Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging App

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Facebook is officially going to move messages to the separate Facebook Messenger app, a separate (free) iPhone app, artificially preventing users from messenging within the Facebook app by simply removing the feature. According to TechCrunch, this will only affect iPhone and Android phone users—mobile web, Windows Phone, feature phones, and even iPad users are spared from the forced migration for now.

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Facebook's Helping Out with Your Messages

If it seems like you've heard news about Facebook and messaging before, you might be remembering that Facebook bought messaging competitor WhatsApp for US $19 billion dollars.

Apparently Facebook is trying to do this quietly, as there's no blog post about any of this happening. Here's the statement Facebook gave TechCrunch:

In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.

With no fanfare about this happening to phone users, there is no announced timeline on migrating other platforms to using separate apps.

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You know what? I already consider deleting the Facebook app from my phone on a weekly basis and now Facebook expects me to download a completely separate app just for the occasional message? Yeah…no. Sorry Facebook, but you took away my Most Recent* view and tried to manipulate my feelings and now you want two spaces on my springboard (three if you count WhatsApp)? Shenanigans.

*Yes I know they brought it back sort of and it isn't as easy as it used to be and while I could continue I gotta go yell at those kids on my lawn…

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Lee Dronick

Does the messaging app serve up ads?



I was a little confused by the FB message, so I ran it through my Universal Translator, and this is what I got.

“There is nothing wrong with your iPhone app. Do not attempt to delete it…We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. All your arse are belong to us”.

I think the message is pretty clear. FB intend to recover the costs for this purchase on the backs of their most active and lucrative customers.


I downloaded Messenger awhile back. I despise FB, but use it to follow my kids online and insure they stay out of trouble. I admit that a side benefit is that I do occasionally catch up with acquaintances. I have been using Messenger for awhile, and have not noticed adverts per se, at least not as pop-ups or in the sidebars. If any are insinuated in my message feeds, I haven’t noticed them, meaning they’ve been ineffectual.

My sense is that, by corralling their most lucrative mobile clients into Messenger, FB must have plans for monetising this, or else why force the issue?


Personally I viewed this as a good thing. I don’t like the iPhone app, because of the ads, and the awkward interface. So, a few months ago, when I was forced to download the Messenger app, I simply deleted Facebook from my phone. I call up Facebook once every day or two, using FBPurity, I don’t have to see any dumb shared images, videos and article links, so I go straight to the “real” posts my friends make, can go through that in a few minutes, commenting as I go, and maybe 10 minutes later, the FB tab is closed. Messenger is great because I get the messages everywhere. In fact, almost all of my instant messaging nowadays is either Facebook or iMessage, and since Apple’s Messages (iChat) can do FB chats, I have one app on my Mac for everything, and two relatively quick and simple apps on my phone. No need to have FB open at all. I much prefer the separate app for my situation. grin


FBPurity. I’m gonna’ have to look into that.


I stopped using the FB app a long time ago. I just use mobile Safari to bookmark the FB page on my home screen. It’s faster, you don’t have to CONSTANTLY click the “Most Recent” button in your feed, and messaging is right there, just like the regular website.

Dean Lewis

If this makes the Facebook app itself work better, than good. I have the FB app on my iPad and just Messenger on my iPhone. I’d prefer to not deal with FB at all, but I have friends and family who won’t move to anything else (much less run several different social platforms like I do in order to keep up with everyone).

I haven’t noticed any ads on Messenger, either. I fully expect it to get them in some way eventually since I have no illusions about how companies that make free apps get money. (I’ll stop using these things entirely if I don’t want to see ads.)

Lee Dronick

Complaints about Facebook are “Trending” smile

I understand that adverts are the price we pay for free services and apps, but they could at least make the ads more aesthetic.


Just deleted the FB App.
Felt like dancing around the room singing Free At Last, Free At Last…


I stayed on FB for the last two years as we were planning our 30th high school reunion. Well, that was a month ago and it’s looking more and more like it’s time to deactivate my account and get back to the real world of living life in the here and now and not virtually.  I’ve been on it for 7 years and they’ve managed to tick me off.

Hear this Zuckerberg? You’re driving away your audience!

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