Why can’t I send Facebook messages
Why can’t I send Facebook messages from my phone?
The social network has confirmed it will be removing the messaging feature from its main mobile app and hopes to roll out the new service within the next two weeks.
It is anticipated that the new Messenger app will be 20 per cent faster than the current messaging function.
‘Today we are starting to notify people that messages are moving out of the Facebook app and over to the Messenger app,’ explained a spokesman.
‘To continue sending messages on mobile, people will need to install the Messenger app,’ he added.
Earlier this year, Facebook acquired instant messaging service WhatsApp for $19bn (£11bn), with many industry experts suggesting at the time that the Messenger aspect of Facebook could be phased out.
However, this latest shift in software layout shows that Facebook is keen to make Messenger a central part of the social network’s operations, while WhatsApp continues to operate independently.
Currently, when users with both the official Facebook app and Messenger installed on their device try to use messages, they are automatically redirected to Messenger, so they will be unaffected by the change.
Those without the app will be prompted to download it upon trying to use the chat function on mobile.