How To Not Use Facebook Messenger (Workaround)

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’re aware that Facebook recently made it impossible to view messages without installing a separate app on your phone; Facebook Messenger. For some odd reason, I have not been effected by this but I did manage to find a workaround for those of you who refuse to install a second (or third) app for normal Facebook functions. You can repay me by “liking” my page on Facebook. ; )

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Note: This reportedly works on both Android & iOS devices.

  • Step 1: Open the official Facebook App.
  • Step 2: Go to “Messages” tab.
  • Step 3: Click “Install Messenger”
  • Step 4 (Important): Cancel the download/install before it finishes.
  • Step 5: Enjoy your elongated life without Facebook Messenger.

It’s unsure if Facebook will patch this, or if they even can.

  • Tom Canuck

    Users with jailbroken iOS devices can also just install FBNoNeedMessenger. Available for free from the BigBoss repo in Cydia.