Users of the Facebook mobile app have probably noticed that you can't check your messages anymore, without being bothered to download the new 'Facebook Messenger' app. (CLICK HERE for more about the app, from Social Media Expert, John Marino.)

There are a couple ways that I found to get around this... 

To use this trick, go ahead and select "Install Messenger," which then directs you to the App Store or Google Play. Begin downloading the app, but stop the download before it finishes installing. Now, when you go back to the main Facebook app, messages are once again displayed in the messages tab. The workaround — first spotted by The Guardian — works with both the iPhone and Android apps (messages are still accessible via Facebook's iPad app).

Of course, there's a chance Facebook may update its apps to close this loophole, so the workaround may not be effective for long. Your other option, aside from jailbreaking your phone, is to use the mobile-web version of Facebook instead of the app. (SOURCE: Mashable.com)

This is a bit technical, and there's one more SUPER EASY thing you can do... use your phone's internet browser (Safari, Chrome, whatever) to log-in to Facebook.com and check your messages that way! It won't ask you to download the new app, because it thinks you're on a computer and using the website! :) 

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