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How To Log Out of Facebook Messenger on Android

Updated on August 16, 2017
Simple steps to sign out from Facebook Messenger
Simple steps to sign out from Facebook Messenger | Source

Facebook Messenger is stubborn!

There—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. Even when I'm surfing the internet on the Chrome app on my phone, the Messenger app is still 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 used without uninstalling the app itself. Now, this option is perfect for me because I don't want to uninstall Messenger and I don't want to delete the app updates—I only want the Messenger to forget me for a while.

5 Simple Steps To Log Out of Messenger Completely

Follow the given five easy steps, after which you are as good as being signed out from Messenger on your Android (without deleting the app).

Step 1: Go to your Android Settings. It is the big "Settings" gear icon 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

Step 5 (Alternative Step): If your OS is Android Marshmallow or higher, you can also follow an alternative step without going through the "Settings". For this, hold the Messenger app icon. Then, drag the icon to the "Details" text. You can clear the data from here as well.

Happy signing out!

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

When you clear the data, the phone:

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

What clearing the data does not do:

  • Does not uninstall the Messenger app
  • Does not uninstall any updates the app may have received from the Google Play Store.

That is how you log out from FB Messenger on Android!

To log back in, simply tap your "head" in the Messenger app or sign-in manually by entering your Facebook login credentials.

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

Are you bothered that Facebook Messenger does not have a "log out" option?

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