So you’ve lost your patience with all the buzzing messages and sniffers on Instagram? You deserve some time off, which can be done without necessarily ghosting anyone. All you need to do is hide your Instagram active status from your iPhone or Android device. Once done, your followers won’t know whether you’re online.
The process is simple. Read along to find out!
How to turn off active status on Instagram via browser
To start, open Instagram on your web browser (Chrome or Safari) and follow these steps to hide your Instagram active Status:
- Open Instagram on a browser and tap your profile icon.
- Go to Settings.
- Click Privacy and security from the left sidebar.
- Next, untick the Show Active Status under Active Status to hide your profile.
How to hide active status via Instagram mobile app
- Open the Instagram app on your device.
- Tap your profile icon at the bottom left.
- Now, tap the three horizontal lines at the top right.
- Go to Settings → Privacy.
- Tap Activity status.
- Toggle off Show your active status.
What happens after turning off Instagram’s active status?
Once you hide your active status on Instagram, the default green dot on your profile disappears. So people can’t tell anymore whether you’re online. However, they can still tell you’re online by checking the last time you post a reel or a story on Instagram.
You’ll see a green dot next to someone’s profile if they’re active. Invariably, that dot won’t be there if they’ve asked Instagram to hide their online status, as demonstrated earlier.
You may be unable to hide your Instagram activities from a particular person. However, you can hide your stories from selected people. Simply go to their profile → tap the more icon (…) → select Hide your story.
Your posts won’t appear on their timeline anymore. However, they can still check your profile and posts. They might even view your profile anonymously if they’re savvy. If you want to hide your activities completely from one person only, you may consider blocking them instead.
You can view someone’s Instagram activity by visiting their profile. You’ll see their posts, followers, likes, and many more on their profile.
Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t offer an official way to see who’s viewed your profile. But I found a workaround in this article.
Hiding your Instagram active status makes your followers believe you’re not online even when you are. However, while you’ve learned the trick, I wouldn’t say it’s ideal if you run your client base on Instagram. I bet you want them to know you’re online. Else, you might end up veiling your business as well.
Regardless, with your active status hidden, you can catch all the fun you want on Instagram while your followers keep wondering whether you’re online or not. Why did you hide your Instagram active status? Let me know in the comments section below.