Unfortunately, I doubt there is a way to revert to the original Messenger chat heads. If you do not like the current chat heads, I would recommend you to post your suggestion on Play Store app. Then maybe Messenger developers will be able to do something about it. The application is not a native Samsung application, that’s why our developers cannot provide any changes to its look 😕.
@MartynaK All apps that use the new "bubbles" appear in the same way though. They all take up the same space as the OP's messenger screenshots, and all behave the same way for screen real estate.
Surely that's an Anroid/OneUI thing?
Things like the bubble position, "popup window" size, location, back button function (doesn't work), should all be related to the Android implementation, not the specific app.
I think it's that Facebook have updated messenger to use the new Android 11 chat bubbles, and so on OneUI, that's what you get. Not that OneUI3 is over-riding Messenger's chat heads. Messenger has probably removed support for chat heads on Android 11, in favour of Android 11's Bubbles.
It's still an Android 11/OneUI3 issue though, with the way they're appearing/not-appearing/size issues, etc.
Same issues - Recently Samsung sent an update on Dec 21/20 to my S20. Afterwards Messenger Chat Heads are not appearing like they use to. Was a little circle with a red flag beside the FB profile picture, now it pops up and goes into notifications instead and have to click on it to make it pop up as the circle badge but doesn't look the same. I checked my settings and everything is turned on including the new feature "Bubbles" which replaced the Chat Head title. I updated all my updates in Google Play, and even uninstalled and reinstalled Messenger. So is there any other place in the settings that needs to be reactivated this correctly? I am at a loss of what I missed or a setting I mistakenly turned off like in privacy settings not realizing it effects the chat heads. Anyway, any ideas or supply me with all the options to determine where it has been turned off on my cell, would be helpful. Thanks
My attempts at getting used to the bubbles were pointless.
They eventually turn off and just appear as a notification, or for SMS, they appear as an old-style notification even though bubbles were turned on.
I'd been reporting bugs with Bubbles since beta 1, and some were fixed, but persistence issues remained.
Bubbles don't "remember" their position, they randomly disable, or they just disappear when you tap the bubble.
I've gone back to Android 10 now - The Android 11 update totally isn't worth bothering with. I don't think there was anything introduced that I liked more than features on Android 10.