How to Turn Status On or Off in the Messenger app on Windows 11

Change status in the messenger app on Windows 11

The article describes how to manipulate status settings on the Facebook Messenger Desktop app in Windows 11. Users can determine their availability by turning their status on or off. This regulates when they appear active or inactive to other users. The guide provides step-by-step instructions to make the status adjustments.

This article explains how to turn your status on or off in the Messenger Desktop app on Windows 11.

The Messenger Desktop app is a standalone messaging app developed by Facebook that allows users to send and receive messages, make audio and video calls, and share files and media with other users without going through a web browser.

When you use the Messenger app on Windows, it will automatically start and open when you start your computer. You can turn it off so it doesn’t do that every time you start your computer.

The app also has a setting to turn on or off your status. When your status is off, Facebook will see that you are inactive or available to chat.

The option to turn on or off your status in the Messenger app allows you to control your availability to other users. If your status is turned on, other people will see you are active and available to chat.

If you turn off your status, other users will see that you are unavailable now. This can be useful if you want to take a break from chatting or do not want to be disturbed. Additionally, turning off your status can be helpful if you want to use the Messenger app without being interrupted by notifications.

Turn Messenger status on or off

As mentioned above, you can turn your status in the Messenger app to On or Off anytime.

When your status is off, you signal to users that you are unavailable and unable to chat. If your status is on, users can reach you to chat or send you a message.

Here’s how to do that.

First, launch the app by clicking the Start menu and selecting it on the All Apps list.

Open Facebook Messenger Desktop app on Start menu

You can also launch the app from the Taskbar or Taskbar overflow.

Open Facebook Messenger desktop app on taskbar overflow

When the app opens, click your profile image and select Preferences at the bottom left of your screen.

Facebook Messenger app Preferences button

Next, select the Active status tab on the left. Under “Show active status,” toggle the switch button below it to the On position to change your status to active.

To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position to show your status as inactive.

Change status in the messenger app on Windows 11

That should do it!


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