Facebook Messenger has quickly become one of the most used apps to exchange messages with friends, since it uses all the contacts available on Facebook as a basis for starting a conversation (in addition to those available through the phone number associated with the app) .
How to hide online status on Facebook
But what if you want to protect your privacy and know how not to be online on Facebook so as not to let anyone know when you were last active? In this guide you will find out how to be offline both from the Facebook website and from the Facebook Messenger app available for all the main platforms.
How to hide online status on Facebook from PC
On PC you can hide online status from Facebook chat by opening the website’s web page and logging into Facebook with the account you have.
Once you open the homepage, to go offline on Facebook is very simple:
- click on the gear icon at the bottom right of the chat tab (or at the top right, it depends on the resolution of your computer screen),
- then click on the item Deactivate activity status.
Another window will open in the center where you can choose whether to deactivate the activity status for all contacts, deactivate it for all except some selected or deactivate it only for some people to select.
Blocked contacts will no longer be able to see when you are online from PC, even on Facebook Messenger (unless you use the app of course!).
This setting does not disable the chat: in fact you can still contact whoever you want without any problem, only that the same interlocutor and the other contacts in the chat will never know if you are active now or you are not active, making you invisible and thus leaving your privacy intact related to your access on Facebook (eye: not on Facebook Messenger!).
How to be offline on Facebook from your mobile phone
Now you know how not to be online on Facebook from the web, but if you don’t use the chat on the Facebook site a lot and instead use the Messenger app of the same social network, you must know that the settings seen a little while ago do not apply to the app, also if the contacts shown are the same: then you can be hidden on PC and Web but still be active from the app and vice versa!
To hide the online status on Facebook Messenger from the Android and iOS app you must first download it to your mobile device; you can use the links below.
DOWNLOAD | Facebook Messenger (Android)
DOWNLOAD | Facebook Messenger (iOS)
Once the app is downloaded, log in with the same Facebook account used on the PC (just also have the Facebook app installed in parallel to access even faster).
After starting the app let’s see how to go offline on Facebook Messenger:
- Tap on the top left of your account icon (where there is a photo of your Facebook profile).
- In the Profile section , tap on Activity status.
- In the new screen that appears, under Show when you are active , tap the button on the right,
- a warning will appear asking if you want to deactivate the activity status, click on DISABLE to go offline on Messenger.
Now nobody will know that you are online on the Messenger app, but, out of respect for privacy, you will not be able to do the same either (i.e. you will not be able to see if the others are online unless you reactivate this item).