How to re-enable Facebook chat on Android, and skip the RAM and battery hogging of the new Messenger app

How to re-enable Facebook chat on Android, and skip the RAM and battery hogging of the new Messenger app
Facebook forced the new standalone Messenger app upon us, bragged how it amassed 500 million users in no time (we wonder why), and left us with all the accompanying battery drain, 17 MB of extra storage needed, RAM insufficiency in older devices, and the annoying impossibility to turn off notifications once and for all. 

We aren't saying that the new dedicated app is ugly or lame, as it does the job fine in a more polished way than the old integrated Facebook chat, but until the company irons out the above-mentioned quirks, we'd rather stick with the Facebook app functions for mouthing off. Wait, but that's no longer there with the newest versions in the Play Store, so what's to be done?

Fret not, dear chathead, as there is an app for that. It turns out that the embedded chat in the Facebook app never went away, but the code is simply dormant, so you can simply unlock it in its former glory, notifications and all. Indeed, the always-inventive coders over at XDA-Devs have a solution, and here is what you need to do if you don't want to maintain two separate and pretty heavy apps for your admittedly just as heavy Facebook-ing needs:

1. Uninstall the official Facebook Messenger app;

1. Download the Facebook Chat Re-enabler, and install on your Android phone or tablet once;

2. Fire up the official Facebook app, and continue using chat from within, without the battery, RAM, and storage issues of the new Messenger app. There is no guarantee that this fix won't be circumvented in future Facebook app updates, so it would be wise to come and download the latest known version of the Facebook Chat Re-Enabler when that happens.

source: Chieti (XDA-Devs)

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19 Comments

1. Suspiro

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

Or quit Facebook!

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1764; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Good thought. Smart move. In order to use Facebook chat without Messenger app, quit Facebook. Oh wait...

9. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Facebook is not a tech site that you can leave for another one without losing out too much. You have a lot of friends(who may or may not be friends in real life :D) and data on facebook, it's not easy to leave it.

12. torr310

Posts: 1669; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Or use your browser to access Facebook, not their app.

2. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

The only reason I stick to Facebook is because the "Most Recent" news feed is missing from the browser so I rarely (or never) use the Messenger part of the app, but nonetheless a useful app for many Facebook users out there

4. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

it's there, just click on the arrow next to the tab "news feed" and click most recent

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I was referring to the mobile version of the site

8. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

its really there. top right hand corner. Called sort

13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

17. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

use chrome.

11. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

yeah, it's definitely there.

14. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Use a browser that lets you open in in desktop mode then if the mobile version is an issue?

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Does this also actively notify when a new chat message appears in Facebook ?

7. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Now we just need the same for WP... :-)

10. I3CuBeD

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

Works...Thanks

15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

So glad I never got into FB, I realized how annoying people are when MySpace was still in its heyday. If I want pictures of cats, food, and duck-lipped selfies I can just Google that stuff.

16. JayBEE

Posts: 181; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

People use(d) Facebook chat?! I'm still not using so-called Messgenger and instead using the Inbox feature in the Facebook app on my Note 3. The day facebook removes the Inbox feature from the Facebook app is the day I start using Firefox to browse facebook on my Note 3. Reckon I'll have the Note 4 or Note Edge by then...

18. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

This app works. Awesome, because I was tired of having to quit the app, go into my browser and respond to messages there. The FB messenger app reduced my battery life by around 90% for the few days I have it. Multiple charges per day, now I'm back to 3-4 days between drinks.

19. loupin

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

I just Clear the Data from the App Manager then I can use the embedded chat again. I do this after the use of the embedded chat "expires".

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