[SOLVED] Viewing Facebook Messages Without Installing The Messenger App

The new Facebook Messenger app has been called Evil...is it?Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of stink over the fact that Facebook is splitting its messaging functionality out into a new Facebook Messenger app. Some fear-mongers have been spreading rumors that Facebook plans to use your camera and microphone to listen in on your private conversations, while Facebook has sent pretty clear messages that it has no intent to do so. The result, however, has been quite a few conversations where friends and family have asked me whether they should avoid installing the Messenger app.

My response has been pretty simple. Even if it were true, and Facebook were spying…is your life really that interesting? If you’re concerned with Facebook listening in on your conversations, maybe you should rethink what activities you’re engaged in. No…Facebook is not really interested in your rants during your kids soccer game. Surprise…they don’t want to hear you use the terms “ping”, “strategize” and “leverage” in your corporate meetings. It’s true…Facebook is not interested in any of your embarrassing bathroom noises while you play Candy Crush Saga on the toilet.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but installing the Messenger app isn’t going to place your privacy in any more risk than the already embarrassing photos and “woe is me” posts that you’re putting on Facebook yourself. So calm down, don’t believe the fear-mongers….just relax. [tweetthis]If you think Facebook is spying on your phone via the Messenger app, here’s how to avoid it.[/tweetthis]

Installing Facebook Messenger is not the end of your privacy. You can still use the phone to call people. You can still text. You can still email. If you choose not to use Facebook Messenger, great! It’s one less communication channel that you need to check while you’re sitting at the stoplight holding everyone else up in line when the light turns green and you’re fixated on your phone.

{STOP THAT, PEOPLE!!}

But if you don’t believe me and you NEED your Facebook messages, yet are terrified that adding it to your phone will require you to wear a foil hat for the rest of your life so Facebook doesn’t steal your thoughts, then here are the instructions on how to get them. No…it’s not optimal. Yes, it’s kind of cludgy…but if you want the best experience, simply install the app and get over it.

Using Chrome, you can request the desktop version of FacebookViewing Facebook Messages On Your Mobile Device Or Tablet Without Using The Facebook App

  1. Install Chrome on your device. If you are an Android user, it’s already on your phone.
  2. Open Chrome and navigate to http://www.facebook.com (don’t log in yet)
  3. Open the context menu within Chrome and check the box next to “Request Desktop Site”
  4. Reload the page and you should see the Facebook.com desktop site.
  5. Log in.
  6. Click the Messages link in the left nav under your profile photo to see your messages and respond to them.

Again, not the best user experience, but it gets you to your messages without ever having to bow to the privacy will of Facebook. Except for the fact that you basically gave away all privacy expectations when you “Agreed” to the Facebook terms of use by creating your account. Oh yeah…that small detail.

I hope this helps. I also hope this post gets zero traffic because people aren’t sill enough to Google “how can I view my Facebook messages on my phone without installing the Messenger app”. We’ll see….

Cheers!

–Sean

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