Facebook Potentially Planning to Bring Messenger Back to Main Facebook App [Updated With Statement]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Eight years after separating its Messenger service into a standalone app, and five years after removing messaging functionality completely from the central app, Facebook might be gearing up to reintegrate Messenger into the main Facebook app (via The Verge).

    The news comes from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who found a rudimentary "Chats" section in the Facebook mobile app. Whereas before the Messenger button would cause you to leave Facebook and open the Messenger app, Wong discovered that Facebook appears to be testing a new "Chats" area in the app. As of now, this area only contains basic chat functionalities, and lacks reactions, call support, photo support, and more.


    The change follows news that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to integrate the company's three messaging services -- Facebook Messenger, Instagram messaging, and WhatsApp -- into one "underlying messaging infrastructure." Each app will continue to exist following this update, but they will become interoperable so that a Facebook user can send an encrypted message to a WhatsApp user, and vice versa.

    According to Wong, this means that Facebook will also keep the separate Messenger app around even after it adds chat functionality back into the main Facebook app, because they will "serve different markets."

    All of the Facebook messaging services integration is believed to be an effort to keep people within the Facebook ecosystem and away from rival texting apps like Apple's iMessage.

    Update: Facebook has provided MacRumors with the following statement: "We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app. Messenger remains a feature-rich, stand-alone messaging app with over a billion people using it monthly to connect with the people and businesses they care about most. We do not have any additional details to share at this time."

    Article Link: Facebook Potentially Planning to Bring Messenger Back to Main Facebook App [Updated With Statement]
  2. jameswilby macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2016
    Definitely in an attempt to push more people into using Facebook and Messenger instead of just stand alone messenger... Just keep scrolling
  3. MVMNT macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2010
    Also: Totally different Facebook App design if that's also iOS. That's a BIG design change moving the Nav bar to the top.

    Not sure if that will be great fun from a reachability standpoint if it happens.
  4. Ebok macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2018
    I don’t use it either way but why is every developer making their app all white? Looks horrible. Add some colour to the app (like the new outlook app)
  5. darkcompass macrumors member


    Aug 22, 2018
    I've already uninstalled the main FB app on my iphone, gives me an excuse to uninstall FB messenger.
  6. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Looks like their original plan backfired. People started using Messenger exclusively.
    It’s way too late now. Messenger has gotten cluttered as well.
  7. iReality85 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2008
    Exactly right.

    I hardly use FB anymore, but on occasion I do use FB messenger since people do contact me through that.

    If FB decides to merge messenger back into the main app, that guarantees I won't be logging in.
  8. BrettArchibald macrumors member


    Jul 31, 2007
    I'd be more interested if the headline read:
    "Facebook Potentially Planning to Kill Off Facebook"
  9. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I wouldn’t put too much thought into that. They moved it to the bottom for that exact reason when the iPhone X came out.
  10. calstanford macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Desperat attempt to save main Facebook site and app.
    Their company is big they have no clue what to do anymore
  11. HacKage macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2010
    I disabled my FB account and deleted the app a while back, and it told me that I can still use Messenger which has actually been quite helpful. If they force me to use the main app and have an active account instead of a standalone one then I will fully delete it. There is nothing there worth keeping.
  12. JayJohnPaul macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2014
    Dawnbreak City
    It’s about time, maybe I’ll start using Facebook more and also I haven’t opened their Messenger app for months now. Lol!
  13. autumnpatchouli macrumors member


    Oct 21, 2014
    Central USA
    I’ve attempted to leave FB many times. Yet businesses & many other people & services direct you to their FB page for more info. I find it handicaps me not to be on it. That said, I use Firefox w/ their container activated to limit my exposure. I rarely post, I have almost no personal info on my page, & no current posts on my page. It’s simply a resource.
  14. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
  15. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    That's how it's laid out on robotphones. Not that exact design, mind you, but with navigation at the top. It's horrid.

    Apparently green bubble peasants aren't dexterous enough to be able to interact with the GUI without triggering their precious bottom buttons.
  16. Beachguy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011
    Florida, USA
  17. elmateo487 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2008
    The whole screen might be swipe-able to move between tabs, which would be the only way this makes sense. But yeah, I agree, this is suspect.
  18. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Yup. I only have Messenger installed on my phone. The Facebook app would regularly cache 500+ MB of garbage without an option to clear it.
  19. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    Can't tell if you're joking. Peasants? Robotphones?

    Come on over, the water is fine!
  20. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    Just when will this cancer cell of human kinds simply die off?
  21. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
  22. jdawgnoonan macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2007
    Clive, Iowa
    I have always refused to install the Messenger app as I resented Facebook deciding to try to force the installation of a second app. Today, I don’t even install Facebook on my phone; I just use the web site.
  23. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Facebook doesn't even know what Facebook wants anymore.
  24. Macaholic868 macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2017
    I said at the time making messages it’s own app would be a bad idea. I don’t use Facebook anymore but I keep the Messenger App because I have family members who, for whatever reason, refuse to just send a text or group text message. One of them works for Google. You’d think he would know better. LOL!!!
  25. dampfnudel macrumors 68040

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    I bet Zuck is pondering Instagram integration into FB. It would be called Instabook.

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