How to appear offline on Facebook?

Sometimes you are not in the mood to engage with someone on Facebook. It can hamper your focus. You just want to mind your own business and scroll endlessly without being disturbed. But as soon as you visit the Facebook website or open the Facebook/Messenger app on your device, everyone on your friend list can see you are active on Facebook. 

You can appear offline while using Facebook on your computer or smartphone. But there’s a difference between the website and mobile apps. Facebook web version requires you to turn off your active status once. On the other hand, you have to turn off active status on Facebook and Messenger apps separately. 

What does the Active status mean on Facebook?

The Facebook web version has a right sidebar on its homepage where it shows your active contacts. On the other hand, the Messenger app has a separate section where it shows active friends on its homepage.

If your active status is turned off, your profile won’t appear as active on your friends’ feeds. Even if they are typing a message to you, they won’t know whether you are active or your last seen time. 

You can use Facebook after turning your active status off. Active status won’t refrain you from any of its features. 

Appear offline on Facebook Website

Open a web browser on your computer and go to Log in to your Facebook account if you aren’t logged in.

Click on the three-dot icon beside Contacts. A menu will appear on your screen with various options. 

Click on Contacts Options

Find Active Status from the menu and click on it. A pop-up will appear.

Click on Active Status

Toggle off Active Status and click Save. 

Turn off active status

Appear offline on Facebook Mobile App

Facebook website and app have very different layouts; hence the approach is also different. Launch the Facebook app on your smartphone. Tap on your profile picture at the top right corner, and it will take you to the menu. 

Tap on your profile picture

Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and expand Settings & privacy. Now tap on Settings.

Go to Settings

The first section is called Profile. Tap on Profile settings from this section. 

Go to Profile settings

Find Active Status in the privacy section and tap on it.

Go to Active Status

Toggle off Show when you’re active.

Turn off active status

A pop-up will ask for your confirmation. Tap on Turn off

Click Turn off

Appear offline on Messenger

Facebook app active status has no connection with the messenger app. You can turn off active status on the Facebook app, but as soon as you open Messenger, your active status will be visible to others. 

You can turn off your Active Status from the messenger app. Here’s how:

Open the Messenger app on your smartphone and tap the hamburger menu icon at the top left corner.

Tap menu icon

A menu will appear on your screen; click on the Settings icon from the menu.

Click on Settings

Under the Profile section, find and tap on Active status

Tap on Active Status

Toggle off Show when you’re active and select Until I change it, then tap on Pause.

Pause Active Status

Now you know how to turn off your active status, enjoy your time on Facebook without any interruptions. You can turn on your active status anytime you want. Navigate to the Active Status on the website or app, and turn it on.

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