Facebook May Finally Stop Forcing You To Use Its Messenger App

Ruben Fields
April 14, 2019

Code investigator Jane Manchun Wong (whom we've written about before, and is usually right when it comes to her discoveries) discovered hints of this potentially-upcoming change.

In a later tweet, Wong elaborates that the chat features that could eventually appear in the Facebook app will not have all the functionality of the full Messenger app. "The primary objective of the Facebook app is News Feed". Facebook is yet to confirm the move, but it certainly looks like it is already making preparations.

The article reported that users will still see the Messenger app icon, but it would open Facebook and take them to a tab called "Chats" instead of opening it as a standalone app.

This does have some advantages, like the ability to use Messenger without using Facebook.

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In the beginning of this year reports claimed that Facebook is planning to merge its messaging services, essentially allowing users to communicate seamlessly between WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger. Messenger is in second place with 1.3 billion+ users.

It's possible that rolling chat back into the main Facebook app is part of this effort, though it isn't clear if or when it will roll out to the general public.

Facebook's strategy to achieve world domination with multiple social networking services and messaging apps hasn't always been very coherent and predictable, but it seems Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring together the resources and capabilities of Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp soon enough. You'll still need to install the latter for things like voice and video calling, posting reactions, and even sending photos.

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