Want to surf Facebook a bit but don’t want to let your friends know you’re online? Would you like to browse Facebook without leaving any traces on your PC? Nothing impossible, indeed. By deactivating the social network chat and preventing the apps connected to your profile from showing your online activities, you can “sneak” with agility on Facebook pages without other users noticing.
Would you like to know more? Well, then take five minutes of free time and try to follow the advice I’m about to give you. We will see how to browse Facebook without being seen by deactivating the social network chat (Messenger) and hiding the activities of games and apps that can report online activities. In addition, we will see how to take advantage of the private browsing mode of Chrome, Firefox and other popular browsers to browse online without leaving traces on your computer.
What else are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves immediately and put into practice all the “tips” you find below. In no time at all you will be able to surf Facebook in complete peace of mind, avoiding prying eyes, both from smartphones and tablets and from PCs.
How to connect to Facebook without being seen
Want to know how to connect to Facebook chat without being seen ? Nothing easier! In the next chapters I will explain everything you need to do to succeed in your intent.
From smartphones and tablets
If you use Facebook from smartphones and tablets, you can easily disable the activity status of the messaging chat directly from the Messenger app , available on Android (downloadable from Play Store and alternative stores) and on iOS / iPadOS .
So start the Messenger app and tap on your thumbnail at the top left. At this point, select the item Activity status and move the appropriate lever next to the word Show when you are active to OFF . Then confirm the procedure by clicking on Disable .
On the Facebook app, available on Android (downloadable from the Play Store and from alternative stores) and on iOS / iPadOS , however, you can get the same result by pressing the ☰ icon and selecting the Settings> Activity status items from the next screen. Move the lever next to the word Show when you are active to OFF and confirm by pressing the Deactivate button .
Through the web version of Facebook accessible from PC you can disable the Messenger chat activity status using the tools in the right sidebar. Therefore, click on the icon (…) next to the Contacts section and click on the item Deactivate the activity status .
At this point, in the screen that is shown to you, you have three options: disable the status for all contacts, exclude someone from the filter or, again, disable it only for some specific contacts. When you are done, press the OK button .
If you use Messenger through the dedicated web portal , finally, click on the icon (…) , at the top, and select the items Preferences> Deactivate the activity status in the menu that is shown to you. Therefore, choose one of the three options I previously mentioned and press the OK button to confirm.
How to join Facebook without being seen
Do you want to join Facebook without your friends and acquaintances knowing? In this case, you have two choices: create a new account that does not in any way refer to your real identity or set the privacy so that you cannot be easily found.
From smartphones and tablets
To perform the above operations from your smartphone or tablet , you must act as I will explain in the next lines.
First of all, let’s take the case in which you wanted to create a new account: start the Facebook app , select the icon ☰ and press the item Exit , to disconnect from the account currently in use.
At this point, press the Create a new Facebook account button to create a new account, otherwise log in with another profile in your possession, selecting the wording Log in to another account .
If you log out of the Facebook app using the procedure described above and you have already linked more than one account to it, you will be shown all the profiles that are currently connected and that you have used with the app. So, all you have to do is press on one of them and you can immediately start using it.
If, on the other hand, you just want to avoid being found on Facebook, you have to act on the privacy settings of the social network. Therefore, start the Facebook app , press the ☰ icon located at the top and select the items Settings> Privacy settings from the next menu.
Now, scroll down the screen and take action on the items Who can look for you using the e-mail address you provided , Who can look for you using the phone number you provided and You want search engines outside Facebook to redirect to your profile .
By doing so, you will not be found on Facebook or by search engines (such as Google, Bing or Yahoo), nor by your e-mail address that you used during registration or the telephone number associated with your account (which however it is never publicly rechargeable).
The same operations described above on mobile devices can be performed from a PC , via the web version of Facebook . Therefore, to create a new account, log in to Facebook, press the ▼ icon located at the top right and click on the item Exit in the menu that is proposed to you.
Now, select the item Create new account , to create a new one, otherwise click on the Add account icon and enter the login details of the other account you have. Whenever you disconnect from Facebook, through the procedure described above, you will be able to access one of the accounts in the list, simply by clicking on its thumbnail.
Instead, to set the privacy so that you cannot be found, access the main page of your profile, press the ▼ icon located at the top right and select the items Settings and privacy> Settings> Privacy from the menu that comes to you proposed.
At this point, take action on the items Who can look for you using the e-mail address you provided , Who can look for you using the phone number you provided and You want search engines outside Facebook to redirect to your profile to limit who can find you with your email / phone address or on search engines.
How to stay on Facebook without being seen
L ‘ activity on Facebook can be seen by your friends and your followers. Therefore, acting on the privacy settings can certainly be the ideal approach to limit the visibility of your wall posts or the use of third-party services.
From smartphones and tablets
Through the Facebook app , you can limit the privacy settings on what you publish personally, what your friends can publish on your profile and the use of third-party services connected to your profile.
First of all, to prevent other users from being aware of the third-party services associated with Facebook that you use, start the Facebook app , press the ☰ icon located at the top and select the items Settings> Apps and websites> Signed in with Facebook .
At this point, in the list that is shown to you, press the Edit button next to the name of a service and make sure that the App visibility item is set to Only me .
Once this is done, you can limit the privacy on the posts you publish and the ones your friends can leave on your wall. To do this, still in the Facebook app, press the ☰ icon and select Settings> Privacy settings . Then act on the three options Who can see your future posts , Limit who can see old posts and Who can see the people, Pages and lists you follow .
Once this is done, in the Facebook settings, select the Profile item and add tags and act on all the settings you find in this section, in order to limit both who can publish posts on your wall, and who can see or interact with them.
As seen in the previous chapter, you can also act from the web to limit the privacy settings. Then reach the Facebook website , press the ▼ icon located at the top right and select the items Settings and privacy> Settings> Apps and websites .
At this point, press on the word View and edit and make sure that the drop-down menu next to the word Who can see that you use this app is set to Only me . Therefore, perform this procedure for each service, in order to hide the fact that you are using that service associated with your Facebook account.
For the other privacy settings, on the other hand, from the Facebook Settings panel , select the Profile item and add tags in the side menu and intervene on the items that are shown to you, in order to limit the activity of other users on your profile and how they can interact.
In the Privacy section of the side menu, on the other hand, act on the items in the Your activities section , to limit who can see the posts you publish and the pages or lists you follow.
How to see history on Facebook without being seen
If a friend of yours has posted a Story on Facebook, the moment you view it, it will appear that you have performed this action. Unfortunately, there are currently no methods to be able to view a Story without being seen.
Again, my advice may be to use a second account , in case the privacy settings of the user who posted the Story allow you to see its content.
That said, the reverse situation can also help, that of wanting to hide your Stories from specific users or categories. Let’s see in more detail below.
From smartphones and tablets
If you want to limit the privacy of the Stories you post on Facebook, start the app of this social network, press the ☰ icon at the top and select the Settings> Privacy of the story . At this point, choose between the options All , Friends or Custom .
If you have chosen the Friends option , you can also decide to hide your Stories from specific users, by selecting the item Hide the story to . By choosing the Custom option instead , you will be able to show your Stories only to the users selected by you.
You can also limit the privacy of the Stories from the web version of Facebook. Therefore, go to the official website of this social network, press the Create a story button at the top and click on the ⚙ icon next to the wording Your story .
In the box that is shown to you, choose one of the options All , Friends or Custom , as I explained to you in the previous paragraph dedicated to the same procedure on smartphones and tablets. Then press the Save button to confirm.
How to comment on Facebook without being seen
All Facebook activity, such as likes or comments, can be seen in the News section by your friends and followers. Unfortunately, it is not possible to disable this feature, let alone limit it.
What I can advise you is to pay attention to the comments and likes you post, in case this should be a relevant issue for your privacy. Alternatively, you can think of using another account, as I explained to you in this chapter, or of blocking one or more specific people.
How to browse Facebook without being seen
Do you want to browse Facebook without leaving any traces on your PC ? No problem. You can take advantage of the mode incognito of Chrome , Firefox , Edge or Safari and prevent the social network address appears in the history of recently visited sites.
- If you use Google Chrome , you can activate the incognito browsing mode by clicking on the ⋮ icon , at the top, and selecting the New incognito window item from the menu that appears.
- In Firefox , you have to click on the ☰ button located at the top right and select the item New anonymous window from the menu that opens.
- If you use Microsoft Edge you can browse in private mode by pressing the button (…) located at the top right and selecting the New InPrivate window item from the menu that opens.
- If you have a Mac and use Safari , you can start private browsing by selecting the New Private Window item from the File menu located at the top left.
After visiting Facebook, you normally close your browser window and nothing you have done will remain on your computer’s memory: history, cookies, cache files, etc. they will all be deleted. Only the files that you will eventually download from Facebook (eg photos posted by some friends) will be kept, if you want to delete those in the download folder as well and delete them “manually”.
If you want to delete the browsing traces on Facebook relating to previous browsing sessions, go to your browser settings and delete the history, cache and cookies relating to the social network. If you don’t know how to do this, check out my tutorials on how to clear history, how to delete cookies and how to clear the cache.
At this point you should be quite “hidden”. And if you fear that some friends may discover that you are visiting his profile, do not worry, as I also explained to you in my post on how to know who visits your Facebook profile, currently there are no applications that allow you to know who visits a profile on the famous social network. You can sleep reasonably soundly in this regard.