It’s very frustrating when you start getting messages on Facebook from people when you are not interested to talk to them. You might be busy with some important work or are doing something else more interesting. Regardless of the reason, Facebook’s messaging facility can sometimes be more distracting than usual.

Did you know that there’s a way for you to turn off your chat to one (or a group) of your friends in Facebook without having to turn off your entire Facebook chat all together? Amazing right?

I’ll guide you how to single out one of your friends in Facebook so that you can still appear online with all of your friends, except the ones whom you chose to show your profile as offline.

How to Turn Off Chat for Specific Friends on Facebook


Open your Facebook account in a Web browser. It’s easiest to do it from your computer, but you can also load the desktop version of Facebook from a mobile device.

When you open the Facebook homepage, at the right corner of the page you can see the chat bar showing your friends who are online. Find the Search Bar on the lower right corner of your Facebook window. You will find a Gear Icon just next to the search bar and you have to click on it.

Facebook chat settings

Now From the expanded menu, click on the Advanced settings Option.

Advanced chat settings in facebook


After clicking on advanced settings option you will see Advanced Chat Settings opens up.

Find the option Turn Off Chat Only For some Friend.  Click on the radio button corresponding to this option. Here you get to select the people whom you want yourself to appear offline always as. You can add a list as well in this area. At the end of the article, we have explained how a list can be created.

Facebook turn off chat for a friend settings


On the other hand, if you want to be offline to everyone but not to that one friend, you can do that as well. You can appear online to a specific set of people by choosing the radio button corresponding to the option Turn off chat for all friends except as shown in the screenshot given below

Facebook turn off chat for all friends accept

How To Create a List :

Creating a list is very useful when it comes to FacebookFacebook, by default, creates a lot of lists for you, based on the school and college you studied, based on your place, workplace etc. But you can also create your own lists.

You can even create a list of friends who will see you offline forever. Turn On or Turn Off Facebook Chat For Selective Friends so that you socialize without getting bothered by anyone randomly. To create a list, follow the steps given below.


Look at the Friends section located at the left window pane. As you move your cursor you will see a MORE option. Click on it.

More option in facebook


Here you will see a create list button where you can add the profiles of your friends, Now create list button.

Create list button in facebook


Now you can add your friends to the list one by one and use this list to Turn Off or On chats for specific friends. This is the best way to be online without being visible to everyone.

Creating list in facebook

That’s all there is to it on the web version on your desktop. The mobile version is different but you basically open FB Messenger, tap the People tab, tap the friend’s name, and then set it to ignore messages by taping the Block option.

At least, it goes something like that. The company is regularly updating the app so things might have changed.