This wikiHow teaches you how to appear offline in Facebook Messenger. The time you go offline will appear as your Last Active time and will not change if you continue to use Messenger afterwards.
Method 1 of 2: Using the Messenger App
Step 1. Open the Messenger app
That's the white lightning bolt on the blue speech bubble icon.
If you're not signed in to Messenger, enter your phone number, tap Continue, and enter your password
Step #2. Tap People
You'll see this option in the bottom right corner of your screen.
Step #3. Tap Active
Or 'Active'. That's the tab next to "See All," which is directly below the search bar at the top of the page.
Step 4. Slide the button next to your name to the 'Off' position
It will turn white and the list of active contacts under your name will disappear. Although you will still receive messages, your profile will appear to be offline and the 'Last Active' time next to your name will indicate the time when you disabled the button.
Method 2 of 2: Using the Facebook website
Step 1. Open the Facebook webpage
Your Facebook profile will open on your news feed.
If you're not already logged in to Facebook, enter your email address (or phone number) and password and click "Login" in the top right corner of the page
Step #2. Click on Messenger Settings gear icon
It's in the bottom right corner of the Facebook page.
Step #3. Click on Turn Off Chat
Or 'Disable chat'. This is an option in the pop-up menu from the settings.
Step 4. Click on Turn off chat for all contacts
Or 'Disable chat function for all contacts'. With this option, contacts will not be able to see your name in the 'Active' category.
- You can also click Turn off chat for all contacts except… (Either "Disable chat for all contacts except…") to select a few contacts for whom you will stay online, or you can click Turn off chat for only some contacts… (Or "Disable chat function only for certain contacts") to select a few specific contacts for whom you seem offline.
Step 5. Click OK
Your chat bar will turn gray and you will appear offline to anyone looking up your name in their own chat bar. Your "Last Active" time is shown as the time you went offline. That won't change, even if you continue to use Messenger.