Best Facebook Messenger apps for Android

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Facebook Messenger has come a long way since its inception. The app - which spawned from the private messaging feature in Facebook - is one of the most popular instant messaging apps in the world and has recently been bolstered by the ability to run its own collection of dedicated apps. To clarify, you can now get apps for the Facebook Messenger app, and here we'll show you the best Facebook Messenger apps that you have to try out.

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First, it's worth knowing how to find Facebook Messenger apps:

  1. In the Messenger app for Android, open a conversation, then tap the three-dotted icon at the bottom right. This will bring up a list of apps designed to work specifically with Messenger.
  2. Next, just tap Install next to the one you want to download and it'll take you to the Play Store link for the app.
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Tap the icon at the bottom right of a Messenger chat to access the Messenger app store. / © ANDROIDPIT
  1. To use an app you've installed for Facebook Messenger, you can tap its icon directly on your Android home screen, or you can open a conversation and then tap the three-dotted icon at the bottom right.
  2. Your installed apps will appear at the top. Finally, just tap the one you want to use.

Doodle for Messenger

When words are not enough, you can resort to drawings and pictures using this simple and charming little Facebook Messenger app. Doodle gives you a virtual canvas to draw on, letting you draw anything you want then send it to your friends.

Your friends can then reply to the doodle with their own one, or even draw on top of the one you created. There's an assortment of options here, such as different brush sizes and colors, and you can draw on photos uploaded from your phone.

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Doodle for Messenger lets you get creative with a canvas, then send it to your Facebook friends. / © ANDROIDPIT

GIPHY for Messenger

The ultimate gif archive for Facebook Messenger. You'll find both legendary and obscure gifs in GIPHY, there to express any emotion you like (or just make people laugh) using three-second clips.

GIPHY has a nice, simple interface, which shows you the full gif animations from the main screen, so you'll find what you need in moments. You can search for gifs by category - such as movies, music and animals - or even by expressions like 'Agree', 'Eye Roll' and the classic 'Lol'.

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This cute bunny is just one of hundreds of gifs you can add from GIPHY to your Messenger chats. / © ANDROIDPIT

GIF CAM for Messenger

If GIPHY's great gif database isn't enough for you, then why not try your hand at creating your own gifs? Using this amusing Facebook Messenger app, you can create your own animated GIFs, then customize them, add your own memes to them, and send them to your friends. You can also add animated gifs to your collages using a search tool that's powered by GIPHY.

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Use GIF CAM to create your own animated gifs and send them via Messenger. / © ANDROIDPIT


If you want to add a bit more color to your writing, then you should give the garish Ultratext a go. Using this app, you can add vibrant colored backgrounds to your messages, use a whole collection of new emoticons, and use various crazy font styles to better express yourself. You can also embellish your flamboyant messages with selfies. Just hope that whoever you're sending a message to appreciates lurid colors as much as you do!

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If the vibrant neon colors of Ultratext don't drive you crazy, you'll love using it to brighten up your Messenger chats. / © ANDROIDPIT


Piece together collages of your favorite photos, then overlay them using a selection of pre-set filters, which add music and effects to your collage. It takes only a couple of minutes to create a collage, then use the 'Send' button to send it to whoever you like on Messenger. It's a great way of adding life and color to a collection of memorable pictures, and is fantastic if you want to reminisce about a particular day or night with your friends.

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Create colorful collages complete with soundtracks using Stayfilm. / © ANDROIDPIT

Have you discovered any fun new Facebook Messenger apps that you think should be in our list? Let us know!

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  • James Gold Dec 14, 2015 Link to comment

    We just launched GIF Hearts for Messenger so you can send GIF Hearts so you can spread the love and send animated GIF Hearts to someone special, friends, family and loved ones.

  • Helen Prescott Jun 10, 2015 Link to comment

    I personally like Stayfilm because it is like PicsArt with the many options to edit and modify your photos. Your Facebook Messenger is now an art.

  • Sean Stockemer Jun 9, 2015 Link to comment

    So there are apps for the apps in my messenger app?...mind = blown.

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