How to Offline in Messenger (and Block Notifications)

How to Turn Off Online Status in Messenger - How to Offline in Messenger (and Block Notifications) 3

To create a free-distraction environment, we need to eliminate everything that always disturbs our attention.

In fact, social media in your phone was designed to steal your time as much as possible. The more time you using it, more data collected that can be converted into money.

The downside is pretty clear; a few hours of your day isn’t productive as it should be. For people like me that have a daily conversation through the Facebook Messenger, sometimes every new message coming is very annoying until I decide to turn off online status in Facebook Messenger.

Facebook is separating its main application with messaging services called Messenger. Albeit comes with the different app, it still synchronized by the same account. Messages from friends will be notified in both apps. I’ve uninstalled the Facebook app, but the Messenger app remains on my phone. Instead of removing the app, I would prefer to hide online status so people can’t reach me for a while.

If you have the same problem and wanted to disable availability status (offline) on Messenger, you can follow these instructions below. These guides addressed for app user (Android and iPhone) and desktop PC user.

#1 Turn Off Online Status in Facebook Messenger App

Short guide:

  1. Open Messenger app on the Android/iOS phone
  2. Tap the profile picture icon
  3. Select Availability
  4. Switch off and select Turn Off

Complete guide:

1. Launch the Facebook Messenger app on your smartphone. Tap the profile picture icon, located after the Search bar.

How to Turn Off Online Status Facebook Messenger

2. Scroll down, then select the Availability.

How to Turn Off Online Status Facebook Messenger

3. Switch the online status into offline.

How to Turn Off Online Status Facebook Messenger

4. Tap Turn Off to confirm.

How to Turn Off Online Status Facebook Messenger

#2 Turn Off Online Status Facebook Messenger Desktop

Short guide:

  1. Open the Messenger web page
  2. Click the gears icon on the upper left corner
  3. Select Settings
  4. Switch online status into offline
  5. Click Done

Complete guide:

1. Log in to Messenger or by click Messenger icon on the Facebook page and See All in Messenger.

Then, click the gears icon on the upper left corner, select Settings.

How to Turn Off Online Status Facebook Messenger

2. Turn off online status by switching the green button into grey like this one. And then click Done.

How to Turn Off Online Status Facebook Messenger

Once the online status is hidden, Facebook and Messenger will not show your profile in the online list. So, people would think that you are not available at this moment and not send any messages to you (hopefully).

Although being offline, your friends on Messenger still able to chat you and notification also appearing as well on your phone. If you consider preventing this problem, you may want to disable any Messenger notification no matter how much people yelling your name by messages.

#3 How to Mute Notification on Messenger App

Short guide:

  1. Open the Messenger app
  2. Tap the rounded profile picture icon
  3. Select Notifications & Sounds
  4. Select whichever item you want to mute

Complete guide:

1. Run the Messenger app on your phone. Tap the rounded profile picture icon located next to the search bar. Then, locate Notifications & Sounds.

How to Turn Off Online Status in Facebook Messenger

2. Now you can turn off any items you want to mute from the notification. You also can disable all options by a single switch at the top menu.

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How to Turn Off Online Status in Facebook Messenger

You can also mute notification for a specific person. Here is the guide.

#4 How to Mute Notification on Messenger App for Specific People

Short guide:

  1. Open Messenger app
  2. Tap and hold people you want to mute
  3. Choose the duration of the muted status
  4. Tap OK to confirm

Complete guide:

1. Tap and hold a friend you want to mute. Select Mute notifications.

Turn Off Facebook Chat for Specific People

2. Then, choose the how long you want to mute this person from notification and tap OK. You can pick from 15 minutes to mute forever until you turn it back on.

Turn Off Facebook Chat for Specific People

Another way to disable entire notifications is by using the Settings menu on the Android phone. Check out the following guide below.

#5 How to Block Notification on Messenger from Android Settings

Short guide:

  1. Go to Android Settings
  2. Select Notifications
  3. Locate Messenger application
  4. Switch to Block All notification

Complete guide:

1. Go to Android Settings menu. Scroll down and find Notifications.

How to Turn Off Online Status in Facebook Messenger

2. Locate the Messenger app. The apps list usually displayed alphabetically to make it easier to find.

How to Turn Off Online Status in Facebook Messenger

3. Now, choose either Block all or Show silently option. The first option will prevent any incoming notification come to your phone, while another one still displaying notification without any sounds or vibrate.

How to Turn Off Online Status in Facebook Messenger

After following those tutorials, your phone will completely silent from Messenger notification despite someone has sent you a message. Anyway, Facebook is giving one feature so people able to make themselves offline for specific people.

In case you only want to appear offline for specific people and remains online for others, check out this guide.

Please note that turning off chat only available on the Facebook desktop version.

#6 Turn Offline Messenger for Specific People

1. Open chat bar, click the gears icon, and select Turn Off Chat.

Turn off Chat for Specific People

2. Select Turn off chat for only some contacts… and choose a friend that you won’t appear online for them. After that, click Okay to confirm.

Turn off Chat for Specific People

Meanwhile, Turn off chat for all contacts except… option is the best choice if the number of people you want to show them offline is larger than the online group.


So, that’s it.

The complete guide to turning off online status in Messenger along with step-by-step to block notifications from it. Although it was enough to ensure your phone is entirely silent, consider uninstalling the app if you have significant things to do that won’t tolerate any distraction.

Alright, I hope this post helps you!

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