How To Appear Offline On Facebook?

09 December 2019

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In an overly connected world, sometimes it is better to sit back and enjoy the social media life. There are people who do not like to have a conversation while scrolling their newsfeed, or reading an interesting post or while watching their old memories. But, how one can make sure that his/her family and friends cannot see him online on Facebook, even if you are?

If you are also wondering how to make yourself offline while accessing Facebook, then this article is for you. Here is how to appear offline while accessing Facebook and hide from your friends' eye while using Facebook.


Table of Contents

  1. On Mobile
  2. On The Desktop


On Mobile:

1. Open Facebook Messenger:

Open Messenger app on your phone- an icon with the white lightning bolt on it.

How To Appear Offline On Facebook - Open Facebook Messenger

If you are not already logged in Facebook, then you have log in to the app through correct username and password.

2. Tap On Your Profile:

Fromthe home tab, click on the profile icon located at the upper left corner of the page.

How To Appear Offline On Facebook - Tap On Your Profile

3. Tap On "Active Status":

Once you clicked on your profile icon, you will be navigated to the new page. There you will see a list of multiple options. Look for the "Activity Status" and tap on it.

How To Appear Offline On Facebook - Tap On Active Status

4. Toggle Of The Button:

After tapping on the activity status,  you will be landed on a new page where you will have a toggle off  button saying, "Show when you're active." Toggle Off it towards the left.

How To Appear Offline On Facebook - Toggle Of The Button

When you turn it off, a pop-up message will appear, "You won't be able to see when your friends and contacts are active or recently active," with "Cancel" and "Turn Off" tabs. Tap "Turn Off."


On Desktop:

1. Open Facebook:

If you are already logged in to your Facebook account, you will directly navigate to your newsfeed. If you are not logged in, enter your email address, phone number, or username through which you have created your account and enter the correct password in the upper-right corner of the page.

How To Appear Offline On Facebook(Desktop) - Open Facebook

2. Go To Chat:

Here you need to click on the grey icon situated in the lower right screen within the chat bar. You will be prompted with a list of multiple options, where you need to look for the "Turn Off Active Status."

How To Appear Offline On Facebook(Desktop) - Go To Chat

3. Turn Off Active Status:

Tap on the "Turn Off Active Status" tab, you will be prompted with a menu that is;

  • Turn Off Active Status For All Contacts.
  • Turn Off active Status For All Contacts Except...
  • Turn Off Active Status For Only Some Contacts...

How To Appear Offline On Facebook(Desktop) - Turn Off Active Status

Select one of the options whichever is convenient for you.

Note:Once you have turned off your active status, your last online tag beside your name within the chat module will appear to other users. This will count up from the time when you turned off your status.

Turning off activity status is one of the best and easiest ways to secure your time from irrelevant conversations and time taking chats. You can easily skip all of them just by the quick steps. You don't have to worry about turning on the activity status, as it is in your hand, whenever you want to turn it on,  you can.