Facebook has decided to force its Facebook Messenger application on mobile users. Users have started receiving notification in their Facebook App that in order to read their messages, they need to install the Facebook Messenger app separately.
People are not a fan of the Facebook App for its notorious memory and battery usage. Now its only going to further upset users after being forced to install another Facebook application that is equally notorious.
Also the new Messenger app has been the victim of many privacy concerns due to an enormous amount of Permission requests from Android users – 31 requests to be precise.
Personally I think you can get the same Facebook experience on the Mobile browser version. Remember the m.facebook.com that you loved to visit on your Opera Mini browser? 😉
The Smartphone version of the same is very similar to the Facebook App except that you can’t live chat from it. But you will be able to read and reply to messages.
Here is how you can make the access to browser version simpler.
Step 1. Open your Android browser and bookmark Facebook homepage.
Step 2 (a). In Firefox, click and hold on the Bookmark then click on Add to Homescreen.
Step 2 (b). For Chrome, just add the bookmark widget and select your Facebook bookmark.
Step 3. Save your Facebook username/password on the browser.
or use LastPass password manager to login.
The above steps will add a one click bookmark to access Facebook from your homescreen.
Want Facebook Notifications?
If you want to get all your Facebook notifications in your Android then just visit your Facebook Notification Settings and enable Email notifications.
Don’t worry, you won’t be flooded with emails. Setup this Gmail Filter and you would be fine.
Step 1. Open Gmail and search for from:(facebookmail.com) > Click the downward arrow on right of search box.
Step 2. Click on Create filter with this search.
Step 3. Tick on “Skip the Inbox (Archive it)” & “Apply the label:” > Create a new label named Facebook > Create filter.
Step 4. Now open your Gmail Android app > Settings > Choose your email id > Manage Labels > Choose your Facebook label.
Step 5. Choose Sync messages option > Sync: All > Tick all the Notification settings to enable Push Notifications for your Facebook notifications via Email.
This way your Facebook notifications will skip the Inbox but you will still receive Gmail Push Notifications about them.
Now you can get rid of all Facebook Applications. Just go to your Android Settings > Apps > Facebook > Clear Data and Clear Cache then Uninstall the app. Restart your device. I am sure your Android battery would last longer now.
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