How to Check if Someone is Online on Facebook Without Being Friends

While all social media platforms serve different purposes and are the hub of different demographics, one feature is common for most of them: the DM or messaging feature. All platforms, be it Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or WhatsApp, make sure that they’ve provided their users with a means to interact with each other.

see if someone is online on facebook without being friends

And when allowing people to text each other didn’t seem enough, these platforms came up with the online status feature. This is a feature that tells your friends and contacts when you’re active on the platform so that you can have a conversation with them accordingly.

However, since not all users are interested in using these features, they’ve also been provided with a way out. In our blog today, we’ll be focusing on this online status feature of Facebook. We’ll learn how to view the online status of a fellow Facebook friend and how to hide your own online status. But first, we’ll discuss if it’s possible to see the online status of someone outside of your network. Let’s get started!

Is it Possible to Check if Someone is Online on Facebook Without Being Friends

Before we dwell on how to check when someone is online on Facebook, let’s ponder on how this knowledge can help you. As a user, if you’re curious about someone’s online status on Facebook, it’s generally to send them a message or call them on Messenger.

However, if you’re not connected with them on the platform, what would be the whole point of it? Because it’s highly doubtful that you’ll talk to someone you’re not friends with on Facebook.

Now, coming back to the original question: is it possible to check someone’s online status on Facebook without being friends?

No, it isn’t. A user’s online status is considered private information on Facebook, much like on any other social media platform. Therefore, on Facebook, your online status will only be visible to the people who are connected to you. If someone is not on your network, they wouldn’t be able to see your online status.

However, while Facebook won’t tell you if they’re online directly, there are some other tricks that can help you figure it out. Are you curious to know about them? Keep reading to find out!

Final Words:

With this, we’ve come to the end of our blog. Today, we’ve discussed the possibility of learning about someone’s online status on Facebook when you’re not their friend on the platform.

While there’s no direct way of learning it on Facebook, there are some workaround tricks you could use. However, all these tricks are conditional and might or might not work for you. And if you’re planning on spying on them without their consent, you must re-think it.

Later, we’ve also talked about how you can view the online status of Facebook friends and how you can hide your own. Lastly, we’ve included multiple step-by-step guides of how these actions can be performed on Facebook’s app, web version, and the Messenger app. If you’re going through something similar and our blog helped you, we’d love to know about it in the comments section.

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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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