How to Deactivate Facebook Messenger
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Most people are aware of the difference between deleting and deactivating a Facebook account What Happens When You Deactivate a Facebook Account? What Happens When You Deactivate a Facebook Account? If you've had enough of Facebook you could delete your account, or you could just deactivate it. But what does that mean? Read More . In short, deactivating is akin to a temporary deletion where you can reactivate your account at any time, whereas deleting your account is a permanent removal of data.

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But you might not realize that deactivating your Facebook account does NOT deactivate your Facebook Messenger account. People will still see be able to see you and can attempt to contact you. Indeed, the process for deactivating Facebook Messenger is entirely separate.

How to Deactivate Facebook Messenger

Before you can deactivate Facebook Messenger, you need to deactivate your Facebook account. We’ve previously explained how to deactivate your Facebook account How to Deactivate (or Delete) Your Facebook Account How to Deactivate (or Delete) Your Facebook Account If you need a break from Facebook, or if you want to stop using it altogether, here's how you can either deactivate or delete your account. Read More , so if you’ve not yet deactivated Facebook, you need to go and do it before continuing.

(It’s important to stress here that deactivating Facebook and deleting it mean different things for your privacy What Deactivating or Deleting Facebook Really Means for Privacy What Deactivating or Deleting Facebook Really Means for Privacy Thinking about quitting Facebook? Here's how deleting or deactivating Facebook can improve your online privacy. Read More .)

Next, to deactivate Facebook Messenger, just follow the simple instructions below:

  1. Open Messenger on a mobile device.
  2. Tap on your profile picture in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Scroll down and select Privacy and Terms.
  4. On the next screen, choose Deactivate Messenger.
  5. Enter your password.
  6. Tap on Deactivate.

To reactivate Facebook Messenger, just log back into the Messenger app using your username and password.

Note: Reactivating Messenger will also reactivate your main Facebook account. If you only want to keep the Messenger service, you will need to deactivate your Facebook account for a second time.

Remember, you can still appear invisible on Messenger and Facebook Chat without taking the drastic step of deactivating your account. And Facebook Messenger icons and symbols can give you insight into whether your messages were delivered.

Lastly, keep in mind that if you delete your Facebook account completely, you will lose access to Messenger as well. Sadly, there is no way to keep Messenger without maintaining a Facebook profile. But you can try another app like Kik, which teens love What Is the Kik App and Why Do Teens Love It? What Is the Kik App and Why Do Teens Love It? What is Kik, why are teens using this messaging service, and why does it have a bad reputation? Here's what you need to know. Read More .

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  1. Qwwertyuui
    September 20, 2018 at 5:31 am

    I think this is not updated. Incorrect information

  2. Charlene
    May 22, 2018 at 1:24 am

    This "solution" is driving me absolutely nuts. There is no "privacy and terms" option in the drop down menu!!! And I have clicked on every single option in the drop down menu after tapping on my profile pic - within those options there is no option to deactivate. Please look at this again. I can't figure this out!

    • Mary Lola
      June 13, 2018 at 12:26 am

      I had this problem too, it was aggravating. Go to the very bottom and click that link. Something with policies. After you've clicked on that, than there should be the option to deactivate. It took me a long time to figure this out. You've got to deactivate Facebook first in order to deactivate messenger. grrr...idk why it was so difficult to find this out. These blogs need to change/update their step by step because I couldn't find the 'privacy and terms'