How to get Facebook Messenger working on a jailbroken iPad

By , Jan 14, 2013

Facebook Messenger (howto, iPad screenshot 001)

Facebook a week ago issued invites for a major news conference due tomorrow to “come and see what we’re building”. One source claims the iPad version of the popular Messenger client will be on tap as the social networking giant’s last-minute “one more thing” surprise.

What you may not have known is that the current iPhone build of Messenger already has the iPad interface and code in place. And if you happen to have your device jailbroken (as most readers who frequent iDB do), you may want to unlock Messenger for iPad right now. Just follow this simple guide and Jeff’s easy to follow video instructions, embedded right past the break…

For starters, you’ll need iFile (every jailbreak power user should have it installed) because we’re gonna modify some files to fool the app into thinking it’s running on an iPad.

Facebook Messenger (howto, iPad screenshot 002)

iFile lets you transfer and edit files on jailbroken devices, as well as install .deb packages directly from it.

Here’s Jeff’s quick how-to on getting the Messenger app run on a jailbroken iPad.

And your step-by-step guide (via BiteYourApple):

• install the iPhone version of Facebook Messenger on your iPad from the App Store
• open iFile and tap Applications in the lefthand menu
• from there, open the Messenger folder on your device and navigate to a sub-folder containing the info.plist file for the Messenger.app
• tap the info.plist file and find this string:

<key> UIDeviceFamily </ key>
<array>
<integer> 1 </ integer>

• replace a ‘1’ (which corresponds to the iPhone) with a ‘2’ (the iPad version)
• save the file
• re-spring and you’re good to go

That’s all there is to it, really.

Facebook Messenger (iPad build hack, iFile output)

Facebook Messenger will now run in the native iPad mode.

Since this is a hack, don’t expect everything to work as in the shipping build, expected tomorrow at Facebook’s media event. If sources are right, Messenger for iPad will support all the features we’ve come to love on the iPhone, including emoticons, read receipts, location, group messaging and more.

The new voice-recorded messaging feature from the recently updated iPhone version should also work on iPad. We’re also keeping our fingers crossed for VoIP and Skype video calling.

Let us know in the comments whether the above steps did the trick for you and how you liked the iPad build.

Jeff Benjamin contributed to this report with his video guide.

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  • hasan51h

    Nice .

  • jose castro

    sweet but why use the Facebook messenger app when its already built into the Facebook app.

    • pegger1

      The messenger app lets you send short voice clips and in the near future allow you to make calls.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      you can also use the official facebook app for one account while at the same time chat with your facebook friends on your another account..

  • TheAngryPenguin

    “And if you happen to have your device jailbroken (as most readers who frequent iDB do)…”

    It would be interesting to see how many iDB frequenters still have jailbroken iDevices — I’d bet the actual real world figure is much, much lower than “most”.

  • http://twitter.com/Exon1x Tav

    there has to be a way with a dev account or something

  • http://twitter.com/TodiscoM Mathias Todisco

    Works perfect. And it is a lot easier to convert with the property-list viewer ;-)

  • pauleebe

    Messenger is useless. Unless you use Facebook Messenger as your primary messenge client, using the messages functionality within the Facebook app is more than enough.

  • Steven Dang

    But, we can’t send sticker after this =/ is there ahy solution to make stickers available?

  • Maradao

    i i dont know what i did but Facebook and Messenger Stop working.. i try to open the aplication and then close automatic and dont give me feedback can sombody help me ?