Face­book Mes­sen­ger to Pull Sup­port for Old­er Android, iOS and Win­dows Devices


The social media network has been making news the past few months, quite a few time due to nefarious reasons and more recently for exploring various business possibilities which are already in place on their own platform.

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Now, the California-based tech giant, which commands the attention of over a billion people worldwide, has announced that they’ll be pulling support for their Messenger app from devices running an older version of the app or respective operating systems.

Windows, iOS and Android devices running an old version of the OS or app won’t be able to access Messenger app after March end.

“One of the ways we continue to improve is by consistently introducing rich features. Using older versions of apps means that experiences won’t work well or sometimes not at all,” the company stated.

Windows devices, both phones and desktop, running version 8.1 or lower will have discontinued support for the Messenger app. Users can either upgrade their Windows or change their devices to retain service.

“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,” they added.

Devices Losing Messenger

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Android devices running on Android Gingerbread 2.3 or older will lose Messenger app support and can either access it by downloading the Facebook Lite/Messenger Lite app or access Facebook via a browser.

Devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and later will support the Messenger app.

Apple devices running on iOS version 7 or earlier will also lose support for the Messenger app and can access it via a browser. iOS 8 and above will support the Messenger app.

You Will Still Lose Support if App isn’t Updated

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While it’s important to have a fresher operating system supporting your device, it’s also important to keep your app updated in order to enjoy the new features as well as enjoy continued support.

Android devices running Facebook v55 released on November 15, 2015, and earlier will lose support. As will devices running Messenger v10 released on August 14, 2014, and earlier.

Apple devices running Facebook for iOS released on October 10, 2011, and earlier will lose support. Messenger v8, released on July 14, 2014, and earlier will also lose support.

The notable fact is that only the app support is being removed in all these devices, users can still access Messenger via Facebook on a browser.

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