Facebook has begun asking users to install the standalone Messenger app in order to be able to receive and send messages.
The social networking giant announced back in April that it would break out the messaging functionality into a standalone app, in order to return the Facebook app to its core functionality.
Starting this week, users in North America are being transitioned to the new app.
Users who don’t have Messenger on their devices are now shown a warning when visiting the messaging section of the Facebook app. The message, which contains a direct link to the Messenger app, will be shown for a grace period of seven days before users will be cut off from access to messages. After this, users will still get notifications about messages in their inboxes, but they won’t get to act on them from the standalone Facebook app.
The transition to Messenger is staged – more users will receive the notification to install Messenger over the following days and weeks.