How to Turn Off Instagram Activity Status

Do you want to take a quick look through your Instagram feeds without getting into conversations? Then you should learn how to turn off your Instagram activity status.

Instagram activity status shows your recent activity or activities on Instagram. It appears as: ‘Seen’, ‘Typing’, ‘Active 1hr ago’ etc. It tells your friend if you are online and the last time you came online.

How to Know if someone is online on Instagram

Once you are online, Instagram alerts your friends and followers by showing a green dot. This green dot appears near your Instagram profile and on your friend list.

This green dot can mean that you are ready for a conversation. When in actual fact, you are not. This can be a lot to deal with especially if you get so many DMs from friends, followers, or fans.

You do not want to run the risk of not replying because you do not want to hurt their feelings.

How to hide your online status on Instagram

Thankfully, the app gives you the option of turning off your activity status. When turned off, you have the freedom to go online and offline as you please.

The following steps will teach you how to turn off your Instagram activity status.

For IOS and Android devices

  1. Open your Instagram app and go to your profile.
  2. Click on the three horizontal lines close to your profile name.
  3. Go to your settings
  4. Click on the settings. Then privacy, then activity status.
    Settings > Privacy > Activity status
  5. The app will bring up an option that reads “Show activity status”. This color blue means your activity status is on. That means people can see you are online.
    Turn this switch to the left to turn your online status off. Make sure you cannot see the blue color after turning the switch.

The process is a little different if you are using a web browser.

On web browsers:

On your computer or mobile browser, go to

  1. Go to your profile page and click on the menu icon
  2. Click on Privacy and Security
  3. Look for the Activity Status, then you will see the option ‘Show Activity Status’
    Then uncheck the box under this option
  4. Privacy and Security > Activity Status > Show Activity Status

Why can’t I see when someone was last active on Instagram

You can’t see the last time someone was active because you turned off your Instagram activity.

Once your Instagram activity status is turned off, you will not see the activity of your friends or followers. That is since your friends will not know when you are online, you will not also know if they are online.

But then, no price is too much to pay to get that privacy you desire.

Think of it like you can have the best of both worlds. Hiding your online status allows you to scroll through your feed, enjoying favorite content, without being noticed.

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