How to switch back old Facebook Chat (SOLVED)

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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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 …

  5. 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 !!!!

  6. 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?

  7. 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)

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