How to Hide Last Seen on Instagram [Turn Off Activity Status]

As the world goes digital, social media apps tend to be our go-to activity to pass time. We often use social media to show our life, get the latest news and interact with people who have the same interests. Little did we know, apps can also give away information about you that might not be noticeable. These are usually done through subtle app updates that, let’s be real, no one really delves much into that unless you’re a social media savvy person.

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One of the most annoying updates that social media apps create is the ones that no one asks for. Instagram’s “Last Activity Status”, is a perfect example of this irritating cycle of unwanted social media updates.

This is comparable to the activity status on Facebook’s Messenger App and several other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Viber.

This type of feature does not only let other people know when you’ve last used your account but also puts pressure on the user to respond immediately especially if people whom you aren’t so close to message you.

Don’t worry, you won’t seem rude or aloof, in fact doing this will take the pressure off your shoulders and will give you mental clarity in the long run.

This feature can be seen on your Instagram’s direct message feature which indicates the last time you were seen active. It could indicate the period of time in year, weeks, days, hours, or even minutes.

Last seen only be seen when a user sends another user a direct message. While this might seem useful to some, other users might find it too much of an invasion of personal privacy. Putting yourself out online and uploading photos of your personal life doesn’t have to mean telling everyone when you were last active.

Exposing this kind of information to other people could cause users to feel disturbed as if someone is watching them, and in a digital world, nobody wants that kind of snooping.

But don’t worry, it’s actually very easy to hide your Last Activity Status on Instagram.

If you’re new to Instagram, this guide will tell you how to hide last seen on Instagram.

How to Hide Last Seen on Instagram

  • Open Instagram and login to your account.
  • Head over to your profile page by click on the small profile icon.
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  • Tap the three-lined icon on the top-right corner of your screen.
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  • It will open a pop-up menu, choose the Settings.
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  • You will be redirected to the Settings page, here select the Privacy option.
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  • Next, scroll down and tap on the Activity Status.
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  • By default, “Show Activity Status” option is enabled.
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  • Tap on the toggle button to disable the Last Activity Status.
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  • That’s it, your Instagram last seen status is now disabled.

It is important to note that after you disable this feature, you will not be able to see other users’ Last Activity Status as well. While this isn’t the goal when disabling the setting, it only seems fair to other users that you don’t see their last activity status too.

Perhaps an article like this seems too much for you but trust us when we say that your privacy and your choice to protect it is one of the most important things to do when you decide to upload and share your life online.

Final Words:

It may seem insignificant to other people but even the smallest of changes to your account could protect you from possible harm online. It is better that you know how to protect your privacy in circumstances similar to this when other people are involved as well.

We hope that this article has helped you with your Instagram dilemma and we hope that this article inspires you to be more alert and knowledgeable when it comes to internet privacy even if it is as simple as hiding your Last Activity Status.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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