About a week ago, Facebook was "upgraded" - don't know if it's a world wide issue - and the Facebook chat is always online. No matter I sign out.

How can I disable / completely sign out of Facebook chat?

  • possible duplicate of How can I disable facebook chat? Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 6:35
  • @Mehper The answer to that question is no longer valid. It refers to the old chat app.
    – Alex
    Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 6:57
  • @Alex: They can be merged or the other one should be deleted then (I'm flagging for deletion). The questions are the same, but Facebook is continuously changing. Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 7:24
  • I have closed the old question as a duplicate of this question as the information stated here is valid for the current version of Facebook. Thanks. Discussion on Meta about this issue. Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 12:53

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  1. Click on the "gear" icon in the right-upper corner of the chat window;
  2. Click on Turn off chat.
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  1. Click on the "gear" icon in the right-upper corner of the chat window;
  2. Click on Advanced Settings...;
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  3. In the new window, click on Turn off chat;
  4. Click Save.
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1. Click on the "gear" icon in the right-bottom corner;

2. Click on Available to Chat to set it to disable.

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    Is there any way to get that setting to "stick"? In my experience, the flag gets enabled the next time I log in.
    – ale
    Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 18:07
  • That's strange, but everything is strange with Facebook these days. In my case it sticks from session to session. It never gave me any problems.
    – Alex
    Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 18:11
  • I'll look at it again. It's conceivable it's a browser and/or browser extension issue.
    – ale
    Commented Sep 19, 2011 at 20:12
  • Yeah I would check your browser. My Facebook Chat has not been enabled in months. @Al
    – phwd
    Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 2:03
  • thanks, you saved my day! Though this setting in new facebook is now in "Advanced settings". Commented Nov 12, 2012 at 3:24

I also have this problem, where Facebook keeps signing me back into chat after I go offline.

I found a reasonable, though not perfect, workaround:

Go to the "advanced settings" of the chat sidebar, choose the option "Only some friends see you...", and fill in one name only. Choose a person that you're OK with him/her seeing when you're online (I chose my wife :), and that way the rest of your Facebook friends will never see your online status, and you can remain signed in to chat.

  • Fantastic idea! I can't wait to see if it persists across sessions. Something tells me it will. Thank you! Commented May 18, 2013 at 19:05

2018 Facebook has changed things once again. There is no "Turn Off Chat" anymore, instead you need to "Turn Off Active Status". Steps are similar:

  • Click on gear icon on Chat tab in bottom right (or Chat window on right if open) enter image description here
  • Click on Turn Off Active Status
  • Click on Turn off active status for all contacts
    • Alternatively you can choose to disable active status for just some contacts.
  • Click Okay

After completing the above Chat tab in the lower right hand corner will be labeled "Chat (Off)".

Steps to turn it back on are similar:

  • Click on gear icon on Chat (Off) tab in bottom right
  • Click on Turn On Active Status

I also updated my Facebook. Go to App Settings and there is an option there to sign off Facebook chat. It worked.

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