How to Enable or Disable opening links in an external browser in Messenger

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This article provides instructions on how to enable or disable the option of opening links in an external browser within the Messenger app. This feature allows users to browse links in their preferred browser for a more secure browsing experience. Alternatively, disabling it can keep browsing contained within the app. The piece further offers guidance on the steps to follow to achieve this.

This article explains how to enable or disable opening links in an external browser in the Messenger app on mobile devices.

The Messenger Desktop app is a standalone messaging app developed by Facebook that allows users to send and receive messages, make audio and video calls, and share files and media with other users without going through a web browser.

When you use the Messenger app on Windows, you can turn auto-start on or offchange your online status, turn message preview on or off, mute or unmute all notificationschange skintone for emojis and hand gesturesturn to spell-check and auto-correction on or offturn open Messenger when used in a browser, on or off, and more.

On mobile devices, you can also turn Active status on or offturn on safe website browsingadd or remove people from hidden contactsturn unlock with biometrics on or offadd or remove people from restricted accounts, show or hide notifications on lock screenturn new friend notifications on or offturn notifications and sounds on or offchange who can see your storiesturn security alerts on or offturn Chat heads on or off, turn save on capture on or off, and more.

When you use the Messenger app, links you receive are opened up within the app. You can turn on a feature to open links using an external browser.

Enabling the option to open links in an external browser in Messenger can provide certain benefits. For example, it can allow you to use your preferred browser to open links instead of being restricted to using the in-app browser. Additionally, if you’re concerned about security, an external browser can help protect your device from potential security risks associated with opening links within the Messenger app.

On the other hand, disabling this option can help keep your browsing experience more contained within the Messenger app, which can be useful if you prefer to keep your messaging and browsing separate.

Turn the option to open links in an external browser in Messenger

As mentioned above, users can turn on the option to open links in an external browser that they prefer or disable it to keep their browsing experience within the app.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Messenger app on your mobile device.

Messenger app on home screen

When the app opens, click Menu on the top left and select the Settings (gear) button on the profile menu.

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Next, click the Photos & media tile to expand it.

Messenger Photos and media tile

Next, select the “Open links in external browser” tile. Then, toggle the switch button to the On position to enable it.

To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

That should do it!


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