Facebook is undoubtedly one of the most popular social media platforms out there right now, so much so that most people who have access to the internet have a Facebook account. And if you have a Facebook account, that means you also have Messenger too, as that’s the platform’s method of allowing you to chat and privately message your Facebook friends. At this point, Messenger can be considered as a separate platform from Facebook, as you can still continue to use it even if you decide to delete or deactivate your Facebook account.
Messenger, as a chatting platform, functions very similarly to other apps like WhatsApp. It’s versatile and allows you to send and receive files as well. That being said, have you ever experience feeling annoyed by someone on Facebook? Or perhaps someone you don’t know or don’t like keeps messaging you, and you no longer want to be bothered by them.
Fortunately, there are different ways for you to remove someone from your Facebook Messenger, from simply muting them to deleting them completely off your profile.
Muting someone is the mildest option you could possibly do if you don’t want to be notified by Facebook Messenger that someone messaged you. This option is most commonly used on group chats, as these usually flood your notifications with a lot of messages from the group members. Imagine turning on your data or connecting to public WiFi, only to be met with the incessant ringing of your notification tone thanks to the flood of messages. If you’ve experienced this more than once, then the best course of action for you would be to mute that person or group chat.
There are actually two ways you can mute a conversation on Messenger. For the first method, open up the group chat or thread of conversation.
From there, tap on the name of the person or group chat. If you’re using an updated version of Messenger for iOS, doing so should lead you to a menu screen where you can change the theme, nicknames, view pictures, and more. Underneath the person or group chat’s name, you should see an option to either mute or unmute the conversation.
Once you click on the mute option, a pop-up will appear asking you which notification you want to mute: message notifications, call notifications, or both.
Once you’ve decided, another pop-up will appear asking you for how long you want the conversation to stay muted. It could be for 15 minutes only, an hour, 8 hours, 24 hours, or indefinitely.
As for the second method, you can quickly mute the chat within the list of conversations you have—meaning to say that you don’t have to click on the individual chats and follow the multiple steps above. Look for the conversation you want to mute within your list of messages, and once you’ve found it, swipe right on it to trigger the option to either Archive the conversation or see more options.
Click on the “More” option, and this will open up a list of options. Click on “Mute” and just like the previous method, decide which notifications you want to mute and for how long.
The next time your group chat blows up or someone you don’t like keeps messaging you, Messenger will no longer notify you.
Another option you can do is completely ignore a contact so that you won’t receive the message at all when they send them. The message will be hidden away to the Message Request section, giving you peace of mind. This is definitely a more intense version of muting someone’s messages, but fortunately, the other person won’t know that you ignored their messages because you’ll still remain as Facebook friends.
To do this, open up the conversation you have with the person you want to ignore. This can also apply to group chats.
Just like muting messages, click on the person or group chat’s name located at the top part of the screen. Once you’re redirected to the conversation’s settings menu, scroll down until you find the “Ignore Messages” option at the bottom.
A prompt will then appear once you click on it. The prompt warns or informs you about what to expect when you choose to ignore messages.
Lastly, blocking someone is perhaps the most effective way of stopping all contact with a person on Facebook. Even if you unfriend that person, there’s still a chance that they can keep messaging you, but blocking them is a completely different story because they’ll no longer be able to view your profile at all nor send you messages.
Once again, tap on the person you want to block to open up the conversation both of you have on Messenger. Then, tap on their name to open up the Settings menu. Scroll down and you should be able to see the “Block” option.
Once you tap that, you’ll see a list of options. Specifically, you’ll be asked to specify whether you just want to block that person on Messenger so you won’t receive any of their messages or calls, or block them completely on Facebook. The former means that you’ll still remain friends on Facebook, while the latter means that Facebook will automatically unfriend that person as soon as you block them.
There you have it—three easy ways you can stop talking to someone on Facebook Messenger or at least stop your notifications from blowing up.