How to turn off active status on Facebook and Messenger to appear offline everywhere you're logged in

Friends holding smartphones sitting outside textingCatherine Falls Commercial/Getty ImagesIf you want to appear offline on Facebook, you need to change your active status settings everywhere you’re logged into Facebook.
  • You can turn off your active status on the Facebook website, Facebook mobile app, and Messenger mobile app.
  • When your active status is turned off, you will appear offline even when you’re online.
  • You can also choose to appear offline only for certain people that you select.
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Facebook may be responsible for putting the word “social” in social media, but there are times when you don’t want – or don’t have time – to engage with friends.

If you want to log into Facebook without your friends knowing you’re online, you can easily turn off your “active status” so you appear offline.

There are three different places where you can control your active status: on Facebook in a web browser, in the Facebook mobile app, and in the Facebook Messenger mobile app.

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