Like many people, I can't be bothered using Facebook's mobile app. I live my life in the browser and don't need a battery-hungry, always listening, contact stealing app notifying me every five minutes.
I check Facebook Messages when I want. If it's urgent, there are many better ways to contact me than Messenger.
Until recently, all was well in the world. I happily used Facebook's mobile web site. Then this happened.
That, frankly, is bullshit. Why do I need an app to display messages? Are Facebook's coders so incompetent that they can't make mobile chat work?
There is a mobile web version of messenger. And I'm going to show you how to get to it!
I use the FaceSlim app for Android. Literally, all it does is open an isolated web browser which loads the Facebook mobile site. No battery drain, no invasive permissions, just good ol' HTML.
In response to Facebook's hostility towards its own users, the FaceSlim developer added an option to load the mobile version of messenger from within the browser.