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The ‘last active’ timestamp is really very annoying at times when everyone in your friend list knows about your logging in and usage schedule.
To directly disable the last active or last seen status on Messenger you just have to tap on ‘Availability’ from your profile settings and then tap on the ‘TURN OFF’ button.
The ‘last seen time’ on chat is a very tricky feature of Facebook Messenger.
At times you might want to turn off your online last seen status. Your entire friend list needn’t know when or for how long you were active!
How To Turn Off Active Status In Facebook Lite:
As you know you can turn off your activity status on Facebook which also hides your online status on Messenger by default.
You have the following methods to try to turn off active status in Facebook lite:
1. Using Unseen- No Last Seen App
If you are using an Android then you might also be in need of hiding Facebook, Viber, and WhatsApp last seen.
🔗 Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tda.unseen.nolastseenorread&hl=en_SG
Step 1: You will have to give certain access to the app. Allow it the ‘notification access’ to begin with.
Step 2: You will then be redirected to Unseen’s homepage. Look for the settings option which will be somewhere near the top right-hand corner.
Step 3: In the settings panel, you will have to enable all the options for the apps you want Unseen to work with. Give it access to Facebook Messenger, Viber, and WhatsApp alike.
2. For Single person
Hiding online status by blocking someone on Facebook is not a smart idea, you have a decent choice.
Here, you’ll get the guide about hiding your last seen status on Messenger:
Step 1: Open up your Facebook Messenger app or go to messenger.com and log in there.
Step 2: From the top right corner click on your profile image icon which will redirect you to the profile settings.
Step 3: There you would see the ‘Availability’ option. Just tap on it.
Step 4: You’ll have to slide the switch left to the Off position. This will pop up a confirmation window. Just click on ‘TURN OFF’.
Once it is successfully done, your active status will disappear.
Quick note: The process is fairly easy on Messenger lite. The app has only three tabs. On the last one, you will find that the first option is your profile name. On clicking the profile name you get three options:
1. Edit on profile.
2. Turn off the online presence.
3. Active now.
The second and third options have slide buttons next to them.
Drag them towards the left to hide your activity status. If you essentially use Facebook for chatting purposes and nothing more then Messenger lite is your go-to app. It is small in size and takes up a comparatively small amount of space on your mobile phone as compared to Facebook Messenger.
3. On The iPhone
If you want to see other people’s online status and hide your own then you have to install two apps, Messenger & Facebook Lite on your iPhone device.
Once you have installed it, follow these steps:
Step 1: First of all, open your Facebook messenger and go to the chat section. You will see all of the people with active status on their names.
Step 2: To hide, you have to go to the Messenger settings and manually turn your active status ‘OFF’.
Step 3: As you know, previously on iPhone 6 you could see your name on the chat section where you could directly turn it off but now after the recent update, you have to do it manually from the settings.
Step 4: Once you turn off the active status for yourself, you have to go back to the Facebook app and go to the chat section. There you will see all of the active people will be listed there.
Don’t worry they will not be able to see your online status. That’s all it’s easy for your iPhone device.
Note: The settings may be slightly different for your iPhone 6, 7, or 8. That is why it is recommended to check into the settings Tab on your Messenger to find the Active Status option under privacy to set it ‘OFF’.