Like sending messages to friends on Facebook? After this week, you’ll need ‘Messenger’

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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.


  • Roxie

    I already have messenger on my phone, but some of my friends do not have a cell phone. Where is the unlike button

  • Shanna

    I have messenger downloaded already but use the messenger in the fb app bc it gives me the option to return to fb when I’m waiting on a reply. Now I’m gonna have to constantly open fb & messenger back & forth. Ugh.

  • Powdered Mustard

    If folks bothered to read the EULA, they probably would not use a lot of,”apps”…
    I left,” the window” for good because of the WinPacker.32 trojan that was included in the,”installation”, disk.
    I read the,” Complete EULA”, before I even had a clue it was there.
    Unix based operating systems are a little harder to use, but do pretty good as long as you are careful in which settings you add or change. Facebook?…no thanks.

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  • Bran

    I had that for a brief time. It ate through my mobile data so I uninstalled it. Oh well, I just won’t respond to messages when on mobile. The really important people have my cell and can text me.

  • Mackie

    I have been using this app for a long time. Much better than having to keep opening Facebook to send a message. :-)

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