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This post will show you how to seem offline while using Facebook and Facebook Messenger so that you can browse without people knowing you’re there. The instructions include Facebook on the desktop as well as the iOS and Android apps for Facebook and Messenger.

What You Should Know

  • On the website Facebook.com: Turn off Active Status by selecting the Messenger icon > Options (three dots). Select a visibility level and click Okay.
  • In the iOS/Android Facebook app: Toggle off Show when you’re active by going to Menu > Settings & Privacy > Settings > Active Status.
  • In the iOS/Android Messenger app: Navigate to Chats > profile image > Active Status. Toggle off Active Status, then confirm by tapping Turn Off.

How to Make a PC or Mac Appear Offline on Facebook

Your buddies may notice you’re online on Facebook or Facebook Messenger and decide it’s a good time to message you. Follow these procedures if you prefer more privacy.

  1. Navigate to Facebook.com and select the Messenger icon.Go to Facebook on the desktop and select the Messenger icon
  2. Select Options (three dots).Select the Messenger Options menu
  3. Select Turn Off Active Status.Select Turn Off Active Status.
  4. Choose Turn off active status for all contacts if you don’t want to be disturbed by anyone.Choose Turn Off Active Status for All Contacts if you don’t want to be disturbed by anyone.
  5. Select Turn off active status for all contacts except if you don’t want to be bothered by most people but still want to be available to a few. You can specify which friends can view your online status.Choose Turn Off Active Status for All Contacts except to allow some people to see your online status
  6. Choose If you simply want to stay anonymous to a few people, disable active status for those connections.Choose Turn off Active Status for Only Some Contacts if there are just a few people you don’t want to know you’re on Facebook.
  7. Select Okay when you’ve made your selection. Your active status remains off until you turn it back on.

How to Appear Offline on Facebook Using an iOS or Android Device

Using the Facebook apps for iOS and Android, you may control whether you appear online or offline.

  1. Tap Menu (three lines) in the lower-right corner (iOS) or upper-right corner (Android).
  2. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.
  3. Tap Settings.Tap Menu, Settings and Privacy, then Settings
  4. Scroll down to the Privacy section and tap Active Status.
  5. Tap the toggle next to Show when you’re active to turn it off.
  6. Tap Turn Off to confirm.Active Status settings in the Facebook app

Aside from being invisible to your Facebook friends, there are techniques to prevent people from finding you on Facebook.

How to Go Offline on the Facebook Messenger App

Turn off Active Status directly from the Messenger app for iOS or Android, as well.

  1. From the Chats tab, select your profile picture.
  2. Tap Active Status.
  3. Toggle off Active Status, then tap Turn Off to confirm.Turn off Active Status on the Messenger App

You can still send messages and participate in existing conversations after you disable Active Status.

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FAQ

How can I know if someone is hiding their identity on Facebook?

Examine someone’s Facebook activity timestamps; if it’s quite recent (but they appear offline), they may be getting invisible. If you’re friends with the user, you can also send them a message and see if the Last Seen indicator appears immediately after it’s received. Also, please respect other people’s boundaries.

How can I disable Facebook’s offline tracking?

Open Facebook Settings and navigate to Your Facebook Information > View the options next to Off-Facebook Activity > Disconnect Future Activity. Then disable Future off-Facebook behaviour (toggle the icon from green to grey). The procedure is the same for the mobile app.

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