A Facebook messenger app that helps you stay in contact with your friends
Messenger Lite is a lightweight version of Facebook's full Messenger app. However, Lite solves countless issues users encounter in the regular app. Facebook Messenger is known for major battery drain issues and for bogging down a device's resources. The app even utilizes a lot of mobile data and requires a fairly strong connection as well. Luckily, Messenger Lite is designed to run on low-end hardware regardless of data speeds.
The Lite version of Messenger includes most features found in the full app. Facebook users can sign on and keep in touch with their friends through text-based messaging. Within the app, it's possible to see who's online and then interact with those individuals. Text, image sharing, and emojis are supported in the Lite version today. Messages are sent in the most efficient manner possible, which reduces data usage in a noticeable manner.
Unfortunately, Messenger Lite lacks core features found in Messenger, including video and audio calls. The main draw of Lite is its data saving features as well as its lightweight nature. Lite doesn't draw too much power from the battery, especially compared to its fully featured counterpart. Plus, minimal resource and data usage ensure the app runs smoothly with even the spottiest of connections.
Messenger Lite is optimized for low-end hardware and for users with 2G data speeds. Then again, most smartphone owners can take advantage of this app for great benefits. Lite runs hours longer than full Messenger on identical devices. Data usage between both versions shows a major advantage for Lite, too. Without a doubt, this version of Facebook Messenger is worth a look.
- Less battery consumption, resource use than Facebook Messenger.
- Retains many of the features found in full Messenger.
- Excellent performance, even with limited data speeds.
- Doesn't retain every feature from Messenger.
Potentially dangerous permissions
- CAMERA: Required to be able to access the camera device.
- GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.
- READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
- READ_PHONE_STATE: Allows read only access to phone state, including the phone number of the device, current cellular network information, the status of any ongoing calls, and a list of any PhoneAccounts registered on the device.
- READ_SMS: Allows an application to read SMS messages.
- RECORD_AUDIO: Allows an application to record audio.
- WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.
- ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
- ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
- BATTERY_STATS: Allows an application to collect battery statistics
- CHANGE_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to change network connectivity state.
- INSTALL_SHORTCUT: Allows an application to install a shortcut in Launcher.
- INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
- RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
- REQUEST_INSTALL_PACKAGES: Allows an application to request installing packages. Apps targeting APIs greater than 22 must hold this permission in order to use ACTION_INSTALL_PACKAGE.
- VIBRATE: Allows access to the vibrator.
- WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.