How to hide your online status on Facebook ?
Now for Gods sake, why should you want to hide your online status on Facebook chat box ! Reasons could be many. For example, you may not want to be seen as “online” as (Facebook chat form shows a green light, when you are online), to people/friends you are not comfortable with, like your Boss, your Ex. Or some friends who just starts a chat for no specific reasons.
Thankfully, Facebook does give you option, to hide your online status on Facebook chat box.
Here is a simple step by step instruction, on how to hide your online status on Facebook chat. So, a particular friend or group of friends, or even everyone in your Facebook friends list, will not see your online status.
How To Hide Your Online Status On Facebook Chat
Step 1: Log in to your Facebook Account. Once logged in, Facebook chat box on the right, shows a green light next to a friends pic and name. Which means he or she is online. Facebook also shows whether the person is connected with Mobile phone or a PC (as Web).
(To maintain my friends privacy I had to grey out the photos and names in the screen capture)
At the bottom of the Facebook Chat box. Click on the small “gear icon”. This is Facebook chat form Options icon.
From the options, click on “Advanced settings” and you will see the following options.
Under Advanced Chat settings, you will get 3 options.
1:Turn off chat for only some friends. Here you can enter the name of your friend or friends one by one and save it. They will never see you online again.
2: Turn off Chat for Friends except : Here you can enter the name of your friend/friends with whom you want to chat and don’t want to hide your online status. Click save.
3: Turn off Chat for all friends: This is a drastic step, you can take. Choosing this option will hide your online status on Facebook chat for all your Facebook contacts.
Once you select the third option. Your Facebook chat box will be greyed out. And neither you nor any of your friend will be able to see that you are online.
However, at the bottom you get the option “Turn on Chat to see who’s available”. If you click on it, Facebook will show all friends who are on line. And they will also see your online status.
This is a very good option, which you can turn on and off, instantly to Hide your online status on Facebook Chat.
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