Wednesday, August 13, 2014
An iPhone trick to avoid Facebook Messenger and keep chatting
Facebook’s policy to force users to install a separate Messenger app on their smartphones hasn’t been popular. However, there is a quick trick on an iPhone to stop Facebook installing Messenger and continue chatting using the normal Facebook app.
Not all Facebook users are being forced to use the Messenger app, as the change is rolling out gradually. Eventually every mobile Facebook user will face the decision of whether or not to install the separate app.
All iPhone users have to do avoid this unpopular decision is to hit the install Messenger button when prompted by the standard Facebook app, but switch to the App Store while the Messenger app is being installed and stop the installation or delete the app.
Re-opening the standard Facebook app should have chat available in Messages, as before Facebook’s attempts to try to force Messenger on users.
The trick should work for now, but Facebook could easily update its apps for better detection of Messenger and remove the little work around.