Facebook is going to force you to download its Messenger app

Facebook Messenger
It's time to move on over, folks

If, like us, you were a little peeved that Facebook had broken off the messaging section of its app into a separate application, there's a good chance you've stubbornly resisted moving over.

But unfortunately Facebook is now forcing people to make the switch. Facebook confirmed to TechRadar that the Messaging section of the conventional iOS and Android apps is soon to be removed.

"In the next few days, we're continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they'll need to download the Messenger app," said a spokesperson.

"As we've said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we'll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people."

Another day, another app

As Facebook reminds us, there have been plenty of pre-warnings; resisting users of the conventional app will be familiar with Facebook's constant nagging to switch over to the new Messenger system.

But breaking Messenger off into its own entity makes perfect sense for a company that, earlier this year, told us its focus will be on standalone experience.

Facebook recently bought Whatsapp for a cool $19 billion, so between that and Messenger, Facebook's plan for mobile messaging domination is shaping up nicely.

Hugh Langley

Hugh Langley is the ex-News Editor of TechRadar. He had written for many magazines and websites including Business Insider, The Telegraph, IGN, Gizmodo, Entrepreneur Magazine, WIRED (UK), TrustedReviews, Business Insider Australia, Business Insider India, Business Insider Singapore, Wareable, The Ambient and more.

Hugh is now a correspondent at Business Insider covering Google and Alphabet, and has the unfortunate distinction of accidentally linking the TechRadar homepage to a rival publication.