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When your active status is enabled on Facebook, your contacts can see that you are currently or recently have been online. If you do not want them to know your online presence, turn off your active status on Facebook. We’ll show you how.

Later, if you change your mind, you can re-enable active status and let people know that you are online.

Note: To hide your active status in Facebook Messenger, check out our dedicated guide on that.

How to Appear Offline on Facebook for Desktop

On a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, use the Facebook website to disable your active status.

To start, open a web browser on your computer and launch the Facebook site.

In the site’s top-right corner, click the “Messenger” icon.

At the top of the “Messenger” box, click the three dots.

In the “Chat Settings” menu that opens, click “Turn Off Active Status.”

Tip: In the future, to re-enable your active status, select “Turn On Active Status” from the “Chat Settings” menu.

Choose "Turn Off Active Status."

You will see an “Active Status” box with three options. Here’s what each option does:

  • Turn Off Active Status for All Contacts: Select this option to disable your active status for everyone.
  • Turn Off Active Status for All Contacts Except: Choose this option if you want to show your active status only to specific people. You can enter those people’s names once you select this option.
  • Turn Off Active Status for Only Some Contacts: Select this option to hide your active status from certain people. You can enter those people’s names once you choose this option.

When you have selected an option, at the bottom of the “Active Status” box, click “Okay.”

Turn off active status on Facebook on desktop.

And Facebook will now hide your active status from everyone or the people you chose. Enjoy some privacy!

How to Not Show Your Active Status on Facebook on Mobile

On your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, utilize the Facebook app to hide your active status.

RELATED: How to Hide Your Online Status in WhatsApp

To do so, launch the Facebook app on your phone. In the app, tap the three horizontal lines. If you are on an iPhone or iPad, you will find these lines at the bottom-right corner. If you are on an Android phone, these lines are at the top-right corner.

Tap the hamburger menu.

Scroll down the “Menu” screen that opens to the bottom. There, tap “Settings & Privacy.”

Choose the "Settings & Privacy" option.

In the menu that opens, tap “Settings.”

Select "Settings."

On the “Settings & Privacy” page, at the bottom of the “Audience and Visibility” section, select “Active Status.”

Tap "Active Status."

To turn off your active status, on the “Active Status” page, disable the “Show When You’re Active” option.

Tip: To re-enable your active status on Facebook, turn on the “Show When You’re Active” option.

Toggle off "Show When You're Active."

Tap “Turn Off” in the prompt.

Select "Turn Off" in the prompt.

You are all set.

And that’s how you prevent people from finding out your online presence on Facebook. Very useful for privacy!

There are a few other options as well that you can change to improve your Facebook privacy.

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