If you don’t want your Facebook friends to know when you’re online or recently active, you can easily turn off Active Status.
The option is available on both the browser and Messenger apps. But it’s tucked away somewhere in the app’s settings.
How to turn off active status on Facebook
If you don’t want anyone to see your last active status or you simply want to appear offline, it’s easy to turn off Facebook’s “Active Status” feature. You can do this on the website, in the Messenger app, or both.
On the Facebook website, you can control whether or not your contacts can see your Active Status by going to Settings & Privacy and then clicking Chats. Then, scroll down to the Audience and Visibility section and click the toggle next to Show When You’re Active to turn it off.
The same applies to the Messenger app on iPhone and Android. To turn off your Active Status, open the app and from Chats, tap your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen. Then, tap next to Show when you’re active to turn on or off, and select TURN OFF in the prompt to confirm.
You can also turn off your Active Status from the Facebook mobile app on iOS or Android by going to the Facebook menu and tapping Settings & Privacy. Then, scroll down to the Audience & Visibility section and click the toggle next to Active Status.
There’s a third way to control your Active Status on the Messenger app on iOS or Android: You can choose who can see your online status by blocking messages from specific people in a group. This works in the same way as blocking someone on the Facebook website, but only with messages in that particular chat group.
If you don’t want to block someone, you can still hide your last active status on the Messenger app by turning off “Show when you’re active” in Chat settings. This will stop your friends from seeing when you’re online, but they can still send you messages and see your profile image.
How to turn off active status on messenger
Active status is one of the most common features used in Facebook Messenger, as it helps you start conversations with your friends. Unfortunately, this feature can sometimes cause problems. If you are looking for a way to fix the issue, there are several things you can try.
First, you can turn off your active status on Messenger. You can do this on your desktop computer or your phone.
If you use the mobile app, open it and click on your profile picture in the upper-left corner. You can then navigate to the settings menu by scrolling down.
You can then choose to turn off your active status for all contacts, or turn it off for some of them. In the latter case, a pop-up will appear that lets you enter the names of the people you want to exclude.
Once you have done that, you can tap on ‘Okay’ to save the changes. You can also clear your chat history if you want to.
This will not only fix the problem with your active status, but it will also delete the last time you were online from your contacts list. This will help keep you from accidentally revealing your status again to your contacts.
However, it’s important to note that this will only work if you have a reliable internet connection and a stable data plan. Otherwise, your friends will likely not be able to reach you via Messenger.
If your friends aren’t able to reach you in Messenger, it could be because their servers are down. If that’s the case, you should wait for Facebook to fix the issue before you can use the service again.
How to turn off active status for all contacts
If you don’t want certain people to see your Facebook active status on your mobile device, you can disable this feature. You can do this on the app or on Facebook’s desktop website.
Active status allows your friends and contacts on Facebook to know when you are online or were last active on the social network. This can be handy for checking up on your friends when you’re not near a computer, but it can also be a privacy concern.
You can turn off Facebook’s active status on desktop, the app and on Messenger by following a few steps. To turn off the feature on Facebook’s desktop website, log in with your account details and select your profile picture at the bottom-left corner.
To disable the feature on the app, open the app and tap the hamburger menu in the top-right corner. Then, open Settings.
Once you’re in Settings, go to the Privacy section and select “Active Status.” Next, tap the toggle switch for Show when you’re active and then confirm that choice by tapping TURN OFF.
This will disable your active status on Facebook for all of your contacts, but you can still message them on the app. In addition, you can block specific people from sending you messages by using a chat with them.
You can disable the active status on the desktop version of Facebook as well by opening the Messenger app and clicking on Options, indicated by three horizontal dots. When you choose to turn off your active status for all contacts, you’ll have to list specific names in the box.
However, you can hide your active status from a single contact by selecting the option to only show your online status to those who you specifically list as exceptions. You can then enter those people’s names in the same pop-up as when you select the option to show your online status for all contacts except.
How to turn off active status for some contacts
If you want to keep your browsing time on Facebook private, you can turn off active status for some of your friends. You can do this from the desktop version of Facebook and the mobile Facebook messenger app.
If your primary Facebook browser is on a computer, open the desktop website in your web browser and sign in with your username and password. Then, select the three horizontal dots menu at the top and choose Chat Settings.
You’ll then see a new menu that allows you to change your active status so that only specific contacts can view it. For example, you could hide it from all your contacts except a few special ones like cousins or ex-girlfriends/boyfriends.
However, you can’t hide it from all your friends on the mobile Facebook messenger app. This means that you won’t be able to appear offline to everyone on the mobile app, and people who haven’t blocked you may still be able to message you while you’re off.
The best way to prevent your friends from seeing that you’re online is to block them from messaging you on Facebook. This is a simple, yet effective way to avoid the appearance of being online on both Facebook and Facebook Messenger for a limited amount of time.
On the mobile Facebook messenger app, this is a little more complicated. You need to temporarily block certain contacts before they’re able to send you messages, and you must do it for each contact.