Recently Facebook updated all three of its platforms to allow users to quickly and easily hide their online status (active status). The Facebook App, Messenger App, and Web Access all now allow you to essentially appear offline. Although it hasn’t been as widely publicised they also made the same changes to Instagram, so if you’d like to find out how to hide your active status on Instagram, this guide will show you how.


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With so many apps installed on our mobile devices now showing our online status, hiding our online state has become quite a challenging task. If you hide yourself on Facebook and forget to do the same on Messenger and Instagram, among others, your secrets out. Although having the ability to appear offline may seem like a strange feature to find value in, there are a lot of users who swear its the best option for avoiding contact with people and a great excuse for not replying to messages.

How to Hide Your Activity Status on Instagram. (Appear Offline on Instagram)

If you have already started hiding your activity status on Facebook, you will be happy to know that Instagram has a far easier process. To begin, you will need to make sure you have the latest version of Instagram installed on your device. Once you have updated your Instagram app, open it and go to your Profile Page. On this page, tap the three dots in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to access the Settings menu. Next scroll to the very bottom of the list, find the option Show Activity Status and flip the toggle from On (blue) to Off (grey).

How to hide your instagram activity status

Once the option is greyed out, you will start appearing as offline, with the time period of when you were last active growing until you re-enable the feature. There is one catch though. If you set your activity status to Off, you won’t be able to view other users status (activity), it's a double-edged sword. Facebook and Facebook Messenger also have the same restrictions when hiding your activity status.

It also important to note that if you are avoiding certain people, you need to make sure you hide your online status across all your apps, not just Instagram. If you haven’t yet found out how to hide your activity status on Facebook and Facebook Messenger, the following guide has all the information you need, covering both the web and mobile versions of Facebook and Facebook Messenger.

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