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Comparison: Facebook Messenger vs. Whatsapp (Free Download)

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In the world of IM, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp both have a very strong space and cover over 71% of the IM market. Since they both belong to one company, therefore a single company is on rule of IM market. They both are often rated as top most IM apps of world but users may feel bit agitated while making a trade-off. We have tried to draw a comparison between these two wonderful apps on basis of certain principles that we would like to share with you.


Facebook Messenger is an all alone free to use app. You do not have to sign up for a separate account other than your Facebook account. Just put in your Facebook credentials and get a reach on your friends list. Moreover, you can add your phone number as well to reach your mobile contacts for IMs.

On the other hand, WhatsApp do not like to engulf their app with ads therefore to keep it clean from marketer’s reach they have an investment plan focused towards users where users are expected to pay a nominal fee of $0.99 annually and that too after one year of usage. First year is free for all the users of WhatsApp.

User Interface

Facebook Messenger has a dominant blue color that is derived from Facebook’s official blue. Its design is sleek and smart and has a lot to offer to its users. Messenger’s UI is classified into three main parts. Chat Logs (marked as Clock symbol), Contacts (marked as Head symbol), and Settings (marked as Cog symbol). Further inside Contacts you get two main sections: Active and Messenger. Active will display all the contacts that are available at the moment and can instantly respond to your texts (if they feel like doing) whereas the other section, Messenger, has list of all those contacts in your phone who have Facebook Messenger setup on their phone but are not available at the moment.

WhatsApp has a bit degraded UI as compared to Facebook Messenger. The look and use feels bit like an outdated app or an invoice app in its early age. WhatsApp need to make a change into its UI to meet the needs of time and match the competition available in the market.

Major Features

Facebook Messenger supports:

  • Image
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Image Search (use Bing by default to search images to be used in chat)

Whereas, WhatsApp has to offer:

  • Image
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Location
  • Contact (to share contact details from your phonebook to other contacts through WhatsApp)