Facebook to Cut Messaging From Main App in Effort to Focus on Facebook Messenger

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook is planning to motivate people to download and use its standalone Facebook Messenger app by removing messaging capabilities from the standard Facebook mobile app.

    Currently, users can chat through the Messages tab located on the bottom toolbar in the main Facebook app, but that tab will soon redirect users to download the Messenger app instead. When installed, a message received in the Facebook app will switch the user over to Messenger to chat, as it does now when a user has both the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps installed.

    According to TechCrunch, Facebook is making the switch so that it does not have to support two versions of Messenger, thereby improving both apps. Facebook gave TechCrunch an official statement on the upcoming changes:
    Facebook has already forced users in Europe to switch over to Facebook Messenger to send and accept messages.

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  2. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    ... aaand I will stop FB messaging on my phone then. :rolleyes:
  3. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    they should remove the main app altogether and rewrite it
  4. daverso macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2007
  5. whsbuss macrumors 68040


    May 4, 2010
    SE Penna.
    Its about time - hate when I open the app all my friends try to start a chat. Good Riddins
  6. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    I guess I'll be sending people messages a different way then, and the fb app on my phone will get used less.

    Good luck with that.
  7. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    They sort of did, it's called Paper. Speaking of which, I wonder if they will remove messaging from that app, too.
  8. Notafanboyyet macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Bexley, London, England
    I'm fairly certain this is some of the oldest news I have ever read on this site, this was implemented a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, please do some research next time
  9. penx macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2005
    and strangely my iOS home screen bookmark started loading a white screen around the same time...
  10. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Are they going to deliberately make me sad though? :rolleyes:
  11. jamescharley22 macrumors member


    Jul 4, 2014
    Kayenta, AZ
    Looks like I won't be Facebook messaging anymore then. Oh well! Looks like it's just iMessaging and SMSing from then on.
  12. MacGeek1987 macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2012
    New Hampshire, USA
    Already use both apps. I would really like to see Paper on the iPad though.
  13. DavidBlack macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2013
    Somewhere In Apple's HQ ;)
    Makes sense because IMO the Messenger app is way better than the in-app messenger.
  14. DJMeat macrumors newbie


    Nov 20, 2013
    They pulled this crap in the UK last month, leading me to removing the app altogether. I don't see the benefit for a casual user such as myself to have to install two apps to achieve essentially the same thing, and the mobile site does exactly what I need it to do.

    Of course, it doesn't help that I despise Facebook, but just. can't. delete. my profile...
  15. efktd macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2011
    haven't they already done this? and works perfectly btw...
  16. 512ke macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2003
    I don't think this is a smart move at all. It makes the Facebook app less useful and relevant. Meanwhile Facebook messenger is not going to stand up against other instant messaging options. I don't get this personally.
  17. jian macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    San Francisco
    I will simply not install message. once I get a message, I will either download the message for just 5minute to finish the conversation or go to the web version.

    ....simply because I hate the concept of having two apps that does the same thing.
  18. efktd macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2011
    paper on iPad would be really nice
  19. alexgowers macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2012
    already stopped using Facebook, only people who do are either robots or kids who don't know any better.

    facebook is a pile of junk, designed to funnel you adverts and spam and allow stalkers to basically intrude on your life.

    This is another attempt to try and get you to use an another app to DOUBLE THEIR AD revenue. Two apps, whole new set of ads and sales prices. This is not a legit reason to split them apart.

    DO NOT TRUST facebook.
  20. TPALTony macrumors regular

    May 29, 2007
    Since I didn't think FaceBook should be able to tell me how many of their apps I had installed on my phone so they can push more and more ads at me, I simply don't use it for messaging when on the go any more. It's worked rather well as I spend more time enjoying the world.

    All the important people in my life have iMessage anyway. :)

    Not sure it was their intended effect but it worked for me. :)
  21. Locoboof macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2008
    Bay Area,Cali
    Translation.... No one used our messaging app because they'd use it within the FB app. So know we'll force you to use it.

    I never saw the need for two apps that do the same thing. This story is news to me and I think the move is pretty stupid. IMO

    At this point,why not make another app to post pics to your wall? Lol
  22. DJMeat macrumors newbie


    Nov 20, 2013
    I only use FB to keep in touch with people I met when I was working on cruise ships. Most of them are scattered around the world and not on Twitter, so FB is the only useful option.
  23. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    I'm telling you, MacRumors writers are so funny, using the word "motivate" when the correct one is "force" :rolleyes:
  24. seamer macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    I'm already forced to use FB and Messenger on my iphone. It's not intuitive, and I've noticed I am preferring to returning to texts or email since it kicks me out of the main app anyway.
  25. macduke macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Less convenience? Nice.

    I was a FaceBook user from 2005–2011. Have never regretted leaving. I'm certain that many of you would be surprised at how refreshing it is.

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