How to switch back old Facebook Chat (SOLVED)

Jul 17, 2011 34 Comments by 55267 Views

Do you have problem on the new Facebook Chat? Hard to find friends who is online on your chat list? No Scrollbars? You need to search A,B,C,D,E,F just to find who is online…

Here are my HACKS on how to switch back to old Facebook Chat.

  • 1. You need to open New Tab (CTRL+T for firefox)
  • 2. Open your Album Directory (
  • 3. Click the Facebook Chat Box on the Bottom Right
  • 4. You can now Enjoy chatting your friends with the old Facebook Chat.

Sample Switching Old Chat Box Screenshot

Hope it solved your problem. Please give credit to, as you post this solution on your website.

Due to new Facebook update the solution won’t work on some FB Accounts, We are still working on a small Javascript Code to put up a scrollbar and list all your friends on the new chat box..

Help us Send Appeal to Facebook: (Give Feedback or Complain about the new Chat)

Other Solution:

  • If the above solution will not work, try to hide Sidebar (Chat box Settings > Hide Sidebar) then close all Facebook Tab and do the above solution.
  • You can still used the pop-out chat (

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34 Responses to “How to switch back old Facebook Chat (SOLVED)”

  1. Vicky says:

    Thank you Erwin Bantillan!

  2. Mandy Lane says:

    TNX for your solution gensanblog, I really hate the new changes on facebook.

  3. Hilary Umeoka says:

    Great! Super Thanks

  4. Gel says:

    thanks! it didn’t work.

  5. Katy Knight says:

    im so annoyed at the new chat

  6. Unknown823 says:

    I think that it was just a glitch in the system where it only worked for a little bit because it doesn’t work anymore. I wrote a post explaining how to use the new chat though; click my name to see it.

  7. HilNigel Bouché says:

    new facebook chat is just… fucking terrible.

  8. Joe Pak-Blyzniuk says:

    Dear facebook,

    with all the new changes ur making, why not make a “hate” button so we can hate the new chat

  9. Mandy Jayne Dunn says:

    The new facebook chat is shit!!! Please change it back!!!

  10. Reuben Tate says:

    I’m really not liking the new FB chat. -__- I just want to know who’s available/inactive. Not a select list of friends that FB thinks are my “closest” friends.

  11. James Bouris says:

    For fuck sake Facebook, if it broke don’t fix. this new chat is so fuckin stupid! aint

  12. Abu Shahirfan says:

    I hate this new chat box!!!!!

  13. Miko Makalintal says:


  14. Houston Nunley says:

    I know I am freaking older than dirt but what the hell did they do to the chat window…Facebook got to leave shit alone…I am to damn old to keep learning new shit…

  15. Shiela Marasigan says:

    what a damn thing that facebook has done with the new chat system can’t even do a scroll up and down hard to trace who’s friends are online… nakakabobo utak bia ang programmer na nag update nito engot siguro di man lang inisip bago ginawa hays kakabobo na …

  16. Scott Lane says:

    Finally just looked at the new chat window, its fucked!!

  17. Otto Matic says:

    Dear facebook, by now, we all know there is a new chat feature. Can YOU PLEASE respect those who want it closed, and keep it closed for us !!!! Thank you !! Please repost if you are fed up with this thing !!!!

  18. Mio Torre says:


  19. Jessica Cash says:

    no :( facebook chat is so silly and confusing?
    94 people online but i can only see 30 of them? huh? :)
    help please?

  20. Chirag says:

    Didn’t work for me :(

  21. nischal says:

    not working anymore

  22. Olddog says:

    it didn’t work for me, but thanks!

    I really don’t chat. I like the old chat system where i can see those who want to be seen and have the option to go online when I want to. Now every time I log on, I am automatically online in chat.

    Is there a way with the new system to do it?

  23. Thomas LK says:

    If you dont like the chat bar taking up the side of your screen hit CTRL and + (windows) or Command and + (Mac)

    this will zoom your page in a little bit
    your online contacts will stay on the left of your homepage when the chat list is open also

    to go back to the normal size screen press CTRL and 0 (windows) or Command and 0 (mac)

  24. kalpana jaswal says:

    it did not work for me and want the option go online when i want to,now every time i am automatically online in chat

  25. sadje says:

    LOL!!! it didn’t work….. !

  26. kalabasa says:

    it not work….. i think it works in the other OS..

  27. Norbert Kovacs says:

    Unfortunately it didn’t work for me. But do you have a blog or something for SEO. I’m trying to help my mom out.

  28. Karan Lugani says:

    It isn’t working . Please check it up.

  29. MyNameIs says:

    Its not workin.E-Mail Adress

  30. Jake says:

    There are other ways to bring old facebook chatbox back without using any applications out there.

    Just go to this web source just in case if you are seeking more ways to it.

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