How to go offline on Facebook

By Techwalla Contributor

One way that Facebook lets users communicate is through Facebook chat. Facebook's chat program lets friends know if you are online, so they can instantly chat with you in real time. For privacy reasons, some Facebook users may wish to turn this feature off temporarily or permanently. Facebook users can quickly set the chat status to offline while they are on Facebook.

Things You'll Need

  • Facebook Account

Step 1

Log in to your Facebook account.

Step 2

Locate the Chat box at the bottom right corner of your Facebook page. This box should appear no matter what page you are currently viewing in Facebook.

Step 3

Click the Chat box header and the box expands to show you all your online friends. Click on the "Options" tab at the top of the box.

Step 4

Click "Go Offline." You can now browse Facebook without anyone on your friend list knowing you are online.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can switch your status back to online whenever you like by clicking the chat box again