How do I install Facebook Lite

How to Install Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite on Android in Any Country

The Default Facebook App For Android - How Do I Put This Delicately? - sucks. Not only will it likely use more battery on your phone than most other apps, but Facebook has gutted messenger functionality to provide a separate app and platform. There are alternatives to the official app, but most of them cannot send user-to-user messages either.

Fortunately, there is an official solution that is both efficient and effective: the Facebook Lite app.

What is Facebook Lite?

Facebook created the Lite version of its AndroidApp specifically for developing countries and other places where robust mobile internet isn't always available. It is designed to allow access to all basic functions of the website, including personal messages, with the lowest possible bandwidth.

The app was also developed for low-cost telephones themselves. To this end, it is much smaller and less complicated than the full Facebook app: while the standard Facebook application from the Play Store is 162 MB for the application alone (not including cached images and the like) and Facebook's Messenger app is an additional 104MB, the latest version of Facebook Lite is only 4.5MB in size.

Messenger Lite is pretty much the same as Facebook Lite ... but for Messenger. Stop me if I'm going too fast. It's a compact version of the app with fewer features, but using less storage space and bandwidth.

The strange thing is, the Instant Messenger's features are available in the Facebook Lite app, which makes Messenger Lite a bit redundant. Messenger Lite can handle pictures and stickers that Facebook Lite cannot handle. If these are important to you, this can be helpful.

Unfortunately, Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite are not officially available on the Play Store in some of Facebook's largest markets, such as the US. Facebook would really prefer these users to call up their full app (with their lucrative ads) instead of the limited area app and also use the separate messenger app. Fortunately, it's easy to download a version of the app and install it manually.

First step: allow third-party apps

Before installing an Android app from outside the Play Store, you must activate the installation process in the "Settings" menu. (If you've already done this, skip to step 2.) Note that this process may be slightly different on different devices. However, you should be able to find the Unknown Sources option on virtually any Android device by following instructions similar to these.

Open the main Settings menu and tap Security.

Tap the "Unknown Sources" option. On the warning that appears, tap OK.

Now you can download the APK. If you leave the "Unknown Sources" option open, you can turn it off after the installation is complete. Facebook Lite works even after it's installed.

Second step: Download the Facebook Lite APK

Open your phone's web browser and go to this link. Messenger Lite can be found at this link. Just follow the instructions for Facebook Lite in the same way.

APK Mirror is a verified AndroidAPK file repository - everything on the website is checked for authenticity and security. Select the latest version of Facebook Lite from the list below the description.

Choose the "Arm" version if you have a standard Android phone or "Noarch" if your phone uses an Intel chip. If you are not sure, choose Arm.

Now scroll down and tap the "Download" button. Then tap "OK" when the browser warns you about the APK file.

Step three: install the APK

Swipe down from the notification bar. You should see the APK file you just downloaded. Tap on it to start the process.

On the next screen, tap Install. You are now ready to go.

Open the app from your home screen - it is labeled "Lite" in the app drawer and has a white icon instead of the normal blue Facebook icon. Sign in to your account and you will see your default timeline.

The interface is pretty simple: the icons above go straight to the Timeline, Contacts, Messages (this is the internal messenger you are looking for), Notifications, and Search pages. The symbol with three horizontal bars is the main menu, in which you will find links to less used parts of the app and to the "Settings" menu.

If everything looks good, you can always uninstall the larger Facebook app and Messenger. Note, however, that Facebook Lite or Messenger Lite that you did not download as a Play Store app will not update automatically. You may want to check APK Mirror regularly for an updated version.