Facebook for Android has always been a rough ride. Android versions of Facebook apps weren’t really as good as compared to their iPhone counterparts, however, one app which always led the way for them was Facebook Messenger, the best of the lot.
But over the years, Messenger too has transformed into a bloated mess with all those unwanted games you never play and Messenger Day, Facebook’s very own version of stories.
Now Stories, coming to them, and these stories are already everywhere, from Facebook to Instagram to WhatsApp to let us not forget the original source, Snapchat, and honestly, not many people like it and do want to get rid of it at least on Messenger.
But if you don’t want to encounter all that tiresome nonsense, and get rid of the Facebook Stories, worry not, for we have some good news for you, there exists a much simpler and much lighter version of Facebook Messenger, the version known as Messenger Lite.
The app is just like the earlier versions of Facebook Messenger with 3 simple tabs, Home, Contacts, and Profile. Home is where you can see all your chats. In the Contact tab, you’ll be able to see all your friends, and in the Profile tab, you can change the settings of your profile and do other stuff, really a very simple app.
Much like Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite is a very toned-down and simplified version of its cousin Facebook Messenger.
It’s the app that’s “faster, uses less data, and works in all network conditions.”
Those are Facebook’s own words and it is not like that the app is hidden somewhere from public eyes with only privileged people having access. The app already boasts about 200 million users worldwide.
Then why haven’t you heard of it yet, you may wonder. Actually, Facebook has released Messenger Lite in over 100 countries. But it’s not available in the US, UK, Mexico, Canada, and many other places.
That’s because the app isn’t really intended for those markets. It was made for countries that still don’t have good internet connectivity, or it was designed to run on cheap, low-end smartphones and work reliably in regions with iffy data connectivity.
People of first world countries don’t have these problems, they are already busy on their iPhone 7 and Galaxy 8. So Facebook wants you to enjoy all the features of Messenger on your unlimited internet plans and won’t even let you download the app.
But as always the case with Android, there’s a way out.
It was made for countries that still don’t have good internet connectivity, or it was designed to run on cheap, low-end smartphones and work reliably in regions with iffy data connectivity. People of first world countries don’t have these problems, they are already busy on their iPhone 7 and Galaxy 8.
How to Install Messenger Lite on non-supported devices?
As you might know, Android phones allow users to install apps downloaded from places other than the Play Store. The process is called sideloading apps and is really very simple.
You just need to turn on a very basic setting, as this feature is not on by default on many phones.
Just go to Settings<Security and turn on the ability to install from unknown sources. You can turn it off later if you want.
Now all you need to do is find a reliable and secure APK of Messenger Lite. I’ll suggest this link for your comfort. But you can find your own and simply install it.
You can use both versions simultaneously if you want to.
This Messenger Lite will enrich your messenger experience and let you get rid of those Facebook Stories because honestly, who wants them anyway?
However, you’ll also lose Voice/Video calling on the Lite version but you gotta lose some and get some.
Unfortunately, iPhone users don’t have any options in this regard as the iPhone won’t let you sideload apps. Maybe you can try asking them though?
So what are you waiting for? Go try Messenger Lite and get rid of those stories and do tell us in the comments below.
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