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Taking a Break from Messenger? Here’s How to Deactivate Your Account[2024]

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Getting too many Facebook messages is fun for some people, but a nuisance for others.



If you’re in the latter category, you might be wondering if there’s a way to deactivate Messenger.




The majority of people understand the distinction between deactivating and deleting a Facebook account.



When you deactivate Facebook, your account is only temporarily deleted; you can always reactivate it.



If you delete Facebook, you’re permanently losing your data. 



Unfortunately, the only way to deactivate Messenger is to first deactivate your entire Facebook account.



But there are a few alternatives you can take advantage of too, like disabling Messenger instead.




You might not be aware, though, that deleting Facebook Messenger does not also cancel your Facebook account.



You will still be visible to others, and they can still make contact with you.



Here’s how to deactivate Facebook Messenger in light of that.




This article will explain why it’s impossible to deactivate Facebook Messenger and walk you through the process of hiding your usage of it from others.

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How to deactivate Messenger by deactivating Facebook?

Despite the fact that they are now different applications, Messenger is still closely linked to Facebook.



They share the same account, so changes you make in one app frequently transfer to the other.




Because of this, you have the option to deactivate Messenger when you deactivate Facebook.




To deactivate on your iPhone or Android.

1. Open the Facebook app and tap the three stacked lines in the bottom-right (iPhone) or top-right (Android).


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2. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy, then select Settings.



3. Tap Personal and Account Information, then Account Ownership and Control, and then Deactivation and Deletion.



4. On the page that opens, select Deactivate Account — or, if you want to go all the way, Delete Account — and then Continue to Account Deactivation.


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5. Enter your Facebook password and confirm that you want to deactivate your account.





This will log you out and deactivate Facebook.



Now, to deactivate Messenger:

1. Open the Messenger app and tap your profile picture in the top-left corner.



2. Scroll down to tap Legal & Policies, and then Deactivate Messenger.



3. Tap Deactivate again to confirm your choice.




If you ever want to reactivate your accounts, just open the app and log back in.




What Happens If Messenger Is Deactivated? 

With your Facebook Messenger account deactivated, no one will be able to access your profile or send you messages in ongoing conversations. 



Your main Facebook account will also be activated after you reactivate Messenger.



You will need to cancel your Facebook account a second time if you only wish to preserve the Messenger service. 



Additionally, bear in mind that if you cancel your Facebook account, you will also lose access to Messenger.

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Unfortunately, Messenger cannot be used without a Facebook profile being kept up to date.




How to disable Messenger? 

Disabling your “Active Status” on Messenger is a simpler solution.



This will give the impression that you’re always unavailable, which will put folks off messaging you.



1. Open the Messenger app and tap your profile picture in the top-left corner.



2. Select Active Status, and then toggle off Show when you’re active.



How to Reactivate Facebook Messenger?


You can reactivate your Messenger account at any point in the future by logging back in to Facebook Messenger with your username and password. Simple!



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Nana Yaw Jr.
Nana Yaw Jr.
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