How to Turn Off Facebook Active Status

When your active status is enabled on Facebook, your contacts can see that you are currently or recently have been online. If you do not want them to know your online presence, turn off your active status on Facebook.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
March 24, 2022

When your active status is enabled on Facebook, your contacts can see that you are currently or recently have been online. If you do not want them to know your online presence, turn off your active status on Facebook. Let’s explore this feature.

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Later, if you change your mind, you can re-enable active status and let people know that you are online.

First, launch the Facebook app on your phone. In the app, tap the three horizontal lines. If you are on an iPhone or iPad, you will find these lines at the bottom right-hand corner. If you are on an Android phone, these lines are at the top right-hand corner. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing the Menu

Next, scroll down the Menu screen that opens to the bottom, then tap Settings & Privacy. See the below image:

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Accessing Settings &Privacy option

Now, on the screen that opens, tap Settings. See the following image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, on the Settings & Privacy page, at the bottom of the Audience and Visibility section, select Active Status. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting Active Status

Now, to turn off your active status, on the Active Status page, disable the Show When You’re Active option.

Note: To re-enable your active status on Facebook, turn on the Show When You’re Active option.

See the below image:

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Disable Active Status

Next, tap Turn Off in the prompt that appears. See the following image:

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Select Turn Off to hide your Active Status

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