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How To See Last Active on Messenger?

How To See Last Active On Messenger

Do you know you can tell when any of your friends were last active on Facebook or Messenger?

It is no rocket science, and it takes a few seconds to figure out the time and date of the last time your contact was online on Messenger.

Quick Answer

Open the chat with the person whose active status you want to view. If you see a green dot on their profile, it means they are currently active and ready to chat. If you see a timestamp under their name stating something like, “Active [x min/hour] ago,” this is the “Last Active” status. It indicates the time they were last login on Facebook or Messenger. If you do not see anything, they have disabled this feature.

This guide is about the last active status, its significance, and how to turn it off. Keep reading for more!

How To Determine When Someone Was Last Active on Facebook Messenger?

The Last Active feature on Messenger helps you determine the last time your contact was online. This feature enables you to monitor the online activeness of your contact.

Generally, when someone is online on Messenger or Facebook, you will view a green dot next to their profiles on Messenger. They will also appear under the “Active Now” people list.

Interestingly, this green dot will disappear as soon as your friend gets offline (after a few minutes). You will see a little timestamp indicating the last time in minutes or hours they were active.

You can see the last active status of someone’s on Messenger underneath their profile names in their chat tab. If, for example, a person was last active 1 hour ago, the last active status will be “Active 1 hour ago.”

It is an excellent feature that can help you to keep tabs on your friends or family members’ activities online. It can also give you an idea of whether it is the right moment to message your contact by seeing their last activity.

Sometimes, it can also lead to paranoia, especially if you are trying to spy on someone like a crush or spouse who, despite being online, is ignoring your message.

If you do not want to talk to someone without offending them, then your best bet should be to turn off the last active feature. When you do that, nobody can view your last active status, nor do you see theirs.

Now, let’s learn how to turn off this feature to stop showing anyone your last active status.

The Takeaway

You can view the last active status of someone if you open their chat on Messenger. Their last active status will show beneath their username. If you do not want to see this or do not want to show yours, then you can turn this feature off.

How To Disable Active Status?

Follow these steps to turn off the active status on the Messenger mobile app:

  1. Launch the Messenger app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap on your profile picture in the top left corner.
  3. Tap on the “Active Status” option.
  4. Disable the “Show when you’re active” option.
  5. Tap “Turn off” to confirm.

In this way, your last active status will be disabled, and you will not be able to view the last activity of someone else too on Messenger.


If someone is actively posting content, commenting, or liking stuff on Facebook, yet you do not see their active status on Messenger, it means they have disabled it or blocked you on Messenger. Send them a message or call them to determine if they have blocked you.

Additional Points

Below are some additional points about the active status on Messenger:

  • You cannot view the last active status of someone inactive for more than 24 hours.
  • If someone blocks you on Messenger, you cannot see their active status.
  • Sometimes due to some technical glitch or bug in the app, this feature can get disabled, or if the app requires an update, it can affect various features.

The Round-Up

Facebook allows you to keep a tab on your friends’ activities by determining the last time they were active on this OG social media platform via the Active status feature. This feature tells whether your contact is currently online or the last time they were online.

This feature is excellent for helping you determine whether someone is ignoring you and is least interested in keeping any relationship with you.

However, it is imperative not to make life’s vital decisions based on the mere status of social media, which is not always a true representation due to glitches, system errors, and whatnot.


Why can’t I see when someone was last active on Messenger?

When you cannot see the last active status of someone on Messenger, it means the person has disabled the “Active status” in the Messenger Settings. Similarly, people with this feature turned off cannot view others’ last active status. If someone has blocked you on Messenger, you will not be able to view their last active status.

What does the green dot on Messenger mean?

If you see a green dot next to someone’s profile on Messenger, it means they are active or currently online. Similarly, if you see a green dot next to the video camera on Messenger on someone’s chat tab, it means the person is available for a video call.

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