How to Disable Chat Heads in Facebook Messenger (Because It’s Evil)

Chat heads are one of those things that I can only assume Facebook created to make sure they could sufficiently annoy you when not using the app to go back into it. There is never a time that while I’m using my phone I need a notification and a floating head of my friend messaging me over what I was originally trying to do. AMIRITE?

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It’s pretty easy to figure out why Facebook added this feature to the messenger app–the longer you spend in the app the more time for you to be shown ads and the more revenue Facebook can make. And, of course, thanks to the psychology of notifications (long story short, most people get anxiety when they don’t check them, but that’s an article for another day), the more in our face a notification is, the greater the urge for us to need to answer it as fast as possible.

Now, if you’re as turned off by this feature (which is, of course, on by default), there is hope. Here’s how to turn off Chat Heads in Facebook.

  1. Open the Facebook Messenger app.Facebook Messenger
  2. Tap on your face at the top right to get to settings.Messenger Settings
  3. Scroll down and turn off Chat Head.Disable Chat Heads

Now, you’ll just get normal notifications like every other messaging app on the planet. Hope that helped some other people who might have been frustrated. Let me know in the comments below or reach out to me on social.

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  • Albin Bjärle

    Låter ju sunt.

  • Yahya Atiya

    THANK YOU!!! I knew it was in settings, but the sly b**tards hid settings and I had no idea where to go!!!

  • HaveSpacesuit

    Super, thanks!

  • Hamburger_Cheese

    bless you
    this was driving me bananas

  • loki2009

    Thank you! Was driving me nuts – latest upgrade turned all that crap on. I hate when they change things that you have previously set.

    • Yeah me too. Obviously doing it on purpose too annoys me more ?
      Glad this helped though!

  • Jane Austin

    For some reason, I was just blessed with these this evening. Conversations and “stories” from weeks ago were popping up and I could NOT get rid of them despite bailing out of every app and turning everything I could find to “off.”

    Finally got the chat heads to disappear by swiping all of the heads down and off my Galaxy S9+ but had to come web surfing to find out how to make them never come back. How utterly creepy!

    • That’s super weird that it did that all at once. Glad this solved it though!

  • Christopher Fowler

    Thanks! Hate crap like this – thanks helping improve the user experience buy turning crap off!

  • Jacqueline

    I want to get rid of some of my chat heads, but not all of them. How do I do that

    • Unfortunately I don’t think there is a way to do that.

  • Charlie Cosnow

    Thank you for the chat head info. Now the evil is banished!