Facebook will eliminate messaging from its mobile app later this week in an effort to motivate users to download Facebook Messenger, the company’s messaging app.
Users can currently chat with friends using the messages tab within Facebook’s mobile app. However, the tab will soon redirect users to download Messenger.
All users will see the change later this week.
Facebook told TechCrunch they are making the switch so the company no longer has to support two versions of Messenger.
In an official statement to TechCrunch, the company said:
“In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.”
Users will still be able to send and receive messages using Facebook on the desktop.