Facebook is updating and arming itself with latest features every now and then. These last couple days I was engrossed with Facebook articles, and wrote quite a number of them. You can checkout the whole Facebook section out here:- Facebook Archive. Another addition to that archieve is How to turn off chat for Specific Friends on Facebook.
Now you already might know how to turnoff Facebook chat, but how to turn it off for specific friends is a question, right?
If you’ve ever asked yourselves Can I turn chat on for just a few friends, or how to Appear Invisible in Facebook Chat, then let me tell you this is your solution!
What does Turning Off Chat for Specific Friends on Facebook Mean?
Well what it means is, your chat would be turned off, turned off for specific friends. So you will be shown offline only to those specific friends whom you select.
It won’t turn off your chat in general, so apart from the friends you’ve manually selected, your chat status would be shown online.
This doesn’t mean that those friends won’t be able to send you messages. They would still be able to send messages, it’s just that the status would be shown as offline, or in other words you can say that you would be shown as “offline’ to them.
When to Turn off Chat for Specific Friends on Facebook:-
Yeah when should you use this feature?
It comes in handy when:-
- You’re busy, simple as that. When you’re busy and don’t want to talk to someone you can turn off the chat for the person.
- The person is annoying:- It happens pretty often that the person on the other hand overloads us with queries and questions and that’s just too annoying + it kills productivity.
- When he’s a client, and you’ve not finished their work. Well yeah you don’t want to be “online” on Facebook when you’ve other important jobs pending, right? But then there might be some moments when you can’t not be online, so what you can do is you can turn off the chatbox for that specific client.
Turning off Chat for specific Friend on Facebook is neither illegal nor immoral. It’s an official Facebook feature, which Facebook developed because it’s all too aware of the problems it’s users face.
Turning off the chat doesn’t send any kind of notification to the person or an alert. Means they won’t know that you’ve turned their chats off and hence you’re safe. Its a one-sided act, you turn it off, for your own reasons and hence the other person would see you as “offline”, but that would seem natural to him, no alert or suspicion.
How to Turn off Chat for Specific Friends on Facebook:-
Okay so we’re down to the interesting section as of now! Let me show you how do turn off Chat for specific friends on Facebook from a computer.
On the chatbar on the right side, click on the small “gear” icon.
Then click on the “Advanced settings” option.
A popup would come up, select the “turn off chat for only some friends…” option.
Enter the name of the person for whom you want to turn the chat off.
Method #2 to Turn Off Chat for Specific Friends on Facebook:-
If for some reasons you think the above process is a bit too complicated, or not right to you just don’t want to use it, here’s another method to achieve the same results.
Click on the friend’s name directly for whom you want to turn off the chat
Click on the small gear icon again.
And then click on “Turn chat off for xxxx” button.
Done! Your chat status would be shown offline to the person.
How Do I Hide from Specific People on Facebook Chat:-
Another feature you can enable with Facebook chats is, hiding the person from the Facebook chat totally! I personally use it a lot because some people are just beyond my tolerance level.
This would also “mute” the conversations. Meaning you won’t get any notifications from them when they send you a text, in order to check their chats you have to manually click on your messages.
So it’s like totally making them invisible.
In order to do that, again click on the person name in the chatbox.
Go to the gear icon again.
And then click on “Mute conversation”.
That’s it! The conversation would be muted! And you won’t be bothered by it again! Simple as that.
So that was it folks on How to turn off chat for Specific Friends on Facebook. I’d say you can just ignore the messages of people when you wish to, cause at the end of the day it’s your own Facebook account.
But nope, ignoring is sometimes just a bit rude, and might lead to bitter consequences, so it’s better to pretend you aren’t online.
That way, neither does the other person gets upset, (or even when they do, you atleast have a plausible explanation) nor do you have to reply to their annoying messages.
So that should’ve answered your queries on How to turn off chat for Specific Friends on Facebook, right? I also covered how to Mute conversations, didn’t I?
I’d love to hear if this piece helped you out! Also, do hit the share button if you think your friends might be foreign to this simple feature.