Hide or Deactivate Online Status for Facebook Messenger on Android

Edited by Jay, Eng

There are many instances when you may want to quickly check or respond to a specific message, without having to chat with anyone. With a healthy list of contacts, it's inevitable that some of them will be online, pretty much all the time. A good way around this, without of course having to explain to friends and family why you can't chat, is to hide or turn off your Facebook Messenger status. To demonstrate how to do this, we used a Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Turn Online Status Off

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    First thing we need to do is open up Facebook Messenger app
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    Tap the messenger icon and sign in (if you're not signed in automatically).
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    On the home screen, tap the menu icon in the lower right corner.
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    On the following screen, tap the "Active" tab near the top.
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    Once you've tapped the ACTIVE tab, a toggle switch will appear just below it
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    Tap the switch to hide your online status.
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    Now that your online status is hidden, you'll no longer be able to see if your contacts are active
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    You'll also appear as offline to your contacts.
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    1. You can still see and reply to all of your messages while chat status is turned off.
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Turn Online Status On

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    Turning your online status back on can be done it two ways
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    The first is by simply tapping the "Active" toggle switch back on.
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    The second way is to tap the home screen icon in the lower left corner.
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    On the home screen, tap the "TURN ON" button near the top.
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Follow the five steps above the next time you want to send or read a quick message but don't want to appear online. If you're short on time, or would rather not explain to your contacts why you're not available, turning your online status off is a great alternative.

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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • If you find yourself having to constantly hide your online status, it might be a good idea to explain to your friends why you're always showing as offline.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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Categories : General Android Mobiles & Tablets

Recent edits by: Jay

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