Facebook is to remove the chat feature from its main app.
Facebook has begun to remove access to messenger pop-ups from within the main Facebook app on iOS and Android, in an attempt to boost use of their dedicated Messenger app.
Facebook has traditionally allowed users to message friends via its main app, but has slowly been pushing the use of its dedicated Facebook Messenger.
There’s no price change. It’s still free. But if you want to keep sending messages, you’ll have to go ahead and download that app.
We can’t say that there was no warning. Zuckerberg mentioned the change in a recent public Q&A session:
“The other thing that we’re doing with Messenger is making it so once you have the standalone Messenger app, we are actually taking messaging out of the main Facebook app.”
Apparently the change comes as Facebook looks to increase the number of users messaging each other. Buying WhatsApp for £11.3bn, similar features might soon creep into Facebook’s own offering.
It’s not the end of the world, but merely an inconvenience. For me, it means having to have two apps that could be consolidated into one. But, if you wanted dedicated? If not Facebook says…