Facebook Messenger is now a mandatory app install

July 30, 2014

If you like chatting on Facebook that is.

It seems that Facebook is trying to make their Messenger app more than just a companion to the main Facebook app. Today, the social networking site announced that it will disable chats inside the Facebook app and it would require you to install the separate Messenger app if you want to continue chatting with your friends.

In a statement, Facebook said “In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.”

I personally wasn’t a fan of Facebook Messenger when it first came out and never really understood why they had to make a separate messaging app when I can conveniently just chat inside the main Facebook app. Now, it’s one of the most used applications on my smartphone. Though I reckon some users aren’t too happy with a mandatory install of the app – much like what happened with Foursquare and Swarm.

Facebook Messenger is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.