Meta will shut down the Messenger Lite app for Android from September 18

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San Francisco: Meta is shutting down the Messenger Lite app, which is the lighter version of Messenger on Android. Currently, users of the app are getting a message advising them to use Messenger to continue chatting, reports TechCrunch. The app has already been removed from the Google Play Store for new users and will no longer be available for existing users after September 18.

“Starting August 21, people using the Messenger Lite app for Android will be directed to Messenger or FB Lite to send and receive messages on Messenger,” a Meta spokesperson told TechCrunch in an email. In 2016, Meta (then known as Facebook) introduced Messenger Lite for Android for users with less-powerful Android devices.

Which provided only essential features of the instant messaging app for consuming less storage space and processing power. According to mobile analytics firm Data.AI, the lite version of the app had around 760 million downloads globally, with India having the largest share, followed by Brazil and Indonesia. Meta recently announced that Messenger will be discontinuing SMS support next month.

It had informed users that ‘after September 28, 2023 when you update your app, they will no longer be able to use Messenger to send and receive SMS messages sent by your cellular network’. Earlier this week, Meta announced its plans to roll out default end-to-end encryption on Messenger by the end of this year.

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