How to Send Anonymous Message on Facebook Messenger?
Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular social media platforms worldwide. This app is exclusively designed for communicating with other people on Facebook. You can text, call, play games with, create groups and do many more using Facebook Messenger. But how do you send an anonymous message on Messenger?
There are around 2.99 billion people on Facebook as of 2023, and Messenger allows you to interact with anyone you wish to, whether you are friends or not. There might be situations when you wish to secretly send messages to someone as a prank, for some questioning, or to talk to someone you haven’t in a long while.
Well, in this article, you will learn whether you can send an anonymous message on Messenger and, if so, how to do it.
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To send anonymous message on Facebook Messenger, you can create a fake Facebook profile using a fake email address or phone number. Then, you can open Messenger using that profile details and search for the person you want to send a message to. Send the message you want and wait for their reply.
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Can I send an anonymous message on Messenger?
Unfortunately not. You cannot send anonymous messages on Facebook Messenger or even Facebook. The name of the users associated with their accounts gets displayed when you send a message to someone on the app.
Currently, no built-in feature allows you to send messages on Messenger anonymously. You can send messages to anyone you wish, even if you are not friends with them. But, the message gets sent to their Spam folder or Message Requests with your name displayed.
However, there are some alternative ways you can follow to send messages by hiding your real identity. But, these methods are not recommended to use by us.
How to Send Anonymous Message on Facebook Messenger?
Even though you cannot directly send anonymous messages on Facebook or the Messenger app, you can use alternative methods of using your email address or creating a new Facebook profile. Although, these methods go against Facebook’s policies and are highly recommended not to be used.
Method 1: Creating a New Account
You can create a new Facebook account using a different email address and phone number and then send messages to people using a different Facebook name. But make sure not to send disturbing, harassing or violent messages, as you can easily be caught and punished in such scenarios. To create a new Facebook account with different details, follow the given steps:
- Open Facebook and click on ‘Create new account’.
- Enter the name, birth date, and gender (make sure you do not enter your real credentials) and hit next till the personal details section is done.
- Then, enter the number or email you wish to use to create the account. Hit ‘Next’.
- Enter your password and hit ‘Next’.
- Enter the confirmation code sent to you on the phone number or email. Once done, hit ‘Next’.
- Your new unrecognizable account will have been created.
- Now, go to Messenger and log in to your new account with the email and password you set.
- Search for the person you wish to send a message to and tap on their account.
- Once their inbox opens, enter your message and hit ‘Send’.
- The message gets sent and is stored in their Message Request section.
In this way, you can send an anonymous message on Messenger. If the person replies to your message, it will be available directly in your inbox section.
Method 2: Using a Different Email Address
Another way to send anonymous messages on Facebook and Messenger apps is by using a new different email address or the email address you do not use. You can use the receiver’s username and send a direct message using the email. To do so, follow the given steps:
- Open Facebook and log into your account.
- Search for the person you wish to message and open their profile.
- Copy their username. Copy everything after the ‘facebook.com/‘ URL.
- Now, open Gmail and hit ‘Compose’.
- Paste the copied username in the To: section and add ‘@facebook.com’ behind it, as shown below.
- Enter your subject and message.
- Once done, hit ‘Send’.
- The message gets sent to the recipient.
This method was effective for a few years but has now been discontinued by Facebook. So, there is a high chance that it may not work. In that case, use the first method or your real account to send messages.
How to Avoid Getting Caught After Sending an Anonymous Message?
As suggested above, please do not send any violent, disturbing, or offensive messages to anyone. Such actions can be easily traced, and you can be caught. If that happens, you could be punished by the law and have to face charges. Nevertheless, in case of little prank messages or jokes with your friends, there are some ways you may follow to avoid getting caught after sending an anonymous message. They are:
Use alternative details: Do not use the details of your personal life. Use a different number or email and name while creating an account. Do not put real information about yourself on your profile to maintain complete anonymity.
Use VPNs: The use of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) may sometimes be able to hide the location from where you are sending the message. VPNs redirect your IP addresses and virtually change your location on the internet. This change of IP address may provide you with some sense of anonymity.
Use a different ISP: Your Internet Service Providers can access your history on the Internet and easily track your activities. So, using a different ISP while sending the message and creating a new profile can help to avoid the exact tracking of what you do and what you are sending.
Be careful about what you say: If you are only sending an innocent prank message, the recipient will not likely want to know about you or your whereabouts. But, if you harass them in any manner, they are more likely to track you down and file a case against you. So, be careful what messages you send. Protect yourself as well as others.
Hence, even though Facebook Messenger does not allow you to send anonymous messages, you can follow the methods listed above and do so easily. You can also protect your anonymity by following the tips we listed above. We highly discourage using these methods and suggest you use your real account and talk to the person.
I hope this article was helpful and cleared your doubts. Feel free to leave comments in case of any queries.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is sending anonymous messages using an unrecognizable profile illegal?
No, it is not. But, if you are found sending disturbing, offensive messages or trying to harm the recipient in any manner, you will be held accountable.
Can I send anonymous messages on Facebook groups?
You can follow the steps above to send anonymous messages on Facebook groups. You can, however, find an option on groups that allow you to post anonymously on them.
Can I use the ‘Secret Conversation’ feature for sending anonymous messages?
The secret conversations feature allows you to send end-to-end encrypted messages and disappear when you go away from the page. The messages are not anonymous but only protected from other users.