Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular messaging apps that is used by people all around the world. However, it can be really frustrating when you decide to send a message to your friend but instead see a message “This person is unavailable on Messenger”.
This guide will tell you how to fix this error in Facebook Messenger.
While most people are generally greeted with this message when the other person has blocked them on Messenger but there can be other potential reasons such as:
1. The person you are trying to message has deactivated the account
2. Your account has been suspended by Facebook
3. You have blocked the other person on Facebook or they have blocked you
4. The account of the other person has been deleted.
5. The profile that you are trying to message is set to private
6. The other person does not have Messenger installed on their device.
To fix this issue, you can try the following troubleshooting methods:
If you have blocked someone on Facebook, you won’t be able to send or receive messages from them on Messenger.To check if you have blocked someone, follow these steps:
Open Messenger and click on your profile picture in the top left corner to access the settings.
Scroll down and select the Privacy option here.
In the Privacy menu, click on the Blocked Accounts option.
Here you will be able to see the complete list of everyone you have blocked on the app.If the list is empty then you haven’t blocked anyone yet.
There is a small chance that your incoming messages might have been accidentally transferred to the message request section of the app. Facebook Messenger automatically transfers any incoming message that the algorithm determines as spam or suspicious and this filter can often move your active conversations to the message request section.
To check whether you have an incoming message request, follow these steps:
Click on your profile picture in the top left corner of the app.
Select the Message Requests option from the list.
Here you will find all the incoming message requests from other users on the app. The “You May Know” section often contains conversations from your friend lists so it’s worth checking this tab.
You can also check the spam section as it may contain genuine incoming messages from your friends or family.
If you are using an older or outdated version of the app then you might not be able to communicate with your friends since the app gets frequently updated with new features and bug fixes.
Similarly, if your friend is using an older version of the app then it won’t be able to send or receive messages. It is recommended that you and your friend both update to the latest version to stay in touch with each other
The Messenger app is often riddled with bugs and issues that can hamper your experience and ruin the conversation you are having with your friends. It is better to use the faster and more lightweight version of Messenger called Messenger Lite.This app provides the same functionality while taking up less space and is generally faster than the normal version of the app.
You can also try the web version of Facebook Messenger on your mobile device or computer to check whether the issue is limited to your device or not.
If you live in an area with poor and unstable internet connection then the chances that you are message is unable to reach your friend on Facebook Messenger. To fix this, you either need to switch to a different Wi-Fi network or turn Airplane mode on and off to force your device to connect to a better cell tower for improved speeds.
That’s it, these are all the methods that you can try to fix the error message on Messenger. If your friend has blocked you on the app then there’s nothing you can do except finding a better friend in life.