How to turn off Active Status in Facebook on iPhone and iPad

Do your pals noticing your Facebook Messenger activity all the time worry you? In that case, you’ve found the right location. I’ll walk you through a few easy steps in this blog post to disable the Active Status in Facebook Messenger on your iPhone or iPad. So continue reading to find out how to shield your identity from prying eyes.

How to enable or disable Active Status in Facebook on iPhone or iPad

Appearing offline on Facebook or Messenger app has never been easy. With a few simple steps, you can turn on or off the Active Status of your profile. Let’s see how:

Using Facebook app

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your iPhone.
  2. Select the hamburger icon from the bottom-right corner.
    Some might see a profile picture instead.
  3. Choose Settings and Privacy → select Settings.

    Tap Settings in Facebook app on iPhone
  4. Choose the Active Status option under Audience and Visibility.
  5. Toggle off the Show when you’re active option.
  6. Select Turn Off from the pop-up.

    Turn your Active Status off from Facebook app on iPhone

Using Messenger app

  1. Open the Messenger app.
  2. Either swipe left or tap the hamburger icon at the top-left corner.
  3. Select the Settings icon → and tap Active Status.

    Tap Active Status from Messenger app on iPhone
  4. Toggle off Show when you’re active → tap Turn Off when prompted.

    Turn your Active Status off from Messenger app on iPhone

The Messenger app also gives you the option to only show your Active Status when you and your friend are both active. However, if you have completely disabled your Facebook Messenger Active Status, this will not function.

How to control who can see you online on Facebook from Web

Follow the instructions below using your web browser if you want to specify which Facebook friends may and cannot see your Active Status without deactivating it for everyone.

  1. Open any browser → log in to your Facebook account.
  2. Access Messenger → select the three-dot icon.
  3. Click the Active Status option.

    Click the Active Status option in Messenger from Web
  4. Toggle off Active Status → select Save if you want to disable your active status for all.

    Toggle off the Active Status option in Messenger from Web
  5. However, you can either enable or disable your status for a particular set of friends if you desire.
  6. Select Edit next to the option you prefer.
    Here, I have chosen ON for some.
  7. Add participants of your choice → click Save.

    Add participants of your choice and click Save in Messenger on iPhone
  8. You’ll be prompted with the Active Status menu.
  9. Select the option you altered → click Save.
  10. Now, nobody can see your Active Status apart from the participants you just added.
  11. You can repeat the same for OFF for some, and it’ll act accordingly.

FAQs

Will I still be able to use Messenger if I turn off my Active Status? 

Yes, turning off your Active Status will not affect your ability to use Messenger in any way. You will still be able to send and receive messages as usual.

Will my friends be able to see when I’m online if I turn off my active status? 

No, your friends will not be able to see when you’re online if you turn off your Active Status. They will only be able to see the last time you were active on Messenger. 

Will I still be able to see when my friends are online if I turn off my active status? 

No, if you’ve disabled the visibility of your online status, you won’t be able to read the active status of the person you’re talking with.

Conclusion 

In conclusion, it is easy to disable Active Status in Facebook Messenger on the iPhone. You can protect your privacy and stop being bothered when you don’t want to be by disabling this function. As an alternative, you can also conceal your visible status in a Messenger chat.

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