Facebook has been phasing out its old Chat option in favour of its new standalone Messenger app. This hasn’t gone down particularly well with some users, as the new app eats up extra storage and RAM just to achieve similar functionality as before.
The Facebook Messenger app isn’t all bad, but if you’re looking to go back to the good old days, the Chat Re-Enabler app from developer AntaresOne is worth looking into.
Rather than installing yet another client, the app simply re-enables the old chat option within the existing Facebook app. Facebook so far has not actually removed the old functionality from its main app, it has merely disabled it. If you want to re-enable the classic chat, uninstall Facebook Messenger and install the Facebook Chat Re-Enabler. From there you can simply open up the regular Facebook app and resume using the old chat method.
Chat Re-Enabler has been confirmed to work with the following Facebook app versions:
- 188.8.131.52.15 (and any version before)
- 184.108.40.206.12 (latest Play Store version)
The only downside is that this feature may be completely disabled by Facebook in a future update, rendering this method unusable. In the meantime though, this is probably the best solution for those of you pining for the old Facebook Chat.