In old days of Facebook, deactivating your Facebook account would also deactivate facebook messenger. Which means, none can visit your profile nor message you.
But now everything has changed. If you are already logged in to the messenger app in your Android/iOS smartphone, you have to manually deactivate messenger after deactivating your facebook account.
You must have the messenger app installed in order to deactivate messenger. Or else your profile will be deactivated still people will be able to search you on messenger and message you.
I also discovered a way to deactivate messenger from a web browser. I will share both methods from messenger app and web browser in this article.
Deactivate Facebook Messenger using app on Android/iPhone
- Open the Messenger app.
- Tap your profile picture at the left corner.
- Click on Legal & Policies
- Then click on Deactivate messenger.
- Enter the password.
- Tap continue and then click on Deactivate.
Deactivate Facebook messenger from a web browser
- Go to Settings on Facebook.
- Click on Security and Login.
- Under Where You’re Logged In tab, click on See more.
- Click on Log Out Of All Sessions
- A pop-up will appear. Click Log out button from the pop-up.
- It will log you out from the Facebook messenger.
- Now, deactivate your Facebook ID, as you normally do.
- Both your ID and messenger will be deactivated.
Let me clear the topic simply for you. If you deactivate your account from the browser, or want to deactivate your account totally, you have to deactivate the profile from the browser and messenger from the messenger app.
If you don’t deactivate your messenger people won’t be able to visit your profile, but they can communicate with you using messenger. Using messenger won’t reactivate your profile.
But, if you deactivate both your profile and messenger, then login into the messenger will also reactivate your facebook account. And, mind it, deleting facebook account and deactivating facebook account is two different actions.