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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?

  • Do you have the official Facebook app installed? – GAThrawn Dec 30 '13 at 14:17
  • Yes, I do. I thought it would show as option like the browsers. – José Júnior Dec 30 '13 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 '14 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. – José Júnior Jan 3 '14 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. – José Júnior Jan 6 '14 at 13:58
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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.

  • What do you mean? – ADTC Dec 19 '16 at 12:06
  • @ADTC Tap on any Facebook link, and the OS will open it in the FB native app (if installed) – MyPreciousss Dec 20 '16 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 '16 at 19:56
  • Works for me on Android 6 and 7 both. On Galaxy S7 and Pixel, both. – MyPreciousss Dec 23 '16 at 20:10

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