Facebook Messenger is a standalone app letting you connect with your loved ones in real time. When you send a message to a contact via the messaging app, it shows you whether or not the person in question is active. In case the said contact is inactive, it shows you how long ago they were active. However, for everyone who has added you as a contact in the app, the very same information about you is available to them. If you find it too invasive, you can easily turn it off. This how-to article will walk you through the steps to hide your active status on FB Messenger. Read on.
Hide Your Active Status on FB Messenger
- Launch Facebook Messenger on your device
- Log in to your account if you’ve not already
- Tap on the three horizontal lines namely Menu in the lower-right corner
- On the resulting screen, tap on the Active tab
- Once done, you’ll be presented with a toggle switch below the Active tab. Just tap the switch to hide your FB Messenger status
It’s worth notable that if your online status is hidden, you’ll no longer be able to see if your contacts are active. You’ll also appear as offline to your friends. However, you’re able to see and reply to all your messages while Facebook chat status is disabled.
This setting doesn’t work if you use FB Messenger on your desktop. If you open the app in your web browser, your contacts will see your active status and likewise, you can see theirs. To hide your active status on FB Messenger for the web, click on the cog wheel button at the top-left side and select Active Contacts option from the appearing menu. Now, toggle the switch towards the right to disable your active status.
In case you want to turn your active status on, follow the steps given below:
There are two ways to enable your ‘last active’ status. The first way is by simply tapping on the Active toggle switch back On, while the second way is to tap on the home screen icon on the left-hand side. Just tap on the Turn On button near the top of the home screen.
In this way, you can hide your active status on FB Messenger. So, you can easily send or read a message while appearing offline.
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