Bad news for those of you who use sends Facebook messages to your friends using the Facebook app on your smartphone, it looks like the social network will be removing the feature, forcing users to download the dedicated messaging app instead – Facebook messenger. Just last month, Facebook killed off Facebook Messenger for Windows, and now it looks like they want to drive more traffic to their Facebook Messenger app for mobile platforms.
TechCrunch reports that Facebook has started notifying users that soon, they will no longer be able to send and receive messages on Facebook for iOS and Android. For ages, Facebook users had the option to chat using only the Facebook app but it looks like soon, we will all be forced to download another app just to chat within the social network.
According to Facebook, the move is not to force users into its mobile app, by removing the chat feature out of its main app, it means that the overall performance could be improved. Facebook has started notifying users in Europe for now, and the change will be rolled out over the next few week.
“The other thing that we’re doing with Messenger is making it so once you have the standalone Messenger app, we are actually taking messaging out of the main Facebook app. And the reason why we’re doing that is we found that having it as a second-class thing inside the Facebook app makes it so there’s more friction to replying to messages, so we would rather have people be using a more focused experience for that.”
Dislike being forced to migrate to the Facebook Messenger app? According to TechCrunch, your only options are to use a low-end Android device with an OS too old to run Messenger, use Facebook’s mobile website, or use the new Facebook Paper app.
Meanwhile, before you start using Facebook Messenger app, learn how to turn off the location services and why you should do so immediately.