Facebook has been trying to push users towards its standalone Messenger app and it appears to be working. The site stated that more than 500 million people are on Messenger each month.
Over the summer, Facebook removed the ability to use Messenger inside of its primary mobile app. Those who received messages were prompted to download Messenger to view and reply to messages. Facebook maintained that this was necessary to improve the experience n both messaging and the News Feed.
The number of users on Messenger grew from a reported 200 million in April to its current 500 million, indicating that people are willing to put up with the inconvenience of using a second app to stay connected.
However, Facebook still has a ways to go yet. 500 million Messenger users is quite the figure, but it falls drastically short of the 1.35 billion users that Facebook receives each month. It’s also marginally less than WhatsApp, which has over 600 million monthly users. At least there is certainly room for growth.