Considering how monumentally popular Facebook is, I am surprised that there aren’t more desktop apps for the platform. Given that most of us have a Facebook account and millions of us use it every day, it seems odd that there aren’t many hundreds more Facebook desktop apps for Windows.
In fact, I could only find a few good ones. Many Facebook apps are no longer supported and some have disappeared altogether. All of the ones featured in this piece are live and working at the time of publication.
Facebook apps range from a simple desktop version of the browser page to image uploaders and time savers. Most of them are free, or have free versions and all of them work on Windows 10 or macOS Sierra. I went through each of them to make sure they worked as advertised and actually added value. Each of them did.
If you use Windows 10 or a Mac and you use Facebook, these are what I think are the best Facebook desktop apps for Windows and Mac.
Facebook Messenger is obviously the logical place to begin our exploration of desktop apps. It is the official Facebook desktop app that works with both Windows and Mac. It is a neat looking app that works well. It stays out of the way when you need it to yet keeps you informed of everything that’s going on when you’re hip deep in Facebook chats. It also has themes, stickers and the usual social media stuff should that be your thing.
Facebook Messenger plays nicely with Windows 10 and is a slick app to have on your desktop, as you would expect from the company itself. It’s free too, which is always a bonus.
Franz is a Facebook messaging app that also plays nicely with a couple dozen other chat platforms. I use Franz on my Zorin Linux machine and my Windows 10 computer as it works across platforms. The app is simple to set up, works with a wide range of applications and makes chatting simple from the desktop. As well as Facebook, it also works with WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Telegram and others. It’s a neat little app.
The UI is simple to use and uses a straightforward menu system to help manage multiple accounts and chats at once. Franz says it doesn’t track chats or record anything either which in this day and age is a significant bonus. It is free too.
FMenu for macOS brings Facebook desktop notifications to Apple. You can set it up to show all notifications, filter only important ones and configure it to do a while manner of tasks. Show wall posts, show only image comments, show your Facebook calendar and a lot more. I only played around for 10 minutes for this post but it certainly seems useful.
FMenu is how I like my Apple apps. Simple but effective. The UI is slick, easy to navigate and stays out of the way when you minimize it. Given how some Facebook apps just crave your attention constantly, this is a good balance between productivity and socialization.
Current is another macOS app. One for serious Facebook chatters. It’s a chat app with a few neat tricks. Not only does it emulate the Facebook chat window, it also hides in the dock for quick access and can separate different chats into different windows. So if you’re holding several conversations at once, you can clearly follow the flow of each without getting them mixed up. It isn’t free, but at $2.99 it isn’t exactly expensive either.
The UI is very similar to Facebook, so much so that it is easy to forget this is a standalone app. It works well, highlights different messages and shows who you’re chatting to clearly in the top menu of each window. It really is simple to manage multiple conversations at once with this app. Well worth the investment if you chat a lot on Facebook.
Facedesk is for dedicated fans of Facebook. It uses the Adobe Air platform and works as a single use browser that will only work in Facebook. Great for separating Facebook life from the rest of your life but not much use for anything else. The main reason it is on this list is for the way it allows you to log in with a different account than that of your browser. If like me, you run social media accounts for work, you can have work accounts in your browser or SMM app and your own on Facedesk.
It isn’t as capable as TweetDeck but if you like the look and feel of the app there is definitely nothing wrong with it. It is free too.
TweetDeck is primarily a Twitter manager but also works with Facebook. I use it all the time to manage work accounts, including Facebook ones. Configure it to use Facebook and you gain access to notifications, updates and chats. Click on someone within the app and you begin chatting right away.
The app is fast, simple and free. The UI is clean and puts the content front and center. It is easy to switch between chats, pages or networks and once you get used to it, there really is nothing to stop you becoming a Facebook master. There is a premium version that allows access to more accounts should you need it.
Facebook Messenger for Firefox
As a browser extension, Facebook Messenger for Firefox will work on any computer that runs Firefox. It is a chat app that also shows messages, updates and notifications. There is also the option to make voice calls but I didn’t get to test that so your mileage may vary. I have never used Facebook voice chatting as I have WhatsApp for that but if you do, you can do it from here.
Facebook Messenger for Firefox is very useful for if you want to browse or work while maintaining chats in a more manageable way than Facebook’s own little chat window. As a browser extension, it is easy to install and control too.
Socialite is another macOS app that also allows you to interact with other social networks. It can handle Facebook notifications, Tweets, updates, notifications, RSS feeds, Google Reader topics and more. The UI is simple and very effective too. According to the website, it hasn’t been updated for a while, yet seems to still work fine in macOS Sierra.
I wouldn’t usually feature an out of date app in a list such as this but I have used Socialite on and off for a few years now and it still has a place on my Mac desktop.
Bloom is a desktop app that allows image and video uploads to Facebook in a much more efficient way than the usual uploader. The Facebook media uploader is okay but is prone to stalling or failing. Bloom doesn’t. Plus, if you’re all about the speed, Bloom seems to work much faster and produce better results than Facebook itself.
If you run social media accounts or use media a lot for social media marketing, or just generally, Bloom could be worth a look. There is a free and a premium version. Free is restricted to 720px images while the pro works up to 2048px and allows you to support Facebook Pages. If you find yourself frustrated at the slow speed of the Facebook uploader, you could try this.
Hootsuite is another social media management program that works with Facebook and any number of other social networks. If you manage social networks as part of your job or just have lots of accounts, it could be worth investing in this app. I have used it before and found it simple to use, easy to manage and it kept multiple accounts ordered and manageable. It isn’t free but it is worth every cent.
Lite Messenger for Facebook
While the title clearly says ‘The best Facebook desktop apps for Windows and Mac’ I cannot help but list Lite Messenger for Facebook. It’s an Android app that manages chats much better than Facebook’s own. You can check news and notifications too, so it isn’t all about the chat.
Lite Messenger for Facebook is light on resources and doesn’t track or follow your every move too which is always a good sign. It doesn’t ask for limitless permissions on your phone and won’t market or sell at you. For those final features alone it is well worth using.
If you’re a frequent Facebook user, there are many more options than just keeping the browser window open on your computer. Some of these apps do the same things as Facebook only better, others offer different features altogether. A couple even let you manage multiple accounts at once. All of them provide useful Facebook integration that offers real benefits to users.
Do you use Facebook desktop apps on your Windows PC or Mac? Got any others to suggest? Tell us about them below if you do.