How to deactivate Facebook messenger

How to deactivate Facebook messenger

If you are searching for how to deactivate facebook messenger, most probably you are facing the same situation I have faced a few days ago. I deactivated my facebook id, in a way we do normally.

But, when I reactivated my account, I saw a couple of messages in my account. Then, I thought what’s going on. I have uninstalled messenger, deactivated my id, then how I received messages?

Then I visited the deactivation page and saw something like this:

How to deactivate Facebook messenger 1

A few months back, you could easily deactivate the messenger too from the web, but now you have to deactivate it manually. Doesn’t matter you have uninstalled messenger or not. Your messenger will stay active and you have to deactivate your messenger from settings.

And, using messenger won’t reactivate your account. So, I was searching for a way to deactivate facebook messenger. Hopefully, Facebook has an official answer. Let’s know how to do so:

How to deactivate Facebook Messenger?

Though the messenger app functionality looks alike in both Android and iPhone. But, there are some differences in setting’s texts. So, I am showing both ways:

How to deactivate Facebook messenger on Android?

  • Open Messenger app.
  • Tap your profile picture in the right corner.
  • Click on Privacy & Terms
  • Click on Deactivate Messenger.
  • Enter the password of your account
  • Hit continue.
  • Hit Deactivate.

How to deactivate Facebook messenger on 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.
  • Tap deactivate

How to deactivate Facebook messenger from a web browser?

And, here I found some tweaks to deactivate both messenger and the account from the web browser. And, it’s pretty simple.

  • 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.

Final words: 

Let me clear the topic simply for you. If you deactivated 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 but still deactivated the account from a browser, people won’t be able to visit your profile, but they can communicate you using messenger. Using messenger won’t reactivate your profile then.

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.


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