It’s frustrating when you start getting messages on Facebook from people when you don’t want to talk to them. Maybe you’re busy finishing real work or are dug into something else more interesting. Regardless of the reason, it can sometimes be awkward. But Facebook has an option on the web version on the desktop that allows you to appear Inactive. The helpful feature allows you to appear offline to specific people or everyone altogether.
Appear Offline on Facebook
Log in to your Facebook account and click on the Options icon in the lower-right corner of the chat box on the Friends sidebar and click “Turn off Active Status” from the menu.
Next, you have three choices. You can turn off active status for all contact, all contact except certain ones, or turn off active status for only some contacts. Whichever selection you make, you then need to enter the contacts for the respective option you choose. Then click the Okay button.
That’s all there is to it on the web version on your desktop. The mobile version is different but you basically open FB Messenger, tap the People tab, tap the friend’s name, and then set it to ignore messages by taping the Block option.
At least, it goes something like that. The company is regularly updating the app so things might have changed. Anyway, I uninstalled the mobile version because it is a real battery hog.