Newly redesigned Facebook Messenger now available for all

The all-new design and features can now be used by everyone

The latest update to Facebook Messenger, which was first announced about two weeks ago, is now rolling out to all users. Previously only available to a limited number (presumably to catch bugs), the new version with an all-new design and features will be available for everyone to download.

Along with a new white and light blue design (that frankly looks iOS 7-inspired) and faster performance, along with new chat features like the ability to message someone with just their phone number, the latest update is worth a look. It now stands in pretty high contrast to the stand-alone Facebook app, which can be kind of jarring, but the Messenger experience is now much improved.

Grab an update to the latest version at the Play Store link above.

Via: Facebook

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

57 Comments
  • Good job guys, I fell for it. I re-enabled auto update and it immediately 'updated' me back to the old version.
  • I got into with people on Google+ that tried to argue that it doesn't look like ios7. It bothers me how many people love this new look on android but when iOS was announced the whole android camp(and some iOS users) did nothing but talk crap. Posted via Android Central App
  • It's the IOS7 candy color scheme that drew the most ire. This doesn't share that scheme.
  • But this shares the ultra bright colors of the stock messaging app on ios7. Posted via Android Central App
  • It's still a staged rollout, as it wasn't yet available when I checked the Play Store just now.
  • I think updates just take a while to appear on the Play Store for everyone, sort of like DNs propagation. Even if the developers release a universal update. Posted via Android Central App
  • Never on my phone or pad.. the most hacked site in history. It is like giving all your credit cards and SS card .. LOL
  • You're right. 1 billion peoples lives are ruined by this app evvvveryday!!!! ........ Posted via Android Central App
  • "Not on my watch."
  • Now all it needs is a better optimized tablet application....
  • This
  • I thought they were getting rid of SMS support? Posted via Android Central App
  • It's gone. Posted via Android Central App
  • I loved having SMS integrated, why did they remove it?
  • I've had it for a while! I really like it! Posted via Android Central App on my Moto X
  • Guess I'll give this a go since I'm still waiting on the hangouts update.
  • Uhmm if I read this correctly this apps make your mobile # public during initial set up if you very your mobile # is this correct ... Posted via Android Central App
  • Not really. People will only be able to add you on messenger if they already have your number in their contacts list. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm not seeing SMS. Am I doing it wrong? Posted via Android Central App
  • I heard they got rid of it. Editor in chief of Futureproff.com
  • It looks alright. Posted via Android Central App
  • Looks nice! And for some reason, Hangouts 2.0 isn't showing up for me yet. So, I can't really compare the two yet Posted via Android Central App
  • Same here. I really don't want to sideload the hangouts apk but I'm ready for it to update. Posted via Android Central App
  • The update never showed up for me either. I side loaded the Hangouts app. Your phone will virus check it before you install it. It's safe. The Hangouts app is cool. I can provide you with a link or you can just search for it.
  • I have to say, although I like the new update, I can't stand how bright it is! I think the need to now include some themes with a "dark" option. Just my 2 cents Posted via Android Central App
  • I was one of the chosen ones to try it out before it was released to all. Love the change much fresher and modern looking. Posted via Android Central App
  • Im a bit confused...can i use this new updated app for sms as well as Facebook chat? Posted via Android Central App
  • I am trying to figure that out as well. I have the new update but don't see the option anywhere.
  • Don't think its possible, just got misled by the app description. Would be great though cos I love the messaging interface even if it is a copy of ios. Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Back to hangouts I go. That I had to sideload on my one because I get no love from google.
  • i would like to know where the hell is the logout button?
  • Lol and why do they all hide it. That kills me. Editor in chief of Futureproff.com
  • Delete all app data from the application manager... Hahaha. Posted via Android Central App
  • It's so ugly! Posted via Android Central App
  • Why oh why did they get rid of sms? Now I don't really need to use it anymore. It was one of my favorite apps for having the sms support.
  • The user reviews on Google Play are very bad. Apparently alot of ppl are pissed about the iOS inspired look and the elimination of sms capabilities. Even tho I didn't use it for sms I think I'll pass on this for now.. Posted via Android Central App
  • The removal of SMS brothers me more than the design Posted via Android Central App
  • Waddup andrew? Back on n4 from n5?! Posted via Android Central App
  • I know my wife has replaced her default SMS app with this.
    SMS and Facebook are her two main messenger systems. She is going to be confused, and then very annoyed, by this.
  • Does it really take 3 to 4 weeks as said by the playstore to deliver the n5? Posted via Android Central App
  • Does it really take 3 to 4 weeks as said by the playstore to deliver the n5? Posted via Android Central App
  • We all are on android to avoid those iOS skin and stuff, and now facebook is messing up everithing now! Geez just give a beautiful Holo design!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • I actually dumped my iPhone and switched to Nexus to get away from the ugly ios 7 look. If that blinding white crap follows me to Android, I'm going to be pissed. Posted via Android Central App
  • The app is ok. Buy it makes a ton of noise. Many different beeps and bops, and they are all Facebook sounds so they will be different than your notification/sms tones. Kind of annoying actually. Posted via Android Central App
  • Looks good. I wish they'd incorporate SMS into the app as well. =) Wishful thinking, I know.
  • No option to log out. RESPECT THE TECHNOLOGY
  • Here's to an improved Facebook app too. Posted via Android Central App
  • Here's to an improved Facebook app too. Posted via Android Central App
  • It pretty much is ios7 looking. Posted via Android Central App
  • I hate it. I hope they don't update the android version of Facebook to the same one that's on iOS.
  • Nice one Facebook, now I can no longer receive sms messages on messenger meaning I have to go back to using two apps again. What a load of toss.... Posted via Android Central App
  • SMS support gone? Ignore.
  • Bring back sms! Posted via Android Central App
  • Am I the only one that thinks it's idiotic to highlight what I say and leave all the messages I'm receiving in grey, I care more about what is being said to me, I already know what I said
  • Looking nice but make me confused where the log out button??please fix it tks Posted via Android Central App
  • The only way i found how to log out from messenger is to clear the data in messenger through manage applications in settings . hope they add a log out button in later versions.
  • How in the hell do I log out? I have to uninstall the app and then reinstall it. It's really annoying.