Today we bring you a comparison of the two messaging applications of Facebook , Messenger and Messenger Lite.
This way you can know the differences between the two apps, and you can evaluate which is the one that you should have installed on your device depending on the use you want to give.
By way of summary we could say that Messenger Lite is limited to allowing you to use Facebook chat. Meanwhile, the main Messenger application is loaded with several other options to complement your experience, many of which many users will not need to use.
Usually Lite applications are specially prepared to work properly on mobiles with very few resources , which is why they all have fewer functions than the main application.
However, if you want that Messenger does not consume you so much and you settle for just chatting, in this case Lite is more than enough.
Messenger vs Messenger Lite: Comparative Table
First and before we start talking about the main differences between the two applications, let’s start in the most visual way possible: with a comparative table.
In it we will disaggregate the main functions of Messenger , and we will see which of the ones the main application has missing from the Lite version.
|FACEBOOK MESSENGER||FACEBOOK MESSENGER LITE|
|TALK TO YOUR FACEBOOK CONTACTS||Yes||Yes|
|OPEN PROFILE ON FACEBOOK||Yes||Yes|
|CHAT BUBBLES||Yes||Do not|
|REPLY FROM NOTIFICATIONS||Yes||Yes|
|TO SEND IMAGES||Yes||Yes|
|RECORD VIDEOS||Yes||Do not|
|CUSTOMIZE CHAT||Yes||Do not|
|SECRET CONVERSATIONS||Yes||Do not|
|START A PLAN||Yes||Do not|
|MY DAY (STORIES)||Yes||Do not|
|SCANNABLE PROFILE CODES||Yes||Do not|
|ADD CONTACTS||Yes||Do not|
|INVITE TO INSTALL MESSENGER||Yes||Do not|
|WEIGHT OF THE APP||About 50 MB||About 10 MB|
Comparing the two versions of the Facebook messaging application is easy because both are as opposite as night and day.
With Facebook Messenger you have all the functions that you will need to talk to your friends and many others that do not need , but that are there because Facebook wants you to use the application for everything.In Messenger Lite instead what you have is a messaging application with everything you are going to need.
In both cases, on the main screen we find a list of your recent conversations, a row with the contacts you have active and a button to create a new chat or a group.
However there are also several differences, the most notable being a contact search bar on the top of Messenger which in the case of Messenger Lite is hidden in the contact list.
The full application also includes sections for active users and for groups. But the biggest difference is in the bottom, where Messenger Lite lacks the feature bar with all the additions of the main application.
The add-ons are your catalog of bots and extensions, your list of mini-games to play with your contacts or the possibility of performing group video conferences.
There is also the button of the camera, which opens the function My Day in which you can go hanging pictures like the stories of Instagram and Facebook.
In both applications there is a button to enter your profile and configure the application, and there are also a few differences.
Most notable are the lack of that kind of QR code that you can invoke in the main application for someone else to add to your contacts by scanning it, and you also do not have the option to activate the chat bubbles.
When it comes to Chatting, Both are very Good
When chatting with one of your contacts both applications offer you everything you need, although the differences start from the start of a new conversation.
In Lite it is simply start talking and now , while the full version of Messenger offers you the possibility to send a greeting, and detects if the other person is using the application so you can invite it to install it if it has not.
Facebook Messenger also gives you the possibility of posting a photo in the My Day section and allows you to send GIFs and large emoji packs.
In addition, you’ll also have the option of video conferencing , perhaps the only great option you might miss in Messenger Lite.
In the full application you also have a few extra options when you enter the chat options. For example you can customize the chat window by changing its color , start a plan to organize a getaway from the chat or start a secret conversation whose content disappears when you leave.
But beyond that practically the rest of things you can do the same in both. Voice calls, sending pictures (taking a photo or from the gallery), and sending voice messages.
You also have the icon of Like , and you can send a selection of emojis that in the case of Lite they look a little smaller. In addition, from both you can automatically open Facebook to see the profile of your caller.
Two Applications for Two user Types
In conclusion we can say that Facebook has two completely different applications. With this, you get the preference of one or the other does not depend so much on the capacity of your mobile , as well as on your personal preferences and what you are looking for in a messaging app.
If you are a person who likes to use each and every function of Messenger you will inevitably prefer Facebook Messenger.
Especially for the multiple possibilities of your Bots system, the fun of your GIFs, being able to use your own Stories or the possibility of making video conferences.
Instead, if you just want a good messaging application without too much noise Facebook Messenger Lite might be your preference.
It has practically everything that you will need to chat in conditions with your contacts of Facebook, without including secondary functions like those already mentioned. Just chat and go.
Another difference to keep in mind is that Messenger will consume more resources than Lite having more features, so it will use more RAM and consume more battery.
If you have low internal memory you also want to know that the complete application weighs about 50 MB, while the Lite stays at only 10 megs.