8 Ways to Appear Offline on Social Media so You Can Lurk in Peace

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Don’t want to seem like you’re always on Facebook, even though you are? You can disable the Active Status for the messaging feature on Facebook’s website (this is different from Facebook Messenger that we’ll cover below).

Open the Facebook website, click Messenger in the top-right corner, and click the three-dotted Menu. Click “Turn off Active Status” and choose the “Turn off Active Status for all contacts” option. Then click “OK.”

The steps are different for the Facebook mobile app: Here, tap Menu in the toolbar. In the “Settings & Privacy” section, go to “Settings.” Choose “Active Status” under the Privacy section and disable “Show when you’re active.”