If you are wanting to turn off the new Facebook Messenger Day, you’re not alone. Messenger My Day is Facebook’s answer to SnapChat My Stories; it’s also annoying the heck out of a lot of Facebook Messenger users, with its ‘Add to your day’ in your face at the top of the screen. So, if you don’t want to ‘add to my day’, this is for you. Unfortunately, the answer to how to turn off Messenger Day is ‘you can’t’..BUT, you can get rid of it entirely. Here’s how.
The secret is to delete your current version of Facebook Messenger from your phone, and restore an older version from your iPhone or Android phone backup through iTunes. (Hopefully you updated Facebook Messenger – which is how Facebook sneaked Messenger Day onto your phone in the first place – on your phone and not through iTunes. If you instead updated through iTunes, there are still ways to accomplish this, although they are more complicated – we provide links to those methods at the end of this article. This is why we always advise to update via your phone rather than through iTunes.)
Not only does Facebook Messenger Day take up the top fifth of your Facebook Messenger app window, but Facebook has inexplicably added a camera button at the bottom of the screen, so that when you try to scroll down through messages, you instead invariably launch the camera! Grrrr! No, Facebook, no matter how cute you make it by trying to disguise it as a sun, nothing masks the fact that it’s a royal pain in the neck!
So for those of you who want to get rid of Facebook Messenger Day, here is a step-by-step tutorial.
How to Get Rid of Facebook Messenger Day
The below steps are for how to get rid of Messenger Day from an iPhone, but the steps are similar for an Android phone.
Delete Facebook Messenger from your phone.
Now, connect your phone to your computer, and launch iTunes.
Sync your phone, and the sync should automatically add Facebook Messenger back to your phone, using the older version.
Now both Messenger Day, and that annoying sun camera button at the bottom, are gone!
Now, if you are one of the unfortunate souls who updated through iTunes, you can find instructions at the links below to get back a previous version of Facebook Messenger.
If you’re on an iPhone, the steps are pretty complicated, but not impossible. Read this article on how to install older versions of apps on an iPhone.
If you are on an Android phone, it’s a bit easier, and you can go to this archive of older Android versions of Facebook Messenger.