How easy to access Facebook Messages on iOS without installing Facebook Messenger

Last month, Facebook announced that its users can no longer send and receive messages from within the mobile app. If they wish to continue to send and receive messages from friends, they have to switch to the standalone Messenger app.

But some users hate the Facebook Messenger app. The good news is you can still access your messages in the iPhone Facebook app without downloading Messenger. All you need to do is follow these simple tricks:

  • Sign into your Facebook account using your mobile browser.
  • Tap on the Messages tab.
  • You are prompted with a message to install the Messenger app. Tap on the “Install” button. You are directed to the App store or Google Play.
  • Start downloading the app, but stop the installation while it’s still in process.
  • Now, switch back to the main Facebook app. You’ll gain access to all the chat features previously available.

This trick spotted by The Guardian might not work for too long so enjoy until Facebook patches this loophole.