Social Media Facebook How to Turn Off Active Status on Facebook Messenger Stop people from messaging you by blocking them from chat by Linda Roeder Writer Former Lifewire writer Linda Roeder is a longtime web enthusiast and consultant with a broad knowledge of how personal web pages, blogs, and social networking. our editorial process LinkedIn Linda Roeder Updated on July 22, 2020 Facebook Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email You can hide your Facebook profile from friends in Facebook Messenger. One way to hide from some or all of your friends is by turning off Active Status. When you turn off Active Status, you can still receive messages, but you will not be notified about them. Anything you receive while Messenger is off will show up in your inbox when you turn on Active Status. There are two different ways you can disable Facebook Messenger. You can do so globally, so that you can't message with anyone, or you can turn it off for specific friends. How to Turn Off Facebook Messenger You can make Messenger accessible to only specific Facebook friends while appearing offline to everyone else, or you can hide yourself from all of your Facebook friends and contacts. Follow these steps for either outcome: Access your Facebook profile, open Messenger, and select the Options button, indicated by three horizontal dots. Select Turn Off Active Status. There are now three options to choose from, depending on who you want to block or hide in Facebook Messenger: Select Turn off active status for all contacts to disable messaging for all of your Facebook friends and contacts.Select Turn off active status for all contacts except... if you want to hide from Facebook Messenger for most of your contacts but you want a select few to still be able to message you.Select Turn off active status for only some contacts... if there are just a few Facebook friends for whom you would like to disable chat. If you selected either the second or third options, start entering the names of the friends you want to hide from Messenger, then select them as they're suggested to you. When you're finished choosing which friends should be blocked, select Okay. To make yourself visible once again, follow the first two steps but select Turn On Active Status from the Messenger Options menu.