How to Remove People from Messenger?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Remove People from Messenger?

There are several means to remove people from Messenger. You can:

  • Delete someone’s chat on your Messenger app (this won’t affect their version of the chat)
  • Block them
  • Restrict them on Messenger

I’ll explain what each of these things do below, so keep reading to learn more!

Deleting Someone’s Chat on Messenger

When you delete a chat with someone on Messenger, only your version of the chat is deleted from your phone.

The other person will still have an intact version of the conversation on their phone. Moreover, they will still be able to:

  • Send you new messages on Messenger
  • See when you’re online
  • See if you’ve read their messages
  • See your posts on Facebook
  • See your Messenger profile on Facebook

Deleting a chat with someone on Messenger doesn’t do anything other than that – deleting the chat. Nothing else is changed.

To delete someone’s chat on Messenger, simply hold-tap on chat with that person!

Facebook Messenger Chats page showing a chat highlighted in red
Facebook Messenger Chats page showing a chat highlighted in red

Once you hold-tap on the chat, a menu will appear, showing you several options.

Facebook Messenger chat options showing the "Delete" option highlighted in red
Facebook Messenger chat options showing the “Delete” option highlighted in red

Once the menu appears, tap “Delete” to remove the chat with that person from your Messenger account. You may need to confirm the action by selecting “Ok“!

Block Them on Messenger

Blocking someone on Messenger will restrict them from sending you messages. They also won’t see your online status.

If you combine this with deleting their chat, you can effectively “remove” someone from Messenger. Here’s how to do it:

1. Hold-tap on the chat with that person

Facebook Messenger Chat window showing a chat with someone highlighted in red
Facebook Messenger Chat window showing a chat with someone highlighted in red

To block someone, you need to hold-tap on their chat to open up the menu. Do that and proceed to the last step!

2. Select “Block

Facebook Messenger Chat options showing the "Block" option highlighted in red
Facebook Messenger Chat options showing the “Block” option highlighted in red

Once you hold-tap on someone’s chat on Messenger, you’ll see this menu pop up. It’s the same menu as before. Select “Block” from the list to block them.

This will also block them on Facebook since Messenger and Facebook are part of the same company and network.

Here’s what blocking someone on Messenger does:

  • They can’t send you messages on Messenger or Facebook
  • They can’t make calls to your Messenger account
  • They can’t join a room you’re in on Facebook or Messenger
  • They can still leave comments on your posts and see your profile
  • They won’t see your online status anymore
  • They can’t see your Facebook and Messenger stories
  • They can still talk to you in common groups that you’re both in

Their chats won’t be removed from your Messenger history, though. You’ll have to do that manually by deleting their chats.

Restrict Them on Messenger

Another option for “removing” someone on Facebook Messenger is restricting them. This is a stealthier way of blocking someone.

Here’s what it does:

  • It removes the chat from your “Chats” list
  • You don’t receive message notifications from them
  • They can still send you messages
  • They can’t see your Active Status or if you’ve read their messages
  • They won’t be notified that you’ve restricted them
  • They can still see your stories and posts and comment on both

Follow the steps below to restrict someone on Messenger:

1. Hold-tap on the chat

Facebook Messenger Chat window showing a conversation highlighted in red
Facebook Messenger Chat window showing a conversation highlighted in red

To restrict someone on Messenger, you need to open the chat settings like before. So, hold tap on the chat until the menu appears!

2. Select “Restrict

Facebook Messenger Chat settings showing the "Restrict" button highlighted in red
Facebook Messenger Chat settings showing the “Restrict” button highlighted in red

Once the chat menu appears, select the “Restrict” option and continue with the guide to see what you need to do next!

3. Select “Restrict

Messenger "Restrict" page showing information about restricting someone, and the "Restrict" button is highlighted at the bottom of the page
Messenger “Restrict” page shows information about restricting someone, and the “Restrict” button is highlighted at the bottom of the page

You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to restrict that person on Messenger. The app will tell you what will happen once you restrict them.

To agree, select “Restrict” again at the bottom of the page, and you’re done.

Finally, you can unfriend someone on Facebook, but that will not remove them from Messenger. It won’t delete the conversation automatically and won’t stop that person from messaging you in the future.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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