Unfortunately, there’s no way to know when someone is active on Messenger and not just browsing on Facebook. However, one way to help you indicate this is to send them a message and check to see if they reply or see it immediately.
The green dot will display next to a person’s profile photo when logged into their account. Essentially, this indicates that the individual is now active. Although it is clear that this shows that the individual is currently logged into Facebook, this does not necessarily imply that the individual is having conversations.
You may, as a result, text them on Messenger after seeing the green dot on Messenger, but you may not receive a response from the person you were messaging. The other person is not intentionally ignoring you. Alternatively, it is possible that the individual is browsing around the Facebook app but is not using Facebook Messenger.
1. Checking Their Active Status
Facebook Messenger is an easy and convenient way to talk to friends and family. You can use the Messenger feature can be used on your mobile device and on your computer.
There is no need to download anything onto your computer to use Messenger, but you will need the Messenger App on your mobile device. You can Download it through the App Store or through the Google Play Store.
The nice thing about using Messenger, compared to just texting someone, is that you can actually see if they are online before you start a conversation. This can help solve the issue of starting a conversation with someone by sending a message, and them not seeing it for days before they finally reply. But how can you tell who is online and who isn’t? Here is a breakdown for you.
- Go ahead and open your Messenger App on your device. If you are not already logged in to your profile, you will need to enter your Username and Password and tap Log in
2. Next, find your Menu Bar and Tap the People icon. On your iPhone the Menu Bar will be at the bottom of your screen and on your Android, it will be at the top of your screen
3. After you open this section, you can tap the Active tab on your iPhone to see which of your Friends is Active on Facebook or Messenger. For Android, tap the People button at the bottom of the screen that looks like two heads.
A list of your friends will appear that are Currently Online and able to see your messages immediately. If your friend or relative that you are trying to contact doesn’t use the Messenger app, they will not show up in your list, even if they use Facebook
- Active Friends will have a Blue Messenger Icon next to their profile picture on iPhone.
- On Android, Active Friends will have a Green Dot next to their profile picture
You can still send messages to people who aren’t online at the time.
You can also search for a specific person by typing their name in the search bar at the top of the screen.
1. Open your favorite web browser and go to Facebook.com. If you are not already logged in to your profile, you will need to enter your Username and Password and click Log in
2. You need to click on the Chat button that is in the bottom right corner of the page
- The number in parenthesis next to Chat is the number of Active Friends
- This will open a pop-up window with a list of those people
3. Next, type in the name of the friend you want to message into the Search field
- A list of results will show up; if the person has a Green Dot next to their name, they are online and able to see your message immediately
- Just so you are aware, your friends can change their Chat Settings to show that they are Offline even if they aren’t.
2. Ask Them
Another way to tell if someone is active on Messenger or the Facebook app is to ask them. You can simply just send them a message asking, are using the messenger app to talk or are you just using Facebook. If they’re just using Facebook, then you’ll know that they’re not on the Messenger app despite the green dot showing up in Messenger as well.
Of course, you’ll never be able to know if they’re telling the truth for sure but no one is going to go out of their way to lie about if they’re using Messenger or Facebook. Most people would be transparent about it.
How to Tell If Someone is Using on Facebook
To check if they’re using Facebook and not Messenger, you can check for their activity on Facebook. To check if someone is actively using Facebook, if you have mutual friends, look through what your mutual friends have posted and see if they like and click on it. You can also go to their profile and check if they’ve updated their status or recently been tagged in a post. If you see that they’ve done something recently, you will know they’re using Facebook Messenger.
Can You Tell If Someone Is Checking Your Messenger?
You can tell if someone is checking your Messenger using numerous methods. You may want to find out if they were checking your Messenger and reading your messages or if they were going on your profile and viewing it. Just like you wonder if anyone would be considering your Facebook or Instagram profile, you may be wondering if someone is checking your Messenger profile.
Unfortunately, Facebook Messenger doesn’t let you know who has viewed your messenger profile or searched for you on Messenger, so it’s impossible to find out. It’s the same way if you search or look for someone on Messenger, they won’t be able to tell.
This is the same with all social media apps. Privacy is too important, so Messenger won’t let you know when people view your profile or search for you. If they ever did make this a possibility, they will allow people who turn the feature on to see who viewed their messenger profile only if that specific person has also turned on the feature. But if someone has turned the feature off, no one will be able to see if they’ve searched for them nor will they be able to see who searched for them.
Check If They Read Your Message
How to Tell If Someone is Chatting on Facebook Messenger
It’s pretty easy to tell if someone is chatting on Messenger because Messenger tells you. Unlike other apps, you have to guess when someone is chatting with someone else, with Facebook Messenger, it’ll let you know when they’re chatting with someone else, when that’s just a text convo, or whether that’s an audio or video call. Whether you’re on desktop, iPhone or Android, you can find out when someone is chatting on Messenger.
To check if someone is chatting on Messenger, you need to go to messenger.com. From here, you’ll see all of the open conversations with people. If the person you want to know if they’re chatting with isn’t on here, you need to search for their Facebook profile via the search button.
From there, once you’ve found them, you need to select their name. Once you’ve opened the conversation with them, look for the green not next to the video icon and Active now under their name. This will let you know if they’re chatting on Messenger.
Android and iPhone:
If you have Messenger installed on your Android, then you need to open it. From here, you need to look for the person you want to check if they’re video chatting already on Messenger with someone else.
If they’re not here and you want to check if they’re on a call with someone else, then you need to search for their name. After you’ve found their profile, then you need to tap it. From here, look for the green not next to the video icon and Active now under their name. This will let you know if they’re chatting on Messenger.
Another way to tell if someone is chatting on Messenger is to ask them. You can simply just send them a message asking, are chatting to someone on Messenger. If they’re chatting to someone, they’ll let you know they’re chatting to someone on the app.
Of course, you’ll never be able to know if they’re telling the truth for sure but no one is going to go out of their way to lie about if they’re using Messenger or Facebook. Most people would be transparent about it. Plus the fact that they’re responding to you will let you know that they’re chatting to someone on message because that person is you.
If you’re trying to find out if your significant other is chatting to someone on Messenger, your best bet would be to ask them as they’re likely to say the truth if they’re a trustworthy partner.
Ask The Person You Think They’re Speaking To
Another way to tell if someone is chatting on Messenger is to ask the person you think they’re speaking to. You can send the person you think they’re talking to a message asking, are chatting to someone on Messenger? If they’re chatting to them then they’ll let you know that they’re chatting to them and you’ll know the specific person you’re enquiring about is chatting on Messenger.
Of course, you’ll never be able to know if they’re telling the truth for sure but no one is going to go out of their way to lie about if they’re speaking to someone on Messenger, but on the other hand, you’ll be surprised about how many people would lie as they think telling you will get the person in trouble.
How to Know If Someone Has Messenger Installed
Ask Them If They Have Messenger
Again, one way to know if someone has Messenger is to ask them simply, do you have Messenger? It’s the quickest way to get your answer, you won’t have to do any guesswork, but it could also be the most unreliable.
If you ask someone if they have Messenger, they could just lie and say that they don’t have it when they do have it, but for whatever reason, they decided to lie. If you are going to ask them, make sure to ask in a way that would come off as trustworthy rather than in a way that looks like you’re trying to get them in trouble.
Message Them And See If They Respond
If you message someone on Facebook and their response are pretty quick, you’ll know that they have Messenger installed. If they don’t respond very quickly, it’s safe to say they responded via the Facebook app on their desktop. I’m talking days long. If it’s within a few hours, then you can confidently say they’re using Messenger.
Ask to See Something on Their Phone
If you’re with this person regularly, you can ask them to use their phone for something quick and check if they have installed the messages app. To make sure you actually have a chance of using their phone to check if they have Messenger installed, you’ll need to make up a believable excuse. M
ake sure you think about this carefully depending on the person. If you don’t see Messenger right away, if they have folders, go to the social media or messaging apps folder and you should see Messenger there. If you can’t see Messenger, then it’s safe to say that they don’t have it.