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  • Facebook Messenger stopped working on Firefox yesterday
    Https:// should work, as it's not connected to a browser. Also or - Source: Reddit / 25 days ago
  • FB Messenger not working on web
    Hello everybody. I have been facing a problem for at least 2 days, when I go to or it shows me that the chat is constantly loading and it stays that way. I tried to delete cache, cookie, anything, another browser, it does the same. I have no problem on the mobile application. - Source: Reddit / 28 days ago
  • Many applications in one window - tiled
    So, I'm looking for an application, which behaves like a normal app - it stays there in the task manager, I can minimize / maximize it. And then - I can add "tiles", being simply web pages (URL's) like - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • How to keep Messenger desktop app from automatically updating
    What does Safari not support specifically? looks just fine in Safari... - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • days worth of messages deleted.
    Can anyone else verify whether you can see your messages on another client (e.g. like u/olion23 can? - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Some PWAs don't open correct site?
    For messenger, try using then install as app. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • Facebook blocked on Opera
    I run on the latest version of regular Opera on desktop (85.0.4341.75) on Windows 10 x64 and Facebook hasn't been working for a couple days now, the messenger sidebar tab works, and are accessible, only is blocked and displays an error message. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Opera GX's Integrations vs Web Pages memory-wise
    The title is self-explanatory. Does Opera GX's integrations consume less memory than the web pages of that same service? For example, FB Messenger integration vs or Discord integration vs Thanks in advance! - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Where are the details for Web Applications stored?
    One example would be when using a site like, the URL is automatically redirected to one specific to whomever you most recently messaged (e.g. Opening that URL later will highlight the same recipient, regardless of who you messaged most recently, etc. I'd like the Web Application shortcut to go to, but "installing" it in the normal way forces you to use the... - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Interesting conundrum with my Mom's old MBAir and Facebook Messenger
    I followed one of the prompts on screen to download the standalone Messenger app. This was not the version from the App Store -- that one is too new and won't install on High Sierra. It downloaded directly from Facebook (actually and when it installed I had to allow it in the Security Prefs since it was from an unrecognized developer. All good -- except that I should only have to do that once. BUT:... - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • VERY small laptop (8-10 inches) under $280-200
    How would you prioritize form factor (ultrabook, 2-in-1, etc.), build quality, performance, and battery life?form factor is important, build quality should be relatively durable and not super cheap plastic but I'm okay with medium quality+ plastic. Performance is not a very big objective since I already have a 14" laptop for demanding stuff, but I wanna use this for at least 5 years. I'm using an HP mini 1000... - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Edge is blocking facebook messenger
    Whenever I open facebook and go to messenger, I keep getting a "connecting..." message, which is new in the past few days. I also can't even go to at all. Totally blocked. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Discord Canary is now M1 native!
    Nah, the screenshots show something entirely different, the app looks minimal and closer to Apple's Messages. Whereas in my case, the app is a wrapper for :/. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Discord Canary is now M1 native!
    I installed it and it looks like - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Best browser for M1 chips?
    Dark reader for Safari is broken for and it costs $5 when it's free for Firefox and Chrome/Brave and works perfectly on them. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • I got this pop-up when I opened up Messenger on my Windows 10 laptop. Most people have told me that Messenger usually gives out updates via the Microsoft Store, but I downloaded it from rather than the Microsoft Store. Does anyone know if this is a virus of some sort?
    Please try to reinstall Messenger. Uninstall it with official way and then download it from to be sure. After uninstalling I recommend to scan your system with some kind software like Malwarebytes and ADW Cleaner. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • I got this pop-up when I opened up Messenger on my Windows 10 laptop. Most people have told me that Messenger usually gives out updates via the Microsoft Store, but I downloaded it from rather than the Microsoft Store. Does anyone know if this is a virus of some sort?
    It's the icon next to Software Update that's throwing me off, but the version numbers seem to line up. I also tried downloading it from and it seems to be fine, if you want to be super safe I would just uninstall it and reinstall from the Microsoft Store if you have that option. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • I just installed manjaro on my pc and I tried going to my messenger account but I got redirected
    When I was trying to access on my linux machine it redirects to this video weird. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Facebook Messanger crashes when opened with message "messanger has stopped". Have tried all solutions suggested by googling for "facebook messanger keeps crashing". Details in post.
    You're right, Chrome in android defaults to the messenger app install page. But I just, as a consequence of your questions, installed the Opera browser from Google Play Store, and entered address and it came up with a logon screen that worked for my messenger account. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Digital Minimalism
    You can just use instead of logging into facebook. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Unfollow Everything developer banned for life from Facebook services for creating plug-in to clean up news feed
    I think if you're able to use Facebook for just the tools - Messenger, Events, Marketplace, small groups (for hobbies and not polarizing things), etc. Then it works pretty well. I haven't read my newsfeed in months and I exclusively use for messaging. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of Facebook Messenger

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9 best FaceTime alternatives for Android phones
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