Notifications

You can turn notifications off for all conversations or for just a single conversation. You can also turn off the ability to preview messages in your notifications.
Desktop App:
To turn Messenger notifications on or off:
  1. Click your photo in the top left.
  2. Click Preferences.
  3. Click Notifications.
  4. Click below Do not disturb or click Show previews.
To turn off notification previews:
  1. Click your photo in the top left.
  2. Click Preferences.
  3. Click Notifications.
  4. Click below Show previews to turn on and off.
  5. To turn off notifications for a single conversation:
  1. Open the conversation.
  2. Clickin the top right.
  3. Select Mute Notifications.
  4. Choose how long you want to mute notifications for, then click Confirm.

Desktop (messenger.com):
To turn Messenger notifications on or off:
  1. Next to Chats, click .
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Check Desktop notifications enabled, then click Done.
To turn off notifications for a single conversation:
  1. Below Chats hover over the conversation.
  2. Click then click Mute.
  3. Choose how long you want to mute notifications for, then click Mute.
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You can show when you're active or recently active by turning on your Active Status. When you turn Active Status off, you'll still appear active or recently active from any other places where you're using Facebook or Messenger unless you turn off Active Status in those places, too.
To turn your active Status on or off in Messenger:
Desktop App
  1. Open Messenger for Windows or macOS.
  2. Click your photo in the top left.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click Active Status.
  5. Click below Show Active Status to turn your Active Status on or off.
Desktop (messenger.com)
  1. Open Messenger for Windows or macOS.
  2. Click in the top left.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click next to Show when you're active to turn your Active Status on or off.
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Chat heads let you read and reply to messages while you're using other apps.
A chat head (a circle with your friend's picture) will pop up when you get a new message. To view and reply to the message without leaving the screen you're on, just tap the chat head.
You can use your finger to move chat heads around on your screen or drag them to the bottom of the screen to close them when you're done chatting.
If you're using Android Marshmallow and chat heads aren't appearing, you'll need to turn them on.
To turn on chat heads in Android Marshmallow:
  1. From Chats, tap your profile picture in the top left.
  2. Scroll down and tap Chat Heads.
  3. Toggle to turn on or off.
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