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Facebook to Remove Chat Out of Main App, Forcing Users to Download Messenger


Android and iOS users, you are all about to get Zuck’d. Plans revealed today, show that Facebook is officially removing all chat-based messaging services out of the official application, opting instead to have the standalone Facebook Messenger app be the place to go for all messaging needs. 

According to Zuckerberg, who actually gave a reason as to why the company is moving in this direction, says that, “having it [Messenger] 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.”

In our words, he could be saying Facebook’s developers can’t figure out a way to make the two functions work well together, not that there is any actual friction between the two. Do you really need to completely remove messaging, a huge aspect of your website, to an entirely separate application?

To say that forcing users to download a separate app to check their Facebook messages is annoying would be an understatement. While Facebook Messenger does its job, and does it well thanks to Chat Heads, it’s the principle we are more concerned about.

The complete migration to Messenger is said to take place in the next couple of weeks, and users will begin seeing warnings and links to download Messenger on their devices.

Is this ridiculous or a good call by Facebook?

Via: TechCrunch
  • cornflahkes

    Two (semi) interesting points I saw today:
    this is because their app on iPhone just rapes the battery on it, constantly polling for data;
    the WP version is exempt (probably because MS builds it).


  • morpheus282

    Good move! Now I can ignore messages from Facebook until I feel like it and have a damn good excuse!

  • Stone Cold

    This matters little to me with the permissons they require now I login only through the web or mobile web.

  • MH

    I prefer messenger, so yay!

  • Nowai

    I wanna deny it access to my messages and contacts. Is that possible?

    • Stone Cold

      No there is not.

      • Nowai

        Weaksauce. No messenger for me then

        • Stone Cold

          Look at the permissions insanity

          • Nowai

            I’d like them to document exactly what they need those for, really. Way I see it, all they should need is access to the network to send/receive messages.

          • Stone Cold

            But for some reason people will still use the FB app

  • joejoe5709

    An obvious ploy to get us to download two apps, artificially boost traffic to their servers, and squeeze in more advertising. There’s no reason he couldn’t beef up messaging within the Facebook app itself. I have a hard enough time keeping the original Facebook app from sucking down data and battery life not to mention the extra space this will take up on our phone.

  • SpiderDice

    Sweet! So does this mean I don’t have to have people FB message me and receive it on my phone? Perfect.

  • Carlyle C. Wilson

    This makes no sense to remove the Facebook Chat out of Facebook and make it a stand alone app. Just up grade it and do what you do. This makes no sense whatsoever.

  • WalkerNA

    While I’d rather one a single ‘Facebook App’, I am glad I don’t have a single ‘Google App’ so I really can’t complain about this move. I have purposely NOT installed the Messenger app on my latest phone as it has been unnecessary. Like many others here, I rarely use FB messaging anyway. Yet I do use Hangouts daily.

  • JRomeo

    The time has finally arrived for me to stop using facebook messenger. The Hangouts app is already superior.

  • I dont think it will work for them if this news is true. The reason for this is that, the only source for income is advertisement and in messanger they won’t display advertisement. There are so many people on facebook who uses it for chating purpose only. So finally i dont think that they are doing it.

  • Let me get this straight – Facebook is going to annoy me with fewer notifications, so that I’ll have “incentive” to install their messenger app? Yeah, for me at least that’s not going to work out the way Facebook seems to intend.

  • honestly now that i think about it…if they actually made this app(messenger) like up to par with imessage and hangouts i thing id use it over anything…the chat heads are a really cool feature and i tried it and was fun for a while but wasnt perfect…now if they could make it flawless experience between texting and messeging group chats sending files run fluid and all that jazz…i prob would use it over hangouts

  • KleenDroid

    I have a Facebook account but I only log in about twice a year.

    I never could understand having to post a message about every single thing you do all day long.

    Same with Twitter.

    • joejoe5709

      So? Then this doesn’t apply to you. But even then, this is primarily about Facebook messaging not necessary the constant status updates that the addicts require. So was this comment just to bash Facebook and those who do use it regularly? Or did you not understand the different between messaging and status updates? Because it certainly doesn’t add to the conversation.

      • KleenDroid

        Sorry. I guess it was an error in judgment to post such nonsense. I know that anything Facebook related is very important to some.

  • ugh i dont really wanna have two apps installed…i had the fb messenger app installed but then wondered why when i had the in app messaging…why cant they make one app that does both….i mean if this means both with run lighter and function better i guess im all for it….but i gotta say…i couldnt be more sick and tired of the “i hate facebook” and “who cares blah blah i dont use facebook”…if you dont have facebook you either have no social life, your older, or your significant other wont let you..thats the bottom line so stop bragging about your age your fantastic relationship or your lack of a life

  • Nick Vargish

    I don’t use Facebook chat for a few reasons that I won’t go into here. I do use Facebook to keep up with my friends’ activities and amusing posts. So this move is perfect for me, I will continue to not install Facebook Messenger, and hopefully the main Facebook app will be just a little less bloated and bandwidth-hungry.

  • Bradley

    Just use Fast for Facebook and you will live in peace!

  • Fresh360

    So from the looks of it everyone just thought Facebook bought WhatsApp for shyts and giggles? OH. OK!

  • Emily

    Good, one more useless thing that I won’t have on my phone anymore.

  • Cheer Chunhao

    I actually love this move, the messenger app is so well polished compared to the Facebook app. Plus I never understand why they included the chat function in the Facebook app from the beginning

  • SamBoy

    Hey Facebook meet my old friend MySpace

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  • Dean Cory

    Bad move!

  • Nate

    This sucks! The main app already takes up 50 MBs! The messenger app uses about the same. So on devices like my now for-fm-radio-use-only Droid 3 with limited RAM I won’t be able to chat/message within the main Facebook app anymore.

  • So, time again to revoke “auto-update” from Facebook app. Frankly, I keep FB on my phone only for the Check-In feature and occasional chats.

  • One Meat Ball

    If I have to use a separate app, it sure won’t be Facebook’s app! I’ll find something else to use.

  • BillySuede

    fine by me. already have both running.

  • Bob

    Stop whining. Just download the app.

  • g_what

    Ridiculous. I refuse.

  • antonio

    I’ll reply whenever I’m in a PC otherwise they will suck me, cause I’m not installing that NSA tracker bs in my Phone.

  • jb

    If you want to see how unimportant you are to the FB community, quietly deactivate your FB profile and wait and see how long it takes say… 10% of your “friends” to get in touch with you and ask where you’ve been. Once you reach 10%, you can reactivate your FB profile, and not before. Most people would never end up reactivating their accounts because they’d never hit 10%. Another large percentage would realize life is simply better without FB.

  • Leon Sakkal

    FB messenger used to kill my battery life and hog resources which eventually led me to uninstall it and only use the fb app for messaging purposes . If they can make a decent app that doesn’t hog battery in the background then I welcome this change considering messenger is a much better experience.

  • James Briano

    Not using either app.

  • joseph barrientos

    i don’t use facebook enough to even semi want this. I’ll stick to using chrome for it. But for those that need another messenger to worry about, go for it, i just know most people have 2 already as it is.

  • andrewstuart81

    Facebook should use whatsapp as its messenger from now onward because it will goo.gl/UWpIrG

  • lye

    The last time they did something like this is when they forced facebook emails on everyone. Did not work out well for them. Just start telling people to gchat you instead they’ll switch it back eventually.