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How to Disable Facebook (2015) In-App Browser on Android

Facebook has been introducing a lot of new features to its Android app recently and I’m getting an update notification almost every week. However, a lot of features introduced were practically useless and you’ll find them more annoying than entertaining. Recently, we have covered an article on how to get rid of the annoying auto-play videos on the Facebook app. If you’ve missed it somehow, we have linked it below.

Facebook’s Android app has many such useless features which will consume a huge chunk of memory on your device. I’ve personally faced mild lags on devices even with 3 gigs of RAM which is extremely ridiculous. If you’re using the latest version of the Facebook app on your Android device, you’d have observed that the external links are now opening in the Facebook app itself. Facebook has introduced this new feature which will allow the external links to open in the browser rather than the default browser.

This feature has one advantage the pages load instantly as there won’t be any switching between apps. Moreover, there will be no fuss with multiple apps popping up as you click the external links in your Facebook app. However, Facebook’s in-app browser won’t allow you to bookmark the pages as you do in your default browser like Chrome. So, if you want to skip out of this feature in favor of your default browser, you can do it from the Facebook settings.

So, without any further ado, let’s see how to disable Facebook’s in-app browser on your Android device.

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the three-lined icon which is next to the notification icon.
  3. Scroll down to Help & Settings menu and click on App Settings.
  4. In the General section, turn on the “Open Links Externally” option to open the external links in your default browser.
  5. Profit!

It’s simple, isn’t it? You can roll back this change whenever you need it in the same procedure.

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