Remove contacts from Messenger on an iPhone or iPad

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Remove contacts from Messenger on an iPhone or iPad
Remove contacts from Messenger on an iPhone or iPad
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It is not possible to remove someone from your contact list on Messenger unless you unfriend them on Facebook or block their messages. The only exception is if the person you want to delete is one of your contacts on your iPhone/iPad, whose information is automatically synced to Messenger. In this case, you can turn off automatic sync to remove iPhone/iPad contacts from Messenger. This article will show you how to prevent certain people on your iPhone or iPad from appearing in your Messenger contact list on your iPhone or iPad.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Remove iPhone/iPad contacts from Messenger

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Step #1. Open Messenger on your iPhone or iPad

This is the blue, purple, and white speech bubble with a white lightning bolt in it. This will open Messenger to the Conversations tab.

  • Use this method if you want to delete contacts on Messenger that have been added from your contact list on your iPhone or iPad, and not via Facebook.
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Step 2. Tap on your profile picture

It's in the top-left corner of the Conversations tab.

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Step #3. Tap on Phone Contacts

If your iPhone or iPad is set up to automatically sync contacts with Messenger, you'll see "On" next to "Upload Contacts." If not, you will see 'Off'.

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Step 4. Press Upload Contacts

This is the first option under 'UPLOAD CONTACTS'.

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Step 5. Press Disable

Once selected, your iPhone or iPad will no longer sync your contacts to Messenger and you'll see "On" next to "Upload Contacts". If not, you will see 'Off'. In addition, this will automatically remove all synced contacts (with whom you are not friends on Facebook) from your contact list.

Method 2 of 3: Unfriend people on Facebook

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Step #1. Open the Facebook app

This is the blue and white 'f' icon on the home screen.

  • If you unfriend someone on Facebook, they will no longer appear in the list People on messenger. This also prevents this person's new posts from appearing in your feed on Facebook.
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Step 2. Press the magnifying glass

It's near the top right corner of Facebook.

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Step 3. Find the person you want to unfriend

Start typing the person's name in the search bar and then tap the profile when it appears.

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Step 4. At the top of the profile, tap the three dots •••

It's to the right of the blue Message button.

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Step 5. Press Friends

This is at the top of the menu.

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Step 6. Press Unfriend

A confirmation message will appear.

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Step 7. Press OK to confirm

Now that you've removed this person from your friends list on Facebook, he or she will no longer be among your contacts on Messenger.

Method 3 of 3: Block someone on Messenger

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Step #1. Open Messenger on your iPhone or iPad

This is the blue speech bubble with a white lightning bolt inside and it's usually on your home screen. This will open Messenger to the Conversations tab.

  • You can use this method to block a contact on Messenger without unfriending them on Facebook. The person blocking you will no longer see if you are online. In addition, they will no longer appear in your Messenger contact list.
  • The person won't get a notification that you've blocked them, but they will see an error message when they try to send you a message.
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Step 2. Tap on a conversation with the person you want to block

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Step 3. Tap the person's name at the top of the conversation

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Step #4. Scroll down and hit Block

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Step 5. Press Block on Messenger

A confirmation message will appear.

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Step 6. Press Block to confirm

This will select the Block option and prevent that person from contacting you on Messenger.

  • If you decide to unblock the person in the future, tap on the top left corner of the tab Conversations on your profile picture, press Privacy, select Blocked people, then select the person you want to unblock and press Unblock on Messenger.

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