How to Hide the “Typing” and “Seen” Messages on Facebook Messenger

Despite all the controversy a couple of years ago about the invasive permissions of Facebook Messenger How Bad Are Those Facebook Messenger Permissions Anyway? You've probably been hearing a lot about Facebook's Messenger app. Let's quell the rumors and find out if the permissions are as bad as they claim. Read More , the platform has continued to be a popular messaging service. Part of its charm comes from its user base — if your friends are on Facebook, you can reach them via Messenger. Thus, it’s always accessible and doesn’t require any additional accounts.

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With the power of Messenger comes some downsides, however. Read receipts are great for silently acknowledging that you’ve seen the other person’s message (such as sending “I’m running a few minutes late!”). Some aren’t a fan of them, however, claiming that they’re too invasive and remove the ability to not respond to the message tactfully.

If you’re one of the latter and want to turn off read receipts in Facebook Messenger in Chrome, here’s how to do it.

Thankfully, all you have to do is install an extension for Chrome. Unfortunately, a lot of the popular ones that accomplish this task have injected ads into their tools, and we can’t recommend them. The most well-reviewed extension for the task seems to be FB Chat Privacy [No Longer Available]. Once it’s installed, just visit Facebook or Messenger, click the extension’s icon at the top-right, and choose to disable the “seen” or “typing” messages.

Don’t typically use Chrome? Add a dedicated shortcut to Messenger using Chrome Use Chrome to Create a Windows 10 App from Any Website This simple Chrome trick will help you appreciate Windows tiles. It also works on Windows 8. You can turn any website into an app that launches in its own window. Perfect for small screens! Read More , install the extension, and use Chrome solely for Messenger access. That’s your best option without having to commit to Chrome — you’ll barely know it’s there.

Fed up with Messenger and want to try something different? Check out the best alternatives to FB messenger Don't Want to Use Facebook Messenger? 10 Slick Alternatives to Try Facebook Messenger isn't perfect. Why keep using it? Here are the best alternatives to Facebook Messenger. Read More .

Do you find read receipts helpful, or are you happy to be able to turn them off? Let us know if you’ll use this app in the comments!

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