You might want to disable Instagram's Activity Status feature

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Instagram is following in the footsteps of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, by introducing the "last seen" status. If you're running an updated Instagram app, it should be active by default. Further clarification also revealed that only the people that the users have followed or previously messaged will be able to see when was the last time they were active on Instagram.

Switching off activity status means you can't see anyone else's status either.

The feature should be live for anyone using app version 25 or later - so you probably have it if you've updated Instagram in 2018. The feature is reminiscent of Facebook's Messenger and Snapchat.

The new "Activity Status" has been appearing on both Android and iOS smartphones since the end of a year ago and is expected to be working on all smartphones soon. You can access Direct by swiping right on the homepage and the list of friends who have been chatting with you in past will show on the next page. This will give you the information about your friends' activities on Instagram so you cannot hide yourself by now. The feature reportedly shows the last time a user was browsing Instagram or had a private conversation open. Interestingly, the feature works even if the person is not following your account. The feature will send notifications to users if someone takes a screenshot of their stories.

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Until now, Instagram's Stories shows images and videos.

However, good news is you can turn it off. The only downside is that you won't be able to see when others were last online if the toggle is turned off.

So folks, this is what Instagram is adding for millions of its users. Instagram keeps testing new features in its app. Did you like it?