Facebook has been pushing people to download the Messenger app for a while now, but it looks like the social network is getting even more aggressive. Android Police reports that the company is making it difficult to use Messenger on its mobile website and likely plans to kill that feature entirely pretty soon.
Attempting to check your messages using Facebook’s mobile site on Android now apparently redirects you straight to the Google Play page for the Messenger app. I tried the same thing on an iPhone and didn’t have any issues, but it may just be a matter of time before the same annoying update hits Apple devices.
It’s still possible to use Facebook’s mobile site to chat, but it’s not easy. After you get redirected, you can jump back to the browser to see a warning that “your conversations are moving to Messenger.” Click the tiny “X” to see your current conversations, but actually tapping on one will send you right back to Google Play. Return to the browser again, close that warning message (again), and you can finally start chatting.
At this point, it’s probably easier to just give in and download the Messenger app. This mobile website workaround clearly won’t be available for much longer.