Meta has recently announced that it is bringing back Messenger to Facebook’s main mobile app after nine years of being a separate standalone app. This means that users will now be able to access Messenger chats and features directly within the Facebook app, without the need to download a separate app. Windows Phone was still kind of a thing at the time Meta split up Facebook and Messenger mobile app, specifically at the year 2014.
According to Facebook, the decision to merge Messenger with the main app was made to simplify the user experience and streamline communication between family and friends. By integrating Messenger into the Facebook app, users will be able to easily switch between different modes of communication, such as text, voice, and video calls, all within one app.
Facebook Head, Tom Alison stated, “We are testing the ability for people to access their Messenger inbox within the Facebook app and you’ll see us expand this testing soon,”. “Ultimately, we want it to be easy and convenient for people to connect and share, whether in the Messenger app or directly within Facebook.”, he added.
When Messenger was split up from the Facebook app, there has been a statement saying, “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.”
Fresh goals for Meta
This was all announced along with Facebook’s significant achievement, which is reaching 2 billion daily active users, the largest number ever! It also comes with their latest goal about concentrating on monetization, messaging, creators, and artificial intelligence.
The accomplishment statement was immediately accompanied by an oddly worded blog post regarding Facebook’s emphasis areas for 2023, which attempts to assure readers that “Facebook is not dead nor dying,”.
Whether Meta plans to resume messaging in the mobile browser version of Facebook or not, we have not yet specifically heard from them. To recall, Facebook started urging users of mobile websites to download the Messenger app in 2016. In any event though, having one less app on your phone to manage is probably a good thing. Messages to Instagram users may also be sent through the Facebook app.
Facebook is being reinvented by Meta as more of an entertainment and discovery platform in an effort to compete with TikTok, rather than an app where the only purpose is for staying connected with friends and family. The goal is to “make Facebook the best place for social discovery and sharing,” as Alison stated in the blog post.
In order to “make it easier for people to share what they discover on Facebook via messaging, when, where and how it suits their needs, without needing to switch to another app,” according to Alison, the Facebook app will once again have messaging thanks to Meta.
TikTok users can utilize the built-in direct messaging feature to share films they stumble onto with their friends. In this sense, Meta is both changing its strategy and returning to an earlier method of doing things while also following a rival.
Availability of Meta's latest update
The integration is being rolled out gradually, and users will receive notifications when the update is available on their devices. It’s worth noting that this update does not mean that the Messenger app will be completely discontinued. Users who prefer to use Messenger as a standalone app will still be able to do so.
The head of Facebook finally noted, “At Meta, we pride ourselves in putting people at the center of new technology trends.”. That is why they have been making huge efforts on improving the well-known social media platform, and keeping up with rising as well as future technological developments.