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How To Deactivate Facebook Messenger?

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Facebook is one of the widely used social media platforms after Instagram. Before Instagram, Facebook was the go-to place for people to get unlimited entertainment. You can chat with your friends using Facebook messenger or easily share photos and videos with your friends on Facebook. However, after Instagram, most Facebook users wanted to take a break from Facebook by deactivating their accounts. However, deactivating your Facebook account does not deactivate your Facebook messenger as they may be the same, but they provide services through different platforms under Facebook. Therefore, before you go ahead with deactivating your Facebook messenger, you need to deactivate your Facebook account. We have come up with a detailed guide that you can follow if you are curious about how to deactivate your Facebook messenger.

How To Deactivate Facebook Messenger

How To Deactivate Facebook Messenger?

Reasons to deactivate Facebook Account before the Facebook Messenger

If you want to deactivate your Facebook messenger, then the first step is deactivating your Facebook account. If you simply deactivate your Facebook account, then you will still receive chat notifications through Facebook messenger. Therefore, for deactivating your Facebook messenger, always keep the following in mind:

  • Deactivate your Facebook account
  • Deactivate your Facebook messenger

Follow these two steps for the successful deactivation of your Facebook messenger app. Moreover, users feel that the Facebook messenger app ranks poorly when it comes to secure messaging apps. The messenger app lacks a default encryption option, tracks your behaviour, and does not encrypt your previous conversations.

How to Deactivate Facebook Messenger?

If you want to deactivate your Facebook messenger, then you can follow the steps of the following two methods:

Step 1: Deactivate your Facebook account

If you want to understand how to deactivate Facebook messenger then the first step is to deactivate your Facebook account. The reason behind this is you cannot deactivate the Messenger app without deactivating your Facebook account. There is a huge difference between deleting and deactivating your account, as deleting your account means erasing your data from the Facebook platform. Whereas deactivating your account means hiding your profile or taking a break from the social networking site. Therefore, to make sure that you deactivate your Facebook account and not delete it, you can follow these steps.

1. The first step is to open Facebook on your web browser.

2. Now from the top right corner, click on the drop-down icon in the shape of a triangle. 

3. Go to the Settings tab by clicking on Settings and Privacy.

Click on Settings & privacy under your Profile

4. Under settings, you have to click on ‘Your Facebook Information.’

Click on Your Facebook Information under Settings

5. You will now see the Deactivation and deletion section, where you have to click on View to access this section.

Click on Deactivation and deletion under Your Facebook Information section

6. Select the option of Deactivate account and click on the ‘Continue to Account Deactivation’ button.

Select Deactivate account then click on Continue to Account Deactivation button

7. Finally, you have to type in your password to confirm the deactivation.

Type your Facebook Account password then click on continue

8. Once you have deactivated your Facebook account, you can check out the next part.

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Step 2: Deactivate Facebook Messenger

After you have deactivated your Facebook account, it does not mean that your Facebook messenger will automatically get deactivated. You are still going to receive chat notifications, and you will be visible to your friends. Therefore, to completely deactivate your Facebook messenger, you can follow these steps.

1. The first step is to open the Facebook messenger app on your smartphone.

2. Once the chat window pops up, tap on your Profile icon at the top left corner.

Once the chat window pops up, tap on your profile icon at the top left corner

3. Now scroll down and go to ‘Legal and Policies.’  However, if you are using an iOS device, then tap on Account Settings. 

Now scroll down and go to your Account Settings or Legal & policies

4. Finally, tap on the option of ‘Deactivate Messenger’ and enter your password to confirm.

5. For iOS device, under Account Settings navigate to Personal information > Settings > Manage Account > Deactivate.

6.  Type your password and tap Submit to confirm the deactivation of Facebook Messenger.

That’s it, you have successfully deactivated your Facebook messenger and Facebook account. However, if you ever wish to reactivate your Messenger account, then you can simply log in with your Facebook account email-id and password.

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Alternatives to Deactivating your Facebook Messenger

There are other ways that you can resort to instead of deactivating your Facebook messenger app. Here are some alternatives that you can try.

1. Turn off your Active Status

You can try to turn off your active status. Your active status is something that shows your friends that you are active on the messenger app, and they may send you a message. However, if you turn off your active status, you will not receive any messages. This is how to turn off your active status.

1. Open Facebook Messenger on your phone.

2. Tap on your Profile icon from the top left corner then tap on ‘Active Status’ tab.

Tap on your Profile icon at the top left corner then tap on Active Status

3. Finally, turn the toggle off for your Active Status.

Turn the toggle off for your active status

After you turn the toggle off for your active status, everyone will see you as an inactive user, and you will not receive any messages.

2. Turn off or Disable Notifications

You can also turn off or disable your notifications. Follow these steps for disabling your notifications:

1. Open Facebook Messenger on your device.

2. Tap on your Profile icon from the top left corner then tap on ‘Notifications and Sounds’ tab.

Tap on Notifications and Sounds under Messenger profile settings

3. Under Notifications & Sounds, turn off the toggle that says ‘On.’ Or enable the Do Not Disturb mode. 

Under Notifications & Sounds, turn off the toggle that says On or enable Do Not Disturb

4. Once you switch the toggle off, you will not receive any notifications if anyone sends you a message on the Facebook messenger app.

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We hope the above guide was helpful and you were able to deactivate Facebook messenger without any issues. Taking a break from social media platforms once in a while could be a good thing and encourage you to spend more time with your friends and family.

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Pete Mitchell

Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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