How to turn the green dot/"Active Now" off on Facebook?

08 Aug, 2021

As soon as you open the Facebook or Messenger app, your status will be "Active Now", indicated by the green dot. This means everyone connected with you will see you are online, but this may not be what you want.

What if you aren't into chatting at the moment? If you hide your online status, you can have peace of mind. Learn how to switch off "Active Now" on Facebook. This article tells you how you can turn off this Facebook feature.

How to switch off "Active Now" using the Messenger app

The Messenger app allows you to easily turn off or turn on your active status. Follow these steps to take control of your online status in a few simple steps:

  1. Open the Messenger app, and tap your profile picture in the top right to go to your profile.

  2. Tap the "Active Status".

    Turn "Active Now" off in the Facebook Messenger app (Step 2): Find the "Active Status" menu point

  3. Toggle the option for "Show when you're active".

    Turn "Active Now" off in the Facebook Messenger app (Step 3): Toggle the "Show when you're active" option

  4. Confirm the step by clicking "Turn off".

    Turn "Active Now" off in the Facebook Messenger app (Step 4): Confirm with "Turn off"

Similarly, you can turn your online status back on using the same steps.

How to switch "Active Now" off using the Facebook App.

If you aren't using the Facebook messenger app, you can change your online status using the Facebook app:

  1. Start by opening the Facebook app.

  2. Tap the three horizontal lines, or menu, in the top right corner, if you're using an Android device. If you're using an iOS device, the menu icon will be in the bottom right corner.

  3. Scroll and find "Settings & Privacy".

  4. Go to "Settings".

  5. Scroll down in the "Privacy" category and tap on "Active Status".

  6. Confirm by tapping on "Turn Off".

As before, with these steps you can also turn your online status back on.


Being available all the time can be incredibly draining. If you want to avoid people seeing you're online on Facebook, simply switch off the "Active Now" status and avoid conversations.

If you're still overwhelmed by Facebook, you might need a proper break.