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How to install Facebook’s new Windows app

Facebook has updated the Facebook (beta) app to a new progressive web app (PWA). This is the same web app that you can visit from your browser, but this one uses the new Microsoft Edge to run the app. Below is an image of the new Facebook (beta) app on the right and the installed PWA using Edge on the right.

The only noticeable difference is the title bar does not respond to system level themes like dark and light themes, so the title bar in the app is light while the OS is dark. So why does this app exist when it is exactly the same as the web app? Discoverability of the app experience for the web app on Windows 10 is why this exists. Many users do not know how to install web apps on thier PCs so making this PWA available in Microsoft App Store accomplishes that. Visit the link below to install the Facebook (beta) app.

It will launch your browser and a prompt asking if you want to open the Microsoft Store, select allow and you will have the new app. Alternatively, you can visit Facebook.com and install it as a web app.

How to install the web app

If you are using Edge, select the three dots in the right-hand corner, then select apps, then select install Facebook.

If you are using another Chromium-based browser such as Brave, select the hamburger menu in the top right-hand corner, select More Tools then select Create Shortcut.

What do our readers think of the new Facebook (beta) app? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

A former industry insider and tech industry enthusiast.

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