73points

Facebook Messenger

68points

Google Hangouts

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Google Hangouts
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63 facts in comparison

Facebook Messenger vs Google Hangouts

Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts

Why is Facebook Messenger better than Google Hangouts?

  • Has “message seen” notification
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  • You can send documents
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  • Can be personalised
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  • Send audio voice clips
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  • You can stay invisible
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  • Contact any app user
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  • 0.5 higher rating on Google Play
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    4.2vs3.7
  • 2.54MB smaller app size (Android app)
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    10.46MBvs13MB

Why is Google Hangouts better than Facebook Messenger?

  • Ad-free
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  • It uses “two-way opt-in”
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  • Send free SMS
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  • 8.8MB smaller app size (iOS app)
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    24.2MBvs33MB
  • You can specify your availability
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  • 1 more languages supported
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    31vs30
  • You can set your status
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  • The app is business oriented
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General info

1.Available on PC
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
These services are ideal if you want to use the app while sat down at your computer, as well as on-the-go.
2.Free app
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can download the app for free, from platforms such as Google Play or the App Store.
3.Ad-free
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
Adverts can be distracting and obtrusive. Apps and blogs without ads are more aesthetically pleasing, nicer to use, and make the content stand out.
4.Can be personalised
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can personalize the appearance of the app - for example, choosing a different theme or colors.
5.Is compatible with Android
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
It is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
6.iOS app size

33MB

24.2MB

A smaller size means that the app will take up less space on your Apple device. This leaves more space for other apps, as well as other data such as photos and music.
The app requires less storage space on your device. A smaller size means there is more space on your device for other apps, as well as other data such as photos and music.
8.Tablet-optimised
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
There is a tablet-optimised version of the app available. This gives a much better user experience than using an app designed for a phone on a tablet.
You can use a broader range of languages in the app. This allows you to use it in the language you choose and makes it suitable for more users around the world.

Users

The app has a higher rating on Google Play, showing the overall quality of the app and user satisfaction. The lowest score is 1, with 5 being the highest.
The app has a higher rating on Apple’s App Store. The rating measures the overall quality of the app and user satisfaction. The score ranges from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).
3.Is a social network
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
It is a social network, which has features such as commenting and tagging. This means you can share content quickly and easily and engage with a community.
4.Integrates with social networks
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Google Hangouts
It allows you to share information to popular social networks.

Contacts

1.It uses “two-way opt-in”
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
This means that you have to add or accept contacts before being able to message. It prevents strangers sending you unwanted messages.
2.Has existing contacts integration
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
This means you can easily access and communicate with contacts from your existing phonebook.
3.Contact any app user
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can browse and contact any of your fellow app users.
4.Has favorite contacts
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
With favorite contacts you have quick access to the people who you communicate with most.

Messaging features

1.Has “message seen” notification
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can see when someone has opened your message, so you know whether or not it has been read yet.
2.Shows that someone is typing
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can see when someone is typing a reply, which can prevent confusion.
3.Has the option to delete message history
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can delete past messages, for example if they contain confidential or private information.
4.Send audio voice clips
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can send a pre-recorded voice message.
5.Has temporary images
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can send an image which is programmed to self destruct after a few seconds. This means you can send something a bit daring, as it will disappear once the person has seen it.
6.Has two-way video chat
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can have a one-on-one conversation with video.
7.Shows when a user was last active
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can see the activity history – e.g., “User last active yesterday at 9:30.”
8.Send free SMS
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can send text messages to any number for free, not just other people using the same app.
9.You can stay invisible
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You don’t have to logout in order to appear offline.

Content sharing

1.You can send documents
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can send documents using the app.
2.Syncs to the cloud
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
Your data is synced to the cloud, making it easier to access across different devices and making sure it is always backed up in case you lose your device.
3.Has search option
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
If you need to find something specific, you can search your data for certain keywords.
4.Has image preview
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can see a small thumbnail of an image before opening it.
5.You can send videos
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can send videos with the app.
6.Has fun stickers
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
Stickers are a quick and fun way to communicate.
7.Has a media gallery
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
A media library contains all uploaded files, making search easier and helping you organize the content.
8.Exports to email
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can export app data to an email address, so you have a backup and can forward it to another person if needed.
9.Can capture photos
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can take photos within the app. This allows you to do everything from capturing the image to editing all within one app, instead of having to import an image taken with another camera app.

Security

1.You do not need a SIM card to log in
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
The app is not connected to your phone number, so you can use it on devices such as tablets without needing a SIM card.
2.Has end-to-end encryption
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
End-to-end encryption protects data between two communicating parties and ensures that only the intended receiver can access the unencrypted information.
3.Has Facebook sign-in option
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
Signing in with your Facebook account can be faster and easier if you don’t want to spend time filling in a registration page.
4.Doesn’t require account
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
The app doesn't require you to make an account in order to log in and use the app.
5.Has passcode
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
You can set a passcode to keep your data private.
6.has encrypted group chats
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
The app supports end-to-end encryption in group chats.
7.messages are encrypted by default
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
End-to-end encryption is enabled on all chats by default. This differs from other apps which only encrypt messages if the user specifically turns it on.
8.has screenshot detection
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
Screenshot detection is a safety feature that allows users to receive notifications when someone screenshots their messages. Often used in secure messaging apps, screenshot detection ensures that your messages and data stay safe.

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