How to Remove Suggested People on Messenger

If you are an avid Facebook Messenger user, you may have noticed that people you aren’t friends with will appear in your Messenger app as suggested people. Although this is intended to be a way for you and your potential Facebook friends to connect, at the same time, some people find it intrusive and an invasion of privacy. But don’t worry, there is a way to remove suggested people from appearing in your Messenger sidebar.

remove suggested people on messenger

First and foremost, you should have the right to know how they got there in the first place. Without realizing it, you probably granted Facebook access to your contact book on your Android or iPhone and your contacts phone number would have been uploaded to Facebook.

After that, Facebook will begin suggesting people from your contact book’s friend list with whom you are not already friends and you might know them. In addition to being recommended as friends, they also appear in your Messenger sidebar.

These contacts you uploaded will help Facebook to make better suggestions for you and other people and help the platform to provide a better service.

Even if you did not grant Facebook direct access to your address book, you might have indirectly granted it when you signed into Facebook from the Settings preferences pane.

Here you can find a complete guide on how to remove suggested people on Messenger.

Sound’s good? Let’s get started.

How to Remove Suggested People on Messenger

  • Open the Messenger app.
  • Tap on your profile icon at the top.
  • Select Phone Contacts > Manage Contacts.
  • Next, tap on “Delete All Contacts”.
  • It will remove the all suggested people.
  • Last, don’t forget to sign out and in to messenger.
remove suggested people on messenger

Important Note:

If you still see the suggested people, sign out of Facebook and Messenger on all of your devices and sign back in.

Logging out will clear the caches associated with Facebook and Messenger. If you hadn’t done so, the people might have stayed in your suggested list for few days until the cache clears automatically.

When you sign back in, you should no longer see suggested people in your Messenger sidebar who isn’t a friend of yours. As phone numbers in your contacts book previously uploaded to Facebook have now been de-linked from your account.

Prevent Messenger from Accessing Your Contacts Book

Next, ensure that Facebook and Messenger do not have access to your contacts book otherwise it will again start suggesting people.

Here’s how you can prevent it:

  • Open the Messenger app.
  • Go to your profile.
  • Select Phone Contacts > Upload Contacts.
  • Next, tap on “TURN OFF”.
  • It prevent people from returning to suggestion.
remove suggested people on messenger

Now Facebook Messenger will no longer be able to access your contact book. As a result, those suggested friends who appear in your Messenger sidebar on the desktop website or app will no longer appear.

You should also avoid clicking the blue Update All Contacts button. Tapping on it will sync your contact information with Facebook, which is the inverse of what you want.

Alternative Way to Remove Suggested People on Messenger

Open Facebook Messenger and then tap your profile icon to disable Suggestions. It’s at the top left of the screen on iOS, and at the top right on Android. Scroll down to the “Messenger Settings” section. To disable Messenger suggestions, simply toggle the “Suggestions” toggle off.

Final Words:

I hope guys, now you can easily remove suggested people on Facebook messenger. If you have any questions, then let me know in the comment section below.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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