A lot of Facebook users aren’t aware of the fact that as well as a standalone Messenger application, there’s also a Lite version for those of us who don’t want our RAM and valuable memory sucked into oblivion with the main app. Well today we’re going to discuss the differences between the two versions and you can make up your own mind as to whether or not it’s worth choosing one over the other.
There are of course some notable differences which will likely be obvious to you. For example, the Lite version is of course going to consume less memory on your device. There are also more subtle differences that you might not be aware. Take a look below and discover just what Messenger Lite is all about and how it is different to the standard Messenger app.
Before we begin…what exactly is Messenger Lite?
You might be wondering what the whole Messenger Lite thing is all about. Well, luckily for you, we’re about to explain. It was designed and released initially for people who have smartphones which are a bit…lacking. They might be budget phones or just rather old. Whatever the case, Facebook knew their main Messenger app was very resource intensive and so offered an alternative. They also made it for users who have poor internet connections.
As it happens though, people began to use the app and realized that it works very well. So much so that even users with the latest and greatest smartphones would opt to use the Lite version because they felt it did what they needed so well.
So what is different?
Rather than sit here and list all of the things the standard Messenger app can do, we’re going to assume you already use that so you’re pretty knowledgeable on how it works. But we will explain the Lite version in more detail and let you know what it does or doesn’t do.
- Focuses on the chat aspect of Facebook.
- Removes unnecessary features.
- Doesn’t deplete your resources.
- A lot more user friendly for older devices.
So, the app focuses primarily on the actual chat part of Messenger. You might have noticed how the main app has a lot of features – well the Lite version strips all of this out. This means you won’t be able to send GIF’s (we know, quite the sacrifice right?) and you’ll also lose the ability to have secret conversations or customization options.
The Lite version also removes any extensions for playing games from the app. It’s not a deal breaker but there are some who love to open up and play games with their friends. One of the biggest features to be removed is the camera option to post a story. Stories are all the rage right now, with people creating stories on Instagram, Snapchat and even WhatsApp to some degree (if statuses count).
So that’s what you’re missing out on if you opt to use the Lite version of Messenger. Of course you’ll also gain a lot by having more RAM, more memory and a higher level of efficiency when it comes to running your device.
Messenger is the standalone communication app for Facebook users to chat with their friends. A quick tip some people might not know though – you don’t actually need a Facebook account to use the Messenger app! That’s right, you can be sending messages, photos, audio clips and more by using your mobile number instead. Cool, we know.
Messenger Lite. It’s a lot more user friendly in regards to memory usage and is a lot kinder on your resources, but is it worth the compromise? What do you think? We definitely think it’s a usable app that has everything you could want to be social, without all of the bells and whistles the main app offers.