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Facebook shuts down built-in mobile chat service, moves to Messenger app

You have probably noticed it by now. Facebook has already shut down their chat service and messages on the main Facebook app and has moved to the standalone Messenger app for iOS and Android.

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The plan to shut down Facebook chat and migrate to Messenger was already announced back in April but it was just recently that the new rules are being implemented. This means that you are now required to download the Messenger app in order to send messages to your friends as seen in the image above. However, if you’re on the iPad, Windows Phone, mobile web, and desktop, you’re safe, for now.

What do you guys think of this move? Does this improve your Facebook messaging experience? Share your thoughts in the comments field below.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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10 Responses

  1. peterandcess says:

    There should also be a button in the messenger app that switches back to fb app. That’s just my two cents. :)

    • Jayvee says:

      There is. If you click the messenger icon in the page, there’s a back button when you’re already inside the messenger app. Pero if you directly go to the messenger without opening facebook first, di ka pwede magswitch kasi nga open lang messenger. :) hope this helps. :)

    • Nick says:

      Yes you can.
      Just tap options.. select view profile and it will bring you to facebook app.

    • Nick says:

      “Take” pala, hindi “bring”

  2. Easy E says:

    Idi-disintegrate na ang facebook. Hehe..

  3. char says:

    meh~ since 8g lang ung iphone 4s ko very crucial sakin ang memory space so kahit pa maliit lang size nyan, pampadagdag kain pa din ng phone memory yang idea na yan LOL!xD

  4. moonman says:

    It’s so damn annoying. I wish fb would give us an option to turn the round thing off

  5. hehe says:

    sa facebook beta sa windowsphone implemented na to

  6. RJ de Leon says:

    This shouldn’t affect the ability of FB browser/web apps to handle messaging, should it? There are quite a few of those FB web apps acting as alternative FB client software, most of them at under 1MB only.

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