How to protect privacy on Facebook Messenger as much as possible and be invisible to contacts

FacebookMessenger. (photo: FayerWayer)

The messaging application developed by Goal It exists since 2008 and millions of people access it. It is possible that at some point in life you have calmly sailed on Facebook and suddenly someone speaks to him, like i’m plugged in Messengerbut he really doesn’t want to talk to anyone and wants to go unnoticed.

Next, we explain how to hide as much as possible on Facebook Messenger. This article will be focused exclusively on the mobile version of the appssince in the computer the service is integrated with Facebook’s own website and its messaging system.

Remember that Messenger will always be linked to the Facebook account, so your privacy and what you hide will depend on the options you have there.

No need to provide your Facebook number or profile

One thing Messenger does better than WhatsApp is that the phone number is not provided.

What it allows to do is, instead of a phone number, create the username with a short link. This way, it will be easier to find and contact you; the person is not even added to Facebook. Of course, it should be taken into account that the Facebook profile is linked from the Messenger profile.

For create a username, here is the step by step:

1. Enter the application Messenger and click on your Photo at the top left.

2. In the menu that opens, click the option Username.

3. Here, you have the ability to create a custom name, modify the name you have, or save the contact link to your clipboard. telephone so you can paste it into a chat from another app.

Username on Facebook Messenger.  (photo: wikiHow)
Username on Facebook Messenger. (photo: wikiHow)

Hide when you are using the app

Like most messaging apps, Messenger also has an activity indicator. This means that you will be visible to other users as active when you use the app, so they can see if you want to write to them at that moment.

If you want to hide and not show this indicator, you can hide the activity indicator:

1. In the app, tap on your profile picture.

2. When the menu opens go to the option Active State.

3. deactivate the option of Show when you’re active so that no one knows if you are connected to Facebook or the messaging app.

FacebookMessenger.  (photo: The Spanish)
FacebookMessenger. (photo: The Spanish)

Ignore messages from specific people

Receiving notifications about messages people send you can trick you into seeing them, and by doing so, others may know you’ve done it.

But there’s something you can do ignore people who put your messages in the spam folder. You can also block contacts, but by ignoring them, other people will not notice anything.

1. To do this, you must keep your finger on one of the chat to bring up the context menu of the conversation.

2. In this menu you have to click on the option ignore message that will appear to you

3. By doing so, you won’t receive notifications of your messages, and they will be moved directly to the spam folder so you won’t even know they were sent to you.

The other person you will not be notified of anything, you will simply only see that the messages do not arrive.

Persona has the option to 'Ignore Messages' in Facebook Messenger.  (photo: Digital Children)
Persona has the option to ‘Ignore Messages’ in Facebook Messenger. (photo: Digital Children)

Decide who can write to you directly

While it won’t make you hide more from others, it might make it less annoying when strangers text you. Specifically, Messenger allows you to configure which new messages go directly to the conversation and which others go to the folder Message requests.

For example, you can make sure that only messages from your Facebook friends reach you directly in the chat, while other messages are filtered to this folder, which you can refer to any time you want.

To configure this, here is the step by step:

1. You must click on your profile picture at the top left to bring up the menu.

2. In here click on the section Privacy.

3. Now click on the option Send Message.

3. You will enter a screen where you can define how new messages sent to you by the three groups of people behave.

Folders in Facebook Messenger.  (photo: Xataka)
Folders in Facebook Messenger. (photo: Xataka)

Use an avatar as a profile picture so you won’t be found easily

In the Messenger app, when you click your profile picture to enter the menu with your name, you can click on the option Avatar.

This is used to create an avatar with the custom face and clothing you want, and this character will act as your profile picture on Messenger.

Here, if you want to hide as much as possible, when you design your profile picture you should do it in a way that looks different from you. This will make it more difficult for others to identify you in the app.

Avatar on Facebook Messenger.  (photo: iPadizate)
Avatar on Facebook Messenger. (photo: iPadizate)

As a last resort, create a second account for Messenger

And if you don’t want to complicate your life too much, you can also choose create a new account just for Messenger.

This can be useful in case you need to use Messenger, but don’t want a real profile with your data.


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