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

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).


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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