If your Facebook app for Android isn't working, this could be why
Facebook users across the world were left without access to the social media site over the weekend after the Facebook for Android app stopped working.
Users were confronted with the error message that “Facebook has stopped” when attempting to open the app, which appeared to affect Android customers.
Many took to social media in order to vent their frustration, but luckily it seems like there is a fairly simple way to fix your Facebook for Android app.
In order to get your Facebook app up and running again, you’ll first need to close down Facebook completely on your phone – including removing it from running in the background.
Then, you’ll need to update to the latest version of the Facebook for Android app using Google Play.
Facebook frequently updates its apps to try and provide users with a smooth and fast user experience, but it seems that a recent release may be behind the crash.
If available, the update will be listed on the Facebook app page, or found in your “My Apps and Games” menu.
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Facebook says that the issue should now be resolved for all its Android users, but isn’t revealing what exactly happened to cause the app to crash.
The latest download doesn’t go in to great detail about what exactly it offers, simply noting that it provides “Improvements for reliability and speed.
However the download notes note that the Facebook app has now moved on to version 188.8.131.52.68, as opposed to the previous 184.108.40.206.337 build.
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Facebook is pouring more improvements and upgrades into its mobile apps
The use came after Facebook introduced a number of new features for its mobile apps.
This includes the imminent introduction of even more adverts into Messenger, which will soon start carrying adverts from businesses within the app itself, giving advertisers even more ways to target users of the social network.
However the Facebook app will also be more secure thanks to the introduction of tougher security measures.
The social network has made its service compatible with third-party security keys like FIDO U2F – a small thumb drive-esque USB accessory that enables two-factor authentication.
Keys, like those manufactured by Yubico, plug into the USB port and generate a one-off code to input alongside your username and password.
Users will also see that the icon for Facebook Messenger, which has over a billion users worldwide, has changed in order to show uniformity across the company’s apps.