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How to delete a Messenger Account

How to Delete a Messenger Account

In the last weeks you’ve been receiving a multitude of messages on Messenger and after thinking about it for a while, you’ve taken a drastic decision: you just want to delete your account to avoid being bothered again. There’s just a little problem. You don’t know how to Delete a Messenger Account. I guessed right, have I? Well, if it’s so, you don’t have to worry about it because I’ll be the one to guide you through the procedure you’ll have to follow to deactivate your account in that popular messaging service offered by Facebook.

If by the reading of this post you should happen to reconsider the fact of deleting your Messenger account, you might take into account other solutions to avoid being bothered: appear offline, turn off notifications for short/large periods or, if you prefer, disconnect from the active sessions on your devices. Whichever solution you may consider to choose, you may count on my help and for this very reason, do not bother at all.

You look forward to start? Good! Let’s not waste time anymore: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to read through this tutorial and put into action all the instructions you’ll find in the next paragraphs. In the meantime, I wish you a good reading!

 

How to Delete a Messenger Account

How to Delete a Messenger Account

If you have no idea about the way to Delete a Messenger Account, in the next few lines you’ll find all the infos you need to do this, whether you use this service on Android or iOS. Just a quick preview: to deactivate your Messenger Account, you’ll need first to deactivate your Facebook account and then deactivate Messenger from the namesake app (available for tablets and smartphones). By the time I’m writing, indeed, is not possible to deactivate Messenger from PC.

Note: by the deactivating of your Messenger account, you’ll not destroy all your list of sent messages. For example, the respective recipients could keep these informations through a simple screenshot.

How to Delete a Messenger Account – Android

Let’s start with Android. As mentioned earlier, to delete your Messenger account you’ll need first deactivate your Facebook account. To do this, run the app of this popular social network (with the white “F” on a blue background icon), have access on its settings by clicking on (=) top-left and then click on “Account settings” (in the “Support and Settings” section) in the screen that opens.

Following to “Account Settings”, click on “General” and then on “Manage Account”. As next, select the “Deactivate” option (near the heading “Account”), put in your account password in the related space, click on the blue button “Continue” and follow the instructions to deactivate your account.

How to Delete a Messenger Account

If you should find some difficulty in the deactivating procedure, read my tutorial, in which I explain in detail how to deactivate a Facebook account: you’ll find all required infos and details.

Once completed the deactivating procedure, you can proceed to the deleting of your Messenger account. To do this, start the Messenger App, click on your photo in the top right corner and, in the the screen that opens, click on App Terms and Privacy in the bottom. On the next screen, click on “Delete a Messenger Account” and, to disable your account, enter your password and click on “Continue”. Did you see? It was not so difficult to deactivate your Messenger Account on Android.

If you wish to reactivate your account, access again with your credentials and your Facebook Account will be automatically reactivated.

How to Delete a Messenger Account – iOS

Do you want to deactivate your Messenger Account on iOS? The procedure to follow in this case is not much different to the one I explained in the previous paragraph. Even on iOS is it necessary to deactivate the personal Facebook account and then proceed to the deactivation of the Messenger Account of the related app. Let me explain how “to move” exactly.

The first step is to run the Facebook app on your iPhone/iPad, access to the social networks’ settings by clicking on (=) and then on Settings>Account settings on the screen that opens.

In the following screen click on General>Manage Account and then click on “Deactivate” near the heading “Account”. At this point put in your account password and click on “Continue” to complete the procedure by following the instructions that appear on screen.

How to Delete a Messenger Account

 

In case of any problem, do not hesitate to read the article in which I explain more in detail how to deactivate a Facebook Account. I’m sure you will find this reading very useful.

Once completed the procedure of deactivation of your Facebook account, deactivate your Messenger account by running the namesake app and by clicking on your photo in the top left corner. In the screen in front of you, click on “App Terms and Policy”, then on “Delete a Messenger Account”, type in your password and click on “Continue” to complete the procedure.

How to Delete a Messenger Account

You can obviously retrace your steps and reactivate your Messenger account: to do this you’ll just need to access again to Facebook through your credentials. The reactivation of your Messenger account will take place automatically.

How to Delete a Messenger Account – More solutions to be taken into account

How to Delete a Messenger Account

If the deactivation of your Messenger account appears you to be too radical to be adopted, but you still want some peace of mind from all your chats notifications, you could always go for one of the following alternative solutions.

How to Delete a Messenger Account – Appear offline

How to Delete a Messenger Account

One of the first solutions to be adopted to not be bothered on Messenger is to appear offline. By preventing others from seeing when you have access to Messenger or not, you may discourage the usual “bores” to contact you all hours of the day and night.

To appear offline, and consequently not allowing others to see the little green ball next to your name, you have to run the Messenger app on your device and click on the bullet points at the bottom of the screen (this option has the name of “People” on iOS). In the screen that opens click on the tab “Active” and set on OFF the button near your name.

As you can clearly see, the little green ball that indicates the online status has disappeared from your name and for this very reason other users will not be able to see you when you’re online. In the spirit of fairness, you won’t either be able to see then other people are online, unless you restore again the setting you just modified by switching on ON the button near your name (always in the “Active” tab).

From PC, the procedure to follow to appear offline is as simple. To appear offline you have firstly to connect to the Facebook Messenger website, log in with your credentials and the click on “Login”. Once logged in, click on the gear symbol in the top left corner, click on Settings, switch on OFF the button near your name and click on “End”.

How to Delete a Messenger Account

Even in this case the result is the same: other people won’t be able to see when you’re online, but either you, unless you restore again the setting you just modified by switching on ON the button near your name (always in Settings).

How to Delete a Messenger Account – Turn off notifications

How to Delete a Messenger Account

A much more effective solution than the previous mentioned is to turn off notifications from Messenger.

To temporarily disable notifications on your Android device, start the Messenger app, click on your photo, then on “Notifications and Sounds” and switch off the button near the heading Yes. In the box that appears on the screen, choose for how long you want to keep turned off the notifications and confirm the operation by clicking on the OK button.

To temporarily disable notifications on your iOS device, start the Messenger app, click on your photo, then on “Notifications and sound ” , next click onNotifications” and turn on the button near the heading “Do not disturb”. In the box that appears on screen, select one of the proposed options depending on how long you want your notifications to be turned off.

If you want to turn off permanently your notifications, you have to access to the settings of your Android/iOS device. To do this, head to Settings>Notifications (or Audio and Notifications)>Apps (or Notifications>App Notifications). In the screen that opens, click on the Messenger icon and turn on the button near the heading “Block All”. To restore the notifications you’ll just have to switch off the button, from the same screen.

To turn off permanently your Messenger notifications on iOS, go to Settings and then on Notifications>Messenger. You’ll just have to switch off the button near the heading “Allow notifications”. In case of take-backs, you can restore your notifications by switching on the button on the same screen.

How to Delete a Messenger Account – Disconnect from Messenger

Another solution you should consider is to disconnect from Messenger. Since the app of the namesake IM service does not include this option, you will need to “go through” the Facebook app or, if you have an Android device, delete all data of your app from your device’s settings.

To disconnect from Messenger on Android, start the Facebook app, click on the symbol (=) and select Account Settings (at the bottom of the screen)> Security and Login. Next you’ll need to go to the “Devices” section from which you’ve logged in, click on the active session on the Android device from which you logged in (or, alternatively, click on “Log out of all sessions” to close at once all the open sessions on all your devices), click on the symbol (…) and, in the menu that appears, click on “Exit”.

How to Delete a Messenger Account

On the other hand, on iOS, you have to start the Facebook app, click on the symbol (=) and select Settings (at the bottom of the screen)> Account Settings. In the next screen click on “Security and Login”, head to the “Where you’re logged in” section, select the Messenger session you want to close, click on the symbol (…) and select “Exit” from the drop-down menu that appears on screen to close the sessions you are interested in. Instead, if you want to close all active sessions, click on “Log out of all sessions”.

How to Delete a Messenger Account

Did you see? It was not so difficult to disconnect from Facebook Messenger. I told you, simpler than you ever could have imagined. Moreover, on Android you can go for another solution: delete all the app data from the Settings of your smartphone or tablet.

To do this, head to Settings>Apps>Messenger. In the screen that appears, click on Storage and then on “Delete Data” to delete all data related to your Messenger account stored in your device.

How to Delete a Messenger Account – Delete your Facebook account

How to Delete a Messenger Account

The procedures I just mentioned are useful to deactivate Messenger by keeping active the Facebook account. If you want do delete definitely the Messenger account, you’ll have to delete also your Facebook account. In this way you won’t be able to have access to the social network no more.

If you really mean to take such a drastic decision, read my tutorial about how to unsubscribe from Facebook and follow the instructions in it.

How to Delete a Messenger Account