How to log out of Facebook Messenger - Android Authority

How to log out of Facebook Messenger - Android Authority

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Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

Facebook Messenger is a popular chat app for keeping in touch with friends and family online. However, many people have searched in vain for a way to log out of Facebook Messenger when they have finished their conversations. Is it actually possible to log out of Messenger? Or does Facebook want you to permanently stay logged in? Let’s see what’s possible in the Facebook app, Messenger app, and the Facebook website itself.

Read more: 20 Facebook Messenger tips and tricks you may not know

QUICK ANSWER

Unlike other chat apps, there is no actual button to log out of Messenger. Instead, you have to remove the access permissions for your device to use Messenger. This will bounce your device out of the Facebook Messenger platform. The procedure varies slightly, depending on whether you're using the app or the website.


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How to log out of Facebook Messenger on the Facebook app

The procedure is the same, regardless of Android or iOS, if you log out of Messenger on the Facebook app. The interface may be slightly different, but the process is the same.

Go to your Facebook settings menu (the three-line hamburger menu) and go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Security. Tap Security and login.

In the Where you’re logged in section, look for the device you want to sign out of Messenger. It must say Messenger underneath the device. If not, all you would be doing is logging yourself out of the Facebook app. If you don’t see the device, you may have to click the See more link for a complete list. Tap the three dots on the far right for the log-out link.

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How to log out of Facebook Messenger on the Messenger app

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There are slightly different procedures involved for logging out of the Messenger app, depending on whether you’re using Android or iOS. The iOS process is arguably a lot easier.

Android

If you want to log out of Messenger on your Android device, then you need to go into the phone’s cache settings, not Messenger’s settings. The exact location will vary slightly depending on what phone model you have, but the section should be called Apps. Then go to the full list of all apps on your phone and find Messenger.

Now click Storage & cache under Messenger, and then Clear storage. You will be asked to confirm. When you have, you will now be logged out of Messenger.

iOS

On the iOS version of Messenger, tap your profile avatar at the top-left of the screen.

Scroll down to Account settings and select it.

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  • This will now open Facebook in a mobile browser window, where you will be required to log in. Then go to Settings > Security > Security and login.
  • Under Where you’re logged in, find the device you wish to log out of on Messenger. It must say Messenger underneath the device name. Otherwise, you will only log yourself out of Facebook. If you don’t see the device, you may have to click the See more link for a complete list.
  • When you’ve found it, tap the three dots to the right of the device name and tap Log Out.

How to log out of Facebook Messenger on the Facebook website

After signing into your Facebook account, click this link. This will take you to the Security and login page. Under Where you’re logged in, find the device you want to log out of. If you don’t see it, you may have to click the See more link for a complete list.

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When you’ve found it, click the three dots to the right of the device name and click Log Out.

Alternatively, you can log out of all devices simultaneously by clicking Log out of all sessions at the bottom.

facebook website log out of all sessions

FAQs

Yes, go into Messenger’s privacy settings and disable Active Status. The green dot that shows you’re online will blink off.

Send them a message. If it then doesn’t say Unread, then that means the message has been seen.

The time the person was last active will stay on their Messenger profile for 24 hours before disappearing.

Not if you only log out of the device with Messenger underneath it.

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