How to tell if someone is logged in on Facebook

How to tell if someone is logged in on Facebook
How to tell if someone is logged in on Facebook
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Find out if someone is signed in to Facebook Messenger. You'll see your active friends if the Messenger app is open on their phone or if their chat visibility is turned on while they're on their Facebook page.

Steps

Part 1 of 2: Check a Person's Status on a Phone

Know when Someone Is Online on Facebook Step 1

Step 1. Open Facebook Messenger

If prompted, enter your password and username, then press CONNECT WITH FACEBOOK.

Know when Someone Is Online on Facebook Step 2

Step 2. Tap People

This option is represented by the two person icon and can be found in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen.

On Android, the menu bar is also located at the bottom of the screen

Know when Someone Is Online on Facebook Step 3

Step 3. Tap Assets

The list of all your friends who are logged into Messenger will appear.

  • You also have the option to search for friends by typing a text in the search bar at the top of the screen. This action will search for all your friends who are on Messenger, but you will see a small green dot next to the profile picture of those who are logged in.
  • If a friend of yours doesn't have Messenger, you won't see them listed, even if they're logged in to Facebook right now.

Part 2 of 2: Check a Person's Status on a Computer

Know when Someone Is Online on Facebook Step 4

Step 1. Go to Facebook with a browser

If prompted, enter your email address or phone number and password, then click Log in.

Know when Someone Is Online on Facebook Step 5

Step 2. Click Contacts

This option is on the right side of the page and displays a list of your friends.

Know when Someone Is Online on Facebook Step 6

Step 3. Enter the friend's name in the search bar

This is at the bottom of the section Contacts.

Know when Someone Is Online on Facebook Step 7

Step 4. Look for names that have a green dot

This shows that these people are connected and available to chat.

However, some people may turn off their visibility in settings. If so, you won't be able to see them when they're online

Advice

  • You can check the timestamp of a friend's posts to see when they connected.
  • You won't be able to tell if someone is online or not if you don't have Messenger.
  • If your friends aren't using Messenger or have turned off their visibility in privacy settings, then you won't be able to see them when they're online.

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