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What’s the Difference Between Messenger and Messenger Lite

Messenger vs Messenger Lite
Messenger vs Messenger Lite

In 2017, Facebook confused many of its users by releasing a new Messenger Lite app. Well, their mission wasn’t to confuse but help users connect faster and cost-effectively with their friends. It’s been three years, and users still get confused about the two. The blog post explores the difference and covers Messenger vs. Messenger Lite (2021).

Messenger Lite is no longer available for iOS. The app was removed on 30 November 2020. The installed app may or may not work as normal. Please read the official news here.


Messenger or Messenger Lite
Messenger and Lite Profile Menu

The main difference comes from the features both offer. To begin with, when you send a sticker to someone in Messenger Lite, it doesn’t animate, while in Messenger, it does. The second significant difference is the stories.

Just like Facebook and Lite difference, Messenger Lite does not offer the stories. Furthermore, if you have any pages and chat with your customers, then Messenger Lite might not be the ideal choice because you don’t find any pages option.

Messenger original supports the SMS feature to send and receive SMS. The option is not available on the light version. Moreover, you can’t create new groups in Messenger Lite, but it won’t stop you from sending and receiving messages in your groups.

Finally, the classic chat heads feature is not available on the Messenger Lite app. Those features make Messenger Lite a perfect app for users who want to send and receive messages and make voice and video calls to individuals. I mentioned individuals because you can’t make group calls on Messenger Lite.

Related: What’s the Difference Between Facebook and Facebook Lite?


The Difference Between Messenger and Messenger Lite
Messenger and Messenger Lite – Storage

The second big concern is storage. Messenger takes 97 MB of storage on Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, whereas Messenger Lite takes about 33 MB. There is a difference of 66 MB. You can put more than 30 full HD extra photos or more than 20 songs in that storage.

On the iPhone, Messenger takes about 90 MB of storage, and Messenger Lite takes about 76 MB, which is not as reduced as on Android, but still, it makes some difference.

So, what could be the reason for the reduced size? Of course, the reason for the less storage is fewer features, fonts and reduced pixels images. All the Messenger Lite photos are compressed and pixel reduced, which takes less data and storage. This also saves app data and cache storage.


The marketplace is a part of Facebook, then what’s it doing in Messenger vs. Messenger Lite? Well, the marketplace is a part of Messenger as much as it is of Facebook. In the Messenger app, you find a separate option to manage all the marketplace messages, but Messenger Lite does not offer that feature. All the conversations are sorted by time and date.

Furthermore, you don’t have the option to view product details, rate seller or buyer, and report about the item. These options are available on Messenger original to make buying and selling easier.


Messenger and Messenger Lite Design
Messenger and Messenger Lite Design

The original Messenger app has two columns with conversations and people on the bottom. Your profile option on the top offers all the settings. You also have the camera, a new group, a new room, and active people option on the top. The Messenger app can be quite confusing to navigate because of so many options.

Messenger Lite has an edge because it is super easy to navigate. Messenger Lite has three columns: Chat, friends and settings. You get a few options, including active status, notifications, switch account manager storage, etc., in account settings. The username stuff is limited to Messenger.

Related: Google Messages vs. Samsung Messages


Still not sure? Watch this Messenger vs. Messenger Lite video to understand the difference and see both in action.

Messenger and Messenger Lite comparison

Which one should you use?

Messenger Lite was developed for slow internet connections, but many significant websites have found many benefits, and they have recommended using Messenger Lite no matter what connection or phone. If you want a proper answer to this question, here is the list of Messenger Lite users. Use the Messenger Lite if any of the below is correct.

  • You don’t have enough storage.
  • You are using an older version of Android, such as KitKat or Lollipop.
  • Your phone or SIM does not support 3G or 4G.
  • You have a limited data plan.

If none of the listed features is true, then you should continue using the original Messenger app. Download your choice below.


Wrap up

The article Messenger vs. Messenger Lite covered the difference between the two. I hope the information helped. Please let me know what you think of both in the comments and subscribe to the newsletter to stay up-to-date.


Monday 3rd of January 2022

Great article. Question, if I uninstal Messenger and replace it with Lite version will my pictures and conversations from Messenger transfer to Lite as well or will all be lost? Thanks.

Maui Akol Cañada

Friday 29th of October 2021

Suddenly I can no longer open my regular Messenger and MessengerLite is disgusting..! What should I do..?


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Messenger Lite supports sending files other than pictures or videos. Lite also uses less communications bandwidth, which would be advantageous where network signal and/or wifi is poor. I travel in remote areas and need to share GPX navigation files, so I have two reasons to go with Lite.


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Thanks, Stephen, for sharing your thoughts. I did not know about the file transfers, but the app sure saves a lot of bandwidth.


Saturday 23rd of January 2021

What about a comparison of battery use?


Sunday 24th of January 2021

Messenger Lite is much better than the Messenger app in terms of the battery