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How to Turn Off Active Status in Facebook Messenger

Turn Off Active Status to hide your privacy on Messenger app.

Key Highlights

  • Android & iPhone: Messenger app → Profile iconActive Status → Turn off “Show when you’re active.”
  • Desktop: Visit messenger.com → Three-dotted icon → PreferencesActive Status → Turn off Active Status ON.

Messenger is a communication application to send messages, photos, videos, stickers, audio, and files to Facebook friends. It can be also used as a default messaging app on your Android & iPhone. Like other social media apps, your friends can tell whether you’re currently using the app. If you don’t want your Facebook friends to see your active status, you can turn it off easily on the Messenger app and web version. Since Messenger is connected to a Facebook account, you need to turn it off there too.

How to Turn Off Active Status on Messenger Mobile App [Android & iPhone]

1. First, launch the Messenger app on your smartphone.

2. Tap the icon with your Messenger profile picture on the bottom right corner.

3. Select the Active Status option.

4. Turn off the slider stating “Show when you’re active.”

Disable Show when you're active

5. On the warning prompt, tap the Turn off option.

Tap the Turn off menu

How to Turn Off Active Status on Messenger [Desktop Version]

1. Visit messenger.com and log in to your Facebook account.

2. Tap the three-dotted icon on the top of the page and choose Preferences.

Messenger Chat preferences

3. Choose the Active Status option.

How to Turn Off Active Status in Facebook Messenger

4. Turn off the Slider next to the Active Status: ON section.

How to Turn Off Active Status in Facebook Messenger

5. Click on Save to apply the changes.

How to Turn Off Active Status in Facebook Messenger

How to Turn off Active Status on Facebook App

1. Launch your Facebook app on your smartphone.

2. Expand the Settings & Privacy menu to choose the Settings option.

How to Turn Off Active Status in Facebook Messenger

3. On the next page, tap the Profile settings.

How to Turn Off Active Status in Facebook Messenger

4. Choose the Active Status option under the Privacy section.

How to Turn Off Active Status in Facebook Messenger

5. Turn off the slider next to the “Show when you’re active menu.”

How to Turn Off Active Status in Facebook Messenger

6. On the warning prompt, tap the Turn Off option.

How to Turn Off Active Status in Facebook Messenger

Tips! You can make your Facebook account private to prevent strangers from communicating with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if you turn off your active status in Messenger?

When you turn off the active status, your online status will not be visible to your friends.

How do you know if someone is active on Facebook Messenger?

→Launch the Messenger app and ensure that you’re logged in.
→Tap the People option in the center of the page.
→All the active people will appear with a green dot next to their profile picture.

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