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How To Log Out of Facebook Messenger on Android

Updated on October 31, 2015
Simple steps to sign out from Facebook Messenger
Simple steps to sign out from Facebook Messenger | Source

Facebook Messenger is stubborn!

Thereā€”I said it!

If you have used Facebook Messenger on Android, you know how stubborn it can be. Every other Android app has an option to log you out of the application but Facebook did not manage to include a simple "Sign out" button in its messenger app?

Facebook Messenger does not normally bother me because I know how to turn off the lights, sounds and notifications. However, the main thing that bothers me is that I'm being tracked and my online status is being sent to all of my friends even when I don't use the Messenger. This is what troubles me. If I'm surfing the internet on Chrome app, the Messenger app still is connected to the internet, and it shows "1m ago" next to my status on the app. This has to end.

This is what Facebook shows for those who are online (regardless they want to have a conversation or not)

As you can see, the status is shown as "1m ago" for those who are connected to the internet. Even if I don't want to text/chat and just want to surf the internet, Facebook shows me active.
As you can see, the status is shown as "1m ago" for those who are connected to the internet. Even if I don't want to text/chat and just want to surf the internet, Facebook shows me active. | Source

Logging out of Messenger is not that hard

Once we know where the majority of apps are installed and tweaked, it can be as easy as this. *snaps fingers*

Turns out, there is a universal option to delete every data the app ever consumed without uninstalling the app itself. Now this option is perfect for me because I don't want to uninstall Messenger, I don't want to delete the app updates, I only want the Messenger to forget me for a while.

5 Steps To Log Out of Messenger Completely

Step 1: Go to your Android Settings. It is the big "Settings" app on your main menu.

Step 2: Scroll down until you see "Apps". It is located under the heading "Device"

Tap on "Apps"
Tap on "Apps" | Source

Step 3: Scroll down and choose "Messenger". Sort the apps alphabetically to make the process easier.

Messenger on Android
Messenger on Android | Source

Step 4: As a final step, tap on "Clear Data". It's done!

Clear all Facebook Messenger data
Clear all Facebook Messenger data | Source

What "Clear Data" means and what it doesn't mean

What clearing the data does:

  • Delete all your Facebook messenger files
  • Delete all user history data (which means log you out)
  • Delete association with the main Facebook app

What clearing the data does not do:

  • Does not uninstall the Messenger app
  • Does not uninstall any updated the app may have received from the Play Store

That is how you sign off from FB Messenger!

If you have any Messenger tips or tricks you would like to share, feel free to post it on the comments.

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