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    What happens when you uninstall Facebook and Messenger

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    Martí Micolau
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    Is there anyone bothering you on Facebook or Messenger? Or have you finished scrolling through the Facebook feed endlessly? Whatever the reason, we want to uninstall the Facebook app from our phone, yes that's it. But before we take that step, we want to be sure of the consequences. Here is where we will help you.


    Will uninstalling the application only delete your friends or will you be removed from groups? We will answer all these questions in this post and also tell you the repercussions of uninstalling the Facebook or Messenger app from your phone. Let's start right away with the Facebook app followed by Messenger.



    The Facebook account will be deleted

    At all. Uninstalling the Facebook app does not delete the Facebook account.

    Can people still see your Facebook profile?

    Yes. Uninstalling the Facebook app from Android or iPhone does not remove your Facebook profile. So people can still view your Facebook profile.


    How to know who visits my Facebook profile?

    People can tag you

    Yes. Again, since the profile is technically live, your friends can tag you.

    What happens to old messages and photos on Facebook?

    Anything. Facebook will not delete them. This is because those are saved in the cloud storage on your account and not on your phone. If you reinstall Facebook or log into the website, you will see those photos. Only if you explicitly delete them from Facebook will they be removed.


    What about likes and comments

    Your old likes and comments will remain as is and people can still interact via likes and comments with your existing posts. But you will not be notified of these on your mobile.



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    Pages and groups will be deleted

    No. Facebook will not delete any pages or groups that you own. Likewise, it won't remove you from any group or page.


    Can you still access other apps via Facebook?

    Yes. If you use Facebook to access other apps and games like Candy Crush or other shopping apps, you can still do it. Previously, when you hit the Login with Facebook button, you just had to authorize the app without entering your Facebook details. But now, since there is no Facebook app, you will need to manually enter your Facebook login details to get into these apps.

    You will lose your friends list

    Do not worry! Your friends list won't go anywhere by uninstalling the Facebook app. All your friends will continue to be your friends on Facebook. And you don't need to add them when reinstalling the app.

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    People can still send you friend requests

    Yes. You will still be displayed in Facebook search results and people will be able to add you on Facebook.

    What happens to Facebook notifications

    Since the app no ​​longer exists on your phone, you won't be bothered by notifications. However, you check Facebook from the website on your phone or desktop, all notifications will be displayed.


    What happens to the multimedia contents downloaded on the phone

    We often download images or videos from Facebook. Uninstalling the Facebook app will not delete those files from your phone.

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    Is it possible to use Facebook Messenger after uninstalling the Facebook app?

    If you delete the Facebook app, you can still use Messenger on the same phone or any other device. You don't even need to install the Facebook app to use Messenger. Works without the app and Facebook account.


    Now we will find out the side effects of uninstalling Facebook Messenger.

    What happens to old Messenger messages and photos

    In case you are wondering if they will be deleted or not, the answer is no. Nothing happens to your old messages or photos on Messenger. You can access them by reinstalling the Messenger app or by checking them on the desktop.

    People can send you messages

    Uninstalling the Messenger app doesn't make your profile invisible. You're available on Messenger and people can still text you. However, since the app is not installed on your phone, you will not be notified. But reinstalling or using the desktop version will make them available.

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    Can people see your last login?

    If you uninstall Messenger, people won't see your last login. But if you use Facebook or Messenger through the website, the last login will be visible (if enabled).


    You will be removed from Messenger groups

    No. You will continue to be a member of groups on Messenger.

    Will the downloaded images or videos be deleted?

    Messenger does not automatically save media files on the phone. You have to press the Save button manually. When you uninstall the app, these files will not disappear from your phone.

    Information on the delivery report

    An empty gray circle with a check mark indicates that the message was sent but not delivered. The filled circle indicates that the message has been delivered. And, when your profile picture appears next to the message, it means that the person has seen your message.

    When you uninstall the Messenger app, people will only see an empty gray circle with a check mark inside when they send you a message. This is because the message is not being delivered to you. Even when you use Facebook, the symbol will not change. Only when you open the message thread on the Facebook website, the symbol changes to delivered and eventually appears.


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    If you delete the Facebook or Messenger app will your friends know?

    Not really. Only if they're hounding you desperately will they get suspicious when messages aren't delivered or you're not active on Facebook. Even then, it is not easy to know the exact reason for such behavior. There could be many other reasons.

    What happens if you delete your Facebook or Messenger app data?

    While uninstalling the apps does no harm, wiping app data on Android will delete the downloaded media files for the respective app and disconnect you from the apps. Logging out of the app is the same as uninstalling it.

    Should you uninstall the app?

    Facebook hasn't been doing well in terms of privacy lately. If you're trying to stay away from Facebook or Messenger and deleting the account seems like a bad choice, uninstalling will help. It has its benefits. First, nothing is eliminated, and secondly, it is possible to have better control over your life.

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    Further Reading:

    • How to backup Facebook
    • What to do when Facebook Messenger doesn't work
    • How to disable Facebook notifications on Android
    • How to disable Facebook Messenger
    • How to video call with Facebook
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