Facebook Messenger users who try to set the app up on a new Apple Watch might find themselves plagued with problems loading the app. Similar problems affect Apple Watch users that aren’t new, but rather have un-paired and reconfigured the device after troubleshooting problems with it.

There appears to be a significant bug in the Facebook Messenger app, and while the direct cause of the issue is unknown, there’s a quick fix for getting your Facebook Messenger conversations to load properly on your Apple Watch, and we’ll show you how it’s done it in this tutorial.

What happens to many people when attempting to launch the Facebook Messenger app on your new or reset Apple Watch, so they’ll get a solid black screen with the loading wheel, as shown above. No matter how many times you try to launch or refresh the app, you will continue to see the black screen and loading wheel.

While the problem may not affect everyone, it does seem to affect a large group of Facebook Messenger users. This intermittent behavior may be why Facebook hasn’t gotten around to fixing it yet; nevertheless, if you’re one of the affected individuals, you’ve come to the right place.

Fixing Facebook Messenger on Apple Watch

There are some generic troubleshooting steps you can try beforehand, but honestly they didn’t work for me. Those steps include:

  • Rebooting the Apple Watch and iPhone to re-initiate the two-way connection and software
  • Uninstalling and reinstalling the Facebook Messenger app from both the iPhone and Apple Watch
  • Toggling Bluetooth off and on again to reset the wireless connection between your devices
  • Check to make sure iOS, watchOS, and the Facebook Messenger app are up-to-date

What fixed the problem for me was following these steps:

1) Launch the Facebook Messenger app from your iPhone’s Home screen.

2) Tap on your profile image at the top left of the Facebook Messenger app.

3) When presented with the app’s Settings page, tap on the Apple Watch cell.

4) Manually enter 1-2 custom replies in the available text fields.

5) Tap on the blue < Me button at the top left of the app.

Now that you’ve modified your app’s custom replies, try re-launching the Facebook Messenger app on your Apple Watch. Everything should begin loading as expected this time around. If it was successful, you can delete any custom replies you added in the steps above if you wish to do so.

As of this writing, the latest version of the Facebook Messenger app (version 112.0) includes this bug. It may be fixed in a future update, but until then, it’s good to have at least one workaround. Fortunately, once you use the workaround, you shouldn’t need to fix anything again in the future, as the app should continue to work properly.

If you’re not already using Facebook Messenger to keep in touch with all of your Facebook friends, it’s a free download from the iOS App Store.

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If you had the never-ending Facebook Messenger conversation loading issue, did these troubleshooting steps help rid you of it? Share in the comments section below.

  • :D

    I wonder if they’ll ever release a WhatsApp AW app

    • ravinigga

      Well it work for me on Apple Watch but not really standalone app for the watch.

  • David Pomerleau

    Drives me nuts that I can’t clear notification badge from fb messenger app without opening the conversation. Even Google’s just about abandoned Hangouts app lets me do this from the Watch. Even more maddening that they update the app every week!

  • Viorel Cristea

    Your method works. Thanks!!!!!!

  • It worked! What a pain, but it worked.

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  • Denise

    OMG! Thank you so much. It worked like a charm.

  • Miro

    It’s unreal

  • Alan Culley

    This worked for me brilliant many thanks!!!

  • This worked lol!!!!

  • sflomenb

    Thank you so much! Just worked for me.

  • KandiiKissr

    This worked!!!!! Now on to Apple Pay. (New device and nothing is working)

  • Thorz

    Fantastic! Thank you!

  • Dustin Olinick

    It worked! Thank you very much!

  • Zoe

    i don’t have the option of selecting apple watch on my fb messenger.

    • John Williams

      I’ve got the same problem. Seems to have occurred since last messenger app update…Frustrating

  • Dennis Thomsen

    Still working, thx!

  • Yann Dulac

    Well done, it works for me too 🙂

  • Jan Crutelle

    Had the same issue on my Apple Watch 2 and your bugfix worked immediately. Thanks Anthony!

  • Danny Sugg

    Great advice, quick and easy… thanks very much!

  • LarryD517

    Current version of Messenger app doesn’t have a listing for Apple Watch???

  • Sandro

    It worked on my Apple Watch S3!! Thanks

  • Lisa Hayes

    Unfortunately for me the Apple Watch option doesn’t show on my messenger app on phone 🙁 so can’t select it. Anyone else have that problem? I have the S3 watch.

    • Sarah Sarah

      I have this problem too. It did pop up for a while but then disappeared again. It’s so bizarre

  • Sarah Sarah

    This issue has been bugging me for 2 weeks. Had a buggy apple watch. lots of apps weren’t working. took it back… swapped it. messenger still doesn’t work. On the original I did try uninstalling and reinstalling messenger and the apple watch cell appeared for a little while… but then disappeared again.

  • Monika Edvall

    I have the same problem as Zoe – I don’t have the option of the Apple Watch at all.

  • Victor Paul David

    Works like magic on my Series 3!!!! Thanks!

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  • cliffk

    It worked! Simple and quick. Thanks!!