Manage suggested contacts on messenger
Manage suggested contacts on messenger

Messenger, a widely used instant messaging app, often suggests contacts based on your interactions and connections. However, there might be instances where you want to declutter your Messenger experience by removing these suggestions. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to manage and remove suggested contacts on Messenger for iPhone.

Understanding Messenger’s Suggested Contacts

Messenger’s suggested contacts are generated based on your previous interactions, contact list, and other relevant data. These suggestions are meant to enhance your experience by making it easier to connect with people you might know.

Benefits of Suggested Contacts

  • Ease of Connection: Quickly connect with people you may know or have interacted with.
  • Network Expansion: Helps in expanding your social network on the platform.

Step-by-Step Guide to Removing Suggested Contacts

  1. Accessing Messenger Settings: Launch Messenger on your iPhone and tap the hamburger menu at the top-left corner. Then, open Settings​​.
  2. Navigating to Privacy Settings: In Settings, scroll down and tap on ‘Privacy’​​.
  3. Managing Suggested Contacts: Here, you will find an option to turn off ‘Suggested Contacts’. Toggle this switch to disable the feature completely​​.

Additional Options for Customization

  • Suggest Less Option: For individual contacts, you can long-press on the contact and select ‘Suggest Less’ to decrease their frequency of appearance​​.
  • Disabling Contact Uploads: By turning off contact uploads in Messenger settings, you can limit the app’s ability to suggest new contacts​​.

Understanding the Implications of Disabling Suggestions


  • Reduced Clutter: Less clutter on your Messenger interface.
  • Increased Privacy: Limits the app’s access to your contacts.


  • Missed Connections: You might miss out on connecting with relevant contacts.
  • Manual Search Needed: You’ll need to manually search for contacts to message.

Alternatives to Removing Suggestions

  1. Hidden Contacts: Use the ‘Hidden Contacts’ feature in Privacy & Safety settings to manage who appears in your Messenger​​.
  2. Selective Contact Management: Instead of disabling suggestions altogether, consider using the ‘Suggest Less’ option for specific contacts​​.

Balancing Convenience and Privacy

  • Evaluating Needs: Consider whether the convenience of suggested contacts outweighs your desire for a cleaner interface.
  • Periodic Review: Regularly review and adjust your privacy settings in Messenger to suit your changing preferences.

Conclusion: Tailoring Your Messenger Experience

Removing suggested contacts on Messenger can help streamline your messaging experience and enhance privacy. Whether you choose to disable the feature entirely or manage individual suggestions, the control is in your hands.


  1. Will disabling suggestions remove existing conversations? No, it only affects the suggestion feature and won’t impact existing conversations.
  2. Can I re-enable suggestions later? Yes, you can always turn the ‘Suggested Contacts’ feature back on in the settings.
  3. Does this affect friend suggestions on Facebook? No, this setting is specific to Messenger and doesn’t impact Facebook friend suggestions.
  4. Is this process the same on all iOS devices? Yes, the steps are generally the same across different iPhone models.
  5. Will the contacts I’ve hidden know they’ve been hidden? No, the ‘Hidden Contacts’ feature doesn’t notify the affected contacts.
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