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

166 Comments
  • Of course its only for pc Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Why would you want it on mobile??? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Because most people use phones for messaging? I think the app is more important on phones than PC.
  • But there's already a Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phones? Unless I'm missing something about this app?
  • This is a new UWP for W10 only.
  • Feature lacking as far as I know
  • Yes, you are missing something or is it features the other platforms have.
  • I meant to say all of the features. Stupid voice to text.
  • The current WP8 FB messenger is missing the vast majority of the features the iOS and Android versions have. This new UWP app should hopefully resolve that. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 Mobile
  • The windowsphone8.1 app is out of date by a few years, its litterally the barebones of the app and isn't optimised for win10mobile +640 on Windows10Mobile
  • Yes but it's missing one of the most important features: Voice calling. Ios and android have had it for years now.
  • The app on the phone is crap and barebones
  • That is not a fb app that is headache...
  • Totally agree.
  • Not sure why you wouldn't want it on mobile....But at least there's a Messenger app on there already that works well for text messages and images. It just doesn't support things like GIF's which are in other versions. Sent from Microsoft Band
  • Honestly the question is why would you want it on PC? On mobile you can use your data or wifi, talk wherever u are to friends, family etc. And is lightweight. I understand some people like the PC update beng shown but don't just assume that no one uses is on mobile. The old 8.1 app lacks most feature other phones now have, it was last update about a year or two ago, it has only the basic features and isnt optimised for Win10Mobile. You'd find alot of people use the mobile version on WindowsPhone/10mobile, ios and Android. +640 on Windows10Mobile
  • I'd like to use the PC version so I can get notifications about new messages there, also I think it's faster than opening the website.
  • Oh I understand you will use PC for your own reasons, don't get me wrong. :) I just hate that some people are willing to just forget that there are ALOT of people who use the mobile messenger. I guess you could say, most people have a mobile. But not everyone will have a PC. There is alot of reasons why people want the new app on Win10Mobile (just as their will be different reasons for PC) So people can't just push mobile users into the shadows with the thought "they don't need a new app". +640 on Windows10Mobile
  • x64/x86 tablets? :P
  • This app is so bad I'd rather not have it and check the web version every 10 minutes
  • Are you actually kidding?
  • Yes
  • Seriously? Or are you trolling? The better question is why would you want it on PC when you can open facebook in your browser
  • Because Facebook.com doesn't give me notifications unless I have the tab open and is a complete battery and privacy hog? I don't want their dirty cookies on my PC. I want to run app that won't affect my browsing experience on nearly every website on the Internet.
  • Congratulations, then you belong to minority of people. Because majority wants mobile app.
  • I'd say majority want a true UWP app that runs on everything.
  • @Blade800 You're forgetting tablets that run full windows, using a browser for facebook messenger... on a tiny screen is not ideal. An app makes much more sense, plus you have to the browser open for any notifications.
     
  • Use uBlock.
  • I used to think that, why do we need an app when we have our browser. Why do I need a banking app, I can do everything properly on their website. Why do I need an eBay app when I can use the browser. etc, etc. And you know what, I reckon millions of other people and developers thought the same. So apps were created for iOS and Android because they needed them and it's killed Windows as a platform. It's strength has become it's weakness.
  • Your post is irrelevant. Banking app on PC is as much useless as FB app on PC. I am not talking about phone.
  • Because old Silverlight messenger app is junk and not perform well on W10M.. We want universal app which will going to work fluently on W10M.. Using Universal WC app on my L730
  • Relax guys Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • The current Messenger app lags behind the iOS and Android versions. Highly annoying to get a message saying "check out this drawing!" and you can't even see it.
  • Of course the first comment by a Windows Central user is a negative one ;) Not taking a dig at you, that's just what it's like at WC. This is ported from iOS using an internal tool - We don't know how long it takes to further modify this for mobile, it may be a lot of work. This isn't even out for PC yet in Beta form, so seems a bit premature to start complaining it's not listed as available for mobile yet. Sent from Microsoft Band
  • So they moved from ios (phone) to windows (PC), being that it was easier to go from phone to phone version than phone to PC?
  • Yeah, it's crazy ain't it.. They should have just brought it to both at the same time. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10, from my firmware-less AT&T 950. :-]
  • It does need to come to Mobile (or they could update their existing WP 8.1 to a UWP app with the latest features, since it's already a pretty good base to start from) but it's not even out for PC properly yet.
  • all of the fb apps are going to be universal, they say it on octobor event , this is a private beta not the final version
  • Currently.
     
  • Told yall it was dropping today.
  • Yes, you actually did.
  • It will be just for PC in the beginning :(
  • Want it for mobile
  • It'll be interesting to see how this works on PC, since the Instagram app was ported to Mobile and they were probably done using the same Facebook owned technology. Look forward to trying it once it's available - The Messenger app on phone is basic but works for text chat fine, I use the Facebook app on PC (Windows 8.1 app) and that is definitely lacking more so than the Messenger on WP 8.1 so will be good to get it Sent from Microsoft Band
  • Beta :|
  • Now make a Mobile version..
  • or move the Windows Phone 8.1 app to a UWP app, whilst adding some of the missing features - Like GIF support. This would be preferable to me, because the WP8.1 app is a good base to start from - Rebuilding the UI and refactoring the relevant code to run as a Windows 10 app would likely lead to a better overall experience. Glad to see ports coming, but we should want these ports to be the base of their Windows 10 app that will be then be updated and maintained as a first class citizen. We don't really want the latest iOS version to constantly be ported back over using the tool, but we want the port to be a new code base that will get plenty of attention, and take advantage of Windows 10 features. Sent from Microsoft Band
  • It's not a port. Facebook wants a single codebase for all their apps on all platforms (think Xamarin or Cordova, just using their in-house tooling they have acquired 3 years ago). They won't be porting from iOS everytime they have new build. They will compile their single code to 3 platforms at once whenever they add new stuff or fix bugs.
  • And also, I believe the current Messenger app is made with Silverlight, which is not used in W10.
  • You sound most sensible out here Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • I think pc releases are for now, as with the windows 10 private beta for Facebook, i suppose both will come to the mobile together later on. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • You are probably right.
  • Soon
  • You can download it : https://twitter.com/aakash006sharma/status/707891613884764161
  • https://twitter.com/aakash006sharma/status/707862119769726976    change region to italy
  • yes but you cant use it...so pointless
  • I hope this one has calling option
  • Step in the right direction and maybe a decent Facebook app might follow soon enough
  • The Win8 old one is crap, but the current one on W10 and WM10 is pretty decent, don't you think?
  • Yeah it's not to bad, slightly bad on notifications
  • When the call feature version be available
  • Change your region to Italy and download. Sent from Windows Central app for Hololens
  • Works! Thanks!
  • Update: Just crashes after the splash screen on my laptop :( Same for the Facebook beta app :/
  • Works with me, but just like the facebook beta App, it won't allow me to sign in because "BETA"
  • Oh well. I guess we'll just have to wait :/
  • so whats the point then?
  • same here, what grapic card do you have? tried resintalling?
  • How is different from messenger for 8.1
  • The biggest problem with this app is it's not Windows 10 Mobile supported. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 Mobile on Lumia 950
  • Yet. All Facebook apps will be universal. Excet for Whatsapp. That one is a mistery.
  • I hope Instagram comes to PC.
  • WhatsWrapp is a nice (3rd party) universal WhatApp client :)
  • Right now, the biggest tease and desperate is W10M. In front of that, this tease is NOTHING.
  • dying.png
  • I can see the download option with a price tag of ₹62 (in India)
  • And there are already two reviews for it
  • Theyre gonna piss me off if mobile version wont come out.
  • yeah... really stupid move if it only comes to pc.. -.- Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • It will come... All Facebook apps will be universal.
  • Hype
  • Change Region to Italy and Go download and Enjoy the App! :D Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • change region to italy, download, and then not be able to log in. Because its not available unless you have been invited
  • Downloaded yesterday and it's pretty cool...
  • Android N already out now and W10M still not launched. What a terrible shame for MS. Android N even has a sexy split screen feature. Go to hell Crapdows Phone, never wasting money on this piece of crap ever again.
  • Android N is more "beta" than W10M...... cheerssss...
  • Hahahahahahaha it's coming from ONE YEAR and still ALPHA not even BETA it would be shame for BETA to say W10M a BETA. Google will definitely release it by may at I/O and this piece of crap always will remain alpha. Such a terrible shame. :-/
  • I don't think you understand what "alpha" and "beta" mean.
  • The beta version of "beta" is known as alpha.
  • Bro, if you don't like "Crapdows Phone", you can leave because no one wants to read your "crapments" here about other OS. Bye. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Leave him.. He's craving for attention
  • I'm just waiting... :-) will soon switch. But I have 101% right to share my thoughts.
  • Good luck☺
  • we'll see who will lag the most~ you have 100% right to do it (101% is mathematically impossible) without insulting the OS, the people that is working every day to make it better and us who are testing it so it becomes perfect without bugs! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Of course :-)
  • Soon you'll also switch :-) I promise :-)
  • I came from Android... To each their preferences. And there's no reason to shame another platform
  • One year on development that too from a company who ia making softwares from decades... Good luck
  • You don't regret?
  • @Kamesh Kotwani, you'd be surprised.  
  • The only reason for me to switch is if Windows Phone is gone for good and I have no choice but to choose the blander than bland iOS or the sluggish clutter master Android.
  • Goodbye then.
  • Not leaving WC. Just CP.
  • Dude, Android N is only a developer preview. Sounds familiar? Though to be honest, I wish your last sentence wasn't just hollow ranting and was for serious this time so you would stop with your endless whining.
  • And it will release a lot faster than W10M. Even tough developer it's faaar better than the first build of w10m. I've used both.
  • Kamesh - can you please just **** off?! Your contributions are so pointless...
  • But right LOL.
  • I don't get it, why first PC? I cannot comprehend their logic. I am starting to think that this is not UWP and it is just an app ported with OSmeta. Sent from HP Elite X3
  • When the OS in which they want to release is itself not finished. Then how they'll release it in thia CP.
  • Go away troll!
  • Oh.. If you are confused.. It's TRUTH :) W10M is not finished yet :-) I'm not trolling this troll :-)
  • Flamer
  • I'm with you there, W10M is a disaster, but i do love W10 PC. I'm happy i use Android on my phone. There is nothing better IMO.
  • For some reason you think using "CP" in your sentenses make you look real cool and sleek, even though the truth is 99% of the people don't even know what you're referring to. Seriously, if you dislike windows phone just leave these thread alone. Wasting everyone's time to scroll through your comments.
  • That's the plan :-)
  • Well, in that case you're wrong. 99% people know :-)
  • They should add interactive notifications so we can reply to a message without the need to open the app.
  • It was proposed a long time ago, iOS already has it even for WhatsApp, coming to Android with Android N, only God knows when on this CP.
  • No... Actually God also doesn't knows...
  • Why the **** isn't this available for Mobile as well... grrrr.  
  • Well, it's not available anywhere right now. :P Just some hidden links to a beta.
  • I hope it will be released for Mobile too. Facebook has history on making PC apps only. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Let us all hope for the best
  • I want it for mobile! ---------------------------------------
    Sent using my Lumia 1320 W10 mobile build 10586.122
  • No point releasing anything to mobile until market share starts going up. But current mastermind strategy means the opposite. Windows phone is dead.
  • It's not about market share or anything, you create a universal version of an application that makes 100% sense on mobile phones, release it on both platforms.... The current messenger app is ... well horrible is an understatement. 
  • If you are going to release a universal app let be available for all devices. That's the right way to get people buy w10m. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • They go hag in haha
  • Hand in hand* windows auto correct is the worst
  • Or windows auto wrong :D ---------------------------------------
    Sent using my Lumia 1320 W10 mobile build 10586.122
  • Exactly
  • I meant to type auto mistake ftw ---------------------------------------
    Sent using my Lumia 1320 W10 mobile build 10586.122
  • Here on the Italian Store says "the app is available only for a limited group of beta tester" but the download button is available for everyone as well. Once you open the app everything just works fine
  • No. You can download it if you change your region to Italia, but can't login.
  • Yet another reason to not get a Win 10 phone yet. I use msngr a lot.
  • You can use the 8.1 messenger in W10m. It runs as smoothly as in 8.1
  • Good to know. Thanks
  • Please release mobile version. Why do I have to install Messenger on PC while I can go to the fvcking site messenger.com.
  • I see a wave of apps coming through but in beta form lets hope development continues and is not put on hold. Like most the apps we do get.
  • Why cant they port the ios app like instagram with full features..how long we need to wait Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • To bad they have to use a iOS version to work on a Windows 10 device. Even the Android version got updated with the Material Design. Why can't Facebook just make a official version with the correct OS language. It's just sad that nowadays Windows 10 has to use ported version instead of making there own. And it's also BETA, lets see how long that takes to leaves BETA (look at the Instagram app we have that was/is in BETA for over 3 years).
  • When available for w10 mobile?
  • Great
  • Great
  • Great ---------------------------------------
    Sent using my Lumia 1320 W10 mobile build 10586.164
  • Grrrreat! Posted from WC 920, 1520, 920, 635, 640 950XL
  • Every app coming to the store sports the "Beta" moniker now... setups. Hiking the mountain peaks on Pluto.
  • Still no voice call? Why people are so excited about it? I don't understand
  • The PC app already has messenger in it (somewhat like the web). The reason this is coming into existence is because FB is building the new Win10 app and it won't have chat in it, so the need to have the separate app. End of story.
  • Weird... I've just seen that two people reviewed this app just a moment ago.
  • I never once use FB Messenger in my entire FB life.. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I never used FB in my entire life.
  • U r the same guy who use to work in BF right?
  • just go to messenger.com
  • This conversation in the comments kills me. "Why doyou want it on mobie? Why do you want it on PC? Blah, blah blah..." If you ask me, I want it to run on everything. On PC, on mobile, and if I'll buy anXbox One, or HoloLens, on those too. Because it is the point of Windows 10. And an app like this comes handy on every device. Yes, of course, you can open facebook.com in the browser. But you know what? I thought the same, when I was on Windows 7. But now, that I use Windows 10, I find myself using an app for almost everything, and I use the browser much less now. I use 8Stream to watch Twitch, the Twitter app for checking my Twitter, the Deezer app to listen to music on Deezer, Tubecast to watch YouTube (wish it supports livestreams, that would be perfect), the Windows Central app to read articles here, Flipboard to read news, the Weather app to check the weather, the Mail app to do my e-mail stuff, the Calendar app to manage my schedule, the Translator app to translate, the Alarms & Clock app to set alarms and reminders, and the Facebook app to check Facebook and do messaging etc etc etc... But the old Facebook app lacks features, especially when it comes to messages.
    And as others said above, having an app has many benefits, like live, in better case interactive notifications, live tiles, being lightweight etc... And not to mention tablets running full desktop Windows. Can you really imagine using the website on a tablet???
    And on mobile, I think I don't need to explain why we need it. Long story short, I'm looking forward for this app to come to every device running Win 10. I just wish they'll tweak it a little more to look and feel like a native Windows app. Porting from iOS is good, but I like the Windows design more, that's one of the reasons why I have it on all of my devices :D Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10, on HP 250 G1 notebook
  • Agree with you :)
  • I wonder that someone even read the whole comment :D I thought it will be the "too long don't read" category :D But good to know, that I'm not alone with my opinion :) Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10, on HP 250 G1 notebook
  • Nah, I'm not lazy as other people to read long comments. I mean, It's not hard to read :D
  • ;) Yeah. But people are getting lazyer day by day. And I like writing long comments :D
  • I didn't
  • When in Indiana?
  • Now need it for windows 10 mobile with interactive notifications... Are you agree guys??
  • you guys can download the messenger app by just changing the region to Italy
  • Is it just a web wrapper?
  • not sure,i think its a port from iOS
  • It needs Direct3D 9.3 wtf?!
    I cannot run this thing on my PC