If you don’t want to interact with someone on Facebook, you can unfriend them or block them. If you choose to block them, they won’t be able to see posts on your timeline, tag you, send you messages and friend requests, etc. But what if you want to block someone on Facebook and let them send you messages via Messenger? Is that even possible?
Can You Block Someone Only on Facebook but Not Messenger?
You cannot block someone on Facebook without blocking them on Messenger as well. When you block someone on Facebook, they’re automatically blocked on Messenger. They cannot chat with you via the Messenger app or Facebook Chat. You won’t receive any messages from blocked accounts.
Think of Messenger as a child app of Facebook. Facebook is the parent app, so when you block someone on Facebook, you block them on Messenger.
The good news is that you can block someone on Messenger without automatically blocking them on Facebook. In other words, you only block messages from someone which is different from blocking them on Facebook.
Depending on your privacy settings, they’ll still be able to see your profile, status updates, comments, likes, leave comments on your posts, and so on. You’ll be able to check their profile and activity as well.
How to Block Someone on Messenger
To block messages from someone on Messenger, open a conversation window with them, click on More Options, and hit Block.
Click on the right arrow to confirm your choice. You can also click on “Learn more about blocking.”
How to Unblock Someone on Messenger
If you’ve blocked someone on Messenger and change your mind, you can always unblock them later. Go back to your chat window, and hit the Unblock button.
If you’re using the Messenger Desktop App:
- Click your profile photo
- Go to Preferences
- Select Account Settings
- Then, click on Blocking on the left-hand pane
- Scroll down to Block messages
- Click Unblock
You cannot block someone on Facebook without automatically blocking them on Messenger. But you can block someone on Messenger only. In other words, you only block messages from them. They’ll still be able to see your Facebook profile and comment on your posts.
Do you often use the block feature to prevent stubborn people from contacting you via Messenger? Let us know in the comments below.
Leticia Garza says
I agree with others I would also like to block someone on facebook but not messenger, they are two separate apps, and facebook made it to where we had to have the app to see messages some time ago but the way it was before was fine. But since it’s two completely different apps, the block feature should work both ways
I have people I need to contact from my work through Messenger, but I don’t want them knowing my business through my FB page. It should be separate.
friendly suggestion: I’ use Facebook dating. I’d like to be able to chat with friends on messenger but not give them access to my Facebook profile. would be considered a partial block, i guess. still want to contact them on messenger but don’t want them to see my Facebook profile. thank you.