How to Turn “Security alerts” On or Off when a Contact’s keys change in Messenger

Turn security alerts on or off in Messenger

The article provides a guide on how to toggle “Security alerts” on or off in Facebook’s Messenger app. This feature notifies users when a contact’s security keys change, ensuring they’re interacting with the correct person. It also mentions other functionalities of the Messenger app, such as messaging, making calls, sharing media, and adjusting various settings on both desktop and mobile platforms.

This article explains how to turn “Security alerts” on or off when someone’s security keys change in Messenger 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.

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When you use Messenger for communications, it encrypts your chats from end to end so that your conversations are secured. There’s a security setting that, when enabled, will let you know if your contact’s security keys have changed.

This is one way to ensure you’re not chatting with the wrong person. By turning “Security alerts” off, you will not receive these notifications.

Turn “Security alerts” on or off for Messenger

As mentioned above, users can turn Messeger’s security alerts on or off to get notifications when someone’s security keys have changed. This is an important step to ensure you’re always chatting with the right person.

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 “End-to-end encrypted chats” tile to expand it.

Messenger end-to-end encrypted chats

Next, select “Security alerts” on the End-to-end encrypted chats settings page.

Messenger end-to-end encrypted chats security alerts

Next, select the “Security alerts‘ tile, then toggle the switch button to the On position to enable this feature.

To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

Messenger end-to-end encrypted chats security alerts button

That should do it!


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