Messenger Kids

Messenger Kids

  • Category: Social Networking
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 12.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Facebook, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Android
204 Ratings
$ 0

Messenger Kids App

A fun, free app that lets kids video call and message parent-approved family and friends from their iPad, iPod touch or iPhone. With Messenger Kids: Parents Have More Control • Parents fully control the contact list making it a safer, more controlled environment of just close friends and family. • Messages don't disappear and can't be hidden in case parents would like to check in. • There are no ads or in-app purchases, and the app is free to download. Kids Have More Fun • Kid-appropriate stickers, GIFs, frames and emojis help kids creatively express themselves. • One-on-one or group video calls come to life with fun, interactive masks. • The feature-filled camera lets kids create videos and decorate photos to share with loved ones. It's Easy to Use • Works on iPad, iPod touch and iPhone on the go or just using a Wi-Fi connection. No phone number is needed. • Parents and approved grown-ups can connect from their Messenger app wherever it's installed. Additional Information • Creating a Messenger Kids account for a child does not create a Facebook account for them. • Parents and guardians use their own Facebook accounts to authorize their kids' Messenger Kids accounts. • Parents control their child’s contact list and can remove contacts at any time. • Kids have the option to report or block contacts and report inappropriate content. If a child submits a report, their parent or guardian will be notified. • We're always working to improve Messenger Kids. If you'd like to share any feedback with us or for more information, visit


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Messenger Kids app reviews

  • What about the other parent/parents family? 4/5

    By Taylor189
    So far I love this app. I guess the only complaint I have with this app is that I have to be friends with someone before it will allow me to add them to talk to my child. That’s frustrating for me especially because I don’t get alone with the other parent or the family, but it would be nice she can talk with them. I don’t want to be friends with them on fb.
  • Makes Me Mad 👎🏼😡😡😡😠😡😠😡🤬🤬🤬 1/5

    By Blackraven100
    I’m a kid. And I think that it’s unfair that I have to ask my parents for everything on the internet. I hate having to go through all of the security measures. Like here. Parents get control of everything.
  • Doesn’t work 1/5

    By sprinkled hershey
    This app doesn’t work, it is absolutely horrible and terrible app! I HATE IT!!!
  • It’s laggy 4/5

    By MenstraYoga
    It’s really a good app to let ur child act like there on Facebook it’s like Facebook for kids Leave Facebook Kids in your head for an idea But it is laggy after one day my child couldn’t open the app anymore it was just at the loading page. We waited it stayed and I deleted the app and readded it to the phone it’s still laggy please help ASAP thanks!
  • Region not available 1/5

    By Manambrym
    Unfortunately after we downloaded this app we found out our region ,the pacific, cannot use it. Lame.
  • Link to add contacts does not work! 1/5

    By Queesa
    I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled several times. Would be nice if we could actually get the request to add link to work. Our 4 year old would be thrilled to chat with all her family in Canada! Otherwise, it’s just useless.
  • Disappointing notification 3/5

    By tmcnulty
    I downloaded this for my daughter on her tablet to keep in contact with family but she has no idea when someone is trying to call her. It doesn’t show up like normal messenger where it covers your screen.. all there is is a small ding and a drop down that last 2 seconds...I’ve looked everywhere to see if it can be changed and there is no setting to do so..disappointing.
  • Amazing!!! 4/5

    By Paws421
    I love this app so much!! The effects are so much fun!! I am military kid and I had made really good friends and it was pretty hard to move away from them. It feels awesome to be able to call them without having to use my mom's tablet and account. Only one thing that was not entirely good about it, I can't voice call my friends. Because I moved, we have different time zones, sometimes it's a little late for my friend and we used to voice call, but now that we can't I have to turn off my camera and I can't call her as if I were using a real phone, I have to either plug in my earbuds or just keep her on speaker phone and it gets a little anoyying. I really really love this app, but that would just make it a bit better.
  • Portrait mode only 3/5

    By xrobotlovex
    It's frustrating that it's locked in portrait mode because my daughters iPad only rests in its case in landscape mode. Her grandparents all live very far away and I love that she can call them when she wants, but the app is not all that user friendly.
  • Misguided approach 1/5

    By Dhefgaming
    If you want your kids spending more time on their phones while selling their data to Facebook then this is a great app.
  • So fun to connect with relatives! 5/5

    By cslowik
    My daughter loves having her own special place to connect with her cousins across the country, and her grandparents.
  • Good 5/5

    By 🍩🎀💝🌸🐼🦄
    Is very safe, Lol why are you saying it is bad. If you set an limit it Would be perfect You cannot talk to random people. If you had an i pad and you were an kid you would need a way to contact your parents. It isn’t Going to kill you. I know its made by Facebook but it has no relation to it. So why are you so mad? They should just have an limit for time.
  • This is just wrong 1/5

    By Name1466
    Younger children are not old enough to navigate the complexities of online relationships, which can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts even among more mature users. They also do not have a fully developed understanding of privacy, including what’s appropriate to share with others and who has access to their conversations, pictures, and videos. At a time when there is mounting concern about how social media use affects adolescents’ wellbeing, it is particularly irresponsible to encourage children as young as preschoolers to start using a Facebook product. Social media use by teens is linked to significantly higher rates of depression, and adolescents who spend an hour a day chatting on social networks report less satisfaction with nearly every aspect of their lives. Eighth graders who use social media for 6-9 hours per week are 47% more likely to report they are unhappy than their peers who use social media less often. This app will increase the amount of time pre-school and elementary age kids spend with digital devices. Already, adolescents report difficulty moderating their own social media use: 78% check their phones at least hourly, and 50% say they feel addicted to their phones. Almost half of parents say that regulating their child’s screen time is a constant battle. Messenger Kids will exacerbate this problem, as the anticipation of friends’ responses will be a powerful incentive for children to check – and stay on – a phone or tablet. Encouraging kids to move their friendships online will interfere with and displace the face-to-face interactions and play that are crucial for building healthy developmental skills, including the ability to read human emotion, delay gratification, and engage with the physical world.
  • So safe and AWESOME!!! 5/5

    By Miss Un1cornia
    I’m a kid and me and my friends have this app!! I love it! It’s wonderful that the parents can control it and see their kids messages!
  • Great except for no push notifications! 3/5

    By kelkatt
    This app is really awesome and fun to connect with my grandson. Unfortunately, that’s not easy to do because we do not receive push notifications when we are calling or messaging each other. So we have missed video chat calls and messages are often not seen for hours or the next day. I have notifications enabled on both ends. I made a messenger kids account for myself to use with him so we would have the same masks and other options (plus I just like those masks!) However, the only way he can reach me is to call me on my regular messenger, where I get the push notifications. But if I am calling him, he has no idea and that defeats the purpose. I really hope that you fix this issue soon, please! Then I will gladly give 5 stars. Thank you for this app!
  • Seriously... 1/5

    I got the app thinking it would be a good app for kids but when I tried to sign in to my Facebook it said “sorry but messager kids is not available in your region”. WHY!!??
  • Phones 5/5

    By booka928
    When will this be available for all phones and tablets
  • Great! 4/5

    By spywax
    Love this app. Using it to practice typing sentences with my daughter. She loves to send me photos she takes too! I would like the ability to rename her contacts to the names she recognizes, such as Mommy, Grandma, Grandpa, etc. Thanks!

    By Rukian (roo-key-en)
    This app is so amazing me and my best friend chat on it all the time.We can arrange times when we can hang out and we can talk even when she moves this app is so amazing and I highly recommend this for anyone with friends that have iPads this app is just too good for words me as a child and my mother both love this app you can even talk to grandparents it’s so great
  • Why 3/5

    By @erikacosstellgirl
    This is just my opinion , but you do not need to put your Facebook information on there .
  • Nice for my military kids 5/5

    By Heathergsmith
    People reviewing this app with negativity because their opinion is that kids should only have physical contact with people are closed minded people. We are a military family and have had to say goodbye to so many friends, this app allows my kids a safe way to talk to them that I can control. Thank you.
  • I can't even set up 1/5

    By Sassy Me😍
    I haven't even gotten the app yet and there is an error code which does not let my parent sign in. I deleted it twice to see if it will work, but so far NO. I hope when if I can get in it will actually work.
  • Perfect 5/5

    By WishfulThinking523
    Great for interacting with my children while I'm out of town on business, I have Facebook and many other things restricted on the iPad and can't wait for the Amazon Fire HD release to come out to be able to download to their FreeTime tablets. Thank U!
  • Awesome! 4/5

    By Abba
    This app is really neat. My daughter is almost 7 and enjoying it. The only thing I’d change would be the ability for a parent to rename contacts instead of just having their Facebook name. For example, changing a grandparents name to ‘Grandma’ in the app. Or changing a parents contact name to ‘Mommy’. Also, my daughter has an Amazon Fire Tablet which I would like for this app to be available on. Currently she’s using it on my iPhone.
  • Good but 4/5

    By hogwartslove321
    You should be able to choose a picture from the gallery. EDIT: And, please set Siri up with this. :)
  • Push notifications not working 2/5

    By xraytedjim
    Seems like a great idea, but push notifications aren’t working on both of my sons iPads . This app is completely broken if they have no clue I’m texting them. Sending from android messenger. Please fix!
  • AEWSOME!!! 5/5

    By #DEEZNUTS#21
    This app is really cool, partially because it allows Apple devices to text to other types of devices, Which is really convenient considering that most of my family does not have Apple devices. This app is amazing. Get it now!
  • I read about it in the paper 5/5

    By #MessengerKidsRocks!
    I am a child but I read the newspaper and I was really excited when I saw this because you have to be 18+ to get an Facebook account and this was kinda one for kids my age and it is like the most popular app since that video of the cat playing the piano and I know some parents might be worried about there kids not getting out and learning and me myself I love school but you like my mom can set a time for them to play and a time for them to get off this is an app that is safe and I recommend it! 🤩🤩🤩
  • Ummm 3/5

    By Gummy gurrl
    It’s very cool but how do you sign up?
  • CANT WAIT ;) 5/5

    By Cman254
  • Needs work. 4/5

    By vinylgrl
    Its a really great app for older children who are learning how to use social media. With the use of other parental controls, this app allows me to communicate with my child on her ipad without the need for a cell phone. It doesn't give them the option to delete their history - which is GREAT! I have a kid that likes to frequently make bad choices. This limits that. I wish it had the option to rotate orientations for iPads that are connected to keyboards. It's inconvenient to have an app that works in only one orientation.
  • Needs work 1/5

    By funkygirl246
    My son or his friend doesn’t have FB, but have this app. We have reinstalled the app numerous times but still unable to add the boys to chat.
  • Family from around the world but texting 3/5

    By re-viewer#1
    I like the fact that you can hang out with fam if your acrossed the world but if you text too much that isn’t good.
  • Push notifications are not working 4/5

    By Dandi Dani
    This is great app so far but the push notifications, even though set up, are not working on my sons phone or mine (I set up one on my phone to watch what's being messaged to him)
  • Great for not-quite teens 4/5

    By vongolly
    My 11yo daughter loves being able to talk to friends and family on her device, but I’m not a huge fan of her being able to delete messages or hide things. I feel like this is a great option for kids who are old enough to use a messaging program, but not quite old enough to be trusted to make great decisions 100% of the time. My only request is being able to have multiple parental controllers - our blended family has 3 individuals who should be able to monitor her account.
  • What? 1/5

    By SeannAngel
    Why on earth would kids need a messenger app? I downloaded it and checked it out and it seems pretty cool and safe for them, but I mean why do they need to have this? If anything you guys at Facebook should be making better apps for the grownups. I’ve requested an actual FB Lite or at least messenger Lite app for iPhone users and get nothing. That “Friendly” for Facebook app is good, but not good enough. I have an iPhone SE, so it’s not an old or low quality phone, but it does only have 16GB of storage and just the Facebook app alone takes up WAY too much space, add in Messenger and basically all my storage for other things is filled up. Please consider making those “Lite” versions for all phones and stop wasting time on silly apps for kids. Or at least take the size of the already existing apps and cut them way back.
  • Good app 4/5

    By Chnwe Nwumeh
    Messenger kids is good but it can do better like stop ripping off Snapchat it is great for me but please do something for my satisfaction
  • You are just doing it wrong 1/5

    By Ogdila
    Why would you not leave the children alone? Let them experience others physically in real life. Isn’t it right to let the kid interact with the world around, smell, touch, and make memories for the journey of a lifetime? Instead of affecting the kid’s mind at the age they are most vulnerable and make the next generation more dependent on texting and being remote? You are just doing it wrong. I know, it makes scenes, I want money too, no really I do understand, I don’t blame you for reaching out to get more “hit” on your apps, but please leave the children out of it and maybe, just maybe, their parents are not yet lost their senses to let their kids get addicted to texting, even if they will eventually, but I am wishing some joyful experience for all the kids, enough real memories for them to carry through their entire unreal and digital life. I ask parents, would you like your children remember texting when they were kids? Or swimming, running, smelling air and... because let me tell you this, this device you are holding will be dominant and will cover all the other memories when they look back.
  • V9.3.5 issues 1/5

    By Max9929
    Not stable at all on 9.3.5, 4s. Also why doesn't allow messenger contacts only Facebook contacts
  • Not available in Mexico 3/5

    By sebas_2017
    We really want to use this app but it’s not available in Mexico why??!!
  • Messenger 2/5

    By Zee fast
    It seems a good app but it doesn’t work in my country.i hope activate it soon in Iraq .
  • Great idea need more designs/snap pictures 4/5

    By LambA7
    My kids love snapping my sister and he to them she is an adult. Please give the kids more snap pictures to send they are very limited.
  • Does not have the option just for calling with no video 4/5

    By Popotitos 1
    It would be perfect if it had the option to call without video
  • I love this app 5/5

    By Brant27
    I like this app because it is like the best thing ever because it is like kids first social media app and I think it’s super safe because your parents have to sign in with their Facebook account and I think they can see everything you do
  • Would like to be able to respond with stickers 4/5

    By Michaelsmomma0207
    I really like the idea of this. But I would like to be able to send or respond to my child’s message with stickers. I only have keyboard and keyboard emojis available.
  • Unsafe fort kids 1/5

    By kevinericross
    Way too eay for children to sign up without parents' knowledge. They just have to setup a fake adult profile then give permission using this to sign up for this app. Kids are much smarter than you give them credit fort. That also means prestigious can do the same process to try to hook up with unsuspecting kids. This app needs to be eliminated.
  • Super app 5/5

    By Isthisvalid
    Love the app for the ability to manage contacts for kids!

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