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Turning Off Sync on Your Facebook

When you read this article, you will ultimately learn all you need to about disabling the automatic syncing feature of Facebook Messenger with your phone’s data. I will show you how to prevent syncing of your contacts, apps, services, and photos using both Androids and iPhones.

Turn Off Sync on Your Facebook

Hey everyone! It is your dear friend Frankie here without another quality trick for Facebook. Today, I want to give you a new tech tutorial dedicated to keeping your Facebook from syncing contacts, data, and photos from your device of choice.

As I am sure you have noticed, information from your phone like your contacts and media can be automatically brought over to Facebook using a transfer syncing feature.

Contacts are automatically shared and synced with Messenger, the instant messaging service of Facebook, so you can learn a list of contacts on the social media platform that you can add.

Profile data is shared to aid in a faster and simpler login procedure.

Photos are fortunately not automatically synced to Facebook anymore.

There is no denying that synchronization can be useful, but it also presents potential privacy risks for those who do not have adequate protection.

Today’s guide is dedicated to stopping synchronization from Facebook so that it does not automatically upload personal data and contacts with the popular social network app.

Let’s get started.


Frankie’s Take:

If you wish to disable Facebook Messenger’s sometimes convenient auto sync feature, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re afraid that someone might discover the skeletons in your closet through this syncing and are already using techniques to read your Facebook messages, these efforts are pointless.

Stop Contact Synchronization on Facebook

Perhaps we should begin with how to disable synchronization with Facebook 2 prevent what typically would happen with your address book.

To stop syncing, follow these steps:

  1. Once you launch Facebook Messenger, tap on profile picture on the top left.
  2. Screen will pop up, and you can select Phone Contacts.
  3. Turn Off Upload contacts.

Stop Facebook From Getting Your Phone Contacts

Note: you must know that disabling this synchronization will ultimately delete names of friends Facebook Messenger previously imported from your contact list.

If you want to delete the names and phone numbers of previously saved Facebook contacts, here’s what you’re going to do:

  1. Open your Messenger app.
  2. From Chats, tap your profile picture in the top left.
  3. Tap Phone Contacts.
  4. Tap Manage Contacts.
  5. Now, you will see the full list of imported contacts sent to Facebook. To delete some of these, you need to only click the specific name and then confirm with Delete at the bottom of the screen when you are done choosing. If you only want to remove contacts imported to Facebook Messenger, click Delete All Contacts to finish.

Delete Uploaded Contacts from Facebook

It is possible to do this from a computer, you would first need to access this Facebook page. Select your contacts you wish to delete from Facebook and then click on the top of the screen on the Delete Selected choice. If you’re looking to delete everything, he would just need to Delete All Contacts choice instead.

If you’re looking to manage (or even possibly delete) any contacts you’ve synced with Facebook Messenger, first click to View contacts you uploaded to Messenger and then choose Delete All button that appears after the page loads.

Turn Off App Syncing to Facebook

Have you linked your Facebook account with a third-party online service or app?

In truth, this is typical to do because it can save you time and help you access things without entering your full username and password combination. Be careful not to abuse it, however.

Removing synchronization between Facebook and these online services or applications looks like this:

  1. Launch Facebook from your smartphone.
  2. Click on the ≡ button, then Settings & Privacy.
  3. Scroll down the screen util you see the option Apps and websites then select the service you want to remove from your Facebook account.
  4. Click on Remove.

App Syncing to Facebook

If you are somebody that wishes to use a PC instead, you can go to the main page, click on the arrow icon in the blue bar at the top right, and then select Settings.

One of the options here is Applications. Click on Show All and then the Login with Facebook choice.

Now, you will see a list of applications and services connected with your account. Locate the particular app you wish to disconnect and click on the [X] next to his icon. Confirm you wish to REMOVE this program to complete the process.


Frankie’s Take:

Want to take your focus on privacy to the next level? Take a minute to view our guide about how to view and track secret chats in Facebook Messenger. A lot of people could benefit from this feature.


I have talked through this guide about avoiding sharing personal information with Facebook and your contacts. You now have the information you need to stop automatically transferring contacts and data from your phone to Facebook Messenger.

Likewise, you were told how to keep photos and media from automatically syncing to Facebook Moments.

While I would like to believe that I have put together the perfect guide that met all your needs, some of you are going to have questions and concerns about this process. Use the comment section below to leave me a message to I can help you through it.

Note: It is important to know that removing this sync feature isn’t a big stride in keeping your Facebook Messenger account safe. I would recommend taking a quick look at a guide on keyloggers here to see if you can be protecting yourself a little better than you are.



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I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media, instant messaging apps and computer security. I help all those frustrated people who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world.

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