How do you hide your activity on instagram

How to Hide Your Instagram Online Status

Most social media networks and chat platforms these days include a feature that shows when a user was last online or last active on the service, which can be either helpful or a hindrance, depending on your personal or business situation.

WhatsApp includes an optional "Last Seen" status for the person you're chatting with in a conversation thread, while Instagram tells you how long it was since a user was active when you're viewing messages from them in your Direct inbox. Instagram also shows a green dot next to their profile picture and name if the person is currently interacting with the app.

Sometimes though, for whatever reason, you might not want someone – or indeed anyone – to know when you were last active on social media. Fortunately, WhatsApp and Instagram both allow you to hide your activity status in the app. Here our focus is on how to hide your Instagram status, but you can find how to do the same thing in WhatsApp in our dedicated how-to article.

Hiding Your Instagram Online Status

  1. Launch the Instagram app.
  2. Tap the profile icon in the bottom-right corner.
  3. Tap the three lines in the top-right corner.
  4. Tap Settings.

  5. Tap Privacy.
  6. Tap Activity Status.
  7. Tap the switch to toggle off Show activity status.

Did you know you can also hide Like and View counts on Instagram posts, too? Check out our dedicated tutorial to learn how.

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(Pocket-lint) - Instagram offers a number of similiarities to other social media and chat platforms, including Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Features are constantly added, including options like "Show Activity Status".

If you use Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp - both owned by Facebook like Instagram - you'll know that they show when you're online and last active, or last seen in WhatsApp's case. Instagram does the same.

However, although the "Show Activity Status" option is enabled by default inside of Instagram's settings menu, you can toggle it off like you can on WhatsApp - something you can't do in Messenger.

Here's how to hide your activity status on Instagram, as well as how to tell if someone is online.

How to hide your Instagram activity or online status

Those of you who don't want people to see when you're online in real-time do have the option to turn off Instagram's Show Activity Status feature, though, if you do, you won't be able to see anyone else's activity.

To change the visibility of your activity status:

  1. Open Instagram.
  2. Tap on the Profile icon in the top right corner.
  3. Tap the three lines in the top right.
  4. Tap on Settings.
  5. Click on Privacy.
  6. Tap Activity Status.
  7. Tap the toggle next to Activity Status to turn off your activity status.

Note: Just like in Facebook Messenger, there's no option to disable read receipts on Instagram. Direct messages (DMs) always show as "seen" once recipients have opened them.

Who can see when you're active on Instagram?

Your followers can't see when you were most recently on Instagram. Only people you follow or have previously had direct conversations (DMs) with will see how many minutes or hours ago you were online.

This feature makes sense for Instagram users who rely on the service to chat with businesses or creative professionals and want to see whether they're online or even quickly respond.

How to tell if someone is online on Instagram

There are a few ways to see when someone's online or active:

  1. You'll see a green dot near their username and photo in your Direct inbox.
  2. You'll see a green dot near their username and photo elsewhere on Instagram.
  3. In your direct inbox, you'll see their most recent activity status.

Note: Recent activity status will show as: Active 25m ago, Active yesterday, Seen, Typing, etc.

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How to hide the time of the last visit on Instagram, remove visibility on the network

More than a year ago, a new option appeared in the Instagram application - Last Active. It allows you to track the status of the user: online or not, how many minutes ago the user was last in the feed. Such a “trick” migrated here from the Viber and WhatsApp messengers. It has been practiced quite successfully there for a long time.

“But what about developer-respected privacy?” - you ask. Everything is fine. On Instagram, you can hide the time of your visit from prying eyes. It is very easy to do, read our article and find out everything.

Online status on Instagram - where it is displayed In it, under the user's nickname, you can notice a gray inscription, for example, "Was online 58 minutes ago." This is the status we are interested in. It only appears in the Direct tab.

You must have noticed that some of them have no inscription. This means that the person decided to hide it from his followers. And how exactly he did it, we will understand below.

Interesting. If the user is online, then a small green circle appears next to his profile picture.

How to hide the time of your visit to Instagram from your phone

  • on iPhone;
  • on mobile browser.
  • Go to the appropriate section of the article and repeat the steps from the instructions.

    On Android

    So, to hide the time of your visit on an Android smartphone, you need to perform the following algorithm of actions:

    1. Unlock the gadget screen and open the Instagram application.
    2. Log in to your account. To do this, enter your login (nickname / email address / mobile number) and password in the empty fields and click "Login".
    3. Tap on the "person" icon in the lower right corner.
    4. Click on the menu and go to settings.
    5. Scroll down and click on the "Privacy" section.
    6. Click on the "Network Status" tab.
    7. Move the toggle switch to the inactive position.

    Done. After all these manipulations, the inscription "Online" should disappear from your direct.

    Good to know. The remote network status is not activated until you enable it yourself in the settings.

    On the iPhone

    You can delete your online information on Instagram for iOS in the same way:

    1. Launch the social network application and sign in to your account.
    2. Go to your profile page and click on the gear icon next to your name and the Edit button.
    3. Scroll down to the "Network Status" option
    4. Move it to the inactive position.

    It's easy to see if you've succeeded. If this option is enabled, then in the settings it lights up in blue, if not, it is gray.

    Keep in mind that as soon as you hide the visit time, you will no longer see when your friends last visited the feed. Everything is honest.

    Through the mobile version of the browser

    If you "sit" on Instagram through a mobile browser, it doesn't matter. Removing online visibility is just as easy. Do this:

    1. Log into your mobile web browser and go to
    2. Log in and click on the "person" icon.
    3. Tap on the gear, which is located in the upper left corner above the avatar.
    4. Scroll down and select "Privacy".
    5. Locate the Network Status column and uncheck the option.

    That's it, it's almost impossible to track you now.

    Disable the visibility of online status on Instagram on a computer

    If you need to turn off the inscription in direct in the desktop version of the browser, pay attention to the following step-by-step instructions:

    1. Go to and log into your account.
    2. Open your profile page and select "Settings".
    3. Tap on "Privacy and Security".
    4. Click on "Show online status" to remove the checkmark.

    Interesting. If you want to know when a person logged into Insta, but you have the “Online” option turned off, go to the likes section and see when the last activity of this user was.

    Hiding your own visiting time on Instagram does not require any professional skills or deep knowledge. Everything is simple. Use this step by step guide and be sure to share it with your friends. They may not yet know that you can turn off online status in a social networking application.

    How to turn off online status on Instagram: where to see why

    is not visible On July 19, 2018, online status on Instagram was officially launched. This status shows which users are online and when they were last active. Status and activity are displayed only in Yandex.Direct — you won't see them on the account page.

    Often there is a need to become "invisible" to other users - for example, you logged into Instagram for work and do not want to be distracted by messages. We tell you how to remove the “Online” status on Instagram and how you can set your status.

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    How to turn off the online status on Instagram: step by step instructions

    The status can be turned off for all Instagram users or for specific ones. We analyze each case.

    Remove for all

    Step 1 . Open your profile, go to the menu (3 horizontal bars) and open the settings (gear icon).

    Step 2 . We find the item "Privacy".

    Step 3 . We need the "Network status" item.

    Step 4 . Drag the slider to the off position (gray). Ready.

    Important : after turning off your status, you lose the ability to see other people's statuses. It turns out that if you want to see which of the users is online, keep your status turned on.

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    Hide for a specific user

    This can be done by restricting access to Direct.

    Step 1 . Open the account you want to limit, click on the 3 dots in the upper right corner.

    Step 2 . In the drop-down window we find the item "Restrict access".

    Step 3 . Click on the blue "Restrict account access" button.

    This person's chat will be moved to chat requests, meaning they won't see your status or know if you've read their messages. In this case, the user does not know about the restriction.

    How does this limitation affect the status display? The fact is that the status is displayed just the same in Direct, if there has already been a dialogue with the person. When transferring the dialogue to a request for correspondence by setting a restriction, it turns out that the user, as if, has not yet corresponded with you, which means that he cannot see the status.

    In addition to restrictions on Direct, this feature will hide this person's comments under your posts from other users. Convenient, since it is not necessary to block the user completely or unsubscribe from him.

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    How to put your status on Instagram

    Is it possible to make a personal status, as it is implemented in VKontakte? For example, write the words "Do Not Disturb" or "Busy". You can , but only in the Threads application from Instagram (Insta's product for communicating with loved ones and friends). There are 2 types of statuses available here - automatic and custom.

    1. Automatic can track geolocation and battery status. An example of such statuses: in a cafe, at work, outside the city, low charge (batteries). Change throughout the day depending on location.
    2. Custom allow you to write any phrase and add emoticons. To make it clear to your friends that you should not be disturbed by messages, you need to set up this particular type of status.

    To set the status, go to the application. The first time you will be prompted to add close friends from the search.

    Then the application will offer to connect ready-made automatic statuses. To see under what condition a particular status works, you just need to click on it.

    To enable the function, click "Enable", if you want to skip automatic statuses, click "Finish".

    The system will prompt you to confirm the choice again - turn it on or skip it. To set a custom status, click on the "+ Add status" button.

    Click on "Your Status".

    We write the text, if necessary, add a smiley. Text size - no more than 32 characters , including spaces. By default, close friends will be notified of your new status, but you can turn it off. You can also set up autostatus with your own phrase, tied to geolocation.

    Learn more