Facebook Messenger users can prevent strangers from messaging them entirely, and this may come in handy to reduce spammers and intruders. Since Messenger is directly connected to Facebook, some users receive hundreds of spam messages alongside unwanted messages from strangers because their profiles are already accessible through Facebook. However, there are various privacy settings that users can modify to achieve a better experience.
Messenger is one of the most popular messaging apps since it’s directly connected to Facebook. When a Facebook user decides to message a friend, it happens through Messenger. Facebook’s Messenger has received many valuable updates in the past months, including enhanced encryption, secret conversations, shortcuts and many more.
The messaging functionality on Facebook depends on Messenger, which is why some users receive many unwanted messages from strangers, Facebook marketplace users, and others. Facebook knows that, and it provides Messenger users with complete control over who can message them. Users can start customizing their messaging preferences by opening Messenger on Android or iOS and tapping on their profile picture in the top-left corner.
Users Can Stop Strangers From Messaging Them On Messenger
After opening the main menu, users should tap the ‘Privacy’ button and choose the first option, ‘Message Delivery.’ As the name suggests, this set of opinions allows the user to manage and select the people whose messages will be delivered to him. Next, users can choose the suitable option for each group of users to make their Messenger experience safer, including ‘People with your phone number,’ ‘Friends of friends on Facebook,’ ‘Accounts you follow or chatted with on Instagram,’ ‘Your followers on Instagram,’ ‘Others on Facebook’ and finally ‘Others on Instagram.’
Messenger users can choose between three different options for each group of users. They can choose to receive their messages directly to ‘Chats,’ ‘Message Requests’ or not receive them at all. For example, users can select the ‘Don’t Receive Requests’ option for ‘Others on Facebook’ and ‘Others on Instagram.’ That will result in receiving no messages at all from strangers on Messenger. When the user chooses not to receive requests, the sender will know that after sending the message, they will see a ‘This User Doesn’t Receive Message Requests.’ message inside the conversation. It’s worth noting that when someone a user doesn’t know messages them on Messenger, the message goes directly to ‘Message Requests,’ or ‘Spam.’
Messenger users can manage those settings and more through the web version. First, users should open the Messenger.com website, log in to their account, and then tap on their profile photo in the top-left corner of the screen. Next, click on ‘Preferences.’ At this point, an ‘Manage message delivery’ option will appear. When the user clicks this option in Facebook Messenger‘s settings, a new Facebook webpage containing the same preferences will open.