During these days of social network and instant messaging apps, it is very hard to hide your online status from friends. Social networking sites like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and IM apps always keeps us connected with the world. While technology is mostly considered as a boon, some might consider this part of technology as “annoying.”

Sometimes you might want to hide your online status on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). For example, you may not want to be seen as ‘online’ on the chat in your office, or don’t want to show your online status to people with whom you’re not much comfortable, such as your ex friend, father in law, etc. Thankfully, in such cases, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) allows you to hide the fact that you’re online, and with this method, you can safely stay offline to people you want.

How to hide your online status on Facebook

To hide your online status on Facebook from some particular friends, open Facebook in a web browser and click on the chat bar from the bottom right corner. This will open a list of all your contacts who’re online.

Now, click on the gear icon from this bar, and click on Advanced Settings from there. Now you’ll be able to see three options:

  1. Turn on chat for all friends except
  2. Turn on chat for only some friends
  3. Turn off chat

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Of all these three, my personal favorite option is “Turn off chat” but this also means that I won’t be able to see online status of any of my friends. If you simply want to hide your online status from everybody, then this option is best for you.

If you want to turn on chat for all of your friends, except a few unwanted ones, then the first option is for you, and if you want to turn on chat for only a few selected friends, then use the second option. Of course after selecting the option, you’ll need to type the name of friends and click on the Save button.

So that’s how you can stay online for your near and dear friends, and stay away from unwanted and annoying friends on Facebook.