Instagram has added a new feature that is similar to ‘Last Seen’ on WhatsApp or Facebook messenger which shows last active time next to the name of the friend. It not only shows the time when you last used the app but also the online status. The activity status can be seen in Instagram Direct section. This addition to the app makes it easier than ever to see when someone was last online on Instagram. The option is turned on by default for all accounts but you can easily disable it if you don’t want others to know about your online status on Instagram.
Earlier you could get an idea of someone’s last activity by looking at their liked posts and comments. But this information was far from accurate when it came to learning about anyone’s last seen.
With the latest update, you can see last seen and online status for accounts with whom you have chatted with on Direct previously. Here’s how.
See When Someone Was Last Online On Instagram
Update the Instagram app from the respective app stores and follow the simple steps below.
- Open the app and go to Instagram Direct. You can do so either by swiping left on the news feed screen or tap on the paper plane icon at the top right.
- Here, you will be able to the last seen of the users whom you have had a conversation with below their username. It will be mentioned in the following manner – “Active x hours ago“, “Active x minutes ago” or “Active now“.
As you can see apart from last seen you can also tell if someone is online at a particular point in time.
You won’t be able to see this information for the user(s) who have disabled the activity status in settings.
In case you turn it off for your account then you too won’t be able to see anyone’s last activity on Instagram. Similar to how last seen works on WhatsApp.
This update is quite debatable as it is a kind of breach of privacy. Having said that, they have given you full control to enable or disable it. So, how are you going to deal with this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.