How to Remove Yourself from Message Threads on Facebook

Have you ever been sent a message on Facebook that’s been sent to a whole bunch of people? And then every time someone responds to the message, you get another notification that has nothing to do with you?

Annoying, right?

Until recently, there was nothing you could do about it. But recently Facebook has quietly added a feature that allows you to remove yourself from these message threads. You have to have the new Messages interface to access it, but it’s great.

Here’s what to do.

  1. Navigate to your list of messages. You can do this from the Messages link on the left side of your Facebook home page, or from the message notification icon at the top-left of your Facebook screen.
  2. Click on the message thread that you want to be removed from. This will open that individual message. (It’s important to open the message first. If you skip this step, you won’t see the button in the next step.)
  3. In the upper-right section of the screen, above the message, you will see two buttons. One is labeled Actions. Click this button.
  4. From the Actions drop-down menu, select “Leave Conversation.”
  5. You will receive no further notifications on that message.

You’re welcome. 🙂

10 Responses to How to Remove Yourself from Message Threads on Facebook
  1. hemant
    March 30, 2013 | 1:21 pm

    why don’t they just inform the users when they come with something new?

  2. lisa
    December 15, 2012 | 11:55 am

    but what do you do if you are not fb friends with them, and thus not able to exclude yourself from the message, but your email address was added and you’re getting the messages in your email inbox?

  3. Teresa
    July 22, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    that’s right Chuck!!! hope I get the invite soon. why not just let everyone upgrade to the new messages as an option, just like facebook does with everything else they change?

  4. William
    June 6, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    How long does it take for the invite to come? and where will it come? on your email?

  5. Catherine
    May 6, 2011 | 10:42 pm

    i was so eager to use this feature, but no where do i see ‘action’— help!

    • Jennifer Fong
      May 6, 2011 | 10:45 pm

      You have to have the new Messages platform. Click the link in the article to request an invite.

  6. Lorie Letschert
    May 6, 2011 | 2:04 pm

    that is great tip. thank you.
    however i am wondering why companies such as facebook or google always add stuff “quietly”? why don’t they just inform the users when they come with something new?
    Lorie Letschert recently posted..Become Successful- Overcome Your Fear

    • Jennifer Fong
      May 6, 2011 | 3:02 pm

      Wouldn’t that be nice? 🙂

  7. Chuck Bartok
    May 5, 2011 | 11:05 am

    Thank you for the enlightening Tip on Facebook Usage.
    It is unfortunate there are
    “Marketers” who do not yet grasp Social Etiquette.
    Appreciate your sharing
    Chuck Bartok recently posted..Cross Promotion- an easy Path to Social Media Success

  8. Suzanne Fedewa
    May 4, 2011 | 9:16 pm


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