How to Appear Offline on Messenger Smartphone and PC

Are you searching for ways to appear offline on Messenger? You’ve landed in the right place. Messenger is a dedicated app to send messages and make video/audio calls with Facebook contacts. When you’re too busy with other works, you can switch your active status from ‘online‘ to ‘offline.’ It will prevent your friends from seeing your profile, and they can chat with you later. Let’s see the procedure to appear offline on Messenger on other platforms.

Steps to Appear Offline on Messenger [Smartphone]

Messenger is possible as a standalone app for both Android and iOS devices. If you haven’t downloaded it, get it from the Google Play Store or App Store.

#1 Start the Messenger app and tap your profile icon located at the best-left corner.

#2 Tap the menu which labelled as Active Status.

#3 Slide the toggle which indicates Show when you’re active.

#4 A pop-up will appear on the screen. Tap the ‘Turn off‘ option to appear offline.

Presently, your friends can’t see you even when you’re online.

Steps to Appear Offline on Messenger [Web Version]

#1 On your web browser, visit and log-in with your Facebook account.

#2 Tap the three-dot menu icon located next to your profile name.

#3 Select the Preferences option.

#4 Choose the option which labelled as Turn Off Active Status.

#5 Presently, you will have three other options to select from. You can choose to appear offline for

  • All contacts
  • All contacts except few ones
  • Selected references (you need to enter the contact name)

#6 Click Okay to full the process.

Alternatively, you can additionally turn off active status directly from the Facebook web page.

  • Visit
  • Click the messenger icon that you can view on the best right corner.
  • Click the three-dot menu icon and select Turn Off Active Status.

Steps to Appear Offline on Messenger [Windows 10 App]

Windows 10 users can also download and use Messenger app from the Microsoft Store.

In that case, follow these steps to appear offline.

#1 Launch the app and sign-in to your account.

#2 Tap your profile icon on the top left corner and then select the Preferences menu.

#3 Tap the Active Status menu on the left-side pane.

#4 Toggle the slider located below the Show Active Status option.

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These are the other ways to turn off active status on Facebook messenger. Unlike the web version, the messenger app doesn’t provide an option to appear offline only for a few contacts.

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