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How To See Last Seen On Facebook If Hidden

Your Quick Answer:

To see the last seen on Facebook if hidden, you’ll need to send a message to the user on Messenger and wait for a reply. 

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. 

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.

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.

How To See Last Seen On Messenger If Hidden:

You can try the following methods to see last seen on Messenger:

1. Spy Using Fake ID

If someone has hidden his last seen from you, you can see it by creating another fake profile on Facebook. Create a new Facebook profile and then you need to add the user as your friend by sending him a friend request on Facebook.

Create a Fake Profile & Spy

After the user accepts your friend request, you’ll be able to spy on his Messenger profile and find out his last seen using your fake profile. 

2. From Mutual Friends

Another tricky way that can help you check the last seen of a friend’s Messenger profile is by checking it from a mutual friend’s profile. First, you’ll need to see who the mutual friends are with the user.

Then you need to contact any of the mutual friends and ask him or her to help you check the person’s Messenger last seen.

The mutual friends can either check it by themselves and provide you with a screenshot of the last seen time or he can provide his account’s login details to you after which you can log in to his account, use his Messenger account to search for the particular person whose Messenger last seen you want to see and then check it yourself.

From Mutual Friend's Profile

You can also ask him to provide you with the device on which his account is logged in so that you can check the last seen of the user from there without having to log into the mutual friend’s account from your device.  

3. Ask Him Directly

If you’re not able to see somebody’s last seen time on Messenger as the user may have hidden it, you can directly message the user and ask him to turn on his Activity status.

Ask Him Directly to Turn On Activity Status

You need to state your need to ask him to do that and send the message. Only if the person agrees to do so and turns on his Activity Status, you’ll be able to see his online status and last seen time.

How To Know If Someone Turned Off Active Status On Messenger:

You can try the following things below to know if someone turned off active status on Messenger:

1. No Green Dot 🟢

If you see that there’s no little green dot next to their name in Messenger, it means they might be offline or haven’t used Messenger in a while. So, if you’re wondering whether someone is active, this is a clue to check.

2. Looking at the time stamp

When you’re chatting with someone, and you notice there’s no time stamp showing when they were last active, it could mean they’ve turned off their active status. Due to this, you won’t be able to see when they are online, making it a bit of a mystery. To find out if they’re currently active, you must rely on other signs.

3. No ‘Active now’ symbol

While you find yourself browsing through your contacts and you don’t see the “Active now” symbol next to anyone’s name, it’s a sign that nobody is currently using Messenger in real time. For this reason, you can’t tell if someone is online at that exact moment. You’ll have to wait for the green dot or a time stamp to know for sure.

Why Can’t I See Someone’s Active Status On 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. 

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.

If someone blocks you on Messenger, it not only restricts you from sending 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.

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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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