This person is unavailable on Messenger is an error you see when someone blocked on Facebook you or deletes/deactivate their own account. It stops you from sending messages to that particular person. And there’s currently no fix for it unless it’s a Facebook app issue/bug, which is unlikely. 

Here, you learn an old method that some users used to unblock themselves on Messenger and continue the conversation. 

How to Fix This Person is Unavailable on Messenger

It’s usually not an error. So, you cannot “fix” it. However, there’s a workaround that some FB users claim to be helpful and actually working. It includes creating a group chat with the person that blocked you to unblock yourself. Here’s how it works. 

Creating a Group Chat to Resolve This Person is Unavailable on Messenger

Sign in to another account in Facebook Lite. (You should use an account that the person hasn’t blocked). 

  1. Search the user’s name and send them a message.
  2. Tap on the gear icon on the top-right corner.
  3. Select ‘Create a group with [user’s name].’
  4. In the ‘Add Participants’ tab, search for your blocked account and add it to the group chat as well.
  5. Tap on ‘Create the Group.’
  6. Send a message in the group chat.
  7. Now, open your blocked account and continue your conversation.

Important Note: This is an old method to fix ‘This Person Is Unavailable on Messenger.’ Recent Facebook updates addressed it, and it’s not working anymore. But you can try it anyway as some users report that it’s still working. 

Do This Instead

Try these methods if the previous solution did not address the issue.

Log out and log back in.

Sometimes, you see This Person Is Unavailable on Messenger because the user recently activated their account again. To make it go away, you can log out of your account and log back in. 

Uninstall and reinstall.

If the Messenger error does not go away, and you are sure that the other party did not block you, uninstall the app and reinstall it again. But keep your account information handy as it may require a login. 

Contact the person. 

Users may accidentally block their contacts. If that’s the case, contact the person via other apps (like WhatsApp or Snapchat) to inform them of the situation. They can always unblock you and resolve the issue. 

3 Reasons Why You See This Person is Unavailable on Messenger

The most common reason is being blocked by that particular account. But there’re other possibilities you should consider when looking for the actual cause. 

The Person Blocked You.

Do this to check if you’re blocked on the Messenger app:

Search the person’s name. (You’re blocked if you cannot find them anymore).

Try to tag them in a photo. (Their name won’t show up when you search the handle).

Invite them to a group or event. (Their username won’t be available when you’re blocked). 

The Account is Deleted or Deactivated.

Facebook does not send a notification to a person’s friends when they delete or deactivate their account. But account deletion/deactivation is one of the common reasons you face ‘This Person Is Unavailable on Messenger.’ 

Tip: one way to make sure the account is deleted is by asking your mutual friends’ help. If you cannot find that particular user on FB or Messenger, they probably deleted or deactivated their account. Otherwise, you’re blocked. 

It’s a Ban or Suspension. 

You can get permanently banned from Facebook for many reasons, such as nudity, spammy posts, sharing fake news, or ignoring the terms and conditions in general. One reason you might see the ‘This Person Is Unavailable on Messenger’ is that the other party has been suspended. This might be temporary, though. FB bans users for 30 days when their violations are minor. 

Note: You Should Respect Others’ Privacy on Facebook 

Any user has the right to block others for whatsoever reason. If the Messenger error you receive is because the person blocked you, it’s best to avoid contacting them. You should always respect other users’ privacy and accept their decisions. 

Spam messaging, bullying, or ghosting a FB user violates the app’s terms and conditions. And they can lead to a permanent ban on your account. Note that such suspensions are irreversible, and you will not be able to access your account no matter what. 

Wrapping Things Up 

  • This Person is Unavailable on Messenger indicates that the person has blocked you, or they’ve deleted/deactivated their own account.
  • The only workaround is to create a group chat with the person on Facebook Lite and your blocked account to the chat. But it’s unlikely to work since FB has addressed it in the latest updates.
  • Sometimes, you don’t see any errors, but your messages cannot be delivered to a specific user. It might be because you’re blocked. 
  • You may see This Person Is Unavailable error because the account you’re trying to reach is banned or suspended by Facebook.


The information provided on this page is for educational purposes. You should not use any of the presented tips/solutions to violate FB terms or invade other users’ privacy.


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