How to turn OFF Instagram's controversial 'Last Active' feature

How to turn OFF Instagram's controversial 'Last Active' feature

Those you have direct messaged will no longer be able to tell when you were last active on the app - but there is a catch. We can also see a "Show Activity Status" toggle in the Settings menu which will disable this feature and hide the last seen from the followers. The feature shows a time stamp like "Active now", "Active today", "Active 1h ago", "Active 24m ago" etc.

Allow accounts you follow and anyone you message to see when you were last active on Instagram apps. To enhance the experience and make it easier for users to see who is following them, Instagram added a new indicator that makes things clearer. That is, unless you disable the feature, which we suspect a lot of you will want to do. Though the Instagram Last Active feature is a good addition, many users might want to turn it off. When this is turned off, you won't be able to see the activity status of other accounts. If you haven't received the feature, it is because the rollout is phased, so it will reach you soon. Unlike current Instagram Stories, which is based on the images and video, the new feature facilitates text-only, written Stories on the platform.

It is similar to the popular time-stamping tool on Facebook and WhatsApp, and is switched on by default in the Instagram settings. If they are not, you will see when they were last active.




When checking the profile of someone you don't follow, but who follows you, Instagram now shows a "Follow Back" option instead of the simple "Follow".

The new feature has been enabled on Thursday for iOS and Android devices.

The app was last updated on January 16, but the recent feature showed up on Thursday.

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