How to Log onto Facebook & Not Let Your Friends Know You're On

By Sophie Southern

Facebook Chat is extremely convenient for talking to most of your friends without having to open multiple chat applications. The inconvenient part of Facebook Chat is that if you leave it open, your friends know the minute you log onto Facebook. If you want to be able to log on in peace and not necessarily let your friends know, you need to change your chat status.

Step 1

Navigate to and log into your account.

Step 2

Click the Chat window in the bottom-right corner. When logged in, you should see a checkmark next to "Available to Chat."

Step 3

Click "Available to Chat" to mark yourself as unavailable. You now appear offline. If you want to close the Facebook Chat window, click "Hide Sidebar."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can hide your availability on Facebook Chat from specific people by creating friend lists. Click "Account" in the upper-right corner of your homepage and then click "Edit Friends." Click "Create New List" and then click friends' avatars to add them to the list. In Facebook Chat, click "Limit Availability" and then select your friend list. You appear offline to the people on the list.

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