How to adjust your messaging preferences in Messenger

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The article guides through the process of selecting who can message you on Facebook’s Messenger app. The Messenger provides several customizable settings pertaining to message delivery, notifications, and privacy, particularly on mobile devices. By manipulating these settings, users can control from whom they receive messages and where these messages are routed, reducing unwanted chats or…

This article explains how to select who can message you 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 offturn notifications and sounds on or offchange who can see your storiesturn security alerts on or offturn Chat heads on or offturn save on capture on or off, enable external browser, and more.

The mobile version lets you choose who can message you, including deciding if messages go to your Chats list or Message requests folder or whether you receive them.

People with your phone number, Facebook and Instagram friends, and those you follow can send you chat messages by default. Messages from your followers and others on Facebook and Instagram go to your Message requests folder.

Choosing who can message you in Messenger helps you control who can send you chat messages and how those messages are delivered. This can be particularly useful if you want to reduce unwanted or spam messages or if you want to limit who can contact you on Messenger.

By selecting the delivery options for each connection, you can choose who you want to receive messages from and whether those messages are delivered to your Chat list or Message requests folder.

Choose how Messenger messages are delivered.

As mentioned above, users can choose whether messages from friends and others on Facebook or Instagram get delivered to their chat list or message folder or are never delivered.

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.

Turn on app lock unlock with biometrics in Messenger

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

Messenger Privacy and safety

Next, select the “Message delivery” tile on the Privacy & safety settings page to expand it.

Messenger app message delivery

On the ‘Message delivery‘ setting page, select the delivery options for the following connections:

  • People with your phone number
    • Chats
    • Message requests
    • Don’t receive requests
  • Friend or friends on Facebook
    • Chats
    • Message requests
    • Don’t receive requests
  • Accounts you follow or have chatted with on Instagram
    • Chats
    • Message requests
    • Don’t receive requests
  • Your followers on Instagram
    • Chats
    • Message requests
    • Don’t receive requests
  • Others on Facebook
    • Message requests
    • Don’t receive requests
  • Others on Instagram
    • Message requests
    • Don’t receive requests

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to choose who can message you in Messenger. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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