Meta's Messenger Lite is finally ready to die

Messenger Lite logo on a phone screen against a black background
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What you need to know

  • Meta's Messenger Lite app for Android will be shut down on September 18.
  • Existing users of Messenger Lite will be directed to use the main Messenger app or FB Lite.
  • Meanwhile, new users won't be able to download the app from the Play Store any longer.

Facebook Messenger Lite, a stripped-down version of the main app that was designed for people in areas with bad internet, is shutting down next month.

As spotted by 9to5Google, the app is no longer available to download from the Play Store for new users, indicating that Meta is just about ready to let Messenger Lite bite the dust.

On the other hand, existing users who had installed it before (and had a change of heart for some reason) can still download the app again from Google's app marketplace. However, when they open it, they'll be greeted with a message asking them to use the main Messenger app instead. According to TechCrunch, Meta confirmed that it has begun advising users to switch to Messenger or FB Lite.

Back in the day, Messenger Lite was the perfect app for people who wanted to get the most out of Facebook Messenger without all the bells and whistles. It also offered a refuge from the cluttered, feature-packed mess that the main Messenger app had become.

Those who were annoyed by all the extraneous features in regular Messenger found the Lite version to be an ideal substitute. However, the pared-down app lacked capabilities that some users might find useful, such as video calling.

These days, lightweight versions of various apps seem no longer necessary. Most Android phones now have enough processing power to run the main Messenger app, which offers a wider range of features than its slimmed-down version.

Messenger Lite's demise comes after Meta announced that Messenger is dropping its SMS integration on September 28, suggesting that the company is finally giving up on its dream of becoming the one-stop shop for all your messaging needs.

Jay Bonggolto
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Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He has been writing about consumer tech and apps for as long as he can remember, and he has used a variety of Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. Send him a direct message via Twitter or LinkedIn.

  • ad47uk
    I prefer the lite version of Messenger, less of the rubbish that is in the full-blown version, rubbish I don;'t need or use. i use messenger to send the odd message to someone or to receive the odd message from someone, and that is it. I mainly use SMS, the only thing I use messenger for is some people from work whio I don;lt want to give my phone number to and the odd person out of work.

    I did not think Facebook lite had messenger built in;
  • mustang7757
    Wonder if they will do the same to FB lite