Facebook has Redesigned Messenger for Simplicity

The new Facebook Messenger 4 redesign brings back a simple UI, concealing many of the ancillary options loaded onto the platform, making simple again…

Facebook is finally refocusing its Messenger platform on its core function — connecting with others. For years, the company has crammed more and more into the interface, cluttering it up.

Facebook Messenger 4 Redesign Rolls Out

Now, Facebook is bringing back its original tool to the forefront once again. It’s been adding bots, games, payments, and many other tools for some time. But, the company found in a study, users really want it to do one thing well:

“In a recent Messenger study, 7 out of 10 (71%) people told us simplicity is the top priority for them in a messaging app (1). Among people surveyed who are messaging more frequently, 62% say messaging makes them feel closer to their friends (2). We believe Messenger 4 delivers the closeness and authenticity that you’ve been asking for — through simplicity of design and powerful features that put the focus back on messaging and connecting.”

Originally, Messenger was a messaging tool for desktop. In 2014, that began to change. It spun off into its own native mobile app. Since that time, more things have found their way to Messenger, including the short-lived Messenger Day, an ephemeral stories option.

While that other stuff largely remains in-tact, it’s no longer part of the home screen experience. Now, it’s a more simplified version. Read about all the changes here.

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.