How to disable Facebook Messenger Chat Head Icons on Android

It’s nice to have instant messaging with friends, colleagues and family but it can be a bit vexing to have their face float above everything else on your phone. But, turning off floating face icons on Android is possible; here’s how:

The feature is called “Chat Heads,” and some people like them. However, if you find yourself in the “don’t like it” camp and want to get rid of them, there are two ways you can go about this: if you just want to temporarily get rid of the heads floating around on your screen, you can dismiss them. But if you never want to see another Chat Head as long as you live, then you can completely disable them.

Let’s start with the latter.

How to Disable Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads

You’ll disable Chat Heads from the main Messenger window.

  • Open the Messenger app or tap any open Chat Head (which takes you to Messenger).


  • In the Messenger app, you’ll see a little icon with your own face up in the upper right corner. Tap that.

  • Scroll down until you see the “Chat Heads” entry, and then toggle the slider off. Now, you can live that Chat Head-free life.

How to Dismiss Chat Heads

If you just want to get rid of the Heads that are currently hanging around, Just grab it and sling it to the X at the bottom as below:

And just like that it will disappear, unless the person sends you another message.

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