Instagram Direct offers a fine way to send a quick message to friends and followers. And just like many other messaging apps including WhatsApp, Messenger, it shows the last online status of any user. While it may not be a concern for some people, many users would want to keep the privacy about their online status. If you belong to the latter group, head over to disable your Instagram Direct activity status on your iPhone and Android.

Once you have turned off your online status on Instagram, your friends and followers will no longer be able to view your activity status. Keep in mind, you won't be able to see others' either.

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How to Disable Instagram Direct Activity Status on iPhone and Android

How to Turn Off Instagram Direct Activity Status on iPhone and Android

Step #1. Open Instagram on your device.

Step #2. Now, tap on the profile tab at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Step #3. Next, on your iOS device, you need to tap on the gear icon.

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Tap on Profile Then Gear Icon in Instagram on iPhone

On your Android device, you have to tap on the three vertical dots placed at the top right corner of the screen.

Step #4. Next, scroll down and turn off the switch next to Show activity status.

Disable Instagram Direct Activity Status on iPhone and Android

Going forward, no one will be able to see your activity status.

If you ever happen to change your mind and wish to let your friends see your online status, simply follow the same steps mentioned above and disable the toggle in the end.

That's done!

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So, that's how you can keep the privacy about your online status. If you think that some people might use it to troll or stalk you, this is the way to go.

As we are talking about privacy or preventing others from trolling us, I would suggest you take a look at these posts as well.

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