How to turn off active status on Facebook

Similar to other platforms, Facebook is also an online messaging environment where people communicate to upgrade their knowledge. However, sometimes you need not engage with friends, either by lack of time or your preference.

If you want to log into Facebook without your friends knowing you are online, you can quickly turn off your “active status” so you appear offline. This article will show you how to turn off your active status on different platforms.

How to turn off active status on desktop

If you are using a PC or laptop, you can use these steps to turn off your active status;

  • Go to the Facebook website and log into your account, if necessary
  • Click on the circular Messenger icon in the top-right corner of the screen
  • Next, in the Messenger drop-down, click on the “three-dot” icon at the top of the page
  • After that, click on the “Turn off Active Status” icon in the drop-down menu
  • Now, a pop-up will appear asking if you want to;
  1. Turn off Active Status for all contacts
  2. Turn off Active Status for all communications except
  3. Turn off Active Status for only some contacts

If you choose the latter two options, a box will appear where you can enter the names of specific people

  • Finally, click on “Ok” to complete the process

How to turn off active status on a mobile device

If you are using your phone device for checking Facebook, we have provided two methods (for Android and iOS) to turn off your active status;

  • On Android phones
  1. Open the Facebook app on your phone
  2. Click on the hamburger icon in the top-right corner of the screen
  3. Next, click on “Settings & Privacy,” and then tap on the “Settings” button
  4. After that, click on “Active Status” under the “Privacy” section
  5. Finally, turn off “Show when you are active” by moving the slider to the left and then confirm by selecting the “Turn Off” button in the appeared pop-up
  • On iPhone phones
  1. Open the Facebook app on your phone
  2. Click on the hamburger icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen
  3. Next, click on “Settings & Privacy,” and then tap on the “Settings” button
  4. After that, click on “Active Status” under the “Privacy” section
  5. Finally, turn off “Show when you are active” by moving the slider to the left and then confirm by selecting the “Turn Off” button in the appeared pop-up

How to turn off active status through Facebook Messenger

Here, we will tell you how to turn off active status via the Facebook Messenger app. Follow these steps;

  1. Open the Facebook Messenger app on your phone
  2. Next, from the main “Chats” page, click on your profile’s avatar at the top-left of the screen
  3. Now, click on the “Active Status” icon
  4. Finally, turn off “Show when you are active” by moving the slider to the left. Confirm the process by tapping on “Turn Off” in the pop-up.

Summary

I appreciate your attention. In general, all of these methods are the same, and there are a few minor differences. However, if you find out that your active status is still on after using these tips, you can visit Facebook’s official website and ask for help.

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