How To Turn Off Active Status On Facebook Messenger

If you open the Facebook Messenger app on your iPhone, you will be visible to all your friends as “active”. Facebook also remembers the time of your last activity and shows it to your friends. If you don’t want anybody to know when you are online, we show you how to turn off the active status on Messenger on your iPhone!

How to hide active status on Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger → Profile picture → Active Status

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, some of them can be lessened by taking action.

As you might have noticed, the settings in the Facebook Messenger app have been changed a while ago and the option for “last active” disappeared. However you can still hide the active status on Facebook Messenger. In order to learn how to hide your Facebook Messenger online status and keep your “last active” time from appearing to your contact list, proceed as follows:

Open up the Facebook Messenger app, tap on your profile picture in the upper left corner tab and select “Active Status”.

Hide active status on Facebook Messenger

Tip: You can also hide your active status on Facebook by changing the settings in your Facebook app.

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

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.