Facebook and Messenger is about to stop working on many older smartphones


Just a week after Facebook announced it was ending support for its Messenger app on some Windows powered devices, the social media giant has confirmed its apps will also stop working on a number of older smartphones.

Within the next couple of days, Facebook has said it is ending support for devices still running older versions of its apps.

If you have an older device and haven’t updated your Facebook or Messenger app in a while and either of these apps suddenly stop working, Facebook advises you to upgrade the latest version.

If your smartphone is so old that it does not support the latest version, it’s probably about time you thought about upgrading your handset.

Failing that, you should consider moving over to Facebook Lite or Messenger Lite, stripped down versions of the platform designed for use on older or lower spec devices in regions with slow internet connectivity.

Alternatively, Facebook says affected users will still be able to access Facebook.com through their mobile web browser.

Making the announcement on its blog, Facebook said: “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.”

Facebook says it has begun contacting those affected.

The full list of devices about to lost support for Facebook is as follows:


Facebook for Android v55, released on November 16, 2015, and below.
Messenger v10, released on August 14, 2014, and below.


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.


Facebook for Windows Phone.
Messenger for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1.
Facebook for Windows 8 and 8.1 desktop app.


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