Facebook has announced that it will be removing the messaging feature from its mobile apps. This means that users will no longer send and receive private messages within its main smartphone app, instead, they will be required to install a separate messaging app.
According to facebook,, the standalone messenger app will feature the ability to make voice phone calls and is said to be faster than the messaging service that is currently featured on Facebook primary mobile apps.
“We have built a fast and reliable messaging experience through Messenger and now it makes sense for us to focus all our energy and resources on that experience,” The Social Media giant said in a statement.
This move by Facebook will only affect iOS and Android versions of the service meaning one will still be able to send and receive messages as usual while you are using their desktop computer, Windows phone or iPad.
Already, Facebook has started to notify users in France, England and other European countries of the change, saying that in a couple of weeks, the standalone messaging app will need to be installed to send and receive Facebook messages on mobiles and smartphones.