How to Edit Your Facebook Chat Options

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Manage your chats using Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger
Learn how to manage your Facebook chats on a computer and mobile device. Erik Tham/Getty Images

While Facebook Messenger is an excellent application which can be used to keep in touch with your family and friends on Facebook, there are some features of this service that can be downright annoying at times. Luckily, the developers at Facebook have included a way to turn these features on and off based on your personal preferences.

The preferences that you have access to will be different depending on whether you are using a computer or a mobile device, so let's take a look at both.

Next: How to manage your Facebook chat options on a computer

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Managing your Facebook chat options on a computer

Facebook Messenger on a computer
Facebook provides many options for managing your messages. Facebook

Facebook chat options can be accessed on a computer by clicking the Messages icon at the top right side of the screen, and then clicking "See All" at the very bottom of the list. Clicking "See All" will result in a screen appearing with a full view of your latest conversation, and a list of prior conversations in a list on the left-hand side. There are many options available to manage your messages, here we'll take a look at a few of the most helpful.

How to manage your Facebook chats on a computer

  • Tap on the "gear" icon on the upper right-hand side of the screen (make sure you're on the chat main page by following the instructions above). When you click on the gear icon, there will be a list of options which you can select. Note that the options in this list pertain ONLY to the chat which you are currently viewing. In other words, options can be changed on a chat-by-chat basis -- one change will not apply to all chats. Options include:
  • View Photos in Thread: This is a helpful option if you are searching for a photo which was previously posted in a conversation, or if you'd simply like to look at all photos which have been posted in a chat. This option eliminates text messages and shows only the images posted in the chat instead.
  • Mute Conversation: This option allows you to suppress notifications from a specific conversation temporarily. Selecting this option will bring up a screen on which you can choose how long you'd like to mute the conversation: for one hour, until 8am the next day, or until you un-mute the chat.
  • Delete Conversation: This option enables you to delete specific messages from a conversation -- which may be helpful if you'd like to keep the most important parts of the conversation for future reference.

There are many options available besides those listed above to help you manage and get the most out of your chats. For additional help, visit the Facebook Messenger Help Center

Next: Manage your Facebook chats on a mobile device

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Managing your Facebook chat options on a mobile device

Facebook Messenger on a mobile device
Manage your mobile chats on Facebook Messenger. Facebook

Options exist for managing your Facebook chats on a mobile device, however the options are more limited than what is available on a computer.

How to manage your Facebook chats on a mobile device

  • Open Messenger and tap the conversation that you want to manage to open it. Then tap "Manage" at the top right of the screen.
  • Mute Notifications: Tapping this option mutes notifications generated by activity within a chat. In order to un-mute, tap "Manage" again and then tap "Un-mute notifications."
  • Leave Feedback: This option enables you to leave feedback for Facebook regarding how satisfied you are with the Messenger product. This option is NOT helpful for managing your messages. 
  • Manage Messages: This option allows you to do two things: block "Sponsored Messages," (in other words, ads sent by Facebook through Messenger), and "Block Messages" which results in the blocking of all messages sent by the party in the chat which you are managing. Both of these options are activated by toggling the switch - simple move the switch to the opposite side to turn the option off.

For more information about using managing your chats on Facebook, visit the Facebook Messenger Help Center.

Facebook Messenger is a great application which can be used to keep in touch with friends and family -- and fortunately, there's a wide variety of tools available to help you manage those messages as well.

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 9/29/16