Can’t See Friend’s Last Active on Facebook Messenger – FIXED

Your Quick Answer:

  1. To know someone’s active status on Facebook Messenger, even if the user has turned off the active status switch, you’ll need to send a message to the user on Messenger and wait for a reply. 
  2. If the message gets seen or replied to right away, you can be sure that the user is online on Messenger. But if the message doesn’t get seen or replied to, the user is most probably offline. 
  3. The active status or the last seen time on Messenger is not shown when the user has turned off the switch next to Show when you’re active.
  4. Even if the user blocks you on Messenger, you may be able to see the user’s name on your Messenger list, but will not be able to see the person’s active status nor send messages or calls to the user on Messenger. 
  5. If you want to be sure if the user is online or not, check for the user’s recent activities on Facebook. If he has uploaded or shared a post a few minutes ago or recently, then he was online recently.

To check if the active status of the user is hidden only from you or not, you’ll need to create a fake account and send a friend request to the user.

After the request gets accepted, search for the user on Messenger and open the chat screen.

If you see the Green dot, Active Now sign or the last seen time of the user, you can be sure that your primary account has been blocked by the user which is why the active status is not seen by your particularly.

Expert Statement

Why Can’t You See Last Active on Facebook Messenger?

There are many reasons why you won’t be able to see the last active:

1. Turned off Active Status for All Users:

If you’re not able to see someone’s last active status on Messenger, it might be because that person has turned off his last active status so that it can’t be seen by anyone on Messenger. 

Messenger allows users to show or turn off their active status whenever they want. If anybody turns off their active status on Messenger, then neither you’ll be able to see their online status nor the last time the person was online on Messenger. 

This goes both ways. If someone has turned off their active status on Messenger, they won’t be able to see anybody else’s active status too. Even if the user has not been on Facebook for days, there’s no way that you’ll be able to know their last seen or online status if they turn it off.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

The steps to turn off active status on Messenger:

Step 1: Open the Messenger application and then log in to your Messenger account associated with your Facebook account by entering the login credentials of your Facebook account. 

Step 2: Next, you’ll be able to get into the chat section of Messenger. 

Step 3: On the top left, there’s a profile picture icon. You need to click on it. 

Tab on profile picture icon

Step 4: Then you’ll have to click on the option Active Status under the Profile header. 

Tab on Active Status

Step 5: It will take you to the next page. You’ll need to toggle off the switch next to Show when you’re active by swiping it to the left. 

Show when you're active

Turning off the switch will change it from blue to white. Now nobody will be able to see your active status on Messenger nor you be able to see anybody’s active status. 

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2. Blocked you Particularly on Messenger: 

Another reason why you can’t see the active status of someone is that the person may have blocked you on Messenger particularly.

If someone blocks you on Messenger, it not only restricts you to send messages to the person on Messenger but the user’s active status is not shown to you either.

You will not be able to see the person’s active status or the last seen time anymore until the user unblocks you. The user too will not be able to see your active status or your profile on Messenger. 

When you’re being blocked by someone on Messenger, you may not be able to understand that instantly because the name might still appear on the list but if you try to send a message to them, you’ll not be able to do that nor will you be able to send a video call or voice call to the person.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Steps to block someone on Messenger:

Step 1: Open the Messenger application.

Step 2: Next, click and open the chat whose profile you want to block on Messenger. 

Step 3: Then click on the person’s profile picture at the top of the screen. 

click on the person's profile picture

Step 4: You’ll be taken to the following page, you’ll need to scroll down and click on Block under the Privacy header. 

Scroll Down and click block
tab on block list

Step 5: On the next page, you’ll be given two options: You can either just block the messages and calls from the user by clicking on Block messages and calls or you can totally block him out of your profile on Facebook by clicking on Block on Facebook.

Block on Facebook

Step 6: Click either and then confirm it by clicking on Block

How to Tell if Someone is Online but Appearing Offline?

There are a few methods that you can try to tell if someone is offline:

1. Send Message and Wait for Reply:

Send Message and Wait for Reply

If you’re suspecting someone to be online on Messenger but is appearing to be offline, you can check that yourself by sending a message to the person on Messenger. When somebody puts off their active status on Messenger, they appear to be offline even if they’re online on Messenger.

But if you send the user a message on Messenger and the person replies as soon as you send the message, you can be sure that he or she is online on Messenger.

But if you don’t get an immediate response to your message, you’ll be able to know that there’s a high chance that the user is really not online on Messenger right now.

But there’s also the possibility that the user is online but not seeing or opening the message that you’ve sent on Messenger.

You can even send a message to someone and see if the user sees it immediately or not by seeing the seen mark beside it.

The seen mark on Messenger is a small profile picture icon of the user. Even if the user doesn’t reply to your message but just sees it, you’ll be able to know that he’s online. 

2. Check Activity and Last Posts:

Check Activity and Last Posts

If you think that someone is online on Messenger but appearing offline, check the recent activities or posts made by the user from his Facebook or Messenger profile.

When a user turns off the active status on Messenger, the person will appear to be offline all the time. But you can still find out indirectly if they’re online or not by visiting his Facebook profile. You need to open your Facebook application and then search for the user.

Get into his profile and check if and when he has posted the last time on Facebook. If the user has recently uploaded or shared any post on Facebook, you can be sure that the user was online recently. Even check for new story updates from the user too.

If you get to see any recent story update on Facebook by the user, you can be sure that the person was online a few minutes ago and was uploading the stories. He can be still online too. 

How to Tell if the Active Status is hidden for You Only?

If you’re suspecting someone to have blocked you on Messenger which is why their active status is hidden away from you, you can check that yourself by creating a fake profile on Facebook.

If you’re creating a fake profile, don’t use your actual name or details. But use totally different and irrelevant details along with a fake profile picture.

 After you’re done creating a fake account, you’ll need to search for the user whom you’re suspecting to have blocked your primary account on Facebook. Next, from the search result, you need to get into the profile and send the user a friend request by clicking on the Add Friend button. 

You’ll need to wait for the user to accept your friend request. After the user accepts your friend request, you need to go to Messenger and search for the user. Open the chat window of the user.

If you see the green dot next to the user’s name and the sign Active Now below the name or even the last seen time, you can be sure that the user has blocked your primary account. 

But if you can’t see the active status or the last seen time, you can be sure that he hasn’t blocked you but has turned off the active status on Messenger. 

The Bottom Lines:

Here you have the causes of not being able to see a friend’s active status on Messenger. It happens when the user has turned off the active status button on Messenger or has blocked you, particularly so that you can’t send messages or calls to the user nor see the active status or the last seen time.

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