How to Use Facebook Without Messenger
Facebook is a global phenomenon; you can’t live without it anymore. If you are not using Facebook to chat with friends and family, maybe you are in some useful group for college or work.
Facebook split into two apps a long time ago. There is a separate Messenger app only for chatting, and the regular Facebook app everyone is used to. Albeit odd, some people defend Facebook’s decision to have two apps. What’s more, some users exclusively use the Messenger app.
If you are on the opposite side of the spectrum, there is a way to use Facebook without Messenger.
Why Facebook Wants You to Use Messenger
First of all, using Facebook without Messenger is a bit of a drag, as it’s not really simple and intuitive. You have to jump through hoops to send messages without the additional app, a feature which worked perfectly fine just several years ago.
It is mildly irritating, to say the least, knowing that using Facebook used to be much easier to use before. Apparently, Facebook wants to merge its Messenger app with WhatsApp and Instagram. All these big apps are Facebook’s property and it makes sense to bundle them together.
However, regular people who aren’t that tech-savvy and don’t care that much about social apps and trends are the ones hurt in the process. Why are all technological things becoming more complicated instead of becoming simpler?
The answer that makes the most sense is that it’s done for profits. Without getting too philosophical, here are the alternative ways to use Facebook and bypass Messenger.
Use Facebook Through Your PC Browser
Facebook actually predates smartphones and mobile apps and you can still use it the old way. You can log into your account via your computer. Just go to facebook.com on any browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) and type in your email or phone and your password.
After you log in and you will be able to instantly message anyone on your friend list or even people who are not your friends. You can either click on the Chat tab in the bottom right corner of your screen or click on the Message bubble in the top-right corner of the screen.
The chat tab also displays the number of your friends who are currently online. You can scroll through the list and click on any person’s name and start chatting right away. The same applies to the other mentioned option, scroll through the messages and click on the name of the person you want to message.
Use Facebook Through Your Phone Browser
Frankly, using Facebook through PC browsers is much easier than using it through phone browsers. Here is why: Facebook wants you to download the Messenger app really bad. Before you begin with this method, remember that you can only do this if you don’t have the Messenger app installed. Otherwise, you will be automatically redirected to it.
Go to facebook.com in your browser of choice. Log in with your credentials and tap on Conversations. You will instantly be redirected to Google Play Store or App Store, and land on the Messenger download page.
Close that window and open Facebook in your browser again. Go to Conversations, and you will once more be redirected to the Messenger download page. Keep going back to Facebook either via Recent Apps or the Home button on your phone.
Once Facebook stops trying to make you download Messenger, you can send your message using Conversations. Many users find this frustrating, and it is really a poor design choice from Facebook.
Use Facebook’s SMS Service
You can use Facebook’s SMS service to send messages without Messenger, but you need to register your phone number with Facebook first. Here is what you need to do:
- Send an SMS from your phone to the number 15666, writing just FB in the message field.
- You will get the activation code from Facebook. Now you need to open Facebook in your browser.
- Go to Settings and click on Mobile.
- Then type out the activation code you got in the SMS Facebook sent you.
- Confirm with your Facebook password.
When you complete the SMS service activation process, you can use the service like this:
- Open your phone’s messaging app and type out a message.
- Use this message structure: msg <name-of-your-friend> <your-message>
- Send your message to 15666. Your friend should then receive it in his or her inbox.
The only hassle with this method is the activation process. Otherwise, it is much faster than the phone browser method.
Now you know that Messenger is not really necessary for using Facebook. People who prefer Messenger can stick to it. In fact, they are at an advantage. Facebook is giving their best to force all users to switch to Messenger, but you don’t have to give in just yet.
Just a friendly word of advice, don’t use third-party apps for Facebook. They exist, and maybe they work, but we wouldn’t recommend any of them. Stick to your PC or phone browser, or even use the Facebook SMS feature.
Do you use Messenger? If not, why? Let us know in the comments.