Do I have to use Messenger on Facebook?

If you’re a Facebook user, you’re probably aware by now that you can no longer send and receive messages from within the mobile app. The company now requires you to use the standalone Messenger app for mobile chats.

Why does Facebook force you to use Messenger?

The real reason that Facebook is pushing chat into its Messenger is to create another platform or silo from which Facebook can access you as a user. This might seem an odd decision on the surface, but viewed through the lens of a company that wants to spread its tendrils as far and wide as possible, it makes sense.

What do I do if I don’t want Facebook Messenger?

The only way to deactivate Messenger is to first deactivate your Facebook account. If you don’t want to go that far, you can disable your active status, or just delete the app. Once you’ve deactivated your account, you can reactivate it by logging back into Messenger or Facebook.

Can you message on Facebook without using Messenger?

Here’s how to send messages on Facebook without using the Messenger app. Navigate to facebook.com on your mobile browser. Tap the bell icon to open your Notifications. … Tap the messages icon to send a message to anyone on your friends list.

What is the difference between Facebook and Facebook Messenger?

Messenger, an instant messaging service owned by Facebook, launched in August 2011, replacing Facebook Chat. You can use Messenger without a Facebook account, so it’s available for individuals who haven’t signed up or have closed down their account.

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Does everyone with Facebook have Messenger?

You can send messages to people who have Facebook and Instagram accounts but don’t have the Messenger app on their phone. … People who don’t use the Messenger app on their phone won’t be able to receive messages or calls from Instagram accounts. Cross-app communication is only available on the Messenger mobile app.