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When I receive a http Facebook link, I have the option to choose my browsers but not the Facebook app, is there a way to force it? Is it the normal behavior?

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  • Do you have the official Facebook app installed?
    – GAThrawn
    Dec 30, 2013 at 14:17
  • Yes, I do. I thought it would show as option like the browsers.
    – jjnilton
    Dec 30, 2013 at 17:26
  • It has never done this for me. Twitter, Google+ etc do, but facebook always went to the browser. Just tried it on Galaxy S4, Nexus 4, HTC Desire X, HTC One and a Nexus 7 now and the same on all. Fresh installed and logged in Facebook app too.
    – RossC
    Jan 2, 2014 at 11:44
  • I'll try some third party apps to see if it works like that. Why wouldn't Facebook links open in Facebook app. I don't see a reason.
    – jjnilton
    Jan 3, 2014 at 15:07
  • Tried some apps and no one was capable to open urls... Seems like Facebook doesn't want us to open its links in a app.
    – jjnilton
    Jan 6, 2014 at 13:58

2 Answers 2

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Is it normal behavior?

Facebook app only handles specialized URL scheme fb:// and nothing more, so any standard HTTP/S Facebook links (http:// or https://) will be ignored by the app. So, yes, unfortunately this is normal.

Is there a way to force it?

As of current writing, until their developers implement a filter to handle HTTP protocol, there is no way to do that from their apps.

It might be possible for a 3rd-party app to fix this with a workaround (e.g. Open Link in App app, as mentioned from this answer, but it seems currently it's not working, possibly due to change in FB protocol).

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The Facebook app on Android now supports deeplinking. So your http:// and https:// should work. Within the Facebook app as well as from other apps.

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  • What do you mean?
    – ADTC
    Dec 19, 2016 at 12:06
  • @ADTC Tap on any Facebook link, and the OS will open it in the FB native app (if installed) Dec 20, 2016 at 21:44
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    No it doesn't do that. The link only opens in the browser, as if there is no app installed. (I have the Facebook app installed.)
    – ADTC
    Dec 23, 2016 at 19:56
  • Works for me on Android 6 and 7 both. On Galaxy S7 and Pixel, both. Dec 23, 2016 at 20:10

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