How to Change “Who can see your stories” in Messenger

Change who can see your stories in Messenger

This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to modify the visibility settings for your stories on Facebook’s Messenger app. With these instructions, users can choose between a public or a custom audience, and can even hide their stories from select contacts. This feature ensures privacy and is available on both mobile devices and the Messenger desktop app.

This article explains how to change “Who can see your stories” in the Messenger app on mobile devices.

The Messenger Desktop app is a standalone messaging app developed by Facebook that allows users to send and receive messages, make audio and video calls, and share files and media with other users without going through a web browser.

When you use the Messenger app on Windows, you can turn auto-start on or offchange your online status, turn message preview on or off, mute or unmute all notificationschange skintone for emojis and hand gesturesturn to spell-check and auto-correction on or offturn open Messenger when used in a browser, on or off, and more.

On mobile devices, you can also turn Active status on or offturn on safe website browsingadd or remove people from hidden contactsturn unlock with biometrics on or offadd or remove people from restricted accounts, show or hide notifications on lock screenturn new friend notifications on or off, turn notifications and sounds on or off, and more.

When you use the mobile version, you can also choose “Who can see your stories”. By default, your Facebook friends only. But you can select [Public] or [Custom – select friends].

You may want to change who can see your stories in Messenger for various reasons. For instance, you may want to share a story with only a select group or with the Public. Alternatively, you may want to limit who can see your stories due to privacy concerns or other personal reasons.

Regardless of your motivation, changing who can see your stories is a simple process that can be done on both mobile devices and the Messenger desktop app.

Choose who can see your stories in Messenger

As mentioned above, users can choose who sees their stories in the Messenger app on mobile devices. This allows you to show your stores, Facebook friends only, or select friends to the public.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Messenger app on your mobile device.

Messenger app on home screen

When the app opens, click Menu on the top left and select the Settings (gear) button on the profile menu.

Next, click the Privacy & safety tile to expand it.

On the Privacy & safety settings page, select the “Store controls” tile to expand it.

Messenger story controls tile

Under “Who can see your story?” select one of the following options:

  • Public
  • Friends only
  • Custom – select from the list of friends who should see your stories.

To hide your stories from select people, click the “Hide story from” tile, then select the people on the list you wish to hide your stories from.

Click the “SAVE” button when you’re done to apply your changes.

That should do it!


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