Windows Phone now supports offline Facebook Chat messages

If you’ve integrated your Facebook settings into your Windows Phone, you’ll no doubt love the convenience of having your Facebook Chat conversations baked into the OS. It’s wonderfully handy being able to see your conversation history neatly threaded with SMS messaging, and helpfully associated with your contacts via the People Hub.

But until now, when a contact has been offline, Windows Phone has refused to let you send an offline Facebook message, requiring that you switch to sending an SMS text message to the contact instead. To send a Facebook message to an offline contact, you will have had to open up the standalone Facebook app and complete the process through there.

Users have voiced their frustration at this limitation for some time – but their calls have not fallen upon deaf ears. WMPoweruser spotted a report from Spanish Windows Phone community site, MiMovilWindows, who noticed that Microsoft has made some behind-the-scenes changes to enable offline Facebook messaging via Windows Phone’s built-in messaging centre.

On the face of it, nothing has changed: if you’re about to send a Facebook message to an offline contact, Windows Phone will still tell you that the contact is offline, and prompt you to consider sending a text message instead. But if you ignore that suggestion and send a message anyway, the message will still be delivered to the contact’s Facebook account the next time they’re online.

Check out this video (in Spanish) of the updated feature in action:

Be sure to let us know if your messages are – or aren’t – getting through to your offline contacts, in the comments below.

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Typical Neowin, late with the story and they still don't get it right

While you can SEND messages to people offline, you can't RECEIVE a message from someone who is offline (since it goes through the Facebook Message system, instead of IM)

So Windows Phone still doesn't "support offline facebook chat message".

andrewbares said,
Typical Neowin, late with the story and they still don't get it right

While you can SEND messages to people offline, you can't RECEIVE a message from someone who is offline (since it goes through the Facebook Message system, instead of IM)

So Windows Phone still doesn't "support offline facebook chat message".


Ah, that is a shame to hear I started to become excited when I saw this article. It's great that we can now send offline Facebook messages but for me to be truly happy with Microsoft and Facebook (I'm not sure whose fault it is because it could be a problem with Facebook's APIs), I would like to be able to both send and receive offline Facebook messages from the Messaging hub.

andrewbares said,
Typical Neowin, late with the story and they still don't get it right

While you can SEND messages to people offline, you can't RECEIVE a message from someone who is offline (since it goes through the Facebook Message system, instead of IM)

So Windows Phone still doesn't "support offline facebook chat message".

If your phone is on 24/7, this is not really an issue though. The only time it affects people is while flying, and the 'horror' of having to open the Facebook App, like iOS and Android REQUIRE you to do.

thenetavenger said,

If your phone is on 24/7, this is not really an issue though. The only time it affects people is while flying, and the 'horror' of having to open the Facebook App, like iOS and Android REQUIRE you to do.


I think andrewbares means that if the sender is appearing offline on Facebook, I won't receive their message as a new message in the Messaging hub. I usually always appear offline on Facebook, as do many of my friends, but we message each other often.

If I understood what andrewbares was referring to, such new message notifications won't occur even if the phone is on and has an internet connection.