How To Turn Off Facebook Chat on iPad

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I have been searching on Google on how to turn off Facebook Chat on iPad or iPhone. Unfortunately most of the results were useless because most of them required me to use a laptop (or desktop) to go to Facebook.com to turn off Facebook Chat. So I did some digging on my iPad on Facebook App and I finally found out how to turn off Facebook chat without using your computer!

It is actually very simple because after I discovered how to turn off Facebook Chat, I gave myself a face-palm moment.

All you need to do is go to your Facebook App for iPad and turn your iPad to horizontal position, then you’ll see the friends online available for chat. Pull the window all the way up and you will see the rotary wheel that is the Setting right next to the Search Box, like the picture below.

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Tap on the Setting button, then you’ll see “Go Offline” option.

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There. That’s it.

Unfortunately it is not permanent solution because the next time you use the Facebook App it will turn on the Facebook Chat again.

If you want to turn off Facebook Chat permanently then you will need to go to Facebook.com using a proper browser.

31 Comments

    • March 11, 2013
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    Tannins! Good, fast & accurate response at the top of google search.

  1. Thanks for teaching us how to do this!!

      • March 31, 2013
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      You are welcome :)

    • May 1, 2013
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    Great! 5*

    • June 3, 2013
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    I don’t know using iPad 4 with iOS 6.1.2
    I disabled chat from desktop edges ago. But when I open FB on iPad it started throwing Chat Pop-ups from friend list and they ask me reply as they can see I m onLine. Pathetic. I don’t like chat but because of FB on iPad people blame me for nor responding on FB.

      • June 5, 2013
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      Hi Nitin, you can disable chat on a more “permanent” basis by first disable chat on Facebook app on iPad as per instruction and then go to Facebook using the computer (you can do that on Safari) and disable chat. Once you do that and when you use Facebook app on iPad people won’t see you being online.

      If you require help please let me know.

  2. Thank you, thank you. This has been driving me nuts! And it was so simple, lol.

      • June 22, 2013
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      Hi Melanie, you’re welcome :)

  3. Brilliant!

      • July 12, 2013
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      Thank you :)

  4. Thank you very much

      • July 12, 2013
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      You are welcome :)

    • July 30, 2013
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    Thanks for saving my life! Lol…..

      • August 2, 2013
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      You are most welcome :)

    • September 15, 2013
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    Thank you great

    • September 29, 2013
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    Wow thank you !

      • September 30, 2013
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      You are welcome Donna :)

    • October 30, 2013
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    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

      • October 31, 2013
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      You are welcome :)

    • November 2, 2013
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    Adrian, you have saved my brand new I pad from being thrown out the bloody window. I tried every thing possible and just could not work it out. I feel a right twit,now all I had to do was turn it the other way. Hours, bloody hours, thank you so much lol

      • November 2, 2013
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      Hi Beverley, you are very welcome. I was looking for that option myself because it annoyed me, and while searching online I couldn’t find the information, so I decided to explore the apps and see what I can do to turn off the FB Chat on iPad, and found it.

      I’m glad you find it useful :)

      PS: Next time if you are frustrated, you don’t have to throw your brand new iPad out of the window. I take donations too. LoL

    • December 24, 2013
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    Clever..thanks

      • December 30, 2013
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      You’re welcome :)

    • December 28, 2013
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    Thanks for doing the work and then sharing your knowledge! Now these crazy relatives can’t see me on-line. =)

      • December 30, 2013
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      You’re welcome :)

      I guess that’s what in most people’s mind when they want to turn off the chat

    • February 1, 2014
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    Thank you!!!

      • February 3, 2014
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      You are welcome :)

    • March 14, 2014
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    I dont want to turn off chat completely, just appear offline to certain people. I went on the comp and turned it off for them but they can still see my on iPad. How do I just turn it off for one person?

      • March 15, 2014
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      Hi Samantha, at the moment there is no such option. Do bear in mind that facebook chat has many limitations and there are many functions that’s lacking. What I did was to add a person to the “block list” on chat and so far it’s been working really well.

    • April 13, 2014
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    Is there an option to remove the chat bar completely? When my ipad is in landscape position, that chat bar takes a lot of space in my fb… Annoying!

      • April 13, 2014
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      Hi June, which chat bar are you referring to?

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