Facebook Messenger is finally available as a native app on Windows 10 Mobile. It’s in beta for now, but it’s a great start, and it packs all of the features you would expect to see in a mobile Messenger app.
That includes native notifications, the ability to send photos, GIFs, and videos; support for Facebook stickers, read receipts, the ability to create groups, and built-in search for groups and individuals.
If you’re a former iPhone user, you’ll already be familiar with the design, because this is actually a port of Messenger for iOS. That’s why in-app notifications and popups look just like they do on an Apple device.
The app is lightweight, weighing in at just under 73MB, and it’s compatible with all handsets running Windows 10 Mobile. But there is a catch…
Right now, Messenger is only available in beta, and its Windows Store description says that only selected testers can download it. If you’re located in the U.S., you won’t see the install option. However, there is a workaround.
If you change your location to France or Germany temporarily, then you will get the option to download the app, according to Neowin. You can then change your region back after it has been installed, and it will continue to function as normal.
Once Messenger exits beta, it should be available to all Windows 10 Mobile users around the world — but it’s currently unclear how long it will be in testing for.