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Why Can’t I See “Last Active” on Facebook Messenger?

The “Last Active” status allows you to see when someone was last online on Facebook Messenger.

For example, if someone was last online 22 minutes ago, you’ll see a status that says “Active 22 m ago”.

This status can be found under the person’s name when you open your chat with them.

On the other hand, if the person is active now, you’ll see a green dot on their profile picture.

However, the “Last Active” status does not show for everyone.

In this article, you’ll learn why you can’t see the “Last Active” status on Facebook Messenger.

You’ll also learn how to tell if someone has turned off their status, and how you can see it.

  1. Why can’t I see “Last Active” on Facebook Messenger?
  2. How can you tell if someone has turned off their status on Messenger?
  3. How can I see hidden last seen on Messenger?

Why can’t I see “Last Active” on Facebook Messenger?

You can’t see the “Last Active” status on Facebook Messenger either because the person has turned it off, or you’re blocked.

It could also mean that the person has not been on Facebook for a long time (more than 24 hours).

If the person turned off their “Last Active” status, you won’t be able to see it.

The person will not be able to see your status as well.

Secondly, if the person blocked you on Messenger, their “Last Active” status will no longer be shown to you.

The status will only show if they unblocked you.

Lastly, if someone has not been on Facebook for a long time (e.g. more than 24 hours, 3 days, 1 week), their “Last Active” status will not be shown.

Below are the reasons (in detail) why you can’t see when someone was last active on Facebook Messenger.

1. The person turned off their “Active Status”

Can't see last active on Facebook Messenger

The “Shown when you’re active” setting is disabled.

The first reason is that the person turned off their “Active Status”.

This is the most common reason why you can’t see when someone was last active on Facebook Messenger.

Facebook has a privacy feature that allows you to hide your active status.

The setting can be found on the Messenger app when you tap on your profile picture.

After you’ve tapped on your profile picture, you’ll see an option called “Active Status”.

When the status is turned on, your friends and contacts will be able to know when you were last active on Facebook Messenger.

If the status is turned off, it will not be shown to your friends and contacts.

The only setback to turning the status off is that you won’t be able to see when your friends and contacts are last active as well.

2. You’re blocked

Facebook Messenger block

You’re blocked by the person.

If you’re blocked on Facebook Messenger, you won’t be able to see the person’s “Last Active” status.

In addition, the person won’t receive any messages or calls from you.

To prove this theory, I conducted a test using two Facebook accounts:

  1. Firstly, I logged into two Facebook accounts to ensure that they are both active.
  2. Using the first account, I checked the active status of the second account.
  3. The second account has a green dot on its profile picture.
  4. Next, I switched to the second account and blocked the first account.
  5. Lastly, I switched back to the first account and checked the second account’s status.
  6. The second account’s status is no longer shown.

This test proved that the “Active Status” will no longer be shown if the person blocked you on Facebook Messenger.

However, if the person unblocked you, their status will be shown again.

How can you tell if someone has turned off their status on Messenger?

Check the person’s activity (e.g. posts, comments) on Facebook.

You can tell if someone has turned off their status on Messenger by looking at their Facebook activity.

If the person recently posted something on Facebook but their activity status is not shown, then they’ve most likely turned off their active status.

However, if the person has not been on Facebook for a long time, they might not have turned off their active status.

Instead, their active status is not showing because of their inactivity (offline for more than 24 hours) on Facebook.

How can I see hidden last seen on Messenger?

Make sure that your “Active Status” is turned on.

To see hidden last seen on Messenger, you need to turn on your “Active Status”.

After you’ve turned on your “Active Status”, you will be able to see the last seen of your friends and contacts on Messenger.

However, you won’t be able to see the last seen of people who have turned it off.

In addition, you won’t be able to see the last seen of people who have blocked you.

Unfortunately, if someone has turned off their “Last Active” status, or has blocked you, there is no way to see their last seen.

Conclusion

If you’re unable to see the “Last Active” status on someone’s profile, it might not always mean that they’ve disabled it.

It could be due to their prolonged inactivity on Facebook.

Typically, when someone has not logged into Facebook for more than 24 hours, the “Last Active” status will no longer be shown.

Even if the person did not disable the “Last Active” status, Messenger will stop showing when the person was last online after 24 hours.

However, if the person constantly posts on Facebook and their status is not shown on Messenger, there’s a high chance that they’ve disabled it.

Further Reading

How To Delete Messages On Messenger From Both Sides

3 Steps to Appear Offline on Facebook Messenger

How to Add a Follow Button on Facebook

Lim How Wei is the founder of Followchain. Feel free to follow him on Instagram.

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Lim How Wei is the founder of followchain.org, with over 7+ years of experience in Social Media and 3+ years of experience in investing in stocks and cryptocurrencies. He has researched, tested, and written hundreds of articles ranging from social media platforms to messaging apps.