The latest Apple Watch app casualty is Meta’s wildly popular Facebook Messenger. For the past few days, users have been receiving warnings that the Messenger app for Apple wearables has been shut down, a move Meta has confirmed.
We’ve seen more and more companies drop Apple Watch apps over the years, and now Meta is the latest major platform to drop a dedicated app for Apple’s wearable.
PiunikaWeb via Review Geek found that some users started seeing a warning titled “Changes to Messenger on Apple Watch” on the Meta’s Messenger app for Apple Watch.
So far, Messenger for the Apple Watch has allowed users to read and reply to messages. But starting June 1, it warns that when the app is disabled, Apple Watch users will only be able to receive notifications from the iPhone’s Messenger.
Messenger will no longer be available as an Apple Watch app after May 31, but you can still receive Messenger notifications on your watch.
Review Geek heard back from a Meta spokesperson confirming the news, saying that starting in June, iPhone, desktop, and the web will be the primary ways Apple users use Messenger:
“People can still get Messenger notifications on Apple Watch once paired, but starting at the end of May, they will no longer be able to reply from the watch. But they can continue to use Messenger on iPhone, desktop and the web.”
(A spokesperson later clarified that the change would happen in “early June” rather than “end of May.”)
Interestingly, Meta does not appear to have shared the warning with many users, nor has it shared a statement about the change with the public.
While more and more apps are leaving the Apple Watch, Apple is expected to bring big changes to its wearable with watchOS 10. This could lead to less focus on third-party apps and a new widget-based UI.
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