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Is there a way to turn this off? I don't want to see whether my contacts are 'active now.'

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No there is no direct way to do so. Alternatively you can turn off chat on messenger then you will not see 'Active Now' status of your contacts.

Note: When you turn chat off, you'll still get your messages, but people won't see a green small circle (online symbol) next to your name, and you won't appear in the Active tab.

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    I went to settings and unchecked 'Facebook chat,' but I still see whether my friends are active, or how long ago (under their name when I click on a conversation)
    – jorgen
    Jul 21, 2015 at 8:46
  • It will not show they are active or not, it will show how long ago they were active and after sometime it will not show that also.
    – serenesat
    Jul 21, 2015 at 9:13
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    ok! So I guess I'm only turning off the facebook-chat. How do I turn off "chat on messenger," as you write in your answer? I can't see that anywhere in the settings (only the "facebook chat").
    – jorgen
    Jul 23, 2015 at 10:22
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    Ok, very helpful. Do you mean that I should turn off messenger entirely? If I remember right then facebook won't let me send messages on the phone (or maybe I was tricked by whatever prompts made me install it)?
    – jorgen
    Jul 23, 2015 at 12:24
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    ok! But how do I do this? I only see "facebook chat" in the settings of messenger
    – jorgen
    Jul 23, 2015 at 17:39
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You can actually hide it. You have to do it from the messenger app on your phone. You will open messenger and it should pop up and show a list on conversations but at the very top there are 4 options you can click on. You'll click on the 3rd one over. It's like 3 bullet points with lines beside it. Once you click on that you will see something that says messenger and active. Click on the Active tab. There is a little on/off switch beside your name. Slide it to off. And now people can't see if you are online or when you were last online.

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  • This was probably updated. I don't see those 4 options.
    – Line
    Sep 4, 2021 at 19:05

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