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Turn off Active On Facebook Messenger For More Privacy

Privacy is a huge topic these days especially after news about Facebook privacy issues became public. Therefore we decided to show you the most important Facebook Messenger privacy trick, when it comes to your iPhone. With this trick your contacts will no longer see, when you were last active on Facebook Messenger. This guide has been updated to “how to turn off “last active” on messenger 2018!

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Facebook Messenger Availability

The former option for Facebook Messenger last active disappeared a while ago and the Facebook Messenger settings were altered. However there is an option to hide your Availability on Facebook Messenger and thus you can hide active status on Facebook Messenger. You can also hide your active status on Facebook by changing the Settings in your Facebook app. Learn how to hide active on Facebook app here.
Facebook is tracking your activity and by default shows your friends when you were “last active” on Facebook Messenger, as well as when you are online using the app.
There are tons of disadvantages to this kind of privacy issue, some of them can be lessened by taking action. In order to learn how to hide your Facebook Messenger online status (a.k.a. “invisible” mode) and keep your “last active” time from appearing to your contact list, read the following guide. We explain how to turn off Availibility to hide last active on Facebook Messenger.

When does Facebook Messenger show “active”?

Facebook Messeger is supposed to only tag a person as “online” if they really are active or “active last” with the right amount of time since their last activity. But Facebook Messenger has long known to have a slight glitch that may cause hickups with this feature. Sadly you cannot neccessarily trust Facebook Messenger in this way. A friend might not ignore you while chatting on Facebook Messenger, it might just be the glitch.

Hint: Feel like you missed a few Facebook messages? Could be because Facebook filtered these as spam? We explain, how to find hidden Facebook messanges.

How to improve your Facebook Messenger privacy instantly

Facebook Messenger → Profile picture → Availability → Turn Off

Open up the Facebook Messenger App, tap on your profile picture in the upper left corner tab and tap “Availability” in the list.

Now you just need to disable the toggle button and confirm this by tapping “Turn Off”. This is how to turn off active on Messenger.

In addition to turning off last active on Facebook Messenger you can also turn off Active Status on Facebook in your Facebook app on iPhone. Learn how to disable Active Status in your Facebook app here.

Normally you won’t be able to see who is online right now, but no one will be able to see whether you are online either. Sometimes this does not work correctly though and you can still see who else is online, even though they can’t see, when you were last active. If you tap a contact in the messenger list, however, you can see whether they are online right now. Your “last active” time should not show up in anyone’s list anymore.

If you have concerns about your privacy on Facebook, learn how to check your privacy settings and access rights here.