Facebook announced that it will no longer support some older versions of its Messenger and flagship applications as of the end of the month.
The social network said in a blog post that support will cease at the end of March for:
- Facebook for Android v55, released Nov. 16, 2015, and below.
- Messenger v10, released Aug. 14, 2014, and below.
- Facebook for iPad v26, released Oct. 10, 2011, and below.
- Messenger v8, released July 14, 2014, and below.
- Facebook for iOS, released Oct. 10, 2011, and below.
- Facebook for Windows 8 and 8.1, released Oct. 17, 2013.
- Messenger for Windows 8 and 8.1, released March 5, 2014.
The social network explained the move in its blog post:
With more than 1 billion people using Messenger every month, 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. 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.
Finally, Facebook provided the following suggestions for affected users:
- Versions older than 2.3 (Gingerbread)—Facebook.com through your mobile browser.
- Version 2.3 (Gingerbread)—Messenger Lite or Facebook Lite where available, or Facebook.com through your mobile browser.
- Version 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above—Update to the latest app version: Facebook, Messenger.
Facebook also provided Help Center links for updating the Messenger app and determining which operating systems support Messenger.