The recent trend to decouple key features from an app into a separate one is apparently not being regarded well by most users. Two among the more popular social-centric apps, Foursquare and Facebook, recently decided to undertake this fairly unpopular practice – while the former decoupled the check-in feature to a whole new app, called Swarm
, the latter decided that its users shouldn't be able to chat from the main Facebook app anymore
, but make use of the chat head-wielding Messenger
instead. The latter has been allegedly gaining market share
in favor of its messenger rivals, but isn't forcing it to users the main reason behind this?
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
Oh, no! You've decided to check your Facebook conversations, but where are they? Where you'd usually find your chats now resides a warning that if you want to check your messages, you should proceed and download Messenger... or else. Well, we have nothing to do at this point but tap "Install" or "Get App", depending what platform you're using.
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
Well, well, well, what do we have here? Facebook decided to force Messenger on us and led us to the corresponding app repositories. At this point, we could do nothing else but go ahead and opt to install the app on our devices. However, don't relax, as you'll have to act quickly in just a few moments' time.
3. Just say "No!"
All right, here's the trick. After you press the Install button for Messenger on either iOS or Android, wait for the progress bar to load a little, and cancel the installation process by tapping the "X" button on Android or the Stop key on iOS. At this point, the main Facebook app gets fooled that you have actually installed Messenger on your device. Now you can go back to the main Facebook app and access your messages from where you are used to. If you can't do so, try force closing (on Android) or swiping away (on iOS) the main FB app. This should do the trick.