How to Hide ‘Last Seen’ on Facebook and Instagram


Do you want to know how to disable the ‘last seen’ status on Facebook Messenger and Instagram? 

Messenger and Instagram are our favorite apps to interact with people and send messages. They help us to send photos, videos, and text messages to other users fast and for free. Getting read receipts is a major feature of these instant messaging apps so we will know when the other party opened your message. 

However, users can disable the option and deny delivery reports to the senders. But still, your messaging app will spy on you and inform others about your last online presence.

You may be aware of the ‘last seen’ option on Facebook Messenger and Instagram. Each conversation appears with a timestamp of the recipient’s last activity on the network. Many users like the ‘last seen’ feature but others not as it may affect their privacy.

This post shows how to disable the last seen feature on Facebook Messenger and Instagram.

1. Facebook Messenger

Open your Messenger app and sign into the account.

Tap your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen.

Now you will get a screen like this,

Messenger privacy

The activity status appears in the green color as default to indicate that you are online at this moment. Click on it to manage the option.

Now you should see a new window,

Messenger activity status

Drag the ‘Show when you’re active’ toggle button to the left to disable ‘last seen’ and hide your status from others. Facebook will seek your confirmation by showing a pop-up message.

Click on Turn off to disable the feature. Thereafter no one can see whether you are online or when was your last sign in etc. It will also disable your chance of tracking the presence of other users on Messenger.

2. Instagram

Open the Instagram app and sign in to your account.

Tap the three lines icon on the top of your profile. Choose settings from the bottom.

Instagram privacy

Scroll down to the bottom to find ‘Activity Status’ that appears under ‘Privacy and Security’ head. Click on the option and you will get a new page with activity status in blue color.

Instagram activity status

Drag the toggle button to the left to turn off ‘last seen’ activity. When it disabled, you won’t be able to see the activity status of other Instagram accounts.


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