It’s pretty clear Facebook wants us to download its Messenger application to chat with friends. However, it hasn’t been made mandatory. Soon, Facebook may require you to install Facebook Messenger to chat, making it not possible in the Facebook application nor on its mobile site.
Facebook has put up a message on their mobile site where you’d normally go to compose or reply to messages. The app now redirects you to the Play Store where you can download Facebook Messenger. If you try going back, you’ll see dialogue reading, ‘soon you’ll only be able to view your messages from Messenger.’ You can however keep clicking the ‘x’ in the top right corner to get to your message inbox, but the dialogue will keep popping up.
Most use Facebook Messenger already, but not all do. For several quarters, Facebook Messenger has joined Facebook as one of the most downloaded apps from the Play Store. Soon, Facebook may give you no choice but to migrate your messages into Facebook Messenger. The mobile site looks to be the first that will go, followed by the Facebook application, which may require that you have Facebook Messenger installed.
If you want to avoid losing your messages when Messenger becomes mandatory, we suggest you migrate now. As always, we’ll keep you posted if we hear of anything regarding the two apps in the future.
Source: Android Police