Facebook forcing Android users to download its Messenger app, chat on mobile site going away?

You know how Facebook is constantly looking for new ways to turn different functions of its web version into standalone apps? Main app, Facebook Messenger, Facebook Mentions, Facebook at Work, Sound Clips for Messenger... the list goes on. Of course, not everyone needs all of them and most people just settle for the main app and Facebook Messenger.

Then there were those who shunned away from even these two basic apps and opted for the mobile version of the site instead. Nothing wrong with that really, but if you fall in the latter group you're in for a nasty surprise – Facebook is trying to force Android users to make the switch to its messaging app.

If you go on facebook.com from an Android phone and try to access the messages tab, you'll be greeted with the following message:

You'll only see it for a split second, before you are redirected to the Messenger app, if you have it installed, or to the Play Store to download it. You can go back and see the message in its entirety, but there's nothing much to look at. There's a big blue button prompting you to go to the app and an “x” tucked in the right upper-hand corner of the screen. Tapping the “x” takes you your conversation list, but if you tap on one of them – cue drum roll – back to the Play Store with you! You can backtrack and tap the “x” button again which will finally let you message someone but at this point the effort is not worth it, in our opinion at least. But hey, you can try to use the desktop version of Facebook on your device.

This scheme seems to affect Android users only, as our tests have confirmed that the mobile version of Facebook on iOS and Windows devices has no such trickery up its sleeves... for now.

source: Android Police



1. yUlek

Posts: 57; Member since: May 14, 2014

Bastards, no way that I'm gonna use that battery drainer

14. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Doesn't surprise me at all... Fascist Facebook at its finest, what else?! I must say that if you're an avid Facebook User, then you're either too hot or too foolish... I'm an average looking old man with a slightly above average IQ (120) and I'd never ever use such a service that revolves around ME, ME and just ME... Another reason is Facebook Envy... Whenever I see my old mates living a classy lifestyle and all; I just can't help but feel miserable and pathetic... I feel like a piece of useless flesh rotting in an old beat-up house with no friends and an old Dual Core computer!!! For the love of God; DO NOT USE FACEBOOK a.k.a FACECROOK...

39. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

It's asking me to install it since 2 weeks, and my homescreen facebook icon always shows 1 notification coming from the messenger inside, even that i don't have any unread messages, and still i m not going to install it.

45. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Well it's going away for good now. You will have one simple choice - install Facebook messenger or find other ways to talk to your Facebook friends.

19. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I use a blackberry passport SE edition and Facebook already axed it's app for BlackBerry 10 so I deleted my account as well. Facebook can go hog the transformer.


Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Forced me to install the app on my phone even though I don't have it! Note 4!

2. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

I quit FB a long time ago and this FB messenger download request when I already have a stand alone FB app was one of the reasons that finally pushed me into deleting my Account. Got to say they are really really cunning those FB guys.

10. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I eventually axed the app because of that as well. Which was really a blessing in disguise as I don't get on there nearly as much as I did. I might spend a couple minutes on the mobile site every few days.

3. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Same. At least make it a full fledged SMS replacement. If I still havr to use a different sms app, then I dont want this. SMS is pretty much free here (USA) anyway so why do I need "free" messaging? I don't.

46. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Because you don't need to have someone phone to contact. I have many Facebook contacts hat I don't have phone numbers for.

4. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

i swear to god that company is ran by either bastards or by morons !

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's ran by a thief, who's a jerk.

18. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Techie becoming a man of few words...???

24. Unordinary unregistered

I like your new writing style. Short and sweet

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I don't use Messenger, so this is no big loss for me. Sucks that Facebook is not allowing you to do everything via the mobile site, though. I wouldn't be surprised if the mobile site goes away entirely soon.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You've been forced to use their messenger app for quite awhile.

21. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

No, I was first forced on june 1st.

25. Unordinary unregistered

Just sent a few messages from Safari ^_^

32. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Works in Puffin on Android too, but still succkss that it stopped working in many others.

38. Unordinary unregistered

Puffin is great tho!

8. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

That's fine, I don't really use their messaging much anyway since they axed it from the app. This is just one more step closer to making me not use their services at all...... Great job geniuses.

9. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

The size of that app is way too big for me

11. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

i don't use their service. but, they deserve the most scumbag dev award.

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2260; Member since: May 04, 2015

Have no interest in using any of their apps ever. I just check posts online.

13. spasticpat

Posts: 110; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Knew this was coming, already happened on iOS...

28. Unordinary unregistered

You delusional? https://imgur.com/a/aM02b :)

31. spasticpat

Posts: 110; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Nope, I read the article wrong. I thought it was just Facebook forcing you to use the Messenger app vs. chatting from within the Facebook app, not .com :)

37. Unordinary unregistered

I figured. f**k FB for that app restriction anyway. Grr

15. Nonsholant

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

I'll never use your abhorrent apps again, Facebook. Your apps use ENTIRELY too many resources. When I uninstalled the main app, the difference in performance is astounding. Dave Chappelle voice: No... Never again!

16. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Happened like a week ago but you can cancel it and then it will throw you into the appstore/playstore to ask for install but you can just go back and then chat with friends. The cancer in this is that you have to do this everytime... Facebook=Crap

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