Instagram is one of the most popular social media apps in world. The social media platform lets you share stories, post photos, share videos and reels, and do a lot more. Users can also consume content on the platform and also chat with others via direct messages. Also Read - Mark Zuckerberg plans to put AI features into Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp
The parent company Meta, which apart from Instagram also owns Facebook and WhatsApp wants to offer a similar and consistent experience to its users across its apps. That said, Instagram also has activity status similar to WhatsApp. Users who chat or follow others can see whether they are online or offline. Also Read - Meta unveils what Instagram's Twitter rival will look like
Although this may be helpful for some, not everyone wants to show that they are online. People do not want to reveal their activity status for various reasons. Whatever the reason, fortunately, Instagram allows you to hide your activity status. In this article, let’s see how you can hide your Instagram online status and browse the platform stilly. Also Read - Mark Zuckerberg told to protect kids on Instagram or face heavy sanctions
How to hide online status on Instagram
As always, make sure that the Instagram app is updated to the latest version on your smartphone. Once you do, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open Instagram on your Android and iOS smartphone.
Step 2: Tap on your profile at the bottom right corner.
Step 3: Tap on the Hamburger icon in the upper right corner.
Step 4: Open Settings.
Step 5: Tap on the Privacy option.
Step 6: Scroll a bit to the bottom and look for the Activity Status tab and tap on it.
Step 7: Now, there are two options – Show Activity Status and Show When you’re Active Together. The latter is for chats, which means if you have already started a conversation (in chat) with people you follow, they will be able to see if you are online in the same chat. The former will entirely disable or enable your activity status. Disable the first option. when you disable the first options, the second options will be disabled automatically.
That’s how you can easily turn off your online status on Instagram.