Update on messaging support for older versions of Messenger and Facebook apps

From time to time, we use this blog to give updates on general Messenger news.

With over 1B people using Messenger every month, our team spends countless hours making it the best way to message your friends and family. One of the ways we continue to improve is by consistently introducing rich features, like voice and video calling, games, and bots for Messenger. Using older versions of apps means that experiences won’t work well or sometimes not at all. As a result, we are asking people who are using older versions to upgrade so they can enjoy more of the delightful features of Messenger.

We will be ending support for messaging in some older mobile app versions of Messenger and Facebook. We have proactively reached out to those affected and have also offered suggestions right in Messenger. These include updating your app to the latest version, loading an OS update for your device or migrating to Facebook Lite. If your devices do not support the newest versions of Facebook, we recommend going to Facebook.com through your mobile browser.

By the end of March, we will be ending support for messaging on the following older mobile app versions:

  •  Android
    • Facebook for Android v55, released on November 16, 2015, and below.
    • Messenger v10, released on August 14, 2014, and below.
  •  iOS
    • Facebook for iPad v26, released on October 10, 2011, and below.
    • Messenger v8, released on July 14, 2014, and below.
    • Facebook for iOS, released on October 10, 2011, and below.
  •  Windows
    • Facebook for Windows Phone.
    • Messenger for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1.
    • Facebook for Windows 8 and 8.1 desktop app.

This is how people affected can keep in touch with their friends and family:

For people using Android:

For people using iOS:

For people using Windows:

Learn how to update your Messenger app, or learn more about which operating system versions support Messenger.

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