How to change password on Messenger – The easy route

Messenger is a part of Facebook which allows users to directly message friends, and in some cases non-friends, using an internet connection. Given that Facebook is the largest social media platform on the planet, Messenger is a great way to keep in regular touch with those who are closest to you.

In this article, we are going to explain exactly how you can go about changing your password on Messenger – both on the mobile phone app and on Facebook for web. We will also provide you with some great tips for a new password to give yourself the best protection possible. Let’s get started.

How to change password on Messenger – via the mobile phone app

Privacy and security are huge things to consider on any online platform, especially on one such as Facebook where personal and private information are housed. As a result, changing your password regularly to protect yourself from potential hacks is something that you should consider doing.

The first thing to note straight away is that you access Facebook and Messenger via the same account, therefore changing your password via Messenger will mean that your main Facebook will change too. And likewise, if you block someone on Messenger, they’ll also be blocked on Facebook too.

The same applies if you elect to directly change your password through the main Facebook site or app. To change your password on Messenger via the app, please follow these steps:

  1. Log on to your Messenger account.
  2. Select your profile icon on the top left hand side of the screen.
  3. Scroll down and select ‘account settings’.
  4. Scroll to the ‘security’ subheading and select ‘security and login’.
  5. This will instantly re-direct you to a web version of Facebook and you will be prompted to enter in your current login details.
  6. From the screen that loads, select ‘change password’.
  7. Type in your current password following by your suggested new password. Type in your new suggested password to ensure that they match.
  8. Click ‘save changes’ and if Facebook is satisfied with your password strength then the change will be confirmed.

After you’ve changed your password this way, you will be required to enter in the new login details when you next open up the Messenger app.

How to change password on Messenger – on Facebook for web

If you typically use Facebook Messenger more frequently on a web browser on a desktop computer or laptop then the process is fairly similar, other than the fact that you won’t be redirected anywhere new because you’ll already be on a browser. The step by step process is as follows:

  1. Log into your Facebook account.
  2. Select the downward arrow icon on the top right hand side of the screen and select ‘settings and privacy’ followed by ‘settings’.
  3. From the left hand side menu bar, select ‘security and login’.
  4. Underneath the ‘login’ subheading, select ‘change password’.
  5. Type in your current password following by your suggested new password. Type in your new suggested password to ensure that they match.
  6. Click ‘save changes’ and if Facebook is satisfied with your password strength then the change will be confirmed.

How to change your Messenger password if you have forgotten the current one

One of the most common reasons why people want to change their Messenger password is if they have lost or forgotten their current one and want to regain access to their account.

If this is the case then you are going to have to jump through a few hoops first to prove that it is actually you that is requesting this change. This is because this is a common method that hackers use to gain control of other users’ accounts.

Please follow these steps to make the change:

  1. Open up Facebook on a web browser.
  2. On the login screen, select ‘forgotten password’.
  3. Enter in either the email address or mobile phone number that you first used when you originally signed up to Facebook/Messenger.
  4. Select ‘send code’ to whichever method you went with.
  5. Keep this web page open while you check your phone or email address to retrieve the code and then head back to it to input the code.
  6. From here you will be able to set a new password and save the changes.
  7. Log in to Messenger with your new password to check that it has gone through correctly.

Tips for a new password

Choosing a new password for any social media site is an important decision. It has to be memorable to you but not easy to guess. Here are a few quick tips to consider:

  • Make it unique from other passwords you use on other platforms.
  • Don’t use numbers or letters in sequences.
  • Make it long. Facebook requires 8 characters but we’d suggest making your password double that.
  • Consider using a random password generator and make a note of it in a private place.

Conclusion

To conclude, Facebook make it really easy for you to be able to change their password via Messenger, regardless of the device you are on and whether you know your existing password or not. By following our advice in this article, we are certain that you will have set yourself a new, secure password in no time.

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Andy is a Professional Content Editor with expertise in a whole host of areas (or so he tells us anyway). His main interests are sports, tv/film and social media. He has reviewed over 100 apps so far for Apps UK.

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