Use Facebook on your Mac a lot? You need the Current app

I don't entirely trust Facebook, but it does offer social media opportunities for businesses such as mine and is a great way to keep up with folks. If you're a constant FB user, you should check out Current, which turns Facebook into a native app on your Mac desktop (you must be running macOS 10.10 or higher).

A $1.99 download at the Mac App Store, Current eliminates the need (or desire) to check out your Facebook page in an open browser tab. It offers support for Facebook Messenger, photos, videos, customizable notifications, and more. You can access your buddy list, inbox, and notifications right from the menu bar. Thankfully, you can customize your notifications to your liking.


One of my favorite features: each conversation opens in its own window, which means you can situate it wherever you like on your desktop. When a friend (a term that no longer means quit what it did pre-Facebook) respond to a message, you'll get a notification about it.

Another cool thing about Current is that you can "pop out" photos and videos into their own window and look at them while you do other things. Or have them handy for later viewing. What's more, Current supports tabs, so you return to Facebook and go to where you were when you last accessed your feed.

Log onto Facebook and you may find yourself wasting waaaaay too much time. Current helps alleviate the temptation with its customizable features and the ability to set things aside for later viewing. Plus, it's an app so you can quit it entirely to take as long a Facebook break as you need.

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★★