How to disable Facebook Chat Heads on Android


The instructions here is probably outdated by now – try this post!


Here is a quick tip – to disable Facebook’ Chat Heads(on my Nexus 4, Android v4.2.2, Messenger app v 2.5.2-release (build 206086))launch the Messenger app(Facebook’s Messenger app!) Then goto Settings->Notifications and uncheck Chat Heads

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14 Replies to “How to disable Facebook Chat Heads on Android”

  1. Hi Kim,

    In the later versions, try;

    1. Launch the Messenger app
    2. Click on the gear icon on the upper right hand corner
    3. Click on the “Chat heads” panel on the bottom of the screen
    4. Finally tap on the “ON” switch to change it to “OFF

    Give that a try; if not, reply back with your phone model, android version, and Messenger version!

  2. its not happening in my messenger…i want to switch off my messenger chats head…my phone model is samsung galaxy grand quattro gt i8552…

  3. the trick is to go the settings on the messenger to disable chat heads feature. Not sure if your particular model phone has any special features, but with the latest Facebook Messenger app… Launch Messenger app, Click on the gear icon on the upper right hand cornder, then click on, “Chat heads“. You should now be able to turn Chat heads off. Good luck!

  4. Not sure if it’s just not accessible or something because I use talkback, but I can’t find it. I’m using the latest messenger app on a 2013 nexus7 2013 running 4.4.2.

  5. Hey Kieran,

    Not sure what talkback is – but if you want to disable Facebook chat heads feature, I found that you need have to Facebook Messenger installed. I know they’ve changed the layouts a few times since I wrote this post, but you’ll need to get to Setup within Facebook Messenger app and there is usually an option to uncheck chat heads.

    Hope this helps!

  6. I dont have the option of turning chat heads on or off…. doesnt show…. i find them annoying when doing othef things… i can check mymessages later i dont need them popping up all the time… pls advise

  7. Hi Kristin,

    First off, have you checked an updated post found here?

    If this doesn’t work, please reply back with phone model, OS version, Facebook app version, Facebook Messenger app version… basically as much info as you can get. I’m sure we can get to the bottom of this!

  8. Hi my phone is samsung galaxy a5 its version is 5.0.2 lollipop den the messenger app
    The old version chat heads doesent appear on full screen apps but when i updated messenger it started to pop up in full screen apps then i dont eant to turn off chat heads but i like the notifs ob my notif panel but i dont want the chat heads to pop up on my full screen apps how do i fix this? Thx

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