How To: Uninstall and Remove Facebook Messenger on Windows

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Facebook Messenger, the company’s chat program, was removed from the mobile Facebook application in 2011 before the social network removed the chat feature from the main application in 2014. As with other third-party applications, you can remove it from your phone with a few clicks.

Unlike a Windows desktop program, the Facebook application does not appear in the list of programs in the Programs and Features section of the Control Panel. To delete the application from your computer, delete it from the Windows 8.1 home screen. Instead of deleting the application, you may also consider logging out of Facebook or changing the settings in the Application Settings menu to avoid intrusive notifications and updates.

To uninstall Facebook Messenger for Windows:

To remove the Facebook Messenger application from your PC, do the following:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select System.
  • Click on Apps & Features.
  • Browse the Messenger for Facebook application.
  • Select the application, then click on Uninstall.

Please also check the application from your phone if you do not want to receive messages from Messenger, you can uninstall the application.

Safe mode startup and uninstallation from Apps and Features

Some affected users reported that they did not solve the problem until they restarted their computer in safe mode and uninstalled the Messenger application from the Apps and Features screen. In most cases, this procedure bypasses any type of conflict that could cause the problem.

Using Windows 10 Store Apps Uninstaller

Several concerned users reported that the problem was finally resolved, and they managed to uninstall the UWP version of Facebook Messenger after using Windows Store Apps Uninstaller instead of the default uninstall procedure.

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Uninstall the programs related to Facebook Chat Messenger from the Control Panel.

We recommend that you check the list of installed programs and look for an entry in Facebook Chat Messenger or other unknown and suspicious programs. Below you will find instructions for the different versions of Windows. In some cases, adware programs are protected by malicious services or processes and you are not allowed to uninstall them. If Facebook Chat Messenger does not uninstall or displays an error message indicating that you do not have enough rights to do so, follow these instructions in Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Network.


Although it is possible to delete the Facebook application from your computer, anyone can access Facebook from your web browser. To prevent some users from accessing the site, add the Facebook URL to Microsoft Family Safety – a native program and a site that manages the activities of your computer users – Allow or Block List. To activate Microsoft Family Safety, open the Accounts section of the PC Settings menu, then select the account you want to manage.

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