I am always online on Instagram: what to do?

Is your account always online on Instagram? Does it seem that you are online on Instagram even when you are not? Here’s what you need to know

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Why I am always online on Instagram

In recent weeks I have received several requests from TechKhiladi readers who had an annoying problem with Instagram.

In practice their account was always online on Instagram even when in reality it was not so and the application was actually closed on the smartphone.

It seems incredible, but it’s true: even with the application closed (even by multitasking), some users have written to me that on Instagram they are always online.

Of course, it’s not a big problem, but I understand that it can be very annoying, especially because there are people around who do nothing but control access to other people’s social networks and are immediately ready to accuse and point the finger (you know something you too, right?).

In any case, if you also find this annoying problem on Instagram and you don’t know how to solve it, in this article we will try to clarify what and find possible solutions. I cannot guarantee that we will be able to solve the problem, but I can assure you that we will try and do everything possible to succeed.

To help you in the best way I got informed, I did various tests, I read various blogs and forums and in the end I decided to publish a clear, simple and detailed guide to understand why it is always online on Instagram.

If you are also in this situation and want to try to solve the problem, below we will see how to do it (or at least how to try it).

Why I always appear online on Instagram

So, the first thing to do to not always be online on Instagram is to disable the green dot that marks your online status.

You may not know, but by default Instagram reports when you are online and also reveals the time of your last activity on the app. If you want to disable this feature, follow these steps.

How to be offline on Instagram

  • Open Instagram (on iPhone and Android the guide does not change)
  • Go to your profile (last icon at the bottom right)
  • Click on the icon of the 3 horizontal lines at the top right
  • From the menu that opens on the right, press Settings, which is located at the bottom
  • Go to Privacy> Activity status

If the lever is on the left (and therefore gray) nobody will know if you are online on Instagram or the time of your last seen. Remember that when this feature is turned off, others won’t be able to see your status but you won’t be able to see theirs either. Exactly as it happens on WhatsApp.

If instead the lever is on the right (and therefore blue) you can allow the users you follow and the people with whom you exchange private messages to see the time of your last activity and even when you are online.

What I advise you to do, therefore, is to put the lever on the left and disable the function that shows when you are online on Instagram.

This should allow you to stop appearing online on Instagram. 

I did, but it doesn’t work

If the procedure doesn’t work, try:

  • restart your smartphone for safety
  • log out of Instagram and log in again (ATTENTION: before logging out make sure you remember your password)

If these solutions don’t work either, I have bad news for you.

Some Instagram accounts, in fact, are affected by a system bug that makes them always appear online even when they are not. In practice, some unfortunate users are always online on Instagram (with a green dot) even when they are not using the program and maybe not even the smartphone.

I know it’s annoying, but in the latter case, nothing can be done. You just have to wait and hope that Instagram will fix the bug/problem as soon as possible.

If this is your case, I’m sorry but I have no other advice to give you. Be patient and wait for Instagram to solve the problem on your account too.


With this article we have concluded. I hope I have clarified the topic of why you always stay online on Instagram. 

The thing you need to know, however, is that if someone always appears online on Instagram maybe he is not really online, but his account is affected by this annoying problem.

I hope I have helped you clarify. In case of doubts or questions, leave a comment at the end of the article and we will help you as soon as possible.

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