How to Completely Delete Facebook Messenger in 2023

As a consultant helping small businesses thrive online, I often get asked about managing messaging apps. Many entrepreneurs feel overwhelmed by the constant notifications and privacy concerns.

So should you delete Facebook Messenger entirely? In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll walk through everything you need to know.

Step-by-Step Guide to Removing Messenger

First, the basics – here is exactly how to delete Messenger from your device or desktop:


On iPhone

  1. Open the Messenger app
  2. Tap your profile icon
  3. Scroll down and select "Legal & Policies"
  4. Choose "Deactivate Messenger"
  5. Confirm deactivation

On Android

  1. Open the Messenger app
  2. Tap your profile icon
  3. Select "Legal & Policies"
  4. Choose "Deactivate Messenger"
  5. Confirm deactivation

On Desktop

  1. Go to
  2. Click your profile icon
  3. Click "Legal & Policies"
  4. Select "Deactivate Messenger"
  5. Confirm deactivation

Tip: You‘ll still need one active Messenger account per device. To remove additional accounts, go to Messenger Settings > Remove This Account.

What Happens When You Delete

Deleting Messenger…

  • Removes the app from your device
  • Stops all messages and notifications
  • Saves your message history if you reinstall later
  • Keeps your Facebook account active

Deactivation vs. Deletion:

  • Deactivate – temporarily disables the app and retains data
  • Delete – permanently erases the app and message history

Note: If you want to regain access to previous messages, be sure to create a copy before deleting your account.

5 Benefits of Removing Messenger

As a business owner, you may consider deleting Messenger to:

  1. Increase privacy – Messenger collectspersonal data for ads
  2. Reduce distractions – Disable notifications during work hours
  3. Free up storage space – The app can take up significant memory
  4. Extend battery life – Messaging drains batteries 35% faster [1]
  5. Improve productivity – Less switching between apps means better focus

"As a consultant, I always advise clients to monitor app usage. Sometimes removing an app entirely helps concentrate resources into higher priorities."

Alternatives for Secure Business Messaging

If communicating with customers is still essential, alternatives like Signal offer more control:

  • WhatsApp – End-to-end encrypted messages and calls
  • Signal – Extra security features for businesses
  • Telegram – Create large group chats and channels

Evaluating different apps can enable better decisions for your needs. Do you require maximum privacy? Group messaging? Understanding the tradeoffs is key.

Final Takeaways

Deleting Facebook Messenger can be the right move for solopreneurs and small teams. Just be sure to:

  • Download any important message history first
  • Know the differences between deactivation and deletion
  • Enable other communication channels for your business

With the right system, you can focus your energy into growing your company without unnecessary distractions.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

[1] Forbes, 2021