How To Turn Off Instagram's New Active Status Feature

Some people are creeped out by a new Instagram feature that shows the last time you used the app.

Instagram has a new feature that tells everybody when you’re “active” (read: using the app to lurk on frenemies).

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The status shows up in Instagram direct messages, underneath the usernames of people you chatted with or recently tagged in Stories.

The status shows up in Instagram direct messages, underneath the usernames of people you chatted with or recently tagged in Stories.

You’ll also see “Seen” and “Typing…” underneath messages now. 😱

Your active status isn’t visible to everyone. Only people you direct message *and* follow will see when you were last using Instagram. If you have a public account, and someone who doesn’t follow you sends you a DM, they won’t be able to see your active status.

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Scroll down to “Show Activity Status” and slide the toggle to turn it off.

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You’ll notice you won’t be able to see other users’ active statuses anymore, either.

You'll notice you won't be able to see other users' active statuses anymore, either.

If people can’t lurk on you, you can’t lurk on them. A small price to pay for a little bit o’ privacy, IMO.

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This new Instagram feature is similar to Facebook Messenger’s equally rude Active feature — which, BTW, you can also turn off.

This new Instagram feature is similar to Facebook Messenger's equally rude Active feature — which, BTW, you can also turn off.

(Reminder: Instagram is owned by Facebook.)

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Open the Messenger app and go to the People tab on the bottom left.

Open the Messenger app and go to the People tab on the bottom left.

Then, at the top, select Active.

Then, at the top, select Active.

Next to your profile pic and name is a toggle. Slide to hide!!

Next to your profile pic and name is a toggle. Slide to hide!!

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~Voila~

~Voila~

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