Native Facebook Messenger for Mac app revealed in leaked photo

By , Jan 10, 2016


Facebook may be bringing its popular messaging app to the desktop, according to a blurry photo obtained by TechCrunch which appears to show a native application being tested on a Mac notebook by an employee.

Facebook currently provides the Messenger app for a number of mobile platforms, in addition to a dedicated web interface at and built-in messaging functionality available through its desktop UI at

“TechCrunch has obtained photographic evidence and an eyewitness report that Facebook has built an as-yet-unreleased Facebook Messenger For Mac desktop app,” reads the report.

The blurry photo top of post apparently shows a Facebook employee using the pre-release software. The app reportedly includes Messenger branding in both the app icon in the Dock and in the menu bar. There’s also a navigation tab bar in the bottom left that matches options in the official iOS app, such as Recent, Groups, People and Settings.

I, for one, would love to use the official Messenger app on my Mac. When I’m on a computer, I prefer not to reach out for my iPhone just to send messages to people.

Apple’s Messages app is available on the Mac, as is Viber which provides a desktop app. With a native Messenger app, Mac users should experience much smoother performance that doesn’t require a browser. On top of that, a native Mac app should be a good citizen on OS X and support features like Split View multitasking, native full-screen support, Notification Center integration and more.

How do you feel about this rumored Messenger for Mac app? Is this something that you envision using on your Mac on a regular basis?

Chime in with your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source: TechCrunch

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  • T-Core6

    I for one would not use Facebook’s Messenger if it were on any Mac.
    Facebook’s messenger is buggy and ummm, hello? -Facebook picks through your “private messages” for info about what you are interested in.
    Why would I want that?
    Also, I have to wonder the authenticity of this story as Apple already has a messenger app of their own in iMessage.

    • Niclas

      Gmail picks through your private emails, still most people use it.
      And no, it’s not buggy.
      Can you run iMessage on andrioid? web? anywhere outside of ios/osx?

      • T-Core6

        Who cares? This is about Messenger being on a Mac desktop.
        I won’t use it. That’s all.

      • Niclas

        Most people. You happen to be in minority.

        And who cares about iMessage? it’s no contender to messenger.
        That is all.

      • T-Core6

        You win!

  • Iuri Dos Santos Cunha

    I have an app like that… looks exactly like Messenger on mobile like iPads and such… its called Goofy :/ maybe thats what it is

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  • Marcus

    This is going to be amazing! If only Apple could properly fix all of the syncing issues with iMessage & SMS between iPhone and Mac though… 🙁

    I don’t even use Messages on my Mac because the syncing is so bad and I end up not getting messages on my iPhone if I use my Mac to message people.