Facebook brings back Messenger chat option to main app, discontinues payments and turns on dark mode

Anne Freier

In Mobile Advertising. April 17, 2019

Facebook appears to be testing an option that could see a return of its Messenger integration in the main app on mobile devices.

According to Jane Manchun Wong, an app researcher who first discovered the feature, the social media network appears to be testing access to a chat section from within the main app as opposed to being diverted to a separate Messenger app.

Messenger has been a standalone app since 2011 and clicking on the Messenger icon currently redirects users to the dedicated app.

The newly integrated features appears to omit sending of pictures or videos and users won’t be able to make calls. It appears that Facebook is trying to add a chat tool without minimising the need for its Messenger app to exist a the same time.

A company spokesperson confirmed the tests to The Verge.:

“We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app. Messenger remains a feature-rich, standalone messaging app with over a billion people using it monthly to connect with the people and businesses hey care about most.”

Furthermore, the company announced that it would discontinue peer-to-peer Messenger payments in France and the UK as of 15. June. According to a spokesperson, the social media network plans to focus on more relevant features. This could mean that users in the UK and France weren’t making much use of Messenger’s payment functionalities.

It is unclear if Messenger payments will be discontinued in any other countries.

Lastly, if you like to use Messenger at night, but want to avoid glare or disturbing a sleeping loved one next to you, Facebook now has a solution.

The company just introduced dark mode for Messenger, which switches the display from white to black thereby minimising glare in low-light situations.

According to Google, it may also save battery life.