How to Block Someone on Facebook Messenger

Tired of receiving someone’s endless messages? Here is how to stop them.

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If you notice that someone is abusing your Facebook Messenger inbox, you can block the sender so that you no longer receive the messages.

What Happens When You Block Someone

When you block someone on Messenger, you no longer receive messages or chat requests from the blocked individual. You are also unable to contact the sender. Additionally, if the person you block is participating in a group conversation, you are notified before entering the chat. If you decide to join a chat with someone you have blocked, the person can converse with you within the context of that conversation.

Blocking someone on Facebook Messenger does not block the person on the entire Facebook platform — only from contacting you via the Messenger platform.

If you have decided that you want to block an individual, follow the appropriate instructions to do so from either the Facebook website or mobile app.

How to Block Messages on the Facebook Website

Messenger is integrated with the Facebook website.

Blocking a Facebook Messenger contact via the web.
Use Messenger.com to block messages from unwanted individuals.  Michael Archambault
  1. Open your Facebook account and click the Messages icon at the top right side of the web page
  2. Select See All in Messenger at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  3. Locate to the individual you want to block and hover over that person's name in the left panel.
  4. Click or press the gear icon that appears to the right of the person's name.
  5. Select Block Messages and confirm the decision.

How to Block Messages on the Messenger App

Blocking a Facebook Messenger contact via the app.
Use the Messenger App to block messages from unwanted individuals.  Michael Archambault
  1. Open the Messenger mobile app on your iOS or Android smartphone.
  2. If you are not already logged in, log in with your Facebook credentials.
  3. Scroll to the individual you want to block and hold your finger on their name until a pop-up dialog appears.
  4. Select the More option in the dialog box.
  5. Select the option to Block messages and tap Done.

Will Someone Know That I've Blocked Them?

While Facebook does not explicitly inform an individual that you blocked them, it may not be difficult for the individual in question to discover the truth. When the person attempts to contact you, they see a message noting that This person isn’t available right now. A web search reveals that this message is displayed to individuals who have been blocked on the platform. If you are anxious about someone discovering that they have been blocked, you may prefer to opt for the Ignore Messages option.

How to Reverse Your Decision

If you decide that you want to unblock an individual and allow them to communicate with you, follow the directions for the appropriate platform.

Unblocking on the Facebook Website

To unblock someone from sending you messages using the Facebook website:

Unblocking a Facebook Messenger contact via the website.
Use the Messenger Website to unblock messages if you have changed your mind. Michael Archambault
  1. Go to the Facebook website and log in.
  2. Select the arrow in the top right corner and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select Blocking in the left panel.
  4. In the Block Messages section, choose Unblock next to the name of the person you want to unblock.

Unblocking on the Messenger Mobile App

Unblocking a Facebook Messenger contact via the app.
Use the Messenger App to unblock messages if you change your mind.

You can also unblock someone you previously blocked from sending you messages on your mobile device using the Messenger app.

  1. Begin by opening the Messenger app on your iOS or Android smartphone.

  2. If you are not already logged in, log in with your Facebook credentials.

  3. Tap on your Messenger profile photo in the upper left corner.

  4. Scroll down to the People option and tap on it.

  5. Tap on the Blocked option that appears.

  6. Select the individual you want to unblock.

  7. Tap Unblock on the next screen.

Alternative to Blocking Someone

If you don't want to block someone, you can opt to ignore their messages entirely. When you choose to ignore people, they see that their messages were sent. On your device, you do not see their messages immediately. Instead, they are relegated to the Message Requests Inbox.

To Ignore someone on Messenger, follow the exact steps for blocking someone, but when prompted, choose to Ignore Messages instead of blocking them.

How to See Message Requests

To access your message requests on the Facebook website, to the Messages icon > See All in Messenger. Click the Large Gear in the upper left corner and select Message Requests.

To obtain your message requests on the app, open the Messenger app on iOS or Android. Select the People tab at the bottom of the screen and select Message Requests.

To reverse the process of ignoring an individual, select their message in the Message Request inbox and tap the Reply button at the bottom of the message to return their conversation to your regular inbox.