How to Manage Facebook Messenger Options

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Some Facebook Messenger settings may be activated or deactivated based on your personal preferences. You can also customize the appearance and other settings of individual chats.

Information in this article applies to the Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android and the web browser version of Facebook.

How to Manage Facebook Messenger App Settings

To manage your Facebook Messenger app settings:

  1. Tap your profile picture to open your profile.

  2. Scroll down to the Preferences section. From here, you can select options like Privacy and Notifications & Sounds.

  3. To make changes to your account, scroll down on your profile, and then tap Account Settings.

    How to access Preferences and Account Settings in Facebook Messenger

The options on the Notifications & Sounds screen are pretty self-explanatory. On the Privacy options screen, you can enable Facebook secret conversations and manage your list of blocked users. Account Settings is where you can edit your personal information and security preferences.

Notifications, Pivacy, and Account Settings menus on Facebook Messeneger app

How to Manage Facebook Messenger Chat Settings on Facebook.com

To change your message settings on Facebook's website:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account and select the Messages icon in the upper-right corner.

    Select the Messages icon in the upper-right corner of Facebook.
  2. Select See All in Messenger.

    Select See All in Messenger.
  3. Select the Gear in the upper-left corner.

    Select the Gear in the upper-left corner.
  4. Select Settings.

    Select Settings.
  5. From the Settings screen, you can manage your notifications, payments, and list of blocked users. When you are satisfied with your changes, select Done.

    When you are satisfied with your changes, select Done in the Facebook Messenger settings.

How to Change Facebook Messenger Settings Within a Chat

In individual Facebook Messenger conversations, there are settings to customize the background color, find previous messages, and more. These settings apply whether using Facebook in a web browser or accessing the Facebook Messenger mobile app. To change these settings using the app:

  1. Open a chat message you want to change and tap the Information (i) icon in the upper-right corner.

  2. From this screen, you can change the background theme, search the conversation, and more. Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner and scroll down the page to see all of the options.

    How to Change Facebook Messenger Settings Within a Chat

The settings take effect immediately and apply to the entire conversation unless and until the settings are changed again.

The options in this list pertain only to the chat you are currently viewing. One change doesn't apply to all conversations. 

How to Change Chat Settings on Facebook.com

To change individual chat conversation settings using Facebook on the web:

  1. Open a chat message you want to change and select the Information (i) icon in the upper-right corner of the Messenger window.

    Open a chat message you want to change and select the Information (i) icon in the upper-right corner of the Messenger window.
  2. Select More Actions to access the following options:

    • Search in Conversation: A search box appears above the message window where you can enter what you want to find.
    • Edit Nicknames: Change nicknames of any or all members of the conversation.
    • Change Theme: Change the color scheme of the conversation.
    • Change Emoji: Change the default emoji from the blue thumbs-up icon.
    More Actions in the Facebook Messenger Settings
  3. Select Privacy & Support to access the following options:

    • Notifications: Turn off notifications for new messages in the conversations.
    • Ignore and Block Messages: Block incoming messages from anyone in the conversation.
    Privacy & Support in the Facebook Messenger Settings