Here’s How To Avoid Having To Use Facebook Messenger

TIME

Facebook is in the midst of forcing its mobile users to download a second app to chat in real time with their friends. Messenger, a standalone texting app, is replacing the “Messages” tab within Facebook for iPhone and Android users. Users aren’t happy about it—Messenger currently has a 1-star rating in the App Store—but there may be a workaround to avoid the new app, at least for now.

iPhone users will soon see a screen that compels them to download Messenger when they click the Messages tab. There’s no getting around this—you have to at least start downloading Messenger to send private missives to your friends. However, if you pause the download in the App Store, then return to Facebook, the old messaging interface will return. You can even give Messenger a test drive and delete it if you don’t like it. After that, Facebook won’t pester you to download…

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By Gowtham Grosz

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