Facebook Has Taken Away The Mobile Messenger Workaround

There was previously a great way for you to check your Facebook messages without actually using Facebook messenger on your phone. It’s not completely dead, but that method has just intentionally been made super inconvenient.

By creating a shortcut to the Facebook website on your phone, and dragging the shortcut onto your wallpaper, you could have an easy, one-touch launcher that would let you check Facebook in your browser. You might end up with 20 tabs to close at the end of the day, but it worked.

That’s great for privacy advocates like me, equal parts paranoid and lazy. We don’t want Zuckerberg listening into our conversations about our greatest fears (don’t you have those?), yet we’re too apathetic to actually *stop* using it and are fully aware there’s an NSA analyst somewhere checking up on our latest Facebook flirt. But those terms and conditions on the Messenger app? Hell no.

Now, if you try to check messages from the website on your phone, it will give you a notice on the current page that Messenger is available, and forward you to Messenger on your app store. That’s two little Xs you have to press before reading the message. Not impossible — just really annoying.

Once you’re in a conversation, you don’t have to do it again, so one could theoretically have different tabs open for people they regularly message. How much pain are you willing to endure to not get Messenger?

I suppose it's the socially responsible thing to do to not cut out the workaround outright, just in case people are relying on the service for something important. But it also says "Soon you'll only be able to view your messages from Messenger," so there might be a hard cut-off coming.

If anyone knows of a new way to work around this obstacle, I’d love to hear it. Help out your fellow Gizgoers. A way to fool the browser into thinking it’s on a PC, perhaps?


    I use alternative android apps

    "Metal" which uses the facebook mobile
    and "Disa" which hooks into messenger along with other services like whatsapp and SMS

    The trick I use (via Chrome on my IOS) is to pick "Request Desktop Page" then it uses facebook.com and not m.facebook.com, this allows you to use the messages without any popups at all - although it is tiny so will require some zooming on occasion to click buttons.

    Yeah, I've deleted the messager app over privacy concerns. Will be deleting the official app for the same reasons this week. I'll just access Facebook from a dedicated browser.

    Android Chrome workaround: On the m.facebook.com options in the top right, scroll to bottom and Switch to Basic View.

      I couldn't find your workaround for Android chrome, can you be more specific?

        This works https://mbasic.facebook.com

    I have discovered a simple way to get to your messages but you will have to do it every time you check your messages. To the right of my web address bar are 3 vertical dots. (I'm sure different phones will have them in different places.) Anyway, if you click on that you should see the heading 'Desktop View' click in the checkbox next to it and it should immediately bring you back to your messages and you will now be able to view them with no problems. Hope that works for everyone else as well as it does for me.

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