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How to appear offline on Instagram

So you can browse the platform without anyone being nosy.

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For some on social media, you’ll know how to fly under the radar. For this, you’ll need to know how to change your Activity Status and appear offline on Instagram.

The platform includes an Activity Status feature that tracks how long it’s been since you were online and lets your friends know when you’re active on the platform.

As you can imagine, that has the potential to get a little invasive. Fortunately, Instagram only shows this information to users you follow or message privately.

But it’s still nice to be able to hide that Activity Status, so you don’t have to worry about all of you’re connected users knowing what you’re up to at all times.

What does appearing offline on Instagram do?

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As we mentioned briefly, appearing offline on Instagram does several different things. And it all revolves around the Activity Status.

First, turning off your Activity Status to appear offline on Instagram will hide your status from other users. That means nobody can see when you actively browse images and videos on the platform.

Additionally, toggling your Activity Status off will also hide the counter that tells people how long it has been since you were last offline.

So, you can essentially hide every aspect of Instagram’s Activity Status for your profile. However, doing so will also mean that you won’t be able to see anybody else’s Activity Status.

So if you want to know when others are online, you’ll have to continue to let them know you are online.

Why would you want to appear offline on Instagram?

There are several reasons why you might want to appear offline on Instagram. Maybe you’ve got that annoying aunt that won’t leave you alone whenever they find out that you’re online.

Or maybe there’s someone you’ve connected with in the past that takes advantage of your Activity Status. Although, it might be a better idea to go ahead and block that person completely.

Whatever your reason for wanting to appear offline on Instagram, the feature can be an incredibly useful tool.

And you can always go back and toggle the feature back on if you want to show your friends when you are online again.

Here’s how to toggle Activity Status on Instagram mobile

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Since Instagram is primarily used on mobile devices, this will likely be the most useful section for most people.

First, we’ll look at how to toggle off your Activity Status on the Instagram mobile app for iOS or Android.

The menus might look a little different, depending on what kind of phone you have. But the processes are the same either way.

  1. Open Instagram and tap your profile pictureinstagram profile picture button mobile

  2. Select the hamburger menu (three-line menu) in the top rightknowtechie instagram hamburger menu

  3. Select Settingsknowtechie-instagram-settings

  4. Tap Privacyinstagram-privacy-setting

  5. Scroll down and click on Activity Status instagram-activity-status

  6. Lastly, toggle Activity status offinstagram-activity-status-off

After toggling off this setting, you will begin to appear offline on Instagram. And whenever you want to appear online again, just repeat the same steps and toggle Activity Status back on.

Here’s how to toggle Activity Status on Instagram for desktop

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While Meta was originally focused on developing Instagram as a mobile app, the company has added features to the desktop Instagram website to make it work a little more like the mobile app.

And fortunately, you can at least use the website to toggle your Activity Status.

  1. Click your profile picture in the top right corner
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  1. Select Settings
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  1. Click Privacy and security
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  1. Toggle the Show activity status box off
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That’s all there is to that. Once you toggle the Activity Status box off from that menu, you won’t be displaying your online status or history to everyone.

Remember, you also won’t be able to see other users’ Activity Status if you’ve toggled your option off.

And if you ever change your mind, you can follow the same steps to return and turn your Activity Status back on again.

Use Instagram’s Activity Status to your advantage

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Tons of people like to browse Instagram to keep up with friends or their favorite creators. But you don’t have to let everyone know that you’re online when you’re browsing the platform.

Instagram’s Activity Status feature lets you choose when you want people to see that you’re online.

Of course, it also means that you won’t be able to see other users’ Activity Status with yours turned off. But that’s a small price for a little extra privacy on the platform.

You can change your Activity Status on Instagram regularly. So get familiar with this process and start browsing Instagram on or offline. The choice is always yours.

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