On February 25, Facebook Moments will join the list of stand-alone apps that have been terminated by Facebook after failing to gain traction. Don’t worry, you will have until May to save your photos.
Did you know there was a stand-alone app called Facebook Moments? Truth be told, most of us had heard of it, but probably very few have actually been using it. And that is the number 1 reason why the app will be deprecated on February 25: it just never got enough traction.
Moments was first introduced in June 2015 as a way for users to consolidate and organize their photos. By January 2016, Facebook officially ended support of photo syncing and forced users into relying solely on the Moments web app. In April 2017, Facebook launched a stand-alone app for Moments. Features were limited and users just never really cared much for it. So, like several other apps before, Moments will disappear come February 25.
If you have been using the app, don’t worry, you are not about to lose all your photos.
Starting January 24, the web version of Moments will let you save your photos directly from your computer. You will have until the end of May 2019 to save your photos, before they are definitively removed from Facebook’s servers.
Rushabh Doshi, Facebook’s director of product management explained:
“We’re ending support for the Moments app, which we originally launched as a place for people to save their photos. We know the photos people share are important to them, so we will continue offering ways to save memories within the Facebook app.”
Moments is joining the list of stand-alone apps that Facebook launched and then deprecated over the past few years:
- Moves, Hello and tbh in July 2018.
- Lifestage and Groups in August 2017.
- Paper in June 2016.
- Slingshot, Rooms and Riff, along with the Facebook Creative Labs unit, in December 2015.
- Poke and Camera in April 2014.
Test and learn has never been such a meaningful sentence.
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