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Facebook Messenger picks up Groups support in latest update

Facebook Messenger is one our favorite apps on Windows Phone. It's an essential app to stay in contact with all your friends on Facebook. The app hit Windows Phone earlier this year but has only picked up one substantial update so far. That update added the ability to save photos, improved notifications and included overall performance boosts. Today we're getting another big update to Facebook Messenger on Windows Phone. Changelog and details after the break.

Head into the Windows Phone Store and you'll find version 5.0 of Facebook Messenger. Here's the changelog for Facebook Messenger:

  • Group support: Now you can create groups for the people you message the most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place.
  • Instant photo sharing: Take a photo and send it in just one tap. Plus, it's easier to send photos from your gallery.
  • Continued improvements: We're working to make the app more reliable and use less data

We've just updated and have spent a few moments playing with the app. The ability to add groups will be welcomed by anybody who uses Facebook to loop a lot of friends into one conversation. Sharing photos is super easy now. It wasn't too hard before, but this update streamlines the process. The number of taps to share a photo has been reduced. You can directly launch the camera or pull up your photo library from the conversation view.

Try out version 5.0 of Facebook Messenger and let us know what you think!

Thanks for the tip everyone!

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181 Comments
  • New gallery feature is kind of neat. Nice app.
  • First Whatsapp update and now FB Messenger. Finally FB has started showing some love for Window Phone. :)
  • They should show love by releasing their app. If their so lazy to do that let they should give permission to Microsoft devs to make a decent third party app for which will have rich features than other OS
  • If I'm not mistaken, MS devs already work with FB in developing and fixing the app. I'm not 100% sure but I heard or read it somewhere.
  • This app is from FB.
  • I read that before 8.1 preview release. It's good that they're working on it but I'm still asking, is making an app should take that long? Is that so hard? We're talking about FB and MS team over here, not some indie developers. Rudy adds excellent features to his apps in hours, I just can't believe FB or MS teams are working HARD.
  • well said. The OS is really in need of a proper app. WP8 app looks ages old against IOS and Android
  • Psssh, fb was better in 8.0. How do I share a webpage with my own comments in 8.1? Impossible. I like the app updates to messaging but the overall fb experience has been hindered.
  • sure. but I'm still waiting official facebook app and messenger to gets ability to send voice message. Microsoft's facebook app is fine but IOS version of official FB is amazing. I really can't get it, the app is on version 8.x.x.x but still slow, crashes and when you click "read more" opens IE.
  • Is it still slow? does it show 2 notifications for each message? does it update the live tile if you read your message on another comouter? does it still crash when you try to share a photo?  
  • Any inquiring mind over there? THere is a problem completing your request. Try again later. Inquiring minds may finds tis error code helpful: 8103023e
  • Uninstall and reinstall the app to your phone storage and not the sdcard
  • For me it seems a little faster. Seriously! Loading times at start are better. And there is 1 single notification in live tiles for more mesages from the same contact. Quite good! :) Now it's time for Skype to support file transfer.
  • It still does not update the tile if you already read the new message on the computer :(
  • I never had any of these issues, except for maybe the live tile thing.
  • Here I still have 2 notifications for each message! I don't know why...
  • One notification from the Messenger app, one notification from the Facebook app - that was the problem that I had. I fixed it by going into settings for the Facebook app and turning off notifications for messages.
  • Well it shows 4 notifications at first then shows none at all, and m just saying about the msngger app, not any other
  • Show timeline is taking me to fb app instead of browser. Is that new?
  • Yes!
  • Still opens in IE for me.
  • I guess it's only for wp 8.1
  • Messenger App is integrated with Facebook App now.. Usually it will redirect you to browser when you click the friends profile
  • Stop the presses, Daniel liked something Facebook!! ;)
  • Daniel, does this app work with WP8.1 and the connect feature? I mean, if I install only the Messenger app, will will it allow the connect features like the full app on Windows Phone 8.1?
  • No.
  • Wow! Who opened the flood gates!!! I go out of town for a few days and things are updating and news apps are coming left and right! Lol!
  • I love it how so many people just reply to the first post instead of making a new comment.
  • Good to see it being updated.....
  • I love the way the photos are now displayed when trying to send them.
  • Well downloading. Can't wait to group chat.
  • It seems like my notifications are delayed with this. Hopefully this update fixes that.
  • OPCJE ŻYCIA OMG OMG
  • It keeps failing to update... :/
  • Is the app installed on a SD-card? If so that's not longer allowed by Facebook apparently.
  • Thanks. I took it off SD and it updated. :)
  • The apps which require urgently updates
    1 facebook overall improvement
    2 instagram beta
    3 weave news reader
    4 twitter
    5 Bing news
  • Yes agreed
  • +920
  • Bing News?
  • Now known as "News" by Microsoft Corporation.
  • Seems faster
  • It's slower on my Icon.
  • Slower for 1020 too... :/
  • I reinstalled it and it's better now.
  • Faster on mine lel
  • Slower to send messages -820
  • So Skype is the only messenger lagging behind these days?
  • Yeah that app needs coding again for wp
  • If only it was a Microsoft app!
  • Yeah, we can only dream........... /s
  • 6snap got an update
  • My store's not working :(
  • What happened?
  • Can't be installed on SD card anymore... :/
  • This is a piss off, no update then
  • Really? It's only 35mb, you can't spare that on your phone?
  • Yea, noticed that too...
  • Great, buy still miss voice notes .
  • This is what I'm waiting for.
  • Me either
  • It says that the update doesn't allow me to have the app installed on an SD card.  Is that just me?
  • No apparently they want it on phone storage. Not a deal breaker BC its a small app, but still annoying
  • So many battery hogging complaints in the review section. Also alot of stupid people complaining about how FB screwed up the WP messaging hub by taking FB messaging out of it. Can't abide people who are so stupid about the technology they use, blaming the wrong people for a problem that isn't even a problem. Microsoft made that decision, not Facebook.
  • Actually Facebook made the decision too. They want all communications outside Facebook to happen through the messenger.
  • I keep getting errors "can't show messages right now. Please try again later". . Useless.
  •  Turning the phone off and then turning it back on again fixed it for me :D
  • Me too....
  • Been waiting for this update ! Downloading now :D
  • Hopefully the "continued improvements" include correctly refreshing the conversation list and individual conversations, or at least a manual refresh button.  It was really annoying to get a toast about a new message, tap it to read it, then not have it show up anywhere. The biggest "feature" I'm missing since Facebook messages were broken out from the Messaging hub is the ability to have Bluetooth devices read incoming messages.  When they came in via the Messaging hub, Sync + My Ford Touch just saw it as a text message and would read it aloud.  Now, no such luck. Does anyone know if apps have the ability to present content as a message that a Bluetooth device could interpret as a text message? 
  • I've always wondered, what is this "break" that you speak of in the articles? Is that your way of saying "the stuff that I'm talking about now will be further discussed after this first picture"?
  • It's new to me too , but I guess it is like a highlight for people who are reading this at work and may check rest of the story in their break time. But I may be wrong !
  • "After the break" usually indicates a break in text where an image exists between text OR if you're reading the news 'headline' on the main page, you only see a portion of the article. "After the break" just means there is "more to read below".
  • After the break is after the place they chose to break the article up. Where they put in the break is where the front page stops displaying for the condensed preview (which is why that text is still in their when you click through to the main article; there isn't a summary for the preview, it's the same text directly from the article.). It has nothing to do directly with an image. It is a literal break indicator so the code knows when to stop printing text for the preview.
  • In my experience, "After the break", is the last part of the article you can read via an RSS Reader. Sometime I ago I tried RSS Readers, but most websites do this, (for obvious reasons, traffic for ads -> revenue), and I don't blame them. But it's a deal breaker for myself and I'm sure many others... :S
  • Nokia mix radio also updated
  • Taptiles and FlightRadar24 Windows 8.1 also updated. ;-)
  • nice
  • Viewing someone's timeline now opens in the FB app, rather than in IE.
  • That's cool! Good observation!
  • No sd support any more boo!
  • Seems better. Now we can go direct from fb app when we want to see someone timeline
  • Direct line to see the time on facebook .. cool app! before it was in the browser.
  • Awesome. I no longer get three toasts for every message. Best update ever.
  • Group conversations were there before. Create, name and add group photo. The only thing you could not do, was removing someone from the group chat. I don't know if that's possible now. EDIT: Okay I got it on my own. Sorry :P
  • And the crowd goes <yawn>.  Messenger.  What a waste, and a lame substitute for what we use to be able to do via the now useless Me tile.  I now rely on the One Love app (stupid name) to aggregate my posts.
  • can someone explain me why is that black (or white if white theme) empty space above the keyboard still there even if word prediction is off o.O? I just don't get it why would it be useful and why don't they remove it.. it's anoying -.-
  • Apps written in Silverlight (all apps before WP8.1) automatically ensure the TextBox is visible when the keyboard is deployed. Unfortunately, it does this in a weird way in that it slides the whole screen up to do so. This means that the top of screen is unreachable when the keyboard is deployed since it's slid off the top edge of the screen. Certain chat apps like FB Messenger manually try to fix this by sliding it back down and shrinking the app height to accomodate the keyboard. The the app shrunk bottom up showing black at the bottom. Now this isn't an issue for keyboards supporting autocomplete since FB is accomodating to that size. Unfortunately, they didn't account for keyboard that doesn't have the autocomplete bar so the app is too short for those keyboards and there's a gap between the bottom of the app and top of the keyboard.
  • Oh, ok... now it at least make sense... it's not really something I can't live without but it was bothering me as it looked as a stupid design bug that could be fixed in few minutes. Thanks for explaing :)
  • I can't install it I keep getting errors
    I uninstalled then reinstalled and it works now.
    Love the new features especially the camera inside the app thing.
  • Move the app to phone first!
  • It wasn't that. I did that already it was some other error I don't know what
  • For the guyz who are getting error while updating please move the app to phone from storage sense!
  • We already had group support ?
  • Still can't enter a new paragraph by pressing the Return key. :/
  • Who uses paragraphs on facebook chat?
  • Wild guess but I think maybe that guy
  • And myself.. :S I like to have conversations with depth.. I'm such a weirdo amirite?
  • Well doesn't seem much different to me yeah but it sure have speed up..opening fast
  • Still looks shit on 1520
  • Making facebook applications immediately for windows phone 8.1 does not do away messaging facebook shit!
  • Good news. I would even get sparkles in my eyes if it was part of the people and/or photo hub!
  • Are the photos shared with compromised resolution for quicker delivery?
  • Yes..  If you want to share photos in full resolution, try this: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/facebook/82a23635-5bd9-df11-a844-00237de2db9e   It has a Facebook Messenger built in :D
  • So the messenger built into the Facebook app lets you share photos in full resolution?? Why then the official fb messenger app not allow the same? Seems stupid.
  • It seems really slower on my L810 after the update.
  • Semms slower since the update (for real, no joke)
  • Can you upload videos from the gallery? That would be a huge plus for me!
  • This app is garbage. Doesn't even show when they've "seen" your message unless you are engaged in the chat itself. It just shows the "reply" icon until you open up the message, then it will show a "check mark" afterwards after you exit out of the chat. It's pretty stupid that we get shit on all the time.
  • Some bugs
    1.- does not show last connection time of the partner on the chat
    2.- if you go to the"messenger tab or list of friends" and tap it gives you an error" can't show chat, try again later"
    3.- much more slower on a 925 wp8.1
  • Quit it with the spider photo, guys! :O :'(
  • I don't like this update. It removed the "last seen" feature and added a HUGE header to the top. A complete waste of space!
  • 'You are in battery saver mode, so you won't get notifications'.. So what's the use of battery saver exclusion now?
  • FB, please include a dark theme for us Amoled screen users.
  • Or even for just us LCD screen peasants.. :D
  • Also, it wiped my chats... (at least in the app)
  • still no fucking line breaks
  • Hi, I have open a threat on the apps forum to list the bugs
  • Please when are we expecting bbm on windows phones?
  • Okay, it takes 4 seconds to load my messages, come on... It's 2014
  • I fix that uninstalling it and install it again
  • Could anyone tell me how to close session in the app please?
  • you can't
  • thaks...that make this the worst facebook app ever...
  • No, THIS is the worst Facebook app ever: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/facebook/82a23635-5bd9-df11-a844-00237de2db9e :P
  • What about video sharing?
  • Nope. Sorry.
  • I had to uninstall the app because was to laggy, after that the app works fine. Now my complain is that I can't put allways allow on battery saver in windows phone 8.1
  • Ok, that photo feature is pretty neat I haven't seen that before.
  • I don't see why WP needs a FB Msgr app. Its baked in to the OS. Seems like that's from the Dept of Redundancy Dept.
  • Not with 8.1
  • Why not? The build in messenger does not even allow groups chatting, nor sending stickers, etc. I wonder do you ever used FB Messenger before...
  • Because Facebook wanted to pull the plug on it. Yes, the built-in had problems, but Microsoft could've made it store updateable, (ala: Xbox Music and Xbox Video) and simply worked to improve it. The reality of the matter is: Facebook didn't want it for WP. I don't know why, but that's why it was taken out. Now my battery is forever drained within a few hours... :(
  • That's because Windows Phone was first designed to be Hub in mind. Not plug-ins like for WP8.1. And Hubs make MS very difficult to update them as time goes by. Like how Google decided to pull out all its different services to be updatable apps, MS is also following the same direction now. In the first place, the idea of having Hubs is lame.... Not because Facebook didn't want it for WP. More like current Windows Phone is unable to fulfill what Facebook expected.
  • My god! The official Facebook is beyond broken. Each update either goes forward or backward or nothing. The difference between the web app and official is horrendous! I don't think it matters anymore how much you complain to the devs. It's just a hobby to them.
  • Well, in my experience, each update hasn't done anything, at all. :-)   Still have problems uploading a status with a picture with a mention a friend..   At least they're consistant..?
  • I though group conversation has been theit before this update. I use it most of the time.
  • Do you pupil still uses facebook?
    For me facebook is a outdated material.
  • Ok.... Need to uninstall and install in order to see the speed improvements.....
  • Please add video call
  • Or even voice call.. :S
  • Hope Facebook Paper app will soon available on windows phone.
  • I do too, but don't hold your breath.. I know it isn't the same, but this is actually a *very* decent substitute: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/booklet/7a0c5ecd-b269-47a6-98df-f46c99b5a0eb   It's better than nothing. :D
  • I just want dark theme support.. :-( What happened?? Tapatalk, Ebay, and Facebook Messenger have been updated within the last couple weeks but still haven't been given dark theme support.. Is it really too much work? It makes night-time browsing strain my eyes and then I sleep worse. :,(
  • Chat heads please! -_-
  • Windows phone OS won't support that chat heads
  • No chat heads please... Is distracting and making the home screen messy.
  • still no voice call.
  • This update won't allow installation on an SD card. Bummer. Skipping it then.
  • Seems slower after the latest update shows error in messaging pls try again later suxxxxx update
  • I can't chat with active friends... What the heck.... What kind of update this is?
  • People get two notifications. Heck. I'm not even getting one Update- notifications are now working fine
  • When will we get call feature??
  • Wow! I'm starting to fall in love with WP once more. Great updates Facebook.
  • Notifications not working after the update...
  • Ditto.... Very unstable.... I wonder why all chats will have notifications screws up after updates on Windows Phone... tsk tsk tsk....
  • Same here.....
  • They should add the voice call functionality
  • Wohoo.... looks like this has been a chat messenger update week !! Whatspp, Viber, Hike & now Messenger all getting updates !!  Finally the cogs seem have started moving in favour of WP !! 
  • Update waste its not display message after update.
  • Cant chat with active friend also
  • I Can't see that blue colour "Create New Group" button !!!!!!!!! But it's on the photo ???  What to do ? Is this only for me ????? What about u guys ?  
  • It's lagging as hell now!
  • Reinstalled it and now is working fine :)
  • I don't know if anyone of you experienced the same, but after this update I wasn't receiving some notifications. I enter the app and I see there a new message but I don't see notifications of new messages. (I have all notifications on)
  • yes, me too... and it was lagging  and then i reinstalled it but the notifications are not working... u.u
  • Not giving notifications on 1520 after update. Running most recent 8.1 update. Please fix!!!!!
  • nice  
  • No calling option same as in Android and iOS
  • Attention!!!! FIX!! I found the reason messenger not giving notifications. Read on. "Your melodia app is causing error with windows phon