How to Turn Off Chat On Facebook

Not in the mood to gab? Shut down friends and get some peace

An iPhone with Facebook open next to a MacBook Pro.

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If you would rather not communicate in real time while logged into Facebook, you can simply turn off chat. Facebook will change your status from active to inactive. 

Since you will still appear active if you are using Facebook or Messenger on other devices, you’ll need to turn off Facebook chat on them, as well. Learn how to turn off chat on Facebook for all your contacts or only those you select on a computer, on the Android app, on the iOS app, or in a mobile browser.

Turn Off Facebook Chat on a Computer

If you are logged in to Facebook on your computer, you can turn off chat using the Facebook Chat menu.

  1. Log into Facebook on your computer.

  2. Click the gear icon in the lower right corner of the screen on any page in Facebook. This opens the Facebook Chat menu.

    Facebook Chat menu
  3. Click Turn Off Active Status. The Active Status window opens.

    Turn off active status on Facebook Chat
  4. Click Turn Off Active Status for All Contacts if you want to turn off the Facebook chat option for all your contacts. 

  5. Click Turn Off Active Status for All Contacts Except... if you want to allow certain contacts to chat with you. Type in the names of the people you want to be able to chat with you.

  6. Click Turn Off Active Status for Only Some Contacts... if you only want to prevent certain people from chatting with you. Type in the names of the people with whom you do not wish to chat. 

  7. Click Okay.

You will appear offline to other Facebook users in the chat window. They can still send you messages, but the message will not automatically open or display a popup notification. However, you can still see red numbered notifications at the top of the page. 

To turn chat back on again, click the Turn On Active Status link at the bottom of the Facebook Chat sidebar or click the gear icon in the lower right corner of the screen on any page in Facebook and choose Turn On Active Status

Turn Off Facebook Chat on the Android or iOS App

  1. Open the Facebook app on your mobile device. 

  2. Tap the menu button in the upper-right corner of the screen.

  3. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy.

  4. Tap Settings.

    Turn off Facebook Chat on a mobile app
  5. Tap Active Status under Privacy.

  6. Tap the toggle next to Show When You’re Active to turn it off.

    Show when you're active Facebook Chat
  7. Tap Turn Off on the Turn Off Active Status notification window and exit. 

You can repeat the steps to turn Facebook Chat on again. 

Turn Off Facebook Chat in a Mobile Browser

If you are logged into Facebook using a browser on your mobile device, you can turn off the chat feature there, as well. 

  1. Make sure you are logged into Facebook on your device’s mobile browser, such as Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

  2. Tab the hamburger button in the upper-right corner of the screen. 

  3. Tap Settings.

    Facebook mobile settings
  4. Tap Active Status under Privacy.

    Active status Facebook mobile
  5. Tap the Turn Off Active Status link. 

    Turn off active status Facebook Chat on mobile

You can turn chat back on by repeating the steps and tapping the Turn On Active Status link.