Facebook Messenger is a well-liked messaging app. It helps people talk to their Facebook friends and family. In Messenger, you can do lots of things like sending messages, making phone calls, having video chats, using fun stickers and emojis, and more. You can even talk to your Instagram friends, watch videos together, send money safely, and chat with businesses on Messenger.
Some people might want to turn off Facebook Messenger for a while. They might want to take a break from social media, protect their privacy, save data and battery, or focus on something else without being distracted. Turning off Facebook Messenger is different from deleting it. If you turn it off, you can turn it back on later by logging in again. If you delete it, your account and all of your data will be gone forever.
To deactivate Facebook Messenger, users need to deactivate their Facebook account first. This is because Facebook and Messenger are linked together, and there is no option to deactivate Messenger alone. Users can deactivate their Facebook account using the Facebook website or app.
Once they do that, they can follow these steps to deactivate Messenger:
- Open the Messenger app on a mobile device (iPhone or Android).
- Tap on the profile picture in the top-left corner of the screen.
- Tap on Legal & Policies at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap on Deactivate Messenger.
- Enter the password and tap on Continue.
- Tap on Deactivate to confirm.
Users can reactivate Messenger by logging in with their username and password. If they want to delete their account permanently, they need to delete their Facebook account first. And then uninstall the Messenger app from their device.
How to Deactivate Facebook Messenger on iPhone
If users are using an iPhone, they can also deactivate Facebook Messenger using another method. This method does not require them to deactivate their Facebook account first. However, it will also deactivate their Facebook account temporarily until they reactivate it. Users can follow these steps to deactivate Facebook Messenger on iPhone:
- Open the Settings app on the iPhone.
- Tap on “your name” at the top of the iPhone screen.
- Tap on Password & Security.
- Tap on Apps Using Your Apple ID.
- Find and tap on Facebook.
- Tap on Stop Using Apple ID.
- Tap on Stop Using.
- Enter the Apple ID and password then tap on Turn Off.
This will sign out users from both Facebook and Messenger apps on the iPhone. Users can reactivate them by signing in with their Apple ID or their Facebook username and password.
Messenger Lite is a simpler version of Facebook Messenger. It uses less data and runs smoothly on basic devices and slower internet connections. It has the main Messenger features like text, voice calls, video calls, stickers, and emojis. But it doesn’t have some of the fancy extras like group video chats, messaging between different apps, chat themes, custom reactions, watching stuff together, and more.
Messenger Lite is designed for users who want a faster, lighter, and simpler way to communicate with their Facebook friends. It also helps users save data and battery life by consuming less resources than the regular Messenger app. Users can download Messenger Lite from the Google Play Store or the App Store for free.
To deactivate Messenger Lite, users need to follow the same steps as deactivating the regular Messenger app. They need to deactivate their Facebook account first using the Facebook website or app. Then they can open the Messenger Lite app on their mobile device and tap on their profile picture in the top-left corner. Next, they can tap on Legal & Policies and then Deactivate Messenger. They need to enter their password and tap on Continue. Finally, they can tap on Deactivate to confirm.
If users want to use Messenger Lite again, they can log in with their username and password. But if they want to erase their account for good, they should first delete their Facebook account. And then remove the Messenger Lite app from their device.
In summary, Facebook Messenger and Messenger Lite are two messaging apps that let users talk to their Facebook friends and more. If users want a break from social media or save data and battery, they can turn off these apps. However, they should first turn off their Facebook account. If users want to get rid of their data and stop using these apps for good, they can delete their accounts permanently.