While social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter may see more user activity these days than they used to, it’s clear that Facebook remains the most popular way for people to communicate.
Although sharing photos with Insta and Snapchat makes sense, Facebook is still the best when it comes messaging capabilities. This is until you see how Facebook treats mobile users differently to users on the PC.
The Obvious Workaround
You can use the desktop version to access Facebook. That’s the most convenient way. You can now do this by putting your smartphone away and log into your Facebook account using your laptop or personal computer.
If that is not possible, you can use your smartphone to access Facebook’s browser version from a mobile phone. However, there is one problem. Mobile-friendly is not an option. It will be difficult to navigate the site and it won’t be responsive.
Here are some ways you can do it:
- You can delete your Facebook Messenger app from your mobile device.
- Start your default browser.
- Access facebook.com/home.php.
- Log in by entering your credentials
If this method is not working, you might try this:
- Use your mobile browser.
- Log in to Facebook.com.
- If your browser supports this feature, open the context menu.
- Check the box next to Desktop Site.
- The box is checked.
- Log in by entering your credentials
- You can use the platform just like you would a desktop computer or laptop.
The mobile browsers may have slight differences. Facebook may also try to limit user access to important interactive and communication features.
Things to keep in mind
You can access your Facebook account by simply typing facebook.com into your browser. Although the mobile version is easier to use, it doesn’t allow you to use the messenger. You will be required to download the messenger app once again.
You may not be allowed to make or receive video calls if you are using the full desktop version or full Facebook mobile browser. This is the same experience as the Messenger Lite version.
It is important to know that not all mobile browsers will allow you full access to the desktop version of Facebook. For better results, try Chrome or Opera.
Do Bookmarked Pages Still Work?
Some users also tried bookmarking this page.
This was a temporary fix that didn’t work well for everyone. To make it work, users would need to access Facebook’s browser version, visit the messages section, then bookmark the message page.
This allowed them to quickly access their recent messages, even without the need for an app. This method is now less useful as Facebook pushes the messenger app onto users more.
There are many reasons to use a Messenger app-free method of checking Facebook messages
Many Facebook users are dissatisfied with the policy that prevents mobile users from checking their messages without installing the messenger app.
The primary reason is that messenger apps, even the Lite, can be resource hogs. Because not everyone has the latest smartphones, it can make it more difficult to use other apps and features.
Privacy concerns are another reason. This is a very poor track record by Facebook. It doesn’t matter if it records everything, listens in or not. However, it is undeniable that the Facebook Messenger app will remain online until you shut it off.
Mobile Facebook users can demand the same benefits from desktop Facebook users as they do from the browser version, regardless of privacy concerns or if they want to check their messages in a more resource-efficient way.
Did you cave in, or are you still trying to bypass the messenger?
As you can see, Facebook doesn’t offer many options for doing what you want, provided you use it from a tablet or smartphone. Accessing the desktop version is still possible, though it can be a bit messy.
What can you do in these circumstances to ensure that your Facebook messages are being checked? Are you able to periodically download the Facebook Messenger app on your phone in order to check all messages? Do you bookmark the desktop version of Facebook Messenger App on your browser? Did you discover a third-party application that does something we don’t yet know about? We’d love to hear what you have to say in the comment section.