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How to turn off active status on Instagram

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March 18, 2022

Activity status, or “active status,” is a feature automatically enabled on Instagram. Your Instagram activity status indicates when you last accessed the platform to other users. If you’re currently online, it will say so. If you know how to turn off active status on Instagram, you can better protect your privacy and mask when you’re online.

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To turn off your active status on Instagram, you will need to hide your activity status. To do this, go to your Instagram profile. Press Settings Privacy Activity Status. If it's blue, press the Show Activity Status slider to turn your activity status off.

How to turn off active status on Instagram

By default, Instagram allows other users to see when you’re active on the platform. People can see when you’re online, as well as the last time you were online if you’re offline. Naturally, this may seem a bit intrusive.

If you want to keep that information to yourself, you always have the option of delving deeper into your Instagram account settings and turning off activity status. This will disallow the platform from seeing your activity and whether you’re online or not.


Go to the Instagram website or open the Instagram desktop app on your computer. Log into your account, then click your profile picture in the top right to reveal a dropdown menu. Click Settings.

open the profile menu and press settings
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Within Settings, click the Privacy and Security button in the left sidebar.

click privacy and security from the left sidebar
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Finally, uncheck the box next to Show Activity Status to disable your active status.

click show activity status
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Android and iOS

On the Instagram mobile app, go to your Instagram profile. Press the button in the top right, then press Settings.

go into instagram settings and hit privacy
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Tap the Privacy tab in Settings. Within Privacy, press Activity Status.

disable activity status on instagram mobile
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The Activity Status page is where you control whether you appear as active or inactive on Instagram. If you appear active, people can see when you are active on the platform.

Tap the Show Activity Status slider until it turns grey to turn it off.

Read more: How to remove followers on Instagram


What happens when you turn off active status on Instagram?

Other users will not be able to see when you were last active or if you’re currently online. That said, if you turn it off for yourself, you will also not be able to see the activity status of other users.

Can I turn off my active status on Facebook as well?

Yes – it’s almost as simple to make your Facebook status “inactive” as it is with Instagram. All you need to do is go to “Settings and Privacy”, then “Settings”, then “Audience and visibility”, then find Active status and toggle it off.