What happens when you mute someone on Facebook Messenger

Are you fed up with endless notifications from a friend on Facebook Messenger ? Wondering what happens when you mute this conversation? Don't panic, I'm here to explain all this to you.

To start, I'll show you how to activate this function very simply. Afterwards, I'll tell you what changes to your notifications and chats when you mute someone. Finally, I'll explain what it means to mute someone versus blocking or restricting them.

How to enable Mute on Messenger

To get started, I'll guide you step by step to activate the Mute function on Messenger.

Here are the steps to follow:

  • First, launch the app and navigate to the conversation you want to mute.
  • Next, click on the person's name at the top of the conversation to open the options.
    Screenshot showing conversation on Facebook Messenger
  • Find the option Sound and notifications and click on it.
    Screenshot showing sound menu and notification on facebook messenger
  • You will then have the choice of mute either notifications only, or also the calls. To do this, activate the desired option by toggling the corresponding switch.
    Screenshot iPhone showing how to mute notifications on Facebook Messenger
  • Finally, select the length of time you want the conversation to be muted (e.g. 15 minutes, 1 hour, etc.) and confirm your choice.

What changes after muting a conversation

After enabling Mute, let's take a look at what changes:

  • No more noisy notifications : You will no longer receive audio or visual notifications for this conversation, although messages will continue to accumulate in your inbox.
  • Reading messages at your own pace : You can always read messages whenever you want, which is perfect for staying focused on your work or hobbies without interruption.
  • Calls also muted : By enabling mute, not only messages but also calls will be muted. You will therefore not be disturbed by incoming calls from this person, giving you complete peace of mind.

Mute, block or restrict: What's the difference?

Finally, it's important to understand the differences between muting someone, blocking them, and restricting them. Here is a little guide to see things more clearly:

  • Mute : When you mute someone, you just stop notifications. This means that you still receive messages from that person, but without being disturbed by sounds or vibrations. This is great for when you don't want to be interrupted but still want to stay in touch.
  • Block : Blocking is more serious. If you block someone, you cut off all communication with this person. She can no longer send messages and can't see what you are doing on Facebook. This is the radical solution when you no longer want to have anything to do with someone.
  • Restrict : Restricting is a bit in between. If you restrict someone, their messages will go to another box, that of Invitations by message, so you'll only see them if you want.
    Screenshot showing how to restrict someone on Messenger
    Additionally, this person will not know when you are online or if you read his messages. This is handy if you want to reduce contact without completely blocking the person.

Each option has its advantages depending on what you're looking for: a little peace, a complete break, or just a little less noise. Now you know what to choose according to your current needs. So, which option seems best for you?