How To Hide Your Instagram Activity Status

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Late last week, Instagram secretly add a new feature to its app that shows the last time you opened the app! If you head to your inbox, you can now see the word "Active" and a time below the names of Instagram users you follow and message on a regular basis.

If you're on Instagram at that very moment, the text "Active now" is shown.

  A screenshot from my Instagram Direct inbox. I've blurred out names and photos for privacy.

A screenshot from my Instagram Direct inbox. I've blurred out names and photos for privacy.

Of course, many Instagram users were not amused by this as some people simply don't want others to know the exact moment they are using an app. Yes Instagram shows how recently you've liked or commented on content, but this feature can alert others of when you're simply scrolling through your feed.

If you're one of the people who doesn't want this information to show, it's easy to turn off! Simply head to your Options page via the screw in your profile. Then scroll down to "Show Activity Status." Click to switch the button from blue to white. Now you can peruse Instagram peace!

Note that if you turn your Activity Status off, you can't see the activity of others either, which I think is fair.

Showing your status is very similar to how Facebook Messenger shows when someone is active, so we shouldn't be too surprised since Instagram is owned by Facebook. However, it's clear that Instagram users are quick to rebel against Facebook's actions when the company tries to bring similar features over to Instagram.

What do you think about the Instagram Activity Status? Will you leave it on or will you turn it off? 

And if you didn't notice this feature, then you probably missed these four Instagram features from the past month!

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