How to Appear Invisible or Offline on Facebook & Messenger

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Facebook and Its Messenger app is a perfect way to keep in touch with friends and family members. But if there is someone on Facebook or Messenger who usually sends you annoying and unwanted messages via chat. Then you may think to get rid of that contact or just make yourself invisible on Facebook, or Messenger. Alteranvity you can disable your active status to appear offline for some time.

However, there may hundreds of friends in your contacts list. But getting offline for all of them may kind of not fair at least with honest friends. Well, Facebook is a great and perfect social media network and it has all the possibilities. You can add some of your contacts to a list, then those contacts won’t be able to see you online. Moreover, the choice is yours either to go totally offline or not.

But in this guide, I will show you how to go invisible on Facebook and Messenger. Also, you will learn to go invisible for all or just a couple of contacts. After reading this guide, you will be able to do so in the future and you won’t have any trouble again while getting invisible on Facebook plus Messenger. There is no need to install any plugin or activate an extension in your browser or app.

Appear Offline on Facebook Using a Computer

Whenever you disable your chat, you get completely offline and nobody will be able to see you online. Turning off your active status will make you disappear from your Facebook friends. You still get messages and you can read them later. However to appear offline on Facebook:

  1. Open your Facebook account using a computer.
  2. At the bottom right you can the Chat windows, click to open it.
  3. Click the Settings (Op[tions) icon.
  4. Now click Turn Off Active Status.
  5. Select Turn off active status for all, except, or some contacts, the choice is yours.
  6. Finally, click the Okay button and you are good to go.
Click Setting option on the Chat window on Facebook
Click a Setting option on the Chat window on Facebook
Select turn off active status for all contacts on Facebook
Select turn off active status for all contacts on Facebook
You will now appear offline or invisible on Facebook
You will now appear offline or invisible on Facebook

In step #4, once you click the Turn off active status option from the Settings tab. You will see three different options:

The 1st, “Turn off active status for all contact”, it means if you wanna appear offline or invisible for all your contact. Thus select this option will make you tension free and nobody will see you online. However, you are still getting those messages in your inbox. Don’t worry you can read them later.

The 2nd is “Turn off active status for all contacts except”, it means that you will select some contacts and thus only those contacts will see online. Then only you will be visible online or appear online to only those contact and offline, invisible to all other contacts in your Facebook friend list.

The 3rd option and last option is “Turn off active status for only some contacts”, once you choose this option and some contacts in. Then these contacts won’t be able to see you online or appear on Facebook and go invisible to all other contacts. Moreover, the choice is your either to choose an option from the list you see there.

How to Get Offline on Facebook Application

You don’t need to open your computer and make yourself invisible on Facebook using the Android app. The below steps are for Android users only. To get offline or go invisible on the Facebook app:

  1. Open Facebook and go to Menu.
  2. Tap Settings & Privacy then Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the Privacy tab and select Active Status.
  4. Turn off the toggle next “Show when you’re active”.
  5. Tap the TURN OFF option on the confirmation screen, and that is it.
Appear offline or invisible on Facebook using the Android app
Appear offline or invisible on Facebook using the Android app

That is pretty, from there no your friends cannot check if you are online or offline. Meaning, you are completely invisible on Facebook. However, in the future, if you change your mind, get back there and turn the active status and you are good to go.

How to Go Offline on Facebook Using iPhone

The procedure for Android and iOS or iPhone users is similar but slightly different. Anyway, the 1st thing you need to do is update your Facebook application on your iPhone device then follow the steps below. To go offline or invisible on Facebook using the iPhone:

  1. Open your Facebook app and tap Menu.
  2. Then tap Settings & Privacy, after that select Settings.
  3. Under the Privacy tab and select Active Status.
  4. Turn off the slider next “Show when you’re active”.
  5. On the confirmation popup, tap the TURN OFF option.

That is how you do it using your iDevice, I mean using your iPhone iOS device. As of now, the day I am posting this article, the option is exactly as mentioned above. But if you are reading this article later and it has not updated, then consider letting me know. I will try my best to keep it updated.

How to Go Offline or Invisible on Messenger

As per Facebook, to get completely invisible or offline in every single place on the platform. You need to turn off your active status on Facebook, as well as on Messenger too. Here is how to go invisible on Facebook Messenger:

  1. Open Messenger app.
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top left corner.
  3. Under the Profile section, tap Active Status.
  4. Now tap the toggle next “Show when you’re active”.
  5. Once you see the confirmation window, tap the TURN OFF option on that.
Appear offline or invisible on Messenger app
Appear offline or invisible on the Messenger app

That is all, this is how you can get offline or get completely invisible on Facebook and Messenger application. Remember on Facebook Messenger app, you can still chat, send, and receive messages. But on the Facebook app or web interface, you cannot. Yes, you get those messages in your inbox but you need to read them later on or use the Messenger app but the offline mode.

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