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Why Does Instagram Say 'Active Now' When I'm Not?
May 13th, 2024 by Terri Pinyerd

Wondering why your or somebody else's activity status is perpetually appearing as 'Active Now' beneath your profile picture, even if you're not? Here's why - and how to prevent it from happening.


Background Activity


If the Instagram app is still running in the background of your device - or if your device settings allow Instagram to refresh in the background - your activity status might show you as online.


If you notice other users are constantly online but not responding to Instagram direct messages and Story replies, this could be why.


You're Logged In On Multiple Devices


If you've closed the Instagram app on one device but it's still showing you as active on Instagram, it might be because you're logged in on another device - either a computer or tablet.


View Your Logged In Devices


You can see a list of the devices you're logged into by following the steps below:


Tap the three lines on the top right corner.


Tap Accounts Center > Password & Security


instagram accounts centre

instagram password and security


Tap Where you're logged in.


instagram where youre logged in


On the next screen you will see a list of all the devices you're currently active on. Tap the device of your choice and select Log Out.


You're Logged In On A Linked Account




If you use WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger and have an online status on one of those apps, you might appear as active with a green dot on Instagram.


Try turning off your online status on both Messenger or WhatsApp to see if it resolves the issue on Instagram.


Slow Internet Or Device


If you have network issues or a sluggish device, there may be delays in updating how you show activity status on Instagram.


How To Turn Off Activity Status


If you want to turn off activity status on Instagram altogether, you can do so by following the steps outlined here.

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