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How To Remove Someone From Messenger Active List

By Pranab Sen

✎ Key Points:

» 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.
» 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.

How To Remove Someone From Messenger Active List:

It is basically an active status, to show your friends and contacts on Messenger that you are online or were recently online.

1. Using MOD of 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. 

🔴 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. Using GB Messenger App

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. 

🔴 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. 


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.

3. Turning 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.

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.

4. Restricting 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 ”.


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 a 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.

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Pranab Sen is founder and author of Techniquehow.com. He is a full-time blogger, everything that gets published is from Pranab's hand. He likes to be a 'social media geek' since 2011 to understand the problems of readers more deeply and giving the solution through his writing.

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