How to Show Offline on Facebook when Online?

Your Quick Answer:

  1. To show offline on Facebook when you’re online, first, tap the ‘Menu’ button and go to ‘Settings’.
  2. Tap the ‘Active Status’ option and turn off the toggle option.
  3. Open the app and tap on your profile icon to show offline on Messenger.
  4. Select the ‘Active Status’ option and turn it off. You can turn off both options from here.
  5. To appear offline on Facebook to one person, you can either turn off your chat or block the messages or calls for a particular person.
Expert Statement

How to Show Offline On Facebook App?

To show offline on Facebook is a straightforward process. If you turn off your ‘Active Status’ option, your friends and connections can’t see that you are online or recently online.

Step 1: Open Facebook App & Three-lines Line

Open your Facebook app if you have already installed it and if it is not, install it from your Google Play Store.

Search for Facebook and click on the ‘install’ button. Now log in to your account with your credentials, and you will enter your Facebook Home Page.

At the top, you can see one bar containing six sections: ‘Home’, ‘Videos’, ‘Groups’, ‘Feeds’, ‘Notifications’, and ‘Menu’. Tap the ‘three horizontal parallel lines’ icon(Menu icon) from the top left corner.

Three-lines Line

Step 2: Tap on ‘Settings & Privacy’ > Settings

After clicking on the ‘three horizontal parallel lines’ icon, you will enter the ‘Menu’ section. Here scroll down the page, and you can see the ‘Settings & Privacy’ at the bottom just over the option ‘Log Out’.

Click on this option, and its subheadings will come. From the four subheadings’ Settings’, ‘Device requests’, ‘Recent ad activity’, and ‘Find activity’, select the ‘Settings’ option.

Settings & Privacy

Step 3: Tap ‘Active Status’ & Turn it Off by toggling off

After clicking on the ‘Settings’ option, you will redirect to Facebook’s settings and privacy window.

Here on this page, you can see a lot of subsections like ‘Account’, ‘Preferences’, ‘Audience and visibility’, ‘Permissions’, ‘Your information’, ‘Community Standards and Legal Policies’, and every subsection contains more options.

Active Status on facebook
You can see an option turned on

You can find the ‘Active Status’ option at the bottom of the ‘Audience and visibility’ subsection.

Click on the ‘Active Status’ option, and again you will redirect to the ‘Active Status’ window. You can see an option as ‘Show when you’re active’. Click on the toggle bar, and a pop-up will come containing two options: ‘TURN OFF’ and ‘CANCEL’. Click on the ‘TURN OFF’ option, and you are good to go.

TURN OFF on active status

How to Show Offline on Messenger App?

If you turn off your ‘Active Status’ from Facebook but in Messenger, it is still on, and then it will not work; people can still see if you are active. To show offline, you have to turn off your ‘Active Status’ from both the social media platforms.

Step 1: Open Messenger & Tap on ‘Profile icon’

Launch your Messenger app first and log in to your Messenger account with your Facebook account credentials.

As the Messenger app is interconnected with Facebook, you can use your Facebook account credentials here. After logging in to your account, you will enter the ‘Chats’ section. Here at the top left corner, you can see your profile icon. Click on your ‘Profile Icon’ on your profile page.

Tap on Profile icon

Step 2: Tap on ‘Active Status’

After coming to your profile page, there are also some subsections like ‘Profile’, ‘Services’, ‘Preferences’, and ‘Account’.

Each subsection contains more options. You can find the ‘Active Status’ option at the top of the ‘Profile’ subsection. Click on it and enter the Messenger’s ‘Active Status’ window.

 Tap on Active Status facebook app

Step 3: Turn that Off by toggling off

After coming to the ‘Active Status’ window, you can see there are two options, ‘ Show when you’re active and ‘Show when you’re active together’, and each option has its toggle bar.

If you turn off the first option, then your connections can’t see if you are online, but in the second option, if you turn it off and keep your active status on then, people won’t see if you’re active in the same chat but will see if you’re on Messenger.

your connections
toggle bar

If you want to turn off the second option, click on the toggle bar, and it will be turned off.

To turn off the first option, hit the toggle bar, and a pop-up will select ‘TURN OFF’ from there, and you are good to go.

toggle bar and a pop-up

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How to Appear Offline on Facebook to One Person?

There are two ways to do this:

1. Turning off the chat:

You can turn off the chat for the person:

Turning off chats is also a way to appear offline on Facebook to one person. The last time Facebook had this as a separate option. However, nowadays, Facebook removes this option to turn off only a chat for a person but still, if you go to the ‘Active Status’ option from the Messenger and turn it off, it will also show you are offline.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open Facebook in your Chrome browser and log in to your account.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Messages’ icon from the top bar and select the ‘three dots’.

Click on the 'Messages' icon on chrome
three dots on chrome

Step 3: There, you can see the option ‘Active Status’. Open it, and here you can turn off your ‘Active Status’ for some particular person, which means they will not be able to see if you are online.

Active Status on chrome
Active Status turn on
 you can turn off

Step 4: Click ‘Save’ to make the changes.

2. Blocking Messages:

On Messenger, you can only block just calls/messages:

Blocking messages is also another way to appear offline on Facebook to one person. To block messages or calls for someone on Messenger, follow the below steps.

Step 1: Open your Messenger app and log in with your credentials.

Step 2: After entering the ‘Chats’ section, open any chats you want to block.

Chats section on target person

Step 3: Select the ‘i’ button from the top right corner and scroll down the page; you can see the ‘Block’ option at the second last option.

i button block person
Block option on messenger

Step 4: Click on it, and you can see there are two options: ‘Block messages and calls’ and ‘Block on Facebook’. Click the ‘Block messages and calls’ option and again click ‘Block’, and you are done.

Click the 'Block messages and calls

The Bottom Lines: 

Facebook has a huge user base worldwide, so you should know this type of trick. Hopefully, after reading this article, you can easily show yourself offline when you are online on Facebook.

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