All Possible Ways to Log Out of Facebook Messenger

  • Facebook Messenger for Android and iPhone is a great way to stay connected with friends but it can also keep you distracted making you want to log out of it.
  • Facebook Messenger lets you send text messages, photos, videos and GIFs and whenever someone will text you, you will receive notifications that can be annoying at times.
  • You can log out of the Facebook Messenger app through the desktop site, on an iPhone or the Facebook Messenger mobile app.

There is no denying the fact that Facebook Messenger has really changed the definition of instant messaging. But have you realized that you cannot log out of Facebook Messenger. Surprising, but it is true. Facebook Messenger doesn’t come with a log-out button but you might have your own reasons to go offline. So, how to sign out of messenger? And if it is really feasible to do so? We will find out in this blog.

The Internet is really useful but can be distracting at times; this is why people take breaks from instant messaging apps like Facebook Messenger. Signing out of the Facebook Messenger app is not as straightforward as it seems but still you will find out a way out of it once you reach the end of this blog.

How to Log Out of Messenger on All Devices? 

On Desktop

  1. Go to on a browser and log in to your Facebook account; click on the drop-down menu.
click on the drop-down menu
  1. Click on ‘Settings and Privacy’
Settings and Privacy
  1. Then select the ‘Settings’ option 
  1. Then, click on ‘Security and Login’ given in the right column.
Security and Login
  1. In the section ‘Where you’re logged in’, look for the messenger app, click on the menu option and then select ‘Log Out’.
Log Out
  1. You will notice that the device in which you were logged in has disappeared, it means you have logged out of the Facebook Messenger app.

On iPhone through Facebook App

Here is how to log out of Facebook Messenger on an iPhone using the Facebook app:

  1. Open the Facebook app on your iPhone device and tap the three-horizontal lines placed in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  1. Scroll down to the ‘Settings and Privacy’ option
Settings and Privacy
  1. Tap the first option ‘Settings’
  1. Tap ‘Security and Login’.
Security and login
  1. In the section, ‘Where you are logged in’, you will see the device which is logged into Messenger 
second iPad device for messenger
  1. Tap the menu option for the device and then tap ‘Log out’; this will log you out of the Facebook Messenger.
Log Out

On iPhone through Facebook Messenger App

You can also log out of Messenger on iPhone using the Facebook Messenger app as follows:

  1. Open the Facebook Messenger app and tap the profile icon at the left-top corner.
 profile icon
  1. Scroll down and tap ‘Account Settings’
Account Settings
  1. In the Settings menu, tap ‘Security and Login’.
Security and Login
  1. You will be directed towards the official website of Facebook on your Safari browser where after logging in, you will see all the devices logged into Messenger; simply tap the menu icon for the iPad or iPhone device you want to sign out from and tap the option ‘Log Out’.
Log Out

That’s how you can log out of messenger on your iPad as well using the same steps provided above.

What are the Other Options Available?

Facebook Messenger doesn’t offer you a direct option to log out of the app. You can only use the above ways to sign out if you are signed in to the Messenger on your desktop, Android, iPhone or iPad device. 

Apart from that the Messenger app offers you several options that you might find helpful in this regard. 

  1. Turn the Notifications Off

If you want to check the messages only when you want to and not when the notifications arrive, you can simply turn them off to avoid distraction.

Desktop App

To turn Messenger notifications on or off:

  • In the top-left, click your photo
  • Go to Preferences > Notifications> Do not disturb 

To turn off notification previews:

  • In the top-left, click your photo
  • Go to Preferences > Notifications> Show previews 

To turn off notification for an individual conversation:

  • Open the conversation and click three-vertical dots in the top right.
  • Select Mute Notifications and also select for how long you want to mute notifications and click Confirm.

Desktop (

To turn Messenger notifications on or off:

  • Click on the ‘Settings’ icon next to Chats.
  • Go to Settings> Desktop notifications enabled> Done

To turn off notifications for an individual conversation:

  • Take your mouse over the conversation; click on the three-horizontal dots
  • Click ‘Mute Conversation’ and select the duration for which you want to mute notifications and then click ‘Mute’.
  1. Show Yourself as Inactive

If you don’t want to log out but still want to avoid getting messages, you can keep your active status off. However, you need to turn your active status off from all the devices that you use to access Facebook Messenger.

To turn your active Status on or off in Messenger:

On Desktop App

  • Open Messenger and click your profile photo given in top-left.
  • Go to Preferences> Active Status> Show Active Status to turn your Active Status on or off

On Desktop (

  • Open Messenger and click on the gear icon in the top-left.
  • Click Settings and then click next to ‘Show when you’re active’ to turn your Active Status on or off.

What Happens When you Log Out of Messenger?

When you log out of Facebook Messenger on any device like Desktop, Android, iPhone or iPad, you opt out from receiving notifications from incoming messages. You will still receive messages from your contacts but that you will be only able to see when you log in back. By logging out of the Facebook Messenger app, you can simply avoid the disturbance whenever you want to.

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