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How to disable the 'Active Now' green dot on Facebook

Mashable logo Mashable 8/22/2021 Anna Iovine
Want to hide from your friends list? Here is how you disable the green Active Now dot on Facebook. © Provided by Mashable Want to hide from your friends list? Here is how you disable the green Active Now dot on Facebook.

Over the years, my Facebook feed has turned into a hodgepodge of MLM peddlers, COVID misinformation, rage over said COVID misinformation, and Minions memes. Yet, embarrassingly, I still check up on it every now and again — and I know I'm not alone in that.

In keeping with this surreptitious Facebook use, I don't want anyone to spy that green bubble next to my icon and actually know that I'm checking it. Here's how to disable the 'Active Now' green dot on Facebook.

On desktop, press the Messenger icon on the top right of the homepage.

icon: Click on the Messenger icon. © Provided by Mashable Click on the Messenger icon.

Next, select the ellipsis (...) at the top of the dropdown.

shape: Tap the ellipses. © Provided by Mashable Tap the ellipses.

Chat Settings will open up. Go to Turn Off Active Status.

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You can choose whether to turn off the green bubble for everyone, or blacklist/whitelist certain names. Click "Okay" when you're done.

graphical user interface, text, application: Choose your options. © Provided by Mashable Choose your options.

On mobile, this is a little different. When you tap Messenger on the Facebook app, it'll open up the dedicated Messenger app. From there, click your profile picture at the top left. Select Active Status, and then toggle whether you want to show that you're active:

That's it! Enjoy your private Facebook scrolling.

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