How do I see which friends are active on Facebook?

This is about using messages on Facebook on a computer. For help with the Messenger app or messenger.com, visit the Messenger Help Center.
To see which friends are active in chat:
  1. From your Facebook account, go to Contacts on the right side.
  2. On the list of names, find people with a or a recent time next to their names. This means they are active or have been recently active on Facebook or Messenger.
If you don't see next to a person's name, it means they have turned off their Active Status feature in their settings. When your Active Status is turned on, you'll also appear active to your friends and contacts or display a recently active time.
Learn how to turn off your Active Status. You can also block messages from specific people so they can't see your Active Status.
Keep in mind that messages you send to people who aren't currently active will still go to their Chats list. Find who you want to talk to in the chat sidebar to see if they're active in chat.
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