Last month, Facebook announced that it was disabling the messaging service in its official Facebook app for iOS requiring users to switch to its Facebook Messenger app in order to continue to send and receive messages from friends. This move by the company to force users to use its standalone messenger app was disliked by many.

Yet, if you wish to get rid of this restriction and continue chatting with your friends without using the Facebook Messenger app, you can follow either of the methods outlined below. In this post, we will share two methods that will allow you to send messages in Facebook without using the standalone Messenger app.

How to send messages in Facebook app without using Messenger

Pre-requisite: Make sure the Facebook Messenger app is not installed on your device. If it is, just delete it,

Step 1: Launch the Facebook app on your iPhone or iPad and tap on the Messages tab.

Step 2: You should see a message asking you to install the Messenger app. Tap on the “Install” button.


Step 3: You’ll be redirected to the App Store. Start downloading the app, but tap on the solid blue square button to pause the install while it’s in process.


Step 4: Now, switch back to the Facebook app and you should be able to start chatting with your friends without installing the Messenger app. You’ll also gain access to all the chat features previously available.


This method (via The Guardian) might not work for too long so enjoy while it lasts. Alternatively, if you jailbreak your iPhone, the following method will work too.

How to send messages with the main Facebook app, no Messenger required

Another method is to make use of a brand new tweak known as FBNoNeedMessenger, though it requires a jailbroken iOS device. With this tweak, users can view and reply to messages directly from the Facebook app without requiring them to install the messenger app. It works just like before, simply launch the Facebook app and tap on the Messages tab to start chatting with your friends. One of the cool thing about this tweak is that all the chat features previously present on the Facebook app such as ‘Chat Heads’ will also be added.


Once you install the tweak, no configurations are required. Simply launch the Facebook app and you’re good to go. As of now, the tweak also works with the latest version of the Facebook app. To remain on the safe side, make sure not to update the app in the future unless the tweak is updated to support the latest version.

FBNoNeedMessenger is available for free in Cydia and is compatible with Facebook version 13.1.

Use Paper for Facebook

Paper - stories from facebook

As noted by some of our readers, you can also install the official Paper app, which not only delivers a beautiful Facebook experience, but also lets you send and receive messages directly from the app.


  • Axel Strömberg

    You literally just posted this as I was going through Cydia looking for a tweak like this. Thanks!

  • DopamineAddicted

    hell yea, kiss my azz FB msngr lol

  • David Garcia

    Or you could just delete The Facebook App and the Messenger app and just use one app, Facebook’s PAPER APP . The paper app includes messenger and you send messages as normal

    • R4

      It’s not available outside America and some people prefer the Facebook app.

      • David Garcia

        That’s besides the point. Mentioning the Paper App is appropriate, especially when the post doesn’t bring it up. And most people reading this blog are indeed from the United States, so it is relevant. And most people that try Paper prefer it to the laggy official Facebook app. And it doesn’t require a jailbreak.

      • Roberto

        Im not from US 🙂

      • David Garcia

        Good for you buddy

      • Abbas

        you don’t need to be, just change apple store to USA and select payment method as none then download paper app and change store back to your default one.

      • leart

        I tried paper app yesterday and i am in europe. What are you talking about?

      • R4

        I know, I’ve got it too, but most people simply cba to create another Apple ID and they probably haven’t even heard of Paper.

    • regkilla

      Paper app doesn’t show recent comments in posts nor recent posts in Timeline.

    • Or? They mentioned it in the article.

    • Nur Ahmed

      In paper app how do I know who is online

      • David Garcia

        I guess you can’t???

    • Samantha Blue

      I’m not from the US, and we have a “promo” here in mexico, that indicates if you put about 18dlls (currency converted) you get whatsapp and facebook app illimited using the 4g, but “messenger app” it’s not included in the promo, so if you were to reply a message on the app, it’ll charge you, that’s the trick, but now with this tweak i have messages and fb app illimited 😀

  • Rot Kelfer

    method one worked absolutely fine. what a relief. you are the best.

  • Muhammad !

    I can’t find it in cydia :”(

    • Muhammad !

      I found it guys , I tried to delete this ^ comment but I couldn’t hehe

  • Rares

    I heve facebook 13.0 and I can still chat without that messenger app, can I still do that in 13.1 update?

  • vozf17

    Use the tweak called bluePill and you can send messages in FACEBOOK app even with MESSENGER installed 😀

  • Foellarbear

    Great trick! I always hated having the extra messaging app.

  • RuddyN

    You don’t even have to press install for the Messenger app. Just click install when you go to messages, it’ll launch the App store, press the home button and go back to the fb app.

  • Sleaka J

    Your tears are delicious.

  • Saudor

    I’m running an old version of Facebook. Still working..

  • Kevin Thomas

    You don’t have to start downloading the Messenger APP from the APP store. Simply click install and when it redirects you to the APP store. Double click your home button to swipe the app store away and get quickly back into Facebook. Then click the speech bubble next to the recipient and voila, you can still use Facebook chat. This is what I do every time. I don’t want messenger and won’t jailbreak my phone just yet due to no fix for Barclays Banking and Sky Go apps running on jailbroken devices, but I’m staying on a jailbreakable ios (7.1.2 at mo).

  • Dan

    I was just about to try this tip as I would never install a new messenger app. But to my surprise I can now see messenges and write new ones direclty in the Facebook app. Was it because of the most recent update?

  • F. Bh

    well,,,, Ipads dont even need this tweak,,,, i have the latest version of FB app, no messenger, and it still works within the FB app without this tweak……
    Thank God, they didn’t mess with the ipad apps, even though messenger has been launched officially for ipads some days ago.

    • You’re lucky then. I’ve had this problem even for my iPad since over three months ago.

      • F. Bh

        U can then follow the jailbreak method and install the tweak “FbNoNeedMessenger”. And you can always claim your warranty back by putting your device into DFU mode or even just by restoring your device again with a firmwire which apple is currently signing for your device.

  • Graig

    Paper is so much faster than the regular Facebook app. Not sure why they don’t just delete the Facebook app and change papers name to facebook.

  • caile

    try to use fbnoneedmessenger in cydia it works thanks

    • yep still working here even with latest fb app! in yo face facebooK! 😉

  • Jude

    Will a person receive FB messenger messages if they don’t install the app?

  • FG

    its not working for FB version 26 , any updates or alternate app

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