How to Turn Off Instagram Active Status and Hide Last Seen

Turn Off Active Status Instagram

Instagram's "Activity Status" feature allows your followers to know when you're online or active on Instagram. While this can be a great way to interact with your friends and followers, you may prefer to maintain your privacy and keep your online status hidden. In this article, we are going to discuss how to hide last seen and turn off active status in Instagram on iPhone and Android.

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Activity Status Instagram and Green Dot in Direct

Your activity status on Instagram is only visible in the Instagram Direct inbox. If you are online, users will see a green circle near your profile picture and sometimes the word Active now. This means that only people you have a chat with on Instagram Direct can see when you're online on Instagram.

Instagram green light in the direct meaning that your friend is now active on Instagram.

Instagram also tells users when you were last online. This feature is also displayed only for people with whom you have chatted in Direct.

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How to Hide Last Seen in Instagram

Instagram provides users with the option to hide their "Last Active" status. Keep in mind that if you do so you will not be able to view your following last seen and activity status on Instagram. 

How to Hide Online Status on Instagram iPhone

Here are the general steps to hide your last seen status on Instagram iPhone:

1. Launch the Instagram app on your mobile device. Tap on your profile icon, usually located in the bottom right corner of the screen.

2. On your profile page, look for the three horizontal lines (hamburger icon) in the top right corner. Tap on it to open the menu.

3. Scroll down and find the "Settings and Privacy" option. Tap on it to open the settings menu.

4. Scroll down and select "Messages and story replies".

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5. Then tap on "Show Activity Status".

6. Now toggle the switch to disable Instagram online status on iPhone. You can also customize who can view your active status here in case you choose to keep it active.

disable active status instagramHow to Turn Off Active on Instagram Android

If you are an Android user and want to turn off activity status on Instagram Android in order to hide your last seen you can also follow the instructions mentioned in the last section. Just open the Instagram app on your Android device and navigate to settings from your profile page. There you can modify privacy settings including active status and last seen. Keep in mind that if you disable this feature you cannot check other user’s online status anymore.

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What Happens When You Turn Off Activity Status on Instagram

When you turn off your Activity Status on Instagram, several changes occur in terms of how your online activities on this platform is displayed to others:

🔰 The main effect of turning off your Activity Status is that the "Last Active" timestamp, which indicates the last time you were active on Instagram, is hidden from your followers and those you direct message. This information is no longer visible in the direct message (DM) list or in the direct message thread.

🔰 Your active status is no longer shown next to your username in direct message conversations. This means that others won't be able to see if you are currently active or when you were last active in a specific chat.

🔰 Just as you hide your activity status, you won't be able to see the activity status of other users who have also turned off this feature. The "Active" status won't be displayed for them in direct message conversations.

It's important to note that while turning off your Activity Status can enhance privacy and reduce the visibility of your online activity, it also means that you won't be able to see the activity status of others. This feature is designed to give users more control over their online presence and to strike a balance between privacy and social engagement.

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Comments :
Ryan walker

5 months ago

Insta is awesome! It's the best


5 months ago

This was the best educational article I have ever read!! Thanks a lot👏👏

Milo Parades

5 months ago

Wooow, I've been looking for this way for a long time, but I had forgotten to learn the way. Thank you for reminding me!


5 months ago

Is it the same for the iPhone?

Anycontrol: Use this step by step tutorial to disable online status on Instagram iPhone.

Vincent arrow

5 months ago

This is best Instagram feature!


5 months ago

Awesome! cool trick!!


6 months ago

Great as always! Please post more of your educational blogs👌👏

Sarah kamali

6 months ago

By activating this mode, will it be hidden from us that others are online?

Anycontrol: Yes correct.

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