How to Uninstall and Delete Facebook Messenger

The world’s largest social network, Facebook, has an awesome messaging system that allows users to communicate with their friends, among tons of other great features we mentioned in our Facebook course. The Facebook messaging system even has its own separate app, Messenger. Many people love using this app because it’s a free, easy way to communicate with friends and family.

However, some people may be annoyed with getting too many notifications of messages from their Facebook friends. If you’re tired of Messenger and want to remove it from your device, this is the place to learn how! We’ll be explaining the following topics:

Facebook Messenger on smartphone

Now, let’s get started with the first important subject – why might you want to uninstall Messenger?

Reasons you might want to delete Facebook messenger

  • You’re tired of getting message notifications all the time – whenever one of your Facebook friends sends you a message, a notification will pop up on your phone.
  • You want to save on mobile data – since the app requires an Internet connection, using it to communicate with your friends might use up your cellular data. If you want to avoid going over your data limit and being charged extra on your phone bill, it might be a good idea to deactivate Messenger.
  • You have another app you prefer – this app might not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you have another app or communication method you prefer, then it might be time to delete Messenger.
  • Your friends aren’t using the app – Messenger is no fun to use if your friends aren’t using it. As with any messaging app, it’s only good if you have friends to talk to.

If any or all of these reasons apply to you, you should remove the app from your mobile device or tablet. You might be asking yourself, how do I delete Messenger? Next, we’ll show you how to deactivate Facebook Messenger on an iOS device.

How to uninstall Messenger on an iOS device:

1. Find the Messenger icon among the apps on your home screen.

Look through the pages of apps on the home screen of your iPhone or iPad to find the Messenger app. You may need to look through folders of apps if you have some, so be sure to check those as well.

Messenger app icon on iOS

2. Tap and hold the Messenger button until all apps begin to shake.

Once you find the app on your home screen, tap and hold the Messenger icon until all the app icons on your screen start shaking. This gives you the ability to move apps around, or remove them from your device.

Shaking apps

3. Tap the X at the top right corner of the Messenger icon.

To delete the app from your home screen, tap the X button in the corner of the Messenger icon.

"X" on shaking apps

4. To confirm you want to remove it from your device, tap Delete.

Once you’ve hit the X button, you’ll need to confirm that you want to delete the app. If you still want to remove Messenger from Facebook on your iOS device, tap the Delete button to finalize the removal.

Confirm delete button

5. Check your inbox using the Facebook website.

If you want to check in on your messages after you’ve deleted the Messenger app, open Safari on your iPhone or iPad, and go to Facebook.com to access the mobile site. Here you’ll still be able to read and respond to Facebook messages without using Messenger.

Facebook mobile iOS

That’s all you need to do to delete Messenger on your iPhone or iPad. If you have an Android device and want to remove Messenger, we’ll show you how to do this next.

How to delete Messenger from an Android device

1. Access your Android device’s settings.

To start, grab your Android device and tap the Settings icon on your home screen.

Android Settings app icon

2. Scroll down and tap Applications or App Manager, depending on your particular device.

From the main settings menu, scroll down until you find the Apps section. This might be called “Applications” or “App Manager” – it varies from one device to the next. Once you find this section, tap its name to open it.

Android Apps menu

3. Look through your list of apps, then tap Messenger when you find it.

Now that you have the list of apps open, scroll down in the list to find the app you’re looking for. When you find the app in the list, tap Messenger to open details about the app.

Messenger app icon on Android

4. On the next screen, tap Uninstall.

With the details of Messenger open, tap the Uninstall button to remove it from your device.

Uninstall Messenger button

5. Go to Facebook.com in your browser to check your messages.

Once you have removed the messaging app from your Android device, you can still check your Facebook inbox by going to Facebook.com.

Facebook messages in browser

If you follow these steps, you’ll easily be able to uninstall the app from your Android phone or tablet. However, if you just want to stop getting notifications from Messenger, but still want to have the app available to send and receive messages at your convenience, we have four tips to help you stop getting annoying notifications from Messenger without removing the app.

4 ways to avoid getting Messenger notifications

1. Mute notifications on the Messenger app.

You can temporarily turn off notifications from within the Messenger app with the “Do Not Disturb” feature. Here’s how to enable it:

1. Open the app on your device.

Facebook Messenger app icon

2. Tap your profile icon in the top left corner.

Tap profile icon

3. On the next screen, tap Notifications.

Select notifications

4. To turn off notifications, enable Do Not Disturb.

Enable Do Not Disturb toggle

5. Finally, select the amount of time you’d like to have this feature enabled.

Indicate time period

2. Block Messenger notifications using your device.

You can also use your device’s settings to stop notifications from popping up. The steps to doing this will vary based on the type of device you have, but the basic steps will be to open your device’s settings, go to your notification settings, and then disable notifications for the Messenger app.

Disallow notifications

3. Turn off notifications for a specific person or conversation.

If you’re getting a lot of messages from a certain conversation and want to stop them from annoyingly popping up on your device, open the conversation within the app.

Open conversation

Then, tap the name of the person or group at the top of your screen.

Tap name

Now, select Notifications.

Tap notifications

On the next page, tap Mute Conversation.

Mute conversation

Finally, indicate the amount of time you’d like notifications from this conversation to be muted. If you want to keep them off for an unspecified amount of time, select “Until I Turn It Back On.”

Conversation mute time

4. Block anyone who might be bothering you through Messenger.

If someone happens to be bothering or harassing you with messages through the app, you can block them from sending messages to you. To block someone on Messenger, open your conversation with them.

Open conversation

Then, tap their name at the top of your screen.

Tap name

Next, scroll down and tap Block.

Block contact

Now you can choose whether you want to block that contact solely on Messenger, or block them on Facebook altogether. Blocking someone on Facebook will remove the person from your friends list, while blocking them on Messenger will just stop you from being contacted by them.

Choose blocking option

There you have it! That’s all the information you need to uninstall and delete Messenger from your mobile device or tablet, and how to stop getting notifications if you still want to keep the app. We hope this tutorial gave you all the information you were searching for. If you’re looking for another chat app to use, check out our messaging and chat section to find out about other great options. Or, head over to our list of recommended Facebook alternatives for suggestions on other social media apps to try.