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Your Guide to Deactivating and Deleting Facebook Messenger

Your online privacy is important, and the data you generate online has value. That’s why advertisers use your data from Facebook and other websites to track your behavior and target you with ads. Learn how to deactivate Facebook Messenger if you need a breather, and use Avast AntiTrack to help stop companies from tracking your activity online.

Written by Harrison Gough
Published on June 14, 2024

Step-by-step guide to deactivate Facebook Messenger

To disable Facebook Messenger you have to deactivate your Facebook account. If you still want to use your Facebook account but don’t want to use Messenger you can simply delete the Facebook Messenger app from your device.

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    How to Deactivate Messenger on iPhone or Android

    1. Open the Facebook Messenger app on your phone.

    2. Tap the three lines icon in the top left > the settings cog icon > See more in Accounts Center > Personal details.

      How to deactivate Messenger on an iPhone or Android from Accounts Centre.
    3. Tap Account ownership and control > Deactivation or deletion.

      Tap Account ownership and control, then Deactivation or deletion.
    4. Select your Facebook account for deactivation > Choose Deactivate account > Continue.

      Choose your Facebook account, tap Deactivate account, then Continue.
    5. If you have any additional profiles or pages these will be deactivated too — tap Continue. Enter your password and tap Continue to deactivate your Facebook account.

       If you have additional Facebook pages, tap Continue, then enter your password and tap Continue to confirm.
    6. Now you need to deactivate Messenger. Go back to Account ownership and control > tap Deactivation or deletion.

       To deactivate Messenger, go back to Account ownership and control and tap Deactivation or deletion.
    7. Under Deactivating or deleting your Messenger account, tap Deactivate account > Continue > Deactivate my account.

       Tap Deactivate account, Continue, then Deactivate my account to confirm you want to deactivate Messenger.

    Deactivating Messenger on your computer

    You can deactivate your Facebook account and Messenger at the same time on a web browser.

    1. Log into Facebook on your computer and click your profile icon in the top-right corner. Choose Settings and privacy and then Settings from the drop-down menu.

       How to disable Facebook Messenger from a web browser via Settings.
    2. Click See more in Accounts Center.

      Click See more in Accounts Center.
    3. Click Personal details, then select Account ownership and control.

       Click Personal details on the left, then Account ownership and control.
    4. Click Deactivation or deletion.

       Click Deactivation or deletion.
    5. Choose Deactivate account and click Continue. Then re-enter your password to confirm.

      Click the button next to Deactivate account, then Continue.
    6. In the pop-up window, make sure the radio button next to Continue using Messenger is unchecked, then click Deactivate my account.

      To specify you want to deactivate Messenger, uncheck the box next to Continue using Messenger, then click  Deactivate my account.

    If you’re deactivating your FB Messenger account because you’re worried about your online privacy, you can also consider staying on the platform while changing your Facebook privacy settings. If you decide to go a step further and delete your account, download your Facebook data first if you want to keep a record of it.

    What happens after deactivation?

    After you deactivate Facebook Messenger your friends will still be able to read old messages you sent them. And they may still see your name in their friends list, but they won’t be able to contact you on Facebook. Also, no one will see your profile, and you won’t be able to use your Facebook account to access Oculus products.

    If you want to reactivate your Facebook Messenger account at any point, simply log back in. All your messages and data will still be there and you’ll be able to use Messenger exactly as you did before you disabled it.

    If you deactivate Facebook, other Meta accounts you have, like Instagram, will stay active. You may also want to change your Instagram privacy settings or delete or deactivate Instagram as well.

    Why deactivate Messenger?

    The main reason to deactivate Facebook Messenger instead of deleting it is to take a break from the platform while retaining your data. Perhaps you’re using other secure messaging apps like WhatsApp or Telegram more, or maybe you need a social media detox but still want to access your messages and photos in the future.

    Another reason to deactivate Facebook is because of worry over how sites like Facebook and Google use your data or track you across the web. Just know that if your Facebook account has been hacked, simply deactivating it won’t protect you — you need to change your password and recover your account first.

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