How to Turn Off Facebook Chat

Protect yourself from myriad interruptions

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While you can't actually turn Facebook Messenger off, you can do a couple of things to prevent or reduce interruptions from messages arriving in Facebook Messenger.

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How to Turn Notifications Off in Facebook Messenger

Facebook Notification Settings

One way to prevent interruptions from Facebook Messenger is to turn off notifications.

  1. Open the Facebook Messenger application on your mobile device.
  2. Tap the Me icon at the bottom right of the screen
  3. Tap the Notifications option
  4. Activate the Do Not Disturb option
  5. You will then be presented with several options which control how long notifications from Facebook Messenger will be turned off. The options are: 
    • 15 minutes
    • 1 hour
    • 8 hours
    • 24 hours 
    • Until 8 a.m.

If you'd rather not schedule a time when notifications will be turned back on, you can suppress sound and vibration alerts for Facebook Messenger indefinitely:

    • ​Open Facebook Messenger
    • Tap the Me icon
    • Tap Notifications in Messenger
    • Activate the settings for Sound and Vibration as you prefer
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Mute an Individual Conversation on Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger conversations

Facebook provides a procedure to mute individual conversations. You will still receive all of the messages in the conversation, but you will not be notified each time a new message is entered. Muting a conversation will result in the chat window will staying closed and you also will not receive push notifications telling you that you have a new message on your mobile device.

On the mobile app: 

  • Locate the conversation that you'd like to mute.
  • Swipe left on the conversation to reveal a Mute option. Tapping it will expose several options for how long you'd like to mute the conversation for 15 minutes, an hour, 8 hours, 24 hours, or until you turn it back on.

On the web:

  • Click on the "Messages" icon at the top right of the screen to display a list of your conversations. Select the one that you'd like to mute and click it.
  • Click the gear icon on the upper right side to expose options. You will be able to choose from:
    • 1 hour
    • 8 a.m.
    • Until you turn it back on

So, while you can't log out of Facebook Messenger, you can suppress notifications so that you're not interrupted.