A while back, Facebook forcefully decided Facebook Messenger had to stand apart from Facebook. Oddly, the app doesn’t have a logout button like the original Facebook app: once you're in, you're in for life, and lots of people aren't happy about that. That's why today, we’ll show you the roundabout way to logout of Facebook Messenger.
To log out of Facebook Messenger, you need to go into the Settings of your Android device.
- Close the app if you have it open, and get rid of it from your recent apps list, otherwise this trick won’t work.
- In Settings, scroll down to the Apps or Application Manager, and scroll down until you see Messenger.
- Tap on this, and Clear data.
Now when you go back to tap on Messenger in your app drawer, you should see that it won't log you in automatically. That said, your profile name will be there, so you can just tap on it to start Messenger, without needing to sign in.
If you want to completely log out, so that your name doesn’t even show up, then you need to sign out of the Facebook app as well, since Messenger is now completely integrated. If someone else wants to use your phone to check their Facebook messages, they just need to tap Switch Account to sign into their own account.
This workaround method is a bit annoying, but it’s the only way that you can do it for now. And Facebook don't seem keen to change the situation. If you are annoyed by Facebook in general, you might want to consider giving it the boot and trying one of our best Facebook alternatives.
What do you think of Facebook's decision to make Messenger a separate app? Does it annoy you that there's no log-out button? Let us know in the comments.