How to Turn Off Last Active Status on Instagram on Android and iOS


What could be worse than another popular social medium introducing the dreaded last seen feature? We are talking about Instagram. Yes, my dear friends! Now, even Instagram has the last seen feature. But, don’t worry. 

In this post, we will tell you how to turn this feature off on Android and iOS.


Thankfully, the last seen feature is not shown next to the Instagram posts. It is available in your Direct Inbox. For those not in the know, open Direct messages on your Instagram app and you will see Active __ ago label under each name.


If you notice carefully, some users don't have the Last active label. Well, that’s because the Active status is only shown for the messages where sender and receiver both follow each other. 

However, if you have a message from someone in your Direct inbox whom you have unfollowed, you will still be able to see their Active status.

Without further ado, let’s get to know how to turn this feature off.

How to Turn Off Active Status on Instagram on Android

To turn off Instagram Active status on Android, follow these steps:

Step 1.

Open Instagram on your Android device and tap the profile icon at the bottom-right corner on the home screen.


Step 2.

Tap the three-dot menu at the top-right corner. On the options screen, scroll down and look for the Show Activity Status option. Turn it off.


Step 3.

Open Settings on your device and navigate to Apps/Application Manager. Tap Instagram. 


Step 4.

On the App Info screen of Instagram, tap Force Stop. Now, open the Instagram app to reflect the change.


Congratulations! You have successfully turned your Instagram's Active Status off. 

How to Turn Off Active Status on Instagram on iPhone

Step 1.

Open Instagram on your iPhone and tap the profile icon at the bottom-right corner on the home screen.


Step 2.

On the Profile screen, tap the Settings icon. Scroll down and look for the Show activity status option. Turn it off.


That’s it. You have successfully managed to turn off this hideous feature.

Keep in Mind

Like all other social media apps where the Last seen feature is present, if you turn this feature off, even you won’t be able to see others' activity. So, while barring others from viewing your activity status, you also lose the right to view their activity status.

Oh, God! What’s Next?

Instagram is testing another feature that will make you go crazy. The new feature, like most of the Instagram features, is borrowed from Snapchat. We are talking about screenshot notification.

The popular Twitter handle, WABetaInfo suggests that Instagram will soon introduce screenshot alerts for Stories.


The user will be notified when someone takes a screenshot of their Stories. The screenshot feature has been live on Instagram Direct for some time now but will soon come to Stories as well. Be ready!

Sharing Is Caring

Now that you know how to turn the Activity Status feature off on your Android or iOS device, as a good friend, it’s your utmost duty to let others know as well. 

Share this post with others and help them in this time of need. 

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Mehvish is a technology enthusiast from Kashmir. A computer engineer by profession, she's always been keen to help when someone finds technology challenging. She keeps to herself and is an introvert. This doesn't stop her from being curious about the world around, especially when it comes to technology.