How to Get on Facebook Without People Knowing I'm Online

By Kirk Bennet

Hiding on Facebook is a lot easier than you may think.
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When you log in to your personal Facebook account, people can initiate chats with you or send you messages. There are basically two things that enable other people to detect when you're online: your activity and the Chat feature. Even if you don't post anything and don't comment on anything, the Chat feature displays you as online to your friends. So to get on Facebook without people knowing you're online, you need to make sure the Chat feature is turned off.

Step 1

Navigate to Facebook and log in to your account.

Step 2

Click the "Chat" tab to expand the Chat window, click the "Gear" icon and choose "Advanced Settings" from the menu.

Step 3

Click the "Turn off chat" radio button and click the "Save" button to turn off the Chat feature.