If your Android smartphone is running slow or running out of battery too quickly, one app might be to blame: Messenger. Facebook’s instant messaging app has been found to use a lot of resources and drain batteries. There’s some good news now as Facebook has launched Messenger Lite.
The new app is aimed at older Android devices or at people in countries where network connectivity is an issue. That’s why Facebook is launching it in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela. But don’t worry, we have a way for YOU to install it right now.
How to Install Messenger Lite
Of course, if you are staying in any of the aforementioned countries, skip the APK. Instead, download and install the app from the Play Store.
Download — Messenger Lite for Android (Free)
Download — Messenger Lite APK from APK Mirror (Free)
What’s Messenger Lite?
Messenger Lite is a stripped down version of Facebook’s instant messaging app. It doesn’t have all the features of the main app, but it gets the job done.
Apart from text messages, users can send images as well. The only other form of communication is to send a Like with a single tap.
However, there are certain features missing from the main Messenger app. For example, you can’t share your location with someone. You also can’t send stickers, one of the coolest things about Messenger. That said, you can still see stickers that others send you.
Why Choose Messenger Lite Over Messenger
If you’re on an older Android, you need to save on space with lighter apps. That’s what Messenger Lite does. It clocks in at less than 10 MB, while the main Messenger app takes up over 50 MB. In fact, Messenger Lite will even download faster on slow connections.
Apart from saving storage space, Messenger Lite also runs faster on slow hardware. Even if you don’t have the latest and greatest processor or a whole lot of RAM, you should be able to get the Messenger experience.
Finally, Messenger Lite won’t run in the background when you shut it down, or run automatically when you start the phone. All of these features will make your battery last much longer.
Can It Replace Messenger Completely?
Unfortunately, while we hoped Messenger Lite would be better about permissions, it isn’t. We already know that Facebook Messenger asks for intrusive permissions, and so does Messenger Lite. It still accesses similar areas like contacts identity, reading text messages, controlling the camera and microphone, and reading or deleting data from the SD card.
So Who Is Messenger Lite For?
All said and done, Messenger Lite isn’t only for crappy Androids. There’s a great use-case scenario for it.
Will You Use Messenger Lite?
The new Messenger Lite app may not work for everyone, but I’ll definitely be installing and using it. As someone who doesn’t use Messenger often, it’s a great lightweight alternative.