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How to Turn Off Active Status on Facebook and Messenger

The “Active status” feature lets your friends and contacts know when you are active, recently active, or currently engaged in the same conversation as them.

This feature is enabled by default. If you prefer, you can turn it off.

Remember, the steps below only turn off the active status to which you’re applying. Let’s look at how to do it on PC, Android, and iPhone.

Turn Off Active Status on Facebook and Messenger

Facebook (PC)

Sign in to your Facebook account.

In the right sidebar, you’ll see three horizontal dots next to “Contacts.”

Hit “Active Status: (On or Off).” The On or Off represents the status of the active status feature.

To turn off the active status, disable the first switch. Hit the Save button and that’s it.

Active Status: Off for some option is for keeping the active status disabled but enabling it for some people only. Active Status: On for some is for keeping the active status on but having it off for some people only.

If you prefer to use any of the above, first you need to click on the Edit option beside it. Choose the one you prefer and click on the Save button. Now select the option and hit the Save button.

That’s it.

To enable the active status, follow the steps above and enable the first switch. Make sure to click on the Save button too.

To reset the active status, follow the above steps and you can see the “Reset” button. Hit it and click on “Save.”

See: How to Unfollow Someone on Facebook

Facebook Messenger (PC)

Select Messenger from the left sidebar of Facebook.

Hit the three horizontal dots in the top right of the left sidebar.

Click on Preferences.

Click Active Status: (On or Off). The On or Off represents the “active status” state.

Please check the above section if you want to know about options. To turn off the active status on Messenger, you need to turn off the first toggle switch and click on “Save.”

That’s all. To enable it, you need to turn on that first toggle switch.

Facebook Messenger (Android or iPhone)

Open the Messenger app.

Tap your profile picture in the top right.

Hit “Active Status.” Disable the switch beside “Show when you’re active.”

If you’re on iPhone, tap Turn off in the pop-up and that’s it.

If you’re on Android, follow the below steps:

In the pop-up, choose the duration until which you want to pause active status. The available durations are For 1 hour, For 8 hours, and Until 08:00. Messenger will automatically enable the active status after the duration expires.

The Custom option is for settings a custom date and time. The “Until I change it” option is for turning off the active status until you manually turn it on.

Choose the one you prefer and tap the Pause button.

That’s all.

Note: To enable it, follow the steps above but turn on the switch you’ve seen above.

Facebook (Android or iPhone)

Here are the steps:

Open the Facebook app.

Hit the Menu at the bottom (if you’re using an iPhone) or top (if you’re on an Android phone).

Tap Settings & privacy > Settings > Profile settings > Active Status.

Disable the switch beside “Show when you’re active.”

In the pop-up, tap “Turn Off.”

Note: To enable it, follow the steps above but turn on the toggle switch.