Messenger , the Facebook app through which you can chat with friends registered on the famous social network (and not only), allows everyone to view the date and time of the last time a specific user connected to their network. This can be very useful, this is true, but of course if you are here now and you are reading these lines it is evidently because the aforementioned functionality does not appeal to you and, therefore, to protect your privacy, you would like to understand if there is a way to conceal this data.
If this is the case and, therefore, you are wondering how to remove access on Messenger , know that I am here to help you achieve your goal. In the following bars of this guide, in fact, you will find all the information you need to remove the date and time of the last access to Messenger (and Facebook), both from smartphones and tablets and from computers. I assure you that this is really a breeze.
Come on, then: position yourself comfortably and immediately start focusing on reading the following. In the end, you will see, you will be able to say that you are very happy and satisfied with the results obtained. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
Remove access on Messenger
Before explaining how to remove access on Messenger , I must make some very important clarifications: the deactivation of the last access has a reciprocal relationship , so if you decide not to show this information for your profile, you will not be able to view it in turn. other users. Furthermore, it only takes effect locally : this means that if you want to completely deactivate the activity status on Messenger, you have to intervene on each device on which you use the service. All clear? Well then let’s move on!
If you are using a smartphone or tablet and want to know how to remove access on Messenger for Android, the first step you need to take is to start the messaging service app (available on the Play Store and alternative stores), by tapping on the its icon that you can find on the home screen or in the drawer.
In the screen that at this point is shown to you, press on your profile photo at the top left, then on the item Activity status and turn OFF the lever of the switch that you find next to the item Show when you are active . After that, hit the Deactivate button to confirm your intentions.
Done! From this moment on, your contacts will no longer be able to know when you last logged into Messenger and – due to the reciprocity rule I mentioned earlier – you will not be able to obtain this information about other users. (You won’t even be able to see which of your contacts are online at the time you use the app).
When (and if) you want, you can re-enable the function in question (even if only temporarily) by going back to the Activity Status section of the Messenger app accessible by tapping on the profile photo , at the top left, and turning ON the ‘ switch for the item Show when you are active .
From iOS / iPadOS
Do you use Messenger for iPhone or iPad and would you like to know in this case how to proceed to disable the display of the last access ? Then first of all start the Messenger app by pressing on its icon on the Home Screen or in the App Library.
Now that you see the main screen of the application, press on your profile photo which is in the upper left corner and select the item Activity status . From here, press on the switch next to Show when active , to deactivate it. Finally, confirm what your intentions are by pressing the Deactivate button in response to the question you see appear on the screen.
To make sure that the changes are actually applied, also press on the word I which is at the top left and, then, on the word End always present at the top left. Perfect! you just did everything there was to do. From this moment on, your contacts will no longer be able to know when you last connected to Messenger and, on the other hand, you will not be able to obtain this information about other users (and not even see when they are online at the moment. where you use the application).
In case you have second thoughts, you can retrace your steps at any time and re-enable the display of the last access on Messenger (even if only momentarily) by pressing again on the Activity Status item in the visible screen after tapping on yours. profile picture and turning ON the lever located next to the item Show when you are active .
Then remember, even in this case, to make sure that the changes made are actually applied by first tapping on the item io , which you find in the upper left part of the screen with the switch and then on the word End .
From the Web
As known, Messenger is also accessible through the dedicated Web app . If you use it, you can disable the display of the last login from there as well. To do this, first start the Web browser you usually use to surf the net (eg Chrome), go to the home page of the service and log in to your account by filling in the fields on the screen with your Facebook login details.
After logging in, click on the … button located at the top left, select the Preferences item from the menu that opens and click on the item Disable the activity status . At this point, by pressing on the appropriate items that will be shown to you, you can decide whether to deactivate the activity status for all contacts , for all contacts except for some of them or deactivate it only for some contacts (in the last two cases, type the names of the users you are interested in in the box below, click on the result that is shown to you from time to time and, finally, press the buttonOK ).
Mission accomplished! From this moment on, your contacts will no longer be able to know when you last connected to Messenger and, on the other hand, you will not be able to obtain this information about other users.
Finally, if you use the Messenger application for Windows 10 and later or macOS ) , to deactivate the activity status, start the application itself, click on your profile photo at the top left and select the Preferences item from the menu that opens . Subsequently, press on the item Activity status and move the switch under the item Show activity status to OFF . Simple, don’t you think?
Remove access on Facebook
In addition to Messenger, you can also disable the display of the last login directly from Facebook . You ask me how to do it? Read the instructions on what to do below and you will find out immediately. Also in this case, there is the reciprocal relationship I told you about for Messenger.
To disable the display of the last login in Facebook for Android (also available on alternative stores), start the application by pressing on its icon on the Home Screen or in the app menu.
At this point, press the ☰ button at the top, select the Settings and privacy item in the new screen displayed and tap the Settings item . Then press on the word Activity status that you find in the Privacy section and turn OFF the switch next to the item Show when you are active . Confirm, therefore, what your intention is by tapping the Deactivate button . Really immediate, don’t you think?
If you have to think again, you can activate the display of the last access again (even if only temporarily) by pressing again on the Settings item attached to the Facebook screen visible after tapping the ☰ button, selecting the item Activity status and turning ON the ‘ switch on the next screen.
From iOS / iPadOS
If you want to disable the display of the last access from the Facebook app for iOS / iPadOS , first open the aforementioned application by pressing on its icon on the Home screen or in the App Library. Then, press the ☰ button located at the bottom right, select the Settings and privacy item from the new screen displayed and, from here, tap on the Settings item .
Then select the word Activity status that you find attached to the Privacy section and turn OFF the switch located in correspondence with the item Show when you are active . Finally, confirm by pressing the Deactivate button . It took a moment, do you agree?
If you have to think again, you can retrace your steps (even if only temporarily) by tapping again on the Settings item attached to the Facebook screen visible after pressing the ☰ button, selecting the word Activity status and turning ON the switch located in the next screen.
From the Web
To operate from the Facebook site from your PC , connect to it and log in with your credentials (if you don’t remember them, take a look at my tutorial on how to recover Facebook account).
At this point, click on the cartoon icon with the lightning bolt at the top right and, from here, click on the … button next to the Messenger item . Subsequently, press on the item Disable the activity status (also in this case you can decide whether to disable the status for all your contacts or only for some by pressing on the appropriate items as I have shown you in this chapter ).
In case of doubts or problems
Did you slavishly follow my instructions but something went wrong? Do you have any other doubts or problems regarding the functioning of Messenger and / or Facebook and would you like to receive help in this regard? Then contact the help center of the social network and try to see if in this way you can clear your mind and find the solution to your problem.
To do this, connect to the Help Center home page and type the keyword related to your question (e.g. messenger ) in the search bar at the top, then select the relevant suggestion from the list you see and consult the relevant help page. You can also try taking a look at the articles in the Popular Topics section below and see if there is anything you might find useful.
I would also like to point out that the Facebook Help Center can also be used through the Messenger app itself. To access it, press on your profile photo on the main application screen and select the Assistance item . The operation is good or bad the same as the one just seen together with regard to the desktop variant.
In addition to Messenger, the assistance center can also be reached via the “traditional” Facebook app. To do this, press the ☰ button, select the Service and Support item and the Service Center item . If you think you need more information in this regard and if you want to find out what systems you have on your side to get in direct contact with Facebook assistance, read my article on how to contact Facebook through which I proceeded to talk to you about the thing in a detailed.