Your child has signed up for Facebook and, fearing that he may now spend much of his time chatting with friends on Messenger, you would like to monitor his online activities a bit. At the same time, however, you would not want to “expose yourself” by asking for his friendship on the social network. In short, you would really like to understand how to see if a non-friend is online on Messenger, but at the moment you have not found valid solutions in this regard.
If this is the case, know that you are in the right place at the right time! In the next paragraphs of this tutorial, in fact, I will have the opportunity to explain to you how to be able to keep under control the activities of your child, or in any case another person registered on Facebook, using some practical measures.
Obviously, Facebook itself does not provide for the possibility of monitoring the activities of other users, but by taking advantage of some features in the right way and putting into practice some advice that I will give you, you should still achieve your goal. But I recommend: do not overdo it and try not to violate the privacy of others. It’s okay to “keep an eye on” a child, but don’t cross the threshold of common sense. In this regard, know that I take no responsibility for how you will use my suggestions in this regard. That said, we can get started.
Before going into the heart of the article and find out how to see if a non-friend is online on Messenger, it seems only right to provide you with some preliminary information in this regard.
First of all, I want to tell you that, as already mentioned in the introduction, Facebook does not allow you to monitor the online activities of people who are not on your friends list. This means that, to achieve your goal, you will necessarily have to go “the wrong way”, as they say.
Also take into account that even if you manage to get the friendship of the person you want to “spy” on Facebook, you may still not be able to see when this is online on Messenger: the user in question, in fact, may have activated the setting that allows you to be offline on the platform for everyone else.
Having clarified these fundamental aspects, I would say that now we can finally take action. Read on to learn how to proceed.
Create a secondary Facebook account
The first step you need to take, as previously mentioned, is create a secondary Facebook account: so you can send the friend request to the person you want to monitor. If the user accepts the invitation, you may actually be able to tell when the invitation is online on Messenger.
From smartphones and tablets
If you want to proceed from smartphones and tablets, you must first launch the official Facebook app on your device Android or iOS / iPadOS and possibly exit your “primary” account by tapping the button (≡) and then on the voice Go out.
Now, tap the button Create a new Facebook account or Join Facebook, press the button Forward or Start and fill out the form that appeared on the screen, providing a first name And surname (since this is a secondary account, which you intend to use for testing purposes, you can also enter dummy data). Next, hit the button Forward or Keep it going, provide the date of birth, using the special menu, and presses the button again Forward or Keep it going, to continue.
In the screen that opened, specify your gender (man or woman) and then the cellphone number to register with. If you want to register with an e-mail address, instead, tap on the item Sign up with your email address or Use your email address and type it in the appropriate text field.
Therefore, it specifies the password of the secondary Facebook account you are creating and, finally, tap the button subscribe. Then remember to enter the confirmation code you should have received via SMS or email and press the button Confirmation, to complete the operation.
Once you have created your secondary Facebook account, go to profile of the person of your interest and send him a friend request. To do this, press the symbol of magnifying glass located at the top right and enter the name of the user in question in the search bar placed at the top. Then tap his first name and, in the screen that opens, presses the button add or add to friends.
For more information on how to create two profiles on Facebook and how to send friend requests on Facebook, I refer you to reading the guides that I have just linked to you.
To create a secondary Facebook account from computer, go to the main page of the social network and, if necessary, log out of your main account: to do so, click on the button (▾) at the top right and select the item Go out from the opened menu.
Once on the Facebook registration / login page, fill out the form displayed, providing the first name And surname to be used in the appropriate text fields (as I have already told you before, you can also use fictitious data, since it is an account you intend to use for testing purposes), specify your e-mail address or your mobile number in the text field Mobile number or e-mail address and enter the password with which to protect the account.
Then specify the date of birth to use and the genre you want to specify (man or woman), click on the green button subscribe at the bottom of the page and type the code that was sent to you by email or SMS. Then click on the buttons Keep it going And OK to continue.
Now you can finally send the friend request to the person you want to monitor: to do so, search for their name using the search bar at the top left, click on his first name and, once you have gone to his profile, click on the button add.
If you need further information on how to create two profiles on Facebook and how to send friend requests on Facebook, please consult the insights that I have linked to you.
See who is online on Messenger
Now is the time to find out how to see who is online on Messenger. If the person you want to track has accepted your friend request, doing so won’t be complicated at all, unless the person in question has decided to go offline on Messenger.
From smartphones and tablets
To see if the person who accepted your friend request is online on Messenger from smartphones and tablets, log into Messenger from its app for Android or iOS / iPadOS, tap the button People at the bottom right and select the card Active located at the top left.
Now, scroll through the list of contacts that is shown on the screen and see if among those that are online (marked by the “classic” green dot) there is also the person of your interest. Alternatively, on the main Messenger screen, search for the person in question via the search bar placed at the top, tap the nominative of your interest and, in the screen that opens, you can check if the person is online or not by paying attention to the wording immediately under his name (at the top).
If the entry is present Active now, the person is currently online on Messenger; if, on the other hand, you see the wording Active / a [N] minutes ago, Active / a [N] hours ago, etc., the person is not currently online, but logged into Messenger in the indicated period.
If you can’t see if the person is online or if they’ve recently connected, be aware that they may have decided to go offline on Messenger. In this case, to try to understand when it connects to the Facebook messaging platform, you can try to adopt one of the measures listed in thelast chapter of the guide.
To see if the person who accepted your friend request is online on Messenger by taking action from computer, log into your Facebook account from his main page and check that under the section Contacts, located on the right, show your name.
If his name is actually present and is marked with the green dot, it means that it is online right now. If his name is present but, instead of the green dot, in correspondence with his name, see the wording 40 m, 2 h or something similar, it is evidently not online at the moment but it was a short time ago.
Can’t see the right side menu containing the list of active users? Perhaps you have zoomed or reduced the page and, as a result, Facebook has set up another layout of its interface. To solve, you can simply maximize the browser window (by pressing the icon of window placed at the top right, if you use Windows, or on green light at the top left, if you use a Mac) and resize the web page to 100% by pressing the keys CTRL + O (Windows) or cmd + 0 (macOS) and that’s it.
If, on the other hand, you can’t see if the person is online, I remind you that they may have decided to be offline on Messenger. To try to understand when the user in question connects to the Facebook messaging platform, you can try to adopt one of the measures listed in thelast chapter of the guide, which however do not guarantee 100% the correctness of the result.
As widely anticipated, I close this guide by listing you other useful solutions, which you can take into consideration if the information I gave you in the previous lines did not allow you to see when the user of your interest is online on Messenger.
- Check the date of the latest public interactions – by verifying when the person you are monitoring has published a post, a story, a live broadcast, etc., you can be sure that at that moment they are connected to the social network and, therefore, assume that they may have also logged in to Messenger.
- Install spy software on the person’s PC and smartphone – if you know the person you want to monitor on Messenger and you have the possibility to physically access his device, you can also take this other possibility, perhaps taking advantage of spy-app or parental control app. Keep in mind, however, that monitoring the activities of others through these solutions can constitute a serious violation of the privacy of others and, in some cases, even a crime punishable by law, so I strongly suggest you not to do so. Anyway, you can find more information on the subject in another tutorial of mine.