Statistically talking, there’s a fairly good likelihood you’re one of many 1.2 billion individuals who use Facebook Messenger at the very least as soon as a month. Anecdotally, there’s an honest likelihood you harbor deep resentments towards its sluggishness, its bloat, and its liberally borrowed Snapchat options. Mates, there’s a greater method. It’s known as Messenger Lite.

You will have heard of Messenger Lite already, and should you dwell exterior of the US, UK, Canada, or Eire, you could already be utilizing it. Fb first launched Lite a yr in the past, intending it for markets whose fickle or low-bandwidth web connections would collapse beneath the load of the full-fledged Messenger platform. This week, Lite launched for these 4 extra developed markets as nicely. And guess what? You must change over to it instantly.

That directive comes with a few caveats: In case you have an iPhone, this doesn’t apply to you. Sorry! Fb solely launched Messenger Lite on Android, with no indicators of an iOS model within the offing. Secondly, in case you are for some cause closely invested within the Fb Messenger video games ecosystem, which I do know should exist as a result of there may be recreation controller tab within the Messenger app each time I open it, you need to keep on with the full-fledged model.

And that’s it! Everybody else: Let’s discover why Lite is totally best for you.

Lite As a Feather

It’s simpler to give attention to what Lite does have than what it doesn’t, as a result of the record is so quick. Once you open Lite up, you get three gloriously easy tabs: House, which exhibits your current chats. Contacts, which, you realize, and Profile, the place you may alter your notification settings, have a look at your message requests, change accounts, report any points, and that’s just about it.

No, actually, that’s all! There’s no funhouse mirror room of tabs inside tabs such as you discover in Messenger, wherein opening the app presents you with, by my rely, 10 tappable choices (not together with your current conversations): House, Contacts, Digicam, Video games, and Bots tabs, a Compose bubble, a Profile icon, and the choice to type chats by Messages, Lively, Teams, and Calls.

I acquired drained simply counting these, a lot much less navigating them. And it by no means stops. Open a composition window in Messenger and also you get choices in your digicam, for photos, for voice dictation, for emoji and GIFs and stickers. You possibly can name or video chat. Press the “plus” signal and you may ship cash, or your location, or summon a Meals Community branded extension for some ungodly cause. You possibly can ship a thumbs up. You too can, I’m pretty sure, nonetheless sort precise phrases.

A few of these selections persist in Lite, however not almost sufficient to trigger paralysis. You possibly can nonetheless ship a sticker, however it doesn’t animate. You possibly can nonetheless snap a photograph or dictate or name. However Lite doesn’t comprise the intricate, countless tunnel system that Messenger employs to squeeze all of its options into one bitty app. You possibly can’t get misplaced in Lite. You possibly can, although, ship and obtain messages shortly and effectively, which appears nearly excellent for an app known as Messenger.

As consumer expertise goes, I’m undecided what else to inform you, aside from that the entire puffery in and round Messages largely exists to maintain you watching Messages reasonably than essentially enhancing your life and thoughts. You solely have so many engaged minutes to offer in a single lifetime. Don’t spend them lobbing elements at a Meals Community bot.

Shoot the Messenger

Lite doesn’t simply prevent time as a result of there’s much less to fiddle with. It additionally spares you very actual seconds—and frustration—by not sputtering beneath its personal weight, as its fuller-featured counterpart most definitely can and does. It’s a greyhound subsequent to a slobbering Messenger mastiff.

Slimming down has different, unseen advantages as nicely. Lite takes up lower than 10MB in your cellphone—and almost 10 instances much less house than Messenger. The facet advantage of stripping down so many options is that you simply use far much less information. And it gained’t stress your battery as a lot.

In case you’re a Messenger energy consumer, nicely, frankly you haven’t learn this far since you’ve already switched again to your Phrase With Mates recreation. However everybody else: Change to Lite. You possibly can nonetheless get in contact with anybody who has a Fb account. You possibly can nonetheless make free calls over Wi-Fi. You possibly can nonetheless give a thumbs up. However you are able to do all of it with out feeling such as you’ve been dropped inside a digital labyrinth, a social (media) experiment to see simply what number of instances you may faucet your display screen with out truly conducting something.

Civilization could nicely have reached a degree the place contacting folks over Fb is an occasional necessity. However Messenger Lite at the very least means you may go forward and get it over with.

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