How to Disable Active Status on Facebook and Messenger
(Pocket-lint) – Facebook is fun sometimes. If you use it, however, your friends will know you’re active on the platform even if you don’t interact with their posts or share anything yourself. Yeah, it’s not that fun. Fortunately, there is a way to disable this feature. It’s called turning off your “active status,” and here’s how to do it step-by-step on Facebook and Facebook Messenger so you can continue to use them in stealth mode.
What does “active status” mean and do?
Active status displays your friends and connections when you are active on Facebook and Facebook Messenger platforms. If you were recently viewing a message on Facebook or a chat on Messenger, for example, they’ll see a green dot next to your profile picture to show you’re online or a timestamp showing when you were last online.
How to turn off your active status on Facebook
Open the Facebook mobile app on your iPhone or Android phone, log in to your Facebook account, then follow these steps:
- On the menu tab, scroll down and select Settings.
- Select Profile settings.
- Scroll down and select Active status.
- Disable the option for Show when active.
If you want to reactivate your active status, follow steps 1-3 above, then activate Show when active.
How to turn off your active status on Facebook Messenger
Open the Facebook Messenger mobile app on your iPhone or Android phone, log in to your Facebook Messenger account, then follow these steps:
- On the Chat tabgo to your profile picture at the corner.
- Scroll down and select Account settings.
- Select Disable active status.
If you want to reactivate your active status, follow steps 1-2 above, then select Enable active status.
Want to know more?
Check Facebook’s support page for more details on active status. If you want to learn more about Facebook and Facebook Messenger, including how they work and the best tips and tricks, check out Pocket-lint’s guides:
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Written by Maggie Tillman.