How to circumvent Facebook Messenger (for now) and keep your chats in the main FB app
Well, forced things are never highly looked upon and quite a lot of users have expressed their utter displeasure with Facebook for taking the messages away from the main app. If you're one of the distressed Facebook users, rejoice, as a workaround exists that will allow not Messenger, but your main Facebook app to handle your messages. Of course, you can always go to the mobile version of Facebook and access your messages from there, but a lot of users probably prefer to delve into one of the most popular social networks through the dedicated app.
We'll show you the ropes on how to do this, but you should have in mind that this method only works for some users. Facebook will surely find another way to force Messenger upon them in the foreseeable future, but for the time being, at least some of the users of the social network get to do things their way. Also consider that at the time of writing, said method worked on both iOS and Android for us. If it doesn't work for you, then it's probably too late.
1. Messaging woes
Note: As you can see, the Android version of Facebook initially gave us the "Remind later" option, which allowed us to postpone the installation of Messenger. When we tried to tap on it afterwards, however, it led us to the Learn More page, which explained why we would want to get hold of Facebook Messenger on our device.
2. The dreaded Messenger
3. Just say "No!"
1. Settings (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)
I never updated the Facebook app before the redesign of the UI. I backed up the apk too, in case of automatic download. Also I uninstalled FB Messenger. Damn you ZUCKS!
2. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
I hate when fb was forcing me to install app even for reading my msgs... instead of forced install, I am not using fb from quite many days and not likely soon
3. Settings (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)
Facebook on mobile browser is fast too, in comparison to the new redesgined UI app.
11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6437; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
And i will NEVER LET FB read my phone even though the app is on there. why install the message so u can spy on us? hell with them. i hardly use it on my phone.
4. Planterz (Posts: 779; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
7. vincelongman (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Cool, great work from the xda community
IMO the Android version of Messenger is actually kind of useful because of the chat heads, especially for multitasking
5. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
This is madness! You can't force someone to use your FB Messenger when there are better ones out there like Wechat, Line, Hangouts etc. Damn you Zuck, your attitude sucks.
But anyways, thanks to PA for this helpful stuff you showed us.
6. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 244; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Just don't update it I've got Facebook v15.0 in my Dropbox since v16 requires messenger .
8. buccob (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I hated that they forced me to installed Messenger just to read my conversations... BUT I have to admit that I actually like the app on Android... chat heads are very cool, great multi-tasking
9. elitewolverine (Posts: 1569; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Didnt install on my Note 3, wp doesnt have this issue, messenger still integrated with the app for now.
10. javy108 (Posts: 161; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)
I hate Facebook Messenger, I use Facebook V3.5 c: