Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has announced that it will be shutting down Messenger Lite for Android in September 2023. The app, which was designed for users with low-end devices, will no longer be available for download or use after that date.
Messenger Lite was first released in 2016 and quickly gained popularity among users in developing countries. The app was designed to be a more lightweight version of the main Messenger app, requiring less data and storage space. It also had a simplified user interface that made it easier to use on low-end devices.
However, Meta has said that it is no longer necessary to maintain two separate Messenger apps. The main Messenger app has been optimized to work on a wider range of devices, and Meta believes that users will be better served by using the one app.
The shutdown of Messenger Lite will affect users in over 100 countries. Meta has said that it will be providing users with a notification in the app in the coming weeks, and that they will be able to transfer their chat history to the main Messenger app.
It is important for Messenger Lite users to be aware of the discontinuation and make the necessary transition to the regular Messenger app to continue their messaging activities seamlessly. Meta’s decision to discontinue Messenger Lite highlights the evolving landscape of messaging apps and the company’s efforts to optimize its offerings.