We’ve all been in that position where you sent someone a message and it’s taking them ages to reply. Then you open Facebook and it says they’ve been online since, so they’ve been basically ignoring your message

. Most times, it’s heart-breaking. But then, how accurate is the last seen and the last active features on Facebook? Are your friends really blanking you?

What Is Facebook Active Now?

When we say Facebook active now, we mean the active person is logged on to Facebook and/or Messenger. And if people are in the Active Now list on Facebook, it only means they are actively using Facebook at the moment.

It also means that they are viewing their feed, chatting, playing games, or doing some other activity. And if you want to chat with that person, Active now means that the person is online and you can chat with them.

How Active Now Status Works

Active Now Status

Active now Status shows your friends and contacts when you’re active or recently active on Facebook. Also, you’ll see when your friends and contacts are active or recently active.

When your “active now” status is on:

  • Your friends, followers, and contacts will see a green circle () or recently active time next to your profile picture on Facebook and Messenger.
  • You’ll see if your friends and contacts are active or recently active.

When your active status is off:

  • If your Active Now Status is turned off in one place may be on the Facebook app, you’ll still appear active or recently active if you’re using Messenger or Facebook lite app or even on your browser unless you also turn off the setting in those places.
  • You will not be able to see when your friends and contacts are active or recently active in each place or app that you’ve turned off your Active Status.

It is also important to note that there may be a delay between when someone becomes active or recently active and when they’re shown as active or recently active.


It’s a common theory Facebook last seen notifications are not usually accurate.

That is because it is thought if you leave the app or site open, it will still show you as being “active now” even though you are not physically or really browsing within it.

Others also think that the status isn’t accurate at all.

They fell Facebook says users are online when devices have been switched off or put away to charge. The active now feature also only works in whole hours, so if you were active two and a half hours ago it would round the figure to say “active two hours ago”.

A quick test of it for ourselves has proved that Facebook is extremely slow at updating its last-seen feature. We actually tested coming off the app and closing it completely and it took around six to seven minutes for “active now” to change to “active 3 mins ago” – which obviously wasn’t completely accurate.

IS “Active Now” And The “Green Dot” The Same?

The Green dot on Facebook Messenger next to any user means that the user is currently active on Messenger, In other words, that person is online right now. The green dot means that the person is online and active on Facebook at that very moment. But, it does not necessarily mean that the person is chatting. He/she may be chatting or not.

Now, if the green dot is turned off, but the status shows active now, then it means they have left the Facebook chat, and have left Facebook open. … And if the status shows that the person was active two minutes ago, then this means they are not live to text and are probably video chatting with someone or just going through their news feed.

We should also note that “Active Now” with a green dot on Facebook means that the person is online and visible to their Messenger contacts. Ok… if you refresh the Messenger, and you still see ‘Active Now‘ without a green dot that means they might have their chat turned off or you have turned off your chat. 


Allow me to explain why this happens. Well, it’s very simple. Your account on Facebook has session files that are created on the Facebook server at any given time, so when you log off completely these files will be known as ended sessions, and Facebook will keep your last active time or date on their database using a timestamp.

Then, when you log back on, a new session file is created, and from that point, until you log off again, it will carry on using a session file that will continually update itself and reports certain things to the Facebook services.

Facebook games? These also play havoc with the active message because most people play games through Facebook, which talks to the session file of your account, meaning it will show as active. Playing games using Facebook is something we are all guilty of. Again, this will implement the methods above, and therefore give a false response even if you are not touching Facebook.


Now, we are done! Facebook “Active Now” is not accurate at all times, but if you really want to know why he/she is not responding to you….. how about you just ask the person.