How To Remove Someone From Messenger Active List

Your Quick Answer:

To remove someone from the active list on Messenger, you have two options – i. Turn OFF your active status & ii. Restrict that person on Messenger.

Turning OFF your active status will remove the active status list from your Messenger. Hence, this is one way to remove someone from active lots.

To do so, open Messenger, click on your “Profile Picture” icon on the top left corner, and from the appear option list, select “Active Status” and turn OFF the “Show when you’re active” option.

Secondly, restricting someone will restrict that person’s activity on your account and won’t even appear on the active list. Well, this is the on-point, direct method to remove someone from the active list.

To do so, open messenger and go to that person’s chat. On the chat screen, in the very right top corner, tap on the ‘i’ icon, and then, select the option “Restrict”. Re-tap on “Restrict” and that is it.

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How To Remove Someone From Messenger Active List:

“Active list” on messenger means the list of people who are active on Facebook and messenger or were recently active. It is basically an active status, to show your friends and contacts on Messenger that you are online or were recently online.

However, if you do not wish to show others that you are active, you can “Turn OFF the active status” option on your messenger. It is totally a flexible and voluntary choice to show your active status, and the same goes for other users.

But there is one twist behind this option. That is, if your turn OFF your active status, you too won’t be able to see others’ active status. This twist has become an advantage for those who wish to remove people from the active list on Messenger.

1. Turn off your Active Status

On messenger, the users have the option to display their active status, and not, if they do not want to. However, this liberty comes with a disadvantage. If you will turn OFF your active status, you won’t find anyone on your active list as well.

In simple words, if you hide your active status (Online Status) from other users on the platform, then, you also won’t be able to see others’ active status, and your active status list will appear empty.

\However, this algorithm of messenger’s active status is very useful for people who wish to remove someone from the active status list. If they will turn OFF their status, they will indirectly remove that person’s active status as well from the list.

So, this was the first method how you can remove someone from the active status list.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the ‘Messenger app’ on your device. Log in, if you haven’t logged in to your Messenger account.

Step 2: Thereafter, when you will get into the application on your mobile device, the “Chats” interface will appear on the screen. Over there, on the top portion, below the search bar, you will see the profile icons of your friends and contacts with a green dot on the lower right.

This is nothing but the active list of people who are active right now on Messenger, where the green dot is the active (online) symbol.

Step 3: Now, to remove that list and people, click on your profile icon, given in the top left corner of the same screen. Tap on it and your account’s “Me” page will get open, that is, your “Profile Page” on messenger.

Profile icon on messengers app mobile

Step 4: On the “Me” page, on the top, you will see your profile picture and below that a list of options. Scroll through the options list and tap on > the “Active Status” option. This option is under the “Profile” section. Tap and open it.

Active Status on messenger

Step 5: Next, on the ‘Active Status’ tab, you will see a column saying > “Show when you’re active” and a toggle button to ON & OFF that option. So, to turn OFF your active status, tap and Turn OFF the toggle.

toggle button to ON
turn OFF your active status messenger
Turn OFF sign is  Grey Color

(Turn ON sign is > Blue color & Turn OFF sign is > Grey Color)
That’s all. From now, no one, including that targeted person will be removed from the active list.

2. Restrict Messenger

The above mention method to ‘Turn OFF’ the active status, will remove all the people along with the targeted one. Also, your friends and contacts, won’t be able to see your active status. If this is what is troubling you, then try this method, i.e., “Restrict on Messenger”.

Restricting someone on messenger means stopping someone from calling you and texting you on Messenger including stopping them to appear on your active list. So, basically, if you restrict someone’s activity on your Messenger, that person won’t appear on your active list as well. Thus, this is the best method to remove a particular, only target person from the list.

Let’s learn to restrict someone on Messenger:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open your Messenger app and log in to it.

Step 2: When you will enter the app, you will land directly on the ‘Chats’ section. Over there, on the top, you will find a ‘search’ bar.

Step 3: On the search bar, type & search the person you wish to restrict to remove from the active list. Type the name and from the result, select that person. Once found, tap on his username, and the chat space will get open.

select that person on messenger

Step 4: Now, on the top right corner of the screen, you will see some options such as a phone icon to call, a video call, and an end info “i” icon. This ‘i’ icon will take you to that person’s profile settings page for your messenger.

 info “i” icon

Step 5: Tap and a tab will get open, where you will that person’s profile picture and some settings options below. From the below-given option, tap on “Restrict” and then, the main target page will appear on screen > “See less of _ without blocking them”.

Restrict on messenger

Step 6: Go to the bottom of the page and tap on “RESTRICT USERNAME ”.

RESTRICT USERNAME on messenger

With this, the person will not appear on the active list.

Why Does Someone Appear on Messenger Active List:

You have the following reasons:

1. You Previously Had Chat With

On Messenger, you get to see a row of active user lists at the top of the chat list. This active list is constituted of users with whom you’ve previously had a chat on Messenger and who are on your friend list. You’ll never find random users getting shown up on your list of active users on Messenger. 

You Previously Had Chat With

If you find a few users on the active friends who are not on your friend list on Facebook, then there is a good chance that you’ve previously messaged the user on Messenger, have accepted his message request or had a chat with him. You can check it yourself by searching for the user on Messenger. Once his name shows up, click on it and see if you’ve had any previous chats with him or not. 

2. Person on your Friends List

If you find someone on your Messenger active list but you’ve never had a chat with him or have messaged him yourself, the user may be on your Facebook friend list.

The Messenger account is connected to your Facebook account and the active list of Messenger shows the active status of many Facebook friends. 

Person on your Friends List

Messenger doesn’t only prioritize chatting. Other interactions such as viewing your stories regularly, liking your post, sending story replies, etc are counted as interactions too.

Messenger usually shows the active status of the interactive friends only but if the user hasn’t had a chat with you, it doesn’t make him a non-interactive friend as Messenger counts other interactions based on which it may have displayed his active status to you. 

How To Remove Someone From Messenger Active List:

You have the following methods:

1. Blocking Him on Facebook

If you don’t want to see someone on the Messenger active list, you can permanently block the user on Facebook so that his name gets removed from the active list as well as he gets unfriended too.

After you block him, he will not be able to find you on Facebook and Messenger either. 

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Messenger application. 

Step 2: Search for the user. 

Click on user

Step 3: Click on his name from the results to open the chat. 

Click on i icon

Step 4: Click on his name from the top and then click on Block. 

Click on Block

Step 5: Click on Block on Facebook

Click on Block on Facebook

Step 6: Then click the Block messages and calls. 

click the Block messages and calls

2. Remove Him from Friends List (unfriend)

If you remove the user from your friend list on Facebook by unfriending him, then the user will automatically get removed from the active list of Messenger. As on the active list, the user was shown just because he was on your friend list, you can unfriend him to get him out of the list and the user won’t know about it either. 

Here’s how you need to do it:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Messenger application. 

Step 2: Search for the user. 

Step 3: Click on his name from the results and enter the chat screen. 

Step 4: Click on his name from the top of the chat screen. 

Step 5: Click on Profile

Step 6: From his Facebook profile, click on Friends. 

click on Friends

Step 7: Click on Unfriend and confirm it. 

Click on Unfriend

Messenger Active List Hide Apps:

You can try the following apps:

1. Messenger MOD (Apk)

If you want to hide the active list, you can use Messenger MOD (Apk). This is the modified version of Messenger that allows you to manage your active list too. 

⭐️ Features:

◘ It lets you remove users from the active list. 

◘ You can add any other user to the active list according to your preference. 

◘ It can notify you about changes to your active list of Messenger. 

◘ It lets you view others’ active status even after you’ve turned off yours. 

◘ You can hide your read receipts. 

◘ It can let you hide the entire active list too.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Download the Messenger MOD app from the web. 

Messenger MOD (Apk)

Step 2: Then you need to enter your Facebook login credentials to log in to your account. 

Step 3: Next, you’ll find the active list. 

Step 4: Click on any user’s name and hold it. 

Step 5: Click on Remove to remove it from the list of active users. 

Step 6: You can add other users to the list by clicking on the + icon. 

Step 7: To hide the list, click on the Hide List button that’s located at the top right corner of the list.

Click on Hide active list

2. GB Messenger

GB Messenger is another app that can help you hide the Messenger active list. As this a modified version of the Messenger application, it comes with many other features which are not available on the original Messenger app. 

⭐️ Features:

◘ It lets you hide the whole active list of Messenger. 

◘ You can remove any user from the active list. 

◘ You can also add other users to the list according to your choice. 

◘ It lets you hide your read receipts and online status but see others’. 

◘ It lets you save Messenger stories offline. 

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the app after downloading it from the web. 

GB Messenger

Step 2: Connect it to your Facebook account by entering the login credentials. 

Step 3: Next, you will find the active user list. 

Step 4: Click on Hide List from the top right corner to hide the active list. 

Click-on-Hide-active-list

Step 5: You can also remove any user to manage the list. 

Step 6: To do that, click and hold any name from the list and then click on the Remove button.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Why can’t I see the ‘Remove contact’ button on Messenger?

In an update released in the year 2020, Messenger has changed some of the options and has installed a new one. In that update, Facebook changed the “Delete” or remove the option to “Block”. If you will block someone, he/she would not see your profile on messenger and this was the same feature behind the ‘Delete’ option.

2. How to Remove someone from Messenger without Blocking?

The best way to remove someone from your Messenger without blocking them is to “Restrict” that person’s account. Open his chat, tap on the “i” icon in the top right corner, and from the appeared list, select > “Restrict”. This will restrict a person from sending you messages.

Another way is to put that person’s chat to “Ignore Messages”. For that, a person chat and select the “Ignore Messages” option. This person’s messages won’t trouble you from now.

3. How to Remove Non-Friends from Facebook Messenger?

Block them. Blocking is the best way to remove it silently but completely. Open his/her account and select the block option. This will remove that person from your Messenger. Also, you can put their chats in to “Ignore Messages” section.

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