Hide Your Active Status on Facebook Messenger

What’s there not to love about Facebook Messenger. The camera was updated with some great stickers and filters. It may not hold the number one spot when it comes to instant messaging, but I think it should.

If you’re like me, then you use Facebook Messenger various times during the day. You contact your best friend, your family, and others. But there are times when you want to use it without having anyone else know. Maybe you need to talk to a certain someone, but every time you sign on, X person always sends you a message. Give me some space!

How to Hide Active Status on Facebook Messenger

Hiding your Active status on Facebook Messenger is easy. When you first open the app, you will see a hamburger icon on the bottom right that would be the people icon (even though it doesn’t look like it). Tap on that, and you will now see two tabs; the All and Active tabs.

How to Hide Active Status on Facebook Messenger

In the All tab, you simply see all your contacts in alphabetical order. In the Active tab, yup. You guessed it; you will see all your Facebook contacts that are currently active.

Hide Active status on Facebook Messenger

Once you see both tabs, tap on the Active one if it’s not already there. You will see everyone that is currently active on Facebook Messenger, including yourself. To the right of your name, you’re going to see a blue switch. You will need to toggle that off.


After you turn it off, you will see a message that says you’re still going to get all your messages if chat is off, but if you want to see who’s active you need to turn it on.

This change does not apply if you use Facebook Messenger on your computer. If you open Messenger on your desktop, your friends will know you’re active and vice versa. To disable the Active status on the cog wheel on the upper left-hand corner and select Active Contacts.

How to Hide Active status on facebook messenger web

Just like in the app you’re going to see who’s active and the green circle beside your name. This is what you need to toggle off and when you do you will see how everyone who is active will disappear.

Once you have done those two things no one will know when you are active on Facebook Messenger. The downside is that you can’t see your friend’s active status either. If you ever need to turn it off, even for a moment, you now know how it’s done.


Some things are easy to do like hide your active status, but if you don’t know where to look, it can seem complicated. If you ever need to hide from someone, you know it’s as simple as toggling off a button. Who do you need to hide from? Let me know in the comments.

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