Meta has decided to discontinue its streamlined Messenger Lite app for Android devices, targeting a complete shutdown by September 18th. The app, which offered a less resource-intensive alternative to the main Messenger platform, is no longer available for new downloads on Google Play. Existing users who open the app are being redirected to switch over to the full-featured Messenger app.
Confirmed Plans and Future Direction
Meta's decision was officially confirmed to the media, revealing that starting August 21, Messenger Lite users will be guided towards using either Messenger or Facebook Lite for their messaging needs. This move is part of a broader shift in Meta's strategy for its messaging services on Android.
Not the Only Big Change for Messenger on Android
This announcement follows another significant change for Android Messenger users: the platform will soon lose its capability to serve as the default SMS application on Android devices, effective September 28th. This reflects Meta's ongoing adjustments to its portfolio of communication services, marking a potential shift in the company's direction for Android users.
Meta’s strategic decisions suggest a tightening focus on their primary Messenger platform, perhaps signaling more comprehensive updates and features to come for their mainstream app.