How To Log out of Windows 8 Messaging and Facebook


The Real Way:

It’s quite simple actually.

Open up messaging

swipe from the right for the charms bar (or hit control + c)

tap settings

tap options

Toggle all messaging services Off







I think I found another way and it is a lot simpler than I thought.  All you have to do is unpin the messaging app.  Don’t uninstall it though because this will uninstall mail and calendar too.  You might need to log on/off or reboot after you do this.




Basically you can’t in the Release Preview.  It’s kind of annoying.  Every time I log into my Windows 8 PC it also logs me in to Facebook and sets my status as available.  There isn’t any way to log out of Windows 8 Messaging.   The only control Microsoft gives you is over your visibility.   It’s not that I want to ignore everyone; it’s that I don’t want to be logged into chat unless I choose to do so.  It’s already annoying enough that I get logged into Facebook from Skype too.  There was a time when I was getting bombarded with Facebook messages on my Windows Phone, Windows 8, Skype, and!  One person sent one message and it was sent everywhere.  That had to stop.

So I found a pretty simple fix.  Just create a firewall rule to block the communication.  I know this is taking drastic measures but it is pretty easy to do and Microsoft hasn’t provided an alternative.  I am sure they will fix this in the final release.  Here’s how…



Hit the Windows Key then type CMD

Right click Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator from the bottom.




Copy the following command:

Windows 8 32-bit:
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name=”MetroMessengerXMPP” action=”block” dir=”out” program=”c:\program files\windowsapps\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16.2.3237.215_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe\LiveComm.exe” remoteip=”,″

Windows 8 64-bit:
netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name=”MetroMessengerXMPP” action=”block” dir=”out” program=”c:\program files\windowsapps\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16.2.3237.215_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\LiveComm.exe” remoteip=”,″


then right click the background of your command window then choose paste and hit enter.




There you go.  You are blocking the messaging service.  This should work as long as they do not change the IP.  If you want to revert back, run the Advanced Firewall and delete the rule we just created.  You can get to the Advanced Windows Firewall by running wf.msc from the start menu or command window.





20 thoughts on “How To Log out of Windows 8 Messaging and Facebook

  1. To remove facebook from your windows,go online to your windows email associated with your device or computer and remove the accounts like facebbok or twitter

    1. That will work too, the only problem is I still want my Facebook contacts, calendar, and newsfeed in Windows 8.  I just don’t want to be logged in to chat.

    1. I found a simple way to logout from facebook on windows 8. go to start and click people move your courser to top right , then click on microsoft account , put your password and microsoft email . now your microsoft account is login and facebook account get off.

  2. “If you want to revert back, run the Advanced Firewall and delete the rule we just created.”what is the name of the rule. I can’t find it. There is no MetromessangerXMPP.

  3. Had a lot of trouble figuring out how to turn off my messenger until I stumbled across this page. Thank you. However, just the fact alone that I needed to do EXTRA RESEARCH to SIGN OFF MY MESSENGER is one of many reasons why Windows 8 is terrible. I’m only using it because I have to for school. If it weren’t for that, I’d never even touch it.

    1. Sorry to hear that! Glad I can help. I have a hard time remembering that all apps share the settings charms to get into the options. After you do though, it’s much easier to access each app’s settings.

    1. Be sure you are in the Messaging app. I updated the post. When you are in the app hit control + c for the charms bar, then settings, then options.

  4. Yah…. its so annoying, because I logged in my facebook account in my friend’s computer. Now, I can’t log out from his computer and he can’t log in to his computer. How to do now?

  5. The best and easy way to get logout from windows messanger is when you add your facebbok account to messanger it will send the email to your registered windows mail, check your windows mail on hotmail in that mail go to the settings and according to the steps you will sign out, its easy

  6. go to the top right, click on Facebook, the manage your account online. scroll down to the bottom the click remove account completely. voila!

  7. just go to the right charm bar by pointing the cursor to top right then chose setting then log out it’s very easy 🙂

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