How to Log Out of Facebook Messenger: A Guide for Small Businesses

As a small business owner, I learned the hard way about the importance of logging out of apps on shared devices. After an embarrassing mix-up when I forgot to log out of Facebook Messenger on a work computer, I vowed to be more diligent for the security of my business.

Logging out of Messenger is a quick but critical step to ensure your privacy and maintain control over your personal information. When accessing the app from public computers or sharing mobile devices with others, it‘s especially important to fully disconnect your account.

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll share tips and step-by-step instructions to log out of Facebook Messenger correctly on both mobile and desktop.

Why You Should Log Out of Messenger

Over 1.3 billion people use Facebook Messenger each month. With usage this widespread on personal and work devices, logging out regularly is vital.

Here are key reasons you should make a habit of logging out of Messenger:

  • Privacy: Logging out protects your personal information and prevents others from accessing your conversations and data.
  • Security: Logging out safeguards your accounts in case a shared mobile device or computer is lost, stolen or compromised.
  • Separate accounts: Logging out allows you to easily switch between multiple Facebook accounts on the same device.

According to Facebook, 81% of US small business owners use Facebook to connect with customers. But only 11% of internet users change passwords monthly. Logging out removes access between password changes.

Step-by-Step: Logging Out on Mobile

Logging out of Facebook Messenger on your iPhone, iPad or Android device takes just a few taps:

  1. Open the Messenger app and tap your profile picture in the top left corner.
  2. Scroll down and tap the "Settings" option.
  3. Tap "Account Settings".
  4. Tap "Security" to view your active sessions.
  5. Tap the device you want to log out from.
  6. Tap "Log Out" to sign out of that session.
  7. To log out of all sessions at once, tap "Log Out of All Sessions".

Messenger app Settings screenshots on iOS

Fig 1. Navigating to Account Settings on the Messenger mobile app

Logging out through the mobile app is the simplest way to fully disconnect your account on a device.

Logging Out on Desktop

If you use Messenger on a laptop or desktop computer, here‘s how to log out:

  1. Go to messenger.com and log in if you aren‘t already.
  2. Click your profile picture in the top left corner.
  3. Select "Log Out" from the dropdown menu.
  4. Confirm by clicking "Log Out" again in the popup.
  5. Close the Messenger website when done.

Alternatively, you can log out by going to your Facebook account Settings on desktop:

  1. Click the arrow icon in the top right on Facebook.
  2. Choose "Settings & Privacy" then "Settings".
  3. Click "Security and Login" in the left sidebar.
  4. Select "Messenger" and click "Log out".

Messenger website Log Out screenshot

Fig 2. Logging out of Messenger on desktop

Logging out on desktop gives you a clean break from Messenger on that computer.

Troubleshooting Tips

In some cases, you may encounter issues while trying to log out of Facebook Messenger:

  • Can‘t log out: Update the Messenger app or clear cache/data for the app under your device Settings > Apps.
  • App logs back in: Disable "Stay Logged In" under Messenger Settings > Privacy.
  • Log out not working: Try logging out of Facebook separately. This often resolves associated app issues.
  • Problems persist: Uninstall and reinstall Messenger to fully reset the app as a last resort.

Logging out inconsistencies usually stem from out-of-date apps, corrupted data or settings conflicts. Addressing these directly by troubleshooting will allow you to properly log out.

Key Takeaways

Logging out of Messenger only takes a few taps, but is critical for privacy and security. Follow these tips:

  • Fully log out – Don‘t just close the app or website. Sign out through the menus.
  • Log out on all devices – Only logging out on one can still leave you vulnerable.
  • Make it a habit – Log out regularly, especially on shared mobiles and computers.
  • Troubleshoot issues – Update apps, clear corrupted data and turn off auto-login if you have problems.
  • When in doubt, log out – Protecting yourself is worth the minimal effort.

As a business owner, I learned the hard way just how important logging out of Messenger can be. Following these best practices will help keep your accounts secure.