Instagram adds status indicators to show when your friends are online

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Instagram is adding a new status indicator to show when your contacts were last active. A helpful green dot next to your friend’s profile pictures that lets you know that they’re online to message.

The new status indicator dot will show up in a few places in the app, including your Instagram Direct inbox and the share menu. Status indicators will only show up for friends who already follow you or for people who you’ve talked to before in Instagram Direct messages.

This new feature is good for those users who extensively use Instagram’s DMs for chatting with their mates. But if you don’t want others to know when you are active you can turn it off.

All you need to do is simply head to the profile tab, open the Settings menu, scroll down to Privacy and Security, tap on Activity Status, and toggle it off. This will not only hide your status, but it’ll also disable indicators for people in your DMs, so you won’t be able to see when they’re online Vice Versa.

This new feature is now available all over but if you don’t see it don’t worry the update will arrive withing a few weeks.

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