How to Appear Offline on Instagram?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Appear Offline on Instagram?

Did you know you can appear offline on Instagram by changing your status? If you don’t know how to do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Instagram on your phone
  2. Tap on your profile picture
  3. Select the Hamburger icon in the top right corner
  4. Go to “Settings
  5. Select “Privacy
  6. Go to “Activity Status
  7. Disable the “Show Activity Status” option

If you’re unsure about following these steps, keep reading! I’ve made a step-by-step guide to help you out.

1. Tap on your profile picture

Tap on your profile picture

After you open Instagram, tap on your profile picture. It’s the icon in the bottom-right corner of the Instagram home page.

2. Select the Hamburger icon

Select the Hamburger icon
Select the Hamburger icon

Once you open your Instagram profile, look in the top-right corner for the “Hamburger” icon. It looks like three horizontal lines stacked on one another.

Select it and continue with the guide!

3. Select “Settings

Select "Settings"
Select “Settings

Once you tap on the Hamburger icon, a menu will open at the bottom of the screen. Tap the “Settings” option on the list and continue with the guide!

4. Select “Privacy

Select "Privacy"
Select “Privacy

After you select the “Settings” option, you’ll be taken to another page with several options. Tap on “Privacy” and continue with the guide!

5. Tap on “Activity Status

Tap on "Activity Status"
Tap on “Activity Status

In the “Privacy” tab, you’ll need to look for the “Activity Status” option. You’re almost there. Just one more step until you can appear offline on Instagram.

6. Disable the “Show Activity Status” option

Disable the "Show Activity Status" option
Disable the “Show Activity Status” option

Do you see the “Show Activity Status” option? If you want to appear offline on Instagram, this option should be disabled.

When it’s disabled, the marker will be greyed out. If the option is enabled, the marker will be blue.

Conclusion

In short, here’s how you can appear offline on Instagram:

  • Open Instagram on your phone
  • Tap on your profile picture
  • Select the Hamburger icon in the top right corner
  • Go to “Settings
  • Select “Privacy
  • Go to “Activity Status
  • Disable the “Show Activity Status” option

After you disable the “Show activity status” option, you’ll appear offline to all your friends on Instagram until you enable the option again.

If you have any questions, comment below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible!

Can I send messages while offline on Instagram?

Disabling the “Show activity status” option on Instagram doesn’t stop you from sending messages.

When offline, you can do everything you can do while being online. There’s no difference aside from the missing activity status.

Interestingly, the person you’re talking to on Instagram won’t know that you’re online, even if you’re sending them messages.

In other words, the “online status” doesn’t appear when you send messages on Instagram.

It doesn’t appear unless you enable the “Show activity status” option again.

Can I see other people’s statuses on Instagram when I am offline?

No, you can’t. If you turn off your status on Instagram, other people won’t know when you’re online, but the same goes for you.

You won’t be able to see other people’s Active statuses either. Instagram decided to do this to put all users on equal grounds.

The only way to start seeing other people’s active statuses is to reenable your “Show activity status” option.

Until then, no matter what you do, you won’t be able to see it. You can try:

– Texting someone
– Sending them a photo or video
– Posting something on Instagram
– Uploading a story
– Sharing a story

None of these things will make you see other people’s active statuses.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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