How to turn off Instagram activity status on iPhone and Mac

Turn off Instagram activity status on iPhone and Mac

Instagram lets you share your life’s highlights with others and take a peek at what others are doing. However, if you don’t want people to know when you were last active or if you’re currently active, then you can turn off the Instagram activity status on iPhone. To do so, just adhere to this step-by-step guide!

How to disable Instagram activity status on iPhone

  1. Launch the Instagram app.
  2. Head to the Profile section → Tap the hamburger icon (three lines).
  3. Select Settings and privacy.

    Head to the Profile section, tap the More icon, and select Settings and privacy
  4. Scroll and tap Messages and story replies.
  5. Choose Show Activity Status → Toggle off Show Activity Status.

    Scroll and tap Messages and story replies, choose Show activity status, and toggle off Show Activity Status

How to turn off activity status in Instagram on Mac

  1. Launch a web browser.
  2. Head to
  3. Click the More icon (three lines)Settings.

    Click the More icon and select Settings
  4. Select How others can interact with you.
  5. Toggle off the button next to Show Activity Status.

    Choose How others can interact with you and toggle off the button next to Show Activity Status

Benefits of hiding Activity Status on Instagram

  • Disabling Show Active Status on Instagram prevents your friends on the platform from seeing when you were last active or if you’re currently active. This means that people won’t be able to see the green dot next to your profile picture in Instagram Direct or the timestamp that shows when you were last active in a chat.
  • You can concentrate on what you’re doing on Instagram without being concerned about who is looking.
  • Liberate yourself from the sense of obligation to respond to communications immediately.


Will I still be able to view the activity status of others if I hide my Show Activity Status?

No, hiding your Show Activity Status will prevent you from seeing the activity status of other users.

What happens if I turn on Show Active Status again?

Reactivating your Show Active Status will enable others to see your most recent activity on Instagram, just as they could before you disabled it. This includes those who had visibility into your activity status prior to its deactivation.

Can I selectively hide my Show Active Status from specific individuals?

No, the option to hide your Show Active Status is all-encompassing. If you disable it, your activity status will be hidden from everyone, including friends, family, and followers.

Get invisible! 🫣

If you hide your active status on Instagram, you become hidden, and people can’t see you when you’re online. It’s useful if you want to take a break from Instagram. But if you have clients on Instagram, it’s better not to hide for too long.

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