Facebook Messenger may move back to main app

Yolanda Curtis
April 14, 2019

But then Facebook made a decision to remove the messaging feature from the app and forced users to use the dedicated Facebook Messenger app to send and receive Facebook messages.

Undoubtedly, this new feature is part of Facebook's plan to unify all of its chat apps, including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp.

Right now, if you want to chat via Facebook on mobile, the app will immediately switch you over to Messenger or prompt you to download it if you don't have it already.

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 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. The New York Times cited sources within Facebook as saying that while the services will remain as their own apps, the tech behind all three will be unified.

According to the Verge, the move back is now being tested.

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

Until 2014, Facebook users were able to send and receive Facebook messages in the primary app. It hasn't yet been confirmed by Facebook, however, and it's unclear when the change might take place.

"We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app", a Facebook spokesperson said.

Clearly, this vision of one app, one objective has shifted since Facebook acquired both Instagram and WhatsApp. Since then, Instagram's and WhatsApp's founders have all departed - rather abruptly - after Zuckerberg started weighing in more.

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