With over 100 million downloads on the Play Store, Facebook’s Messenger Lite is turning out to be a well-thought of app for the developer. For an app that made its debut late last year, not many thought it would have clocked that milestone by now; but of course, Facebook is involved, and you know what that means. Facebook is going ahead with plans to make the messaging app even more popular by adding a video calling feature.
Despite being a lighter version of the original app, Messenger Lite boasts of some of the core features of the main one. Some users already preferred it to the main app as long as they are able to access the basic features. Designed basically for people with older Android devices, Lite now has even more reasons to start using it on your phone.
“Now people who use Messenger Lite can have the same rich and expressive face-to-face conversations as those who use the core Messenger app, no matter which technology they use or have access to,” Facebook said.
Adding a video chat feature to Messenger Lite is probably the smartest move ever. This will not only endear more hearts to the app, it will enable users to do or take part in those basic things they always wanted to do in a video chat app.
As a matter of fact, video chat continues to gain more ground every day—on Messenger, the feature had 17 billion video chats in 2017—and that is twice as many video chats in the year before.
To get started with video chat on Messenger Lite, simply make sure you have updated the version of the app to the very latest on the Play Store. Once done, open an existing conversation or find the person you would like to chat with in your contact list, then tap the video icon on the upper right corner of the screen. Facebook said you can also upgrade an existing audio call to a video chat while in an ongoing call by tapping the video icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
Messenger Lite is built with the same core features of the popular Messenger app. It enables users to send and receive texts, links, photos, and stickers. With a size under 10MB, the app is easy to download, and is now available for download on the App Store and the Play Store. For now, Messenger Lite is only available to people in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela, with more countries expected to be added to the list soon.
Messenger Lite uses similar bolt as the regular Messenger, but with a slight difference in terms of color. Colors are reversed in the Lite version—the bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background. Other than this, there is not much to separate both apps except for the size it takes on your phone’s memory. “Messenger Lite uses the same bolt logo as Messenger, but with colors reversed. The bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background.”