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How to deactivate Facebook Messenger

Jun 25, 2019 · 3 min read

How to deactivate Facebook Messenger

Facebook is a mess when it comes to securing user data and respecting their privacy, and their Messenger app is no different. The harvesting of user data, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the constant security breaches can all be good reasons to delete Facebook Messenger.

Is Facebook Messenger private? Not really. It ranks poorly in our secure messaging app list because it tracks your behavior, lacks a default encryption option, and doesn’t encrypt your past conversations. Moreover, it has access to your camera, microphone, and contacts.

Read about how to use social media cautiously and make your data as private as possible here.

How to deactivate Messenger

Deactivating Messenger is simple. However, if your Messenger account is connected to your Facebook account, you will have to deactivate your Facebook account first.

The following Messenger deactivation steps apply to both the iOS and Android platforms:

  1. Open Messenger.
  2. Click on your profile in the top left.
  3. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

  4. Go to Legal and Policies -> Deactivate Messenger.
  5. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

  6. Enter your password and click Continue.
  7. Tap Deactivate.
  8. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

However, this will not delete all of your info from Messenger. People will still be able to see your messages and chat history. All it takes to reactivate your account is to log in.

Deactivating your Facebook account will not automatically deactivate your Messenger account as the app is separate from Facebook.

You can also create a new Messenger account using your phone number and name, not your existing Facebook account.

How to turn off Facebook Messenger

If you don’t want to leave Messenger entirely, but you want to turn it off for a while, here’s how:

  1. Click on your profile picture in the top left.
  2. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

  3. Tap Active Status.
  4. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

  5. Use the toggle on top of the screen to turn your Active Status on or off.
  6. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

You will now be shown as inactive. You can also disable notifications by:

  1. Going to Notifications and Sounds.
  2. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

  3. Turn on Do Not Disturb status.
  4. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

How to delete your Messenger account

To get rid of Facebook Messenger completely, you will have to delete your Facebook account to remove all your data. However, you may have to wait for a few months until your data will be completely removed.

If you are using the stand-alone version of the app without having a Facebook account, you can deactivate by following the points listed above or simply delete the app.

How to delete Facebook messages

To delete a message or a photo, do the following steps:

  1. Open a conversation in Messenger.
  2. Tap and hold the message or a picture you wish to delete.
  3. Click Remove, and then tap Remove for You. You can also choose Remove for Everyone. This option will delete a message for all the participants of a conversation.
  4. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

  5. Tap Remove.
  6. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

Deleting separate conversations is a fairly straightforward procedure:

  1. In Facebook, click the Messages icon at the top of the page.
  2. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

  3. Open the conversation you wish to delete.
  4. Click gear icon at the top of the chat window and click Delete Conversation > Delete Conversation.
  5. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

To delete them on Messenger, you should:

  1. Open the app.
  2. Swipe left on the conversation you wish to remove.
  3. Click on the trash can image.
  4. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

  5. Click on Delete Conversation or Delete Chat.
  6. Deactivate Facebook Messenger

What comes next?

Deleting Facebook Messenger is a great start towards ensuring your privacy on social media. However, if you use any other platforms, it's worth checking out our social media privacy tips to see how else you can secure your social life online.

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Paul Black
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Paul is a technology and art enthusiast who is always eager to explore the most up-to-date issues in cybersec and internet freedom. He is always in search for new and unexplored angles to share with his readers.

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