Android: How to disable Facebook Messenger chat heads

Android: How to disable Facebook Messenger chat heads
First introduced way back in 2013, Facebook's chat heads represent a quick way to keep in touch with your friends while on the go. For some time now, chat heads have been integrated into the Facebook Messenger app (which is separate from the main Facebook application, but pretty much just as popular), so most users are familiar with them.

When you install Facebook Messenger on an Android device, chat heads are enabled by default. Since not everyone likes this, we're going to show you how get rid of chat heads. Of course, it's easy to dismiss a chat head once this appears: just tap it, hold and drag it to the X that'll show up at the bottom of your screen. But whenever you get a new reply on Messenger, or someone is starting a new conversation, chat heads will pop up again. And they will be displayed not just on the home screen, but also on top of any app or game that's open on your phone.

To disable chat heads for good, you first need to open the Facebook Messenger app. Once the app is open, you have to tap on your (small) Facebook profile photo that's found on the top right corner of the screen - this will reveal a menu with various options. Next, you have to scroll down a bit until you see a "Chat Heads" option with a blue toggle to its right. Tap on that toggle - it will turn grey, thus disabling chat heads. Of course, if you wish, you can re-enable them at any time by tapping the same toggle to make it blue again.


P.S: This tutorial was made using the very latest version of Facebook Messenger for Android (updated on November 19, 2018). In case you're using Facebook Messenger Lite, you don't have to worry about disabling or enabling chat heads, as this version of the app does not feature them.

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9 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

Great guide I'll take it! Thanks PA!

2. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I disabled them right away. Those chat heads were annoying as heck.

3. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Personally, I like the chat heads and don't want to disable it. If Skype had such a thing I'd probably enable it too.

4. brookehiggins007

Posts: 11; Member since: May 27, 2015

Some times it irritates users so i am going to disable it

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I froze the whole app with titanium pro

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I have chat heads on my iPhone and actually prefer it.

7. krwells unregistered

It looks so simple...until you see there is no wrench, or cog icon on anything related to settings.

8. joonmoon999

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 07, 2017

How can I find the settings for the updated version of Messenger?

9. curiousgrd

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 14, 2017

Y'ALL ROCK!!! I HATE THOSE DAMN CHAT HEADS!!!!

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