Hiding Your Last Active Status on Facebook Messenger

Through this article, I am going to explain how youc an disable the last active status through Facebook Messenger. This can get accomplished with Android or iPhone devices, PCs and Macs, or tablets.

Hiding Last Active Status on Messenger

Hey, its Frankie here again and today I want to tell you another technology trick to help you disable your ‘Last Active’ information on Messenger (iOS or Android).

One of the features of Facebook Messenger is that you can see the last time a contact was online and used the app, and consequently, offer that same information to your family and friends.

This has many applications for the user, for sure. If you are here now, you are likely continuing to read because you are less than thrilled about the feature.

You might even be asking:

Frankie, is there a way that I can remove the “Last Active” status and appear offline while using the Facebook Messenger?

Sound about right? Don’t worry – I’m here to help.

If you can give me a few minutes of your free time I can assure you that you will learn a short, simple method for removing your Facebook Messenger Last Active information.

Then take a little bit of time and get someplace comfortable – let’s start immediately focusing on the task at hand.

When this is all said and done you will be so happy and satisfied with the information, and if necessary, even be able to provide this same information to any interested friends and family.

Wanna see if I’m right?

Before I begin, I have two important things that you need to hear.

Two Things You Have to Know About ‘Last Active’ on Messenger

Don’t just skim here – actually read these parts.

1. Deactivating Last Login Only Works Locally

If you want to completely disable the status of your activities on messenger, you must change the settings for each device that you use this service on. These changes only affect the specific device used.

If you were to deactivate the display of your last login to the service from the Android app, for example, you can still transmit this information with Messenger Web. Once this has happened, the information will be visible to your contacts unless you disable it on this second location as well.

2. Disabling Last Seen Does Not Mean You’re Safe

Some people are deactivating their “Last Seen” status to throw a jealous partner off their scent when they want to become a private detective. Ideally, you want to hide your Facebook activities – though this will not keep you as safe as you might think.

Your phone can get easily spied on, and I would entirely suggest that you, my friend, also take a few minutes to read an aricle I have comprised on how you can avoid having your phone spied on.


Frankie’s Take:

I should stress once again that even if you are turning off the “Last Seen” status on your social media account, it does not mean that you are safe. It is a positive step towards protection, but there is more you need to do to protect your privacy.

Turning off Facebook Messenger Active Status


Hiding Last Active Status on Facebook Messenger

If you find it interesting to learn how to appear offline on Facebook Messenger and remove your “Last Seen” information, just read the steps below. As you might expect, you can complete this task using the Android, iOS or the website.


If you are using an Android-based device, here is how you accomplish this:

Begin by unlocking your device and accessing the app drawer to find the Facebook Messenger icon. Clicking on this icon can open the application.

On the main screen that opens when you first start the app, you see the symbol of a little man at the bottom right corner. Clicking on this brings up a menu with the Activity Status feature. You can turn this toggle to OFF and confirm that you want to do this by choosing deactivate.

And just like that, all of your contacts now have no idea when you last logged in or when you are actively using the application. Likewise, you will not be able to see similar information about anyone else using the service.

If you so desire, you can enable these features again through the same menu.

All you need to do here is return to the Activity Status section of Messenger, accessed by tapping on the little man symbol in the lower right. When you see the “Show” option, you need only switch the toggle back to ON.


If you are using the Facebook Instant Messaging app on iPhones and iPads, you might benefit from learning to remove your login status from the service and remain invisible.

Grab your device, unlock it and get into the application.

Once you have reached the primary screen in Facebook Messenger, you can click on your profile photo in the upper left and select the Activity Status option. Turn the switch beside Show When Active to OFF.

You will be asked to confirm this choice by choosing to Deactivate after a prompt pops up on the screen.

You should ensure that any changes are applied, also, click on the I at the top left and on the work Finish (which always exists in the top left.)

That’s all that you need to do. Once completed, you contacts will not know when you have returned to the service, but you will also have no information about any other users.

Now, there is always an option to change your mind and convert back to a default setting here with retracing your steps.

You can enable this data about your last login to get displayed again (even temporarily). Tapping on the Activity Status option on the screen after selecting your Profile Photo, switch the toggle beside Show When You Are Active to ON.

Remember that you should always ensure that the changes you make actually get applied by tapping the I option in the top left of the screen. Once you have done this, select Finish to finalize.


Messenger is also accessible with the dedicated Web application. If you use this, you can disable the display of your last login in these menus.

To accomplish this, you must first start the web browser that you typically use to access this messaging client and go to the home page for it. Log into your account by filling in the fields that appear on the screen.

After you have logged in, you will see a gear icon on the top left. You can click on this and then access the Settings option. When you find the feature to show last login status, you can move the indicator to the OFF position.

In the top right, you can click on the Finish option to apply the changes that you make.

That about does it – you have removed this information. Your contacts will no longer have access to your information. Consequently, making yourself invisible has the same effect for you with being unable to see their login information.

Removing Login Status from Facebook

Disable Active Status on Facebook Website

Besides accessing and altering this information through the Messenger application, users can also disable their login displays with the use of both the app or the website. Wanna know how?

Below you can find the instructions on what do to for each of these and you can find out what suits you best.

Android Devices

Disabling your login to the Facebook app for Android phones and tablets is not all that complicated. Unlock the device, access the Facebook app on your phone or table, and reach the main screen.

When you have the application loaded, you can click on the three horizontal lines > Settings and Privacy > Settings.

In this menu, you can find the Activity Status tab in the Privacy section which gives you access to the Show When Active switch to turn it off. You can then confirm this choice by clicking to Deactivate.

If you do happen to reconsider at some point, you can always return these settings to their original positions by accessing the Settings menu again through the three horizonal lines icon. There you can return Activity Status to ON.


If you wish to disable the login information via the Facebook app available for the iOS, you should open up the application from the home screen by selecting the icon.

In the bottom right of the screen, you can see an icon with three horizontal lines which can allow you to access the Settings and Privacy Menu, and more specifically, Settings.

You can then see the Activity Status tab under the Privacy section and can choose to turn this switch to OFF.

Confirm these choices by pressing the Deactivate option.

If you do happen to change your mind at a later daye, you can follow the path back through Settings by beginning with the three horizontal lines icon and finding the path to the Activity Status option. You can toggle this feature back ON whenever you wish to do so.


Many people already use browsers to access their Facebook accounts, and this option requires you to do the same with your browser of choice, log into the service, and then access the home page for the following steps.

Once logged in, you can click on the gear icon you can see on the bottom right of the page. This takes you to the full measure of the Settings options, but you can choose to Deactivate Activity Status from this menu.

In the box that appears on the screen immediately after you make the choice, you can confirm that you wish to Deactivate activity status for all contacts, and then OK.

If you happen to have any second thoughts about removing this login information from those that might want to see it, you can always (even temporarily) restore this function by clicking on the gear icon, and following these same prompts to reach Activate the Activity Status toggle.


Excellent – now you have the right information to protect your privacy by disabling “Last Active” on Facebook.

As I said in the beginning of the article, though, there is a looming cloud over this process.

While it might benefit your privacy to limit what contacts can see about your online status and activity, this is only part of the way towards actually protecting your privacy. I have written a guide about the ways to keep your information safe.

If you have any further questions or concerns about keeping others from accessing this sensitive information, you should not hesitate to leave a comment in the box below and I can get back to you.

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About Frankie Caruso

Hello! I am Frankie Caruso and I love to fiddle with all of the popular messaging applications with the hacking techniques that I love. I want to find out how to breach the defenses of these apps and exploit weaknesses.

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