Facebook reminds users to download its Messenger app, regular chat scheduled to go offline “soon”

by: Robert TriggsJuly 29, 2014

Back in April, Facebook announced that its Messenger service would be breaking away from the main Facebook app, with the aim of optimizing and streamlining both of the services separately. If you haven’t already made the switch over to the dual app system, you might spot a gentle reminder pop up in the coming days, as Facebook is continuing on its mission to phase out the old chat service.

Facebook Messenger reminderThe pop-up reminder offers up some feature incentives for making the switch, such as picture and voice messages, video, and the usual collection of stickers. Facebook states that users will also continue to receive chat notifications in the regular app, and will enable users to quickly hop between the two apps without losing their place in news or chat feeds.

Switching between two apps just to chat with your pals does seem like a bit on an inconvenience. However, Facebook is adamant that the split will allow it to “better improve the performance of both apps over time” and that a separate Messenger app offers a faster experience overall.

Although Facebook is not quite at the stage of forcing members over to the new Messenger app, the reminder indicates that a changeover date is coming “soon”, so it can’t be too long until chat messages are cast off completely.

If you haven’t done so already, here is the link to download the Facebook Messenger app from the Play Store.

  • Jens Christensen

    They removed messaging from my facebook some time ago. I haven’t downloaded the messenger app yet and don’t think I will sometime soon. I check facebook often enough as it is and people can text if they want to reach me faster than that.

  • Ixous

    Idk why are people hating this app.. I mean yeah it’s buggy as hell but the chathead thing is quite usefull.

    • Thomas

      I never understood what’s useful about it. Seems like unneccessary clutter when you can just hop through the notification bar, or messenger itself.

      • Ixous

        Well I love chatheads, holo, hover thingy and so on cause I don’t have to change app

      • Stephen

        I use the facebook messenger everyday. Not everyone uses Hangouts or regular sms.

  • tech4life

    Messenger is great on high speed superphones, but get to the low end of the scale and its a laggy pile of crap, whereas the facebook app works fine.

  • Dylan

    Messenger app is good but what bad on it is that you just can’t logout from it. There can be any person who goes to your phone and he can read all my messages with others and thats i dont like it. It’s allso a bit buggy.

    • mjed mazga

      Use an app (or a custom ROM like Cyanogenmod) that lets you lock apps on an per-app basis. I use Avast Mobile Security for this personally, but there’s many, many other ways to do this. Yeah, it’s somewhat of a pain to unlock the app regularly, but it’s worth the peace of mind. Just make sure you lock settings and the Play Store as well, so a clever individual can’t uninstall your locking app. ;-)

      Related: Also I really don’t want to install Messanger either. WTF Facebook. Downside is that Google+ sucks, too. Is there an Anti-Social App?

  • McHale72

    I have zero intentions of installing ANOTHER app from a company who has zero problem invading your privacy and selling your info to any bidder that comes along. They are doing this because they plan on monetizing it.

  • Chris

    Their messenger app is great. Too bad it DESTROYS my battery. I mean I can barely get through a full day on my Note 2 with the 9300mAh battery with that app installed. Without that app on my phone, I have 50% battery left after a full day of use.

    • Jean Cédric Huet

      How in the fucking hell do you manage to empty out a 10kmAh battery in a day…

      • Chris

        I’m…I’m…addicted ._.

      • Stephen

        Pretty easy. Screen brightneess @100%, bt, wifi, nfc, watching youtube videos all day, twitter notifications every 3 mins for every single tweets, facebook notifications, etc…

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  • Darius

    so happy to lose this feature. FB messages = people who dont have my phone number and i dont wanna message.

  • Chocolate Velvet

    If you haven’t already downloaded it, you might want to read this first: