If you think about the ever increasing weight of Facebook’s Messenger and the everyday updates on the Messenger make it feel like a mess to you, then you are not alone. The general public has shown in questionnaires that Messenger was better when it used to be simple. Facebook is in the race of making it a somehow independent app with many of the new features added like “Adding a friend on Messenger.”

Besides this, there are many other functionalities as well which are inserted in the app without any reason. That’s why most of the people are getting upset of the UI which the developer’s team is changing every day.

pic 229 Facebook Messenger looks over done? Try this light weight and simpler version of Messenger
Messenger Lite

This newer version of Messenger is named as Messenger Lite and because of the simpler design, more than 200 million people are already using it. The Messenger Lite contains all the important functionalities of Facebook Messenger and what’s best is that it consumes a very less amount of data and is faster than ever. To put it in simple words, the Messenger Lite is just like the Messenger which was there almost 2-3 years ago.

Simpler Is Better

pic 230 Facebook Messenger looks over done? Try this light weight and simpler version of Messenger

As told before, the Messenger Lite is simpler because it has 3 tabs:


It contains the list of all the ongoing conversations which also show the “Active Now” status for people who are online.


This list contains all your Facebook friends whether they ae on Messenger or not. The contacts are most likely organized on the basis of the people with whom you talk mostly.

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This section simply shows you the notifications and settings of your account.

Messenger Lite Is Not Available Worldwide

Facebook has strategically released the Messenger in countries except:

  • USA
  • UK
  • Mexico
  • Canada

There are many other countries as well in the list and the reason for not releasing this version in the said countries is that these countries are considered as developing markets and the targeted market for this app is not in these regions.

Shortcomings Of Messenger Lite

Though the Messenger Lite is very helpful if you don’t want all that bloated mess but if you opt it, you will certainly miss a number of functionalities which could have been useful for you. The list includes:

  • Voice and video calling
  • App extensions
  • Chat heads
  • Games
  • GIFs
  • Messenger Day