How to Fix ‘This Person is Unavailable on Messenger’ Error

When you come across the message This person is unavailable on Messenger, it typically indicates one of two scenarios: either the person has deactivated their Facebook account or they have blocked you. This prevents you from being able to send them messages on Facebook Messenger. It’s important to note that while these are the most common reasons, they are not the only ones.

Now that you are aware of the reasons you may be unable to message someone, here are the methods to determine which applies to your situation.

Checking if The User Has Blocked You

To ascertain whether the user has blocked you or not, follow these steps. If they have, you will see the error when attempting to send a message.

  1. Open your Facebook profile and use the search feature to look for the person you want to message.
  2. If their profile does not appear, try searching for it using a different Facebook account, such as one belonging to a friend.
  3. Should the profile be visible on your friend’s account but not yours, it’s likely that the user has blocked you on both Messenger and Facebook.

Checking if The User Has Deactivated Their Facebook Account

If the person has deactivated or deleted their Facebook account and Messenger, you will not be able to verify which action they’ve taken.

  1. Open your Facebook app and try to find the individual’s profile.
  2. If they are not coming up in search results, ask a friend to search for the same profile. If no accounts are able to find the user, this suggests that the account has been deactivated or possibly banned from Facebook.
  3. To be certain, try checking the account from different IDs, including those on the person’s friend list or friends of friends. Do note, on occasions, accounts may be set to hidden from a public search and are only visible to mutual friends.

Ensuring You Haven’t Blocked The User

There’s a chance you might have accidentally blocked someone. In such cases, you’ll see the same message in Messenger.

  1. Open the Messenger app and look for the conversation with the This Person is Unavailable on Messenger message.
  2. Tap and hold the chat to view more options. If the Block option appears, the user is not blocked by you.
  3. However, if the Unblock option shows up, it indicates you have indeed blocked the person. You can select the Unblock option to restore messaging capabilities.

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