Is there a way to disable bubbles and re-enable chat heads for Facebook Messenger in 11?

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Jogee

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I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking chat bubbles kind of... Suck. They're buggy, they disappear at random, they don't work properly, etc.

So I'm hoping, through rooting or something like that, there's a way to disable bubbles entirely to make Facebook Messenger think the device doesn't support them. I know for a fact that on a Note 20 Ultra running 11, you can completely disable bubbles and Messenger goes back to using chatheads - but disabling them on my Pixel 3a (Android 11) just prevents any sort of popup notification.

Is there a command, rom, Magisk, or something to do this? And I'd rather not install an old version of Messenger again since Facebook disabled the ability to share pictures and videos for old versions.
 

blackhawk

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    FB is malware... and that's being too kind.
    I tossed FB well over a decade ago.
    It's far worse today... the bubbles are the least of its issues.

    You may be able to turn off the bubbles in notification setting or globally...
     

    Jogee

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    FB is malware... and that's being too kind.
    I tossed FB well over a decade ago.
    It's far worse today... the bubbles are the least of its issues.

    You may be able to turn off the bubbles in notification setting or globally...

    Nope, sadly all that does is disable bubbles AND chatheads
     

    blackhawk

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    That's not in the spirit of this forum... so you "found" a toggle. Yay.
    I disabled bubble notifications (hint) on Pie long ago.
     
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    Jacqueb_1337

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    That's not in the spirit of this forum... so you "found" a toggle. Yay.
    I disabled bubble notifications (hint) on Pie long ago.
    No, I compiled an apk that disables the Bubble Notification API within the app, and in turn re-enables the default messenger chat heads. It's not hard to disable the bubbles, but that's not the point. Almost no one in this thread wants to disable bubble notifications because it does not bring back chat head functionality.
     

    Jacqueb_1337

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    Yeah I realized it was about FB after I posted.
    I haven't posted FB in over a decade...
    in fact I stopped using it within the first month.
    Fb's history speaks for itself.
    Lol okay but you had already warned the guy twice about Facebook's security issues, why'd you have to say it AGAIN and word it the way you did? He obviously acknowledges now that he's basically giving away his personal information for someone else to sell, so just leave it at that.
     

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    Also, I'm new here, but I think asking for donations up front is against the rules of the forum. I'd be happy to donate if the fix works though. I think I have $10-15 worth of crypto in my wallet if that works.
     
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    Jacqueb_1337

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    Also, I'm new here, but I think asking for donations up front is against the rules of the forum. I'd be happy to donate if the fix works though. I think I have $10-15 worth of crypto in my wallet if that works.
    I'm also new and don't know much about xda, sorry about that!
     

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    S.N.A.P

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    Yes sir I do! Over on Reddit at r/Xiaomi and r/android_beta others have confirmed it working! https://www.reddit.com/r/Xiaomi/comments/k2kpdd/_/gtt9jzp and https://www.reddit.com/r/Xiaomi/comments/k2kpdd/_/gtsc5w3 are some confirmations, and the apk is here https://drive.google.com/file/d/13_bpkc_JZ_twhP2UdpuItQv9nj7D-9jM/view?usp=drivesdk
    So this version works just like A10 Messenger, is that correct?
    I just wanna make sure before jump to 11
    Thanks for your work
     

    Jacqueb_1337

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    So this version works just like A10 Messenger, is that correct?
    I just wanna make sure before jump to 11
    Thanks for your work
    Honestly bro, I wouldn't update to 11 just yet. Even if the apk I provided was perfect (it's not though), I still prefer Android 10 over 11. Aside from that, there is one standing issue with the apk I compiled. Since Android 11 fixed some "issues" with the Apps Drawing Over Other Apps, there are now display issues with Messenger's chat heads, but only while in landscape mode. It works flawlessly in portrait mode, but when you enter landscape mode for some reason the heads fly off the screen to the bottom right and when you open a chat it opens it below the viewport, therefore just displaying an opaque overlay and nothing else. Very annoying for gamers who use Messenger a lot like I do, but for most it isn't a huge deal.
     

    S.N.A.P

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    Honestly bro, I wouldn't update to 11 just yet. Even if the apk I provided was perfect (it's not though), I still prefer Android 10 over 11. Aside from that, there is one standing issue with the apk I compiled. Since Android 11 fixed some "issues" with the Apps Drawing Over Other Apps, there are now display issues with Messenger's chat heads, but only while in landscape mode. It works flawlessly in portrait mode, but when you enter landscape mode for some reason the heads fly off the screen to the bottom right and when you open a chat it opens it below the viewport, therefore just displaying an opaque overlay and nothing else. Very annoying for gamers who use Messenger a lot like I do, but for most it isn't a huge deal.
    First of all, thanks for the detailed explanation
    So the landscape mode problem you just mentioned is exactly the one I hate the most about Messenger on Android 11
    I thought your apk can fix that, but turns out it couldn't
    Still very appreciate your work ^^
     

    Jacqueb_1337

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    First of all, thanks for the detailed explanation
    So the landscape mode problem you just mentioned is exactly the one I hate the most about Messenger on Android 11
    I thought your apk can fix that, but turns out it couldn't
    Still very appreciate your work ^^
    Yeah, sorry about that man. Unfortunately, I'm not smart enough to properly decompile Messenger to change values and stuff like that. Under normal circumstances I would have done it already, but Facebook uses their own method of decompilation protection, with their own custom value types and things like that. People have tried on multiple occasions to decompile it but it's just too complicated. Not sure what they're trying to protect, to be honest. But if someone else would be willing to help me out with decompiling, I'd be glad to fix the display issues!
     

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      Yeah, sorry about that man. Unfortunately, I'm not smart enough to properly decompile Messenger to change values and stuff like that. Under normal circumstances I would have done it already, but Facebook uses their own method of decompilation protection, with their own custom value types and things like that. People have tried on multiple occasions to decompile it but it's just too complicated. Not sure what they're trying to protect, to be honest. But if someone else would be willing to help me out with decompiling, I'd be glad to fix the display issues!
      It's cool man, you did your best
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      Yeah, sorry about that man. Unfortunately, I'm not smart enough to properly decompile Messenger to change values and stuff like that. Under normal circumstances I would have done it already, but Facebook uses their own method of decompilation protection, with their own custom value types and things like that. People have tried on multiple occasions to decompile it but it's just too complicated. Not sure what they're trying to protect, to be honest. But if someone else would be willing to help me out with decompiling, I'd be glad to fix the display issues!
      It's cool man, you did your best
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