Facebook Messenger is a popular way of communicating, unfortunately, the Mac OS doesn’t have a dedicated Facebook messaging application like the iPhone or Android does. Indeed, you can use Facebook Messenger to message friends from OS X, and in moments, you can set up the Mac Messages app to operate as a Facebook Messenger client in OS X. According to a leaked photographic evidence and an eyewitness report, Facebook has been working on an as-yet-unrevealed Facebook Messenger for Mac desktop app. A photo has been leaked that shows a Facebook employee using the app which revealed that the social media giant is working to build an official Facebook Messenger app on the MAC.
Before releasing an official Facebook Messenger app for Mac OS, a leaked image renders that Facebook has been working on this project. If the leaked blurry photo is apt, an official Facebook Messenger for Mac app could make it simple for people to chat whenever they’re on their PC or Laptop. Instead of getting engrossed in one of many web browser tabs that users have to switch to so they can text friends, the dedicated Messenger desktop app would be instantly accessible from the Dock.
The social networking giant declined to present a statement or confirmation and said, “We don’t comment on rumor or speculation.” Facebook have been building a confidential Chat SDK that allows developers create chat bots. The more people that chat on Facebook, the more they get locked into the company’s line of apps and features, including Facebook’s News Feed where it draws money on advertisements.
In the photo shown above, it can be seen that the employee was working on the Facebook Messenger app on Mac OS that includes a navigation tab bar in the bottom left. It matches the tab bar options in official Messenger for an iOS mobile app, that includes “Recent, Groups, People, and Settings” menu. The leaked report said that the unofficial versions lack this tab bar.
How to Use Facebook Messenger on your Mac using Messages App
Using Facebook Messenger from the Mac is actually pretty easy, but it’s completely separate from configuring Facebook sharing from the Mac. However, if you are running OS X Yosemite, you can use the Facebook Messages app to have your Facebook conversations alternately. This essentially turns your Messages app into a full-fledged Mac Facebook Messenger client. Here is a detailed guide on how to use Facebook Messenger app on your Mac OS X using Messages app.
Step 1: Open the Messages app in Finder or from your dock. In the drop down menu of Messages, choose “Add Account”.
Step 2: Once you choose add account, you will notice that you can add a Google, Yahoo, or AOL account. From the message account screen, you need to choose the last option, “Other messages account”. Just hit the option, continue.
Step 3: You will get a screen where you need to enter all the credentials for your Messages Account.
Step 4: From the drop-down menu, select “Jabber” in the Account Type. Under the Account Name section, enter your Facebook ID followed by @chat.facebook.com. YourUserName@chat.facebook.com
Step 5: Enter your Facebook password and then hit “Create”.
Step 6: If you are not aware of your Facebook ID you can find it just by logging into your account where you can find it on the address bar. You user ID will be located as shown below:
Step 7: Once you click Create, your Facebook friends will come in the “Buddies” list. You can also click the “Add” icon in the main menu and choose Buddies to find the list again.
Step 8: Just pick a friend who is online and messages anyone in the list, as usual, the conversations are going through Facebook Messenger.
Step 9: If you’re on a Mac, the ability to have Facebook Messenger conversations right in the Messages app of OS X is indeed excellent, the conversations will appear beside other text messages and iMessages, Google Chat, Yahoo Messenger, or AOL / AIM communications.
Step 10: Once the Facebook Messenger app is added to Messages, you will be automatically logged into Facebook Messenger when the Messages app starts.
Step 11: You can then log out of Facebook Messenger in Messages, from the drop-down menu of “Messages”, choose “Log out of chat.facebook.com”. Later, you can log in a similar way.
That’s it, these are the simple steps to use Facebook Messenger app on your Mac OS X using Messages app. However, we got a leaked image of Facebook working on to bring Facebook Messenger app for Mac OS users. If the rumors are true, you no more have to struggle to use Messenger on your Mac device.