How to Remove Chat from Facebook

I don’t really understand the reason behind keeping a chat feature in Facebook. I know it’s meant for instant messaging! But, then what are Instant Messengers for? Facebook isn’t an IM, it’s just a social networking website. There are several reason why I hate the Facebook chat feature. Firstly, it’s buggy! If many Facebook windows are opened in Firefox, you’ll not be able to send messages. You need to minimize and maximize the chat box everytime you type a message. Another reason, some people keep bugging you. Well, if you are a person like me and would like to remove Facebook chat feature then here’s what you do.

How to Remove Chat from Facebook

You need to install Firefox if you don’t have it as this trick will work only on Firefox.

Install the AdBlock Plus addon and restart the browser.

Now, open Facebook in a new page and login with your ID. On the right hand top corner, click on the ABP icon and choose ‘Preferences’.

Click on ‘Add Filter’. In the new Filter box enter the following rule:*=presence)

Once done, click on ‘OK’. It should look something like the above.

(Before removing Facebook chat toolbar)

(After removing Facebook chat toolbar)

You’ll immediately notice that the Chat box and the toolbar have disappeared. Voila! The chat feature is permanently removed.



16 comments for “How to Remove Chat from Facebook”

  • Mia

    Does this leave me as invisible, although I’m signed in or people just think I a am not answering them?

  • Hi Mia,
    Before you do this make sure that you have signed out of chat. If you are online and you do this trick then it won’t work out.

  • yam

    hey… how will i get the chat box back again?

  • Just remove the filter that you had created earlier…

  • orcocan

    works perfectly thanks!!!

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  • Roxanne

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for a way to delete this thing for a while!

  • Gary Swinimer, Sr.


  • Anyway to do the same in WebWasher?
    What are you looking to filter out.
    WebWasher filters parts of URLs or function-names. What should I filter?

  • Girl

    If i remove chat box and log in from a diferent pc,still works? or if its only from the particular mozilla explorer?

  • Oh myyyyy thank you!!!!

  • awesomeness. tired of getting notifiactions from facebook and my chat program at the same time 😀

  • Pefect. Lately, chat stated automatically even though I set it to ‘offline’… not anymore.

  • Hi Childe. As Joel said last year, “Before you do this make sure that you have signed out of chat. If you
    are online and you do this trick then it won’t work out.”

  • Hristo

    super 🙂 greatings from bulgaria

  • Sunshineboys23

    This only removes chat from mozilla, how can you remove it from internet explorer? When you go on facebook under internet explorer, chat is still there.

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