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It has become a usual routine for most people to check Instagram every few minutes. Now, the problem may arise if you have turned on Activity Status.
If you have this feature turned on and you’re browsing Instagram, it will show a green dot on your profile in your friends’ chats indicating that you’re online. Moreover, when you’re off of Instagram, it even shows when you were last active.
Being an avid user, you might not want someone to know you’re currently active. Or there could be other reasons for it. Whatever it may be, Instagram allows you to appear offline while being online by turning off your Activity Status.
Here’s how to turn off your activity status and appear offline.
How to Appear Offline On Instagram
This works on both Android & iPhone.
Step 1: Launch the Instagram app on your device.
Step 2: Go to your profile by tapping your profile icon in the bottom right.
Step 3: Tap the three horizontal lines in the top-right.
Step 4: Select Settings.
Step 5: Tap Privacy.
Step 6: Select Activity Status.
Step 7: Press the toggle icon next to Show Activity Status.
Now, you can use Instagram without worrying about your activity status. Instagram won’t let them know you’re online.
Note: When this feature is turned off, you won’t be able to see other accounts’ activity status.
If you prefer using the Instagram Web on a PC or a mobile browser, here’s how to turn off the activity status.
If you’ve turned off the feature on the app, you don’t need to repeat it on the web.
Step 1: Go to instagram.com and log in to your account.
Step 2: Click your profile icon in the top-right, then select Settings.
Step 3: On the left panel, click Privacy and Security.
Step 4: Uncheck Show Activity Status.
How to Appear Offline On Instagram For One Person
If you want to hide your online status from a specific person, restricting them will get your job done. They won’t be notified when you restrict them.
However, you should know the consequences of restricting someone. Here’s what happens when you restrict someone on Instagram
How to restrict someone on Instagram:
Step 1: Go to the user’s profile you want to restrict.
Step 2: Tap the three dots in the top-right.
Step 3: Tap Restrict.