Facebook Starts Requiring Separate Messenger App for Messaging Features

Facebook Starts Requiring Separate Messenger App for Messaging Features

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Facebook is beginning to require users across the globe to download its separate Messenger app if they wish to read/reply to Facebook Messages.

Just last week Facebook noted the change was coming to all of its users, and now it seems to be rolling out the requirement for a separate app. Previously, users could simply tab the Messages tab in the Facebook app to read/reply to all their messages, however now Facebook is requiring a separate download. The change was first rolled out back in April to users in Europe.

Messages are moving out of the Facebook app and over to the Messenger app, so now we'll be asking people to install Messenger and start sending messages from there instead.

Once Messages is installed, your Messages tab in Facebook will be replaced with a new Messenger tab. Clicking the Messenger tab will open the separate Messenger app.

We assume Facebook is slowly rolling out this change, so it might take some time for the requirement for a separate install to appear for some.

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Facebook Starts Requiring Separate Messenger App for Messaging Features
Jerome - August 8, 2014 at 3:08am
A little trick that worked for me was I clicked "install" and as it was bringing me to the App Store to download the messenger, I clicked cancel and I was able to go back to viewing my messages in the FB app again. So far so good! Try it!
Germy - August 8, 2014 at 3:11am
So once I try to download the app, I cancel it and that's it?
Jerome - August 8, 2014 at 3:22am
Yeah that's all I did. Now, I do have that tweak that alerts you that an app is trying to open the App Store so you have the opti
Jerome - August 8, 2014 at 3:24am
*option to cancel or open the App Store. I just clicked cancel and it brought my back to the FB app and that overlay screen in messages went away and now I can see my FB messages again
Hunter - August 8, 2014 at 3:03am
There's an app on cydia called fbnoneedmessenger that bypasses the messenger app requirement. Awesome!
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