How to turn off Active Status in Facebook on iPhone and iPad

How to turn off Active Status in Facebook Messenger on iPhone

Are you bothered by friends constantly being able to see when you are active on Facebook Messenger? If so, you have come to the right place. In this blog, I will demonstrate some simple steps you can take to turn off the Active Status in Facebook Messenger on your iPhone or iPad. So read on and learn how to keep yourself away from prying eyes.

How to enable or disable Active Status in Facebook on iPhone or iPad

Appearing offline on Facebook or Messenger app has never been easy. With a few simple steps, you can turn on or off the Active Status of your profile. Let’s see how:

Using Facebook app

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your iPhone.
  2. Select the hamburger icon from the bottom-right corner.
    Some might see a profile picture instead.
  3. Choose Settings and Privacy → select Settings.

    Tap Settings in Facebook app on iPhone
  4. Choose the Active Status option under Audience and Visibility.
  5. Toggle off the Show when you’re active option.
  6. Select Turn Off from the pop-up.

    Turn your Active Status off from Facebook app on iPhone

Using Messenger app

  1. Open the Messenger app.
  2. Either swipe left or tap the hamburger icon at the top-left corner.
  3. Select the Settings icon → and tap Active Status.

    Tap Active Status from Messenger app on iPhone
  4. Toggle off Show when you’re active → tap Turn Off when prompted.

    Turn your Active Status off from Messenger app on iPhone

The Messenger app further allows you to display your Active Status only when you and your friend are active together. However, this does not work if you’ve turned off your Active Status for all on Facebook Messenger.

How to control who can see you online on Facebook from Web

If you want to allow a particular set of your Facebook friends who can or cannot view your Active Status without disabling it for all, you should follow the below-mentioned steps via the web browser.

  1. Open any browser log in to your Facebook account.
  2. Access Messenger → select the three-dot icon.
  3. Click the Active Status option.

    Click the Active Status option in Messenger from Web
  4. Toggle off Active Status → select Save if you want to disable your active status for all.

    Toggle off the Active Status option in Messenger from Web
  5. However, you can either enable or disable your status for a particular set of friends if you desire.
  6. Select Edit next to the option you prefer.
    Here, I have chosen ON for some.
  7. Add participants of your choice → click Save.

    Add participants of your choice and click Save in Messenger on iPhone
  8. You’ll be prompted with the Active Status menu.
  9. Select the option you altered → click Save.
  10. Now, nobody can see your Active Status apart from the participants you just added.
  11. You can repeat the same for OFF for some, and it’ll act accordingly.


Will I still be able to use Messenger if I turn off my Active Status? 

Yes, turning off your Active Status will not affect your ability to use Messenger in any way. You will still be able to send and receive messages as usual.

Will my friends be able to see when I’m online if I turn off my active status? 

No, your friends will not be able to see when you’re online if you turn off your Active Status. They will only be able to see the last time you were active on Messenger. 

Will I still be able to see when my friends are online if I turn off my active status? 

No, if you’ve disabled the visibility of your online status, you won’t be able to read the active status of the person you’re talking with.


In summary, turning off Active Status in Facebook Messenger on iPhone is a simple process. By turning off this feature, you can maintain your privacy and avoid being disturbed when you do not want to be. Alternatively, you can hide your seen status in a chat in Messenger too.

I hope that this article has been helpful, and if you have any concerns regarding the same, don’t hesitate to drop them below.

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