Typing person

Hiding ‘Typing’ and ‘Seen’ from Facebook Chat

This is a very old post of mine from 2012. My advice has STRONGLY changed. Do not do this, in fact, just don’t use Facebook. Don’t use any social networks. They’re terrible and you are the product. I have no idea if this works anymore.

Ever get annoyed by people typing “I KNOW YOU SEEN THIS” or “YOU TYPE TOO SLOW”. Here’s a really simple way to make it so they have no idea if you seen their post, or if you’re typing.

Download AdBlock Plus

2023 Update: uBlockOrigin is much better.

If you’re using a browser to surf the internet (and you are, right now), then there’s almost no reason not to use AdBlock Plus. It’s a pretty amazing add-on, but I’m not going into details about it. Just know you’ll need it to complete this tutorial.

Adding a filter

The instructions here are for Firefox, others should be fairly similar.

  • In the lower left-hand corner, right click the ABP logo (the stop sign). If you don’t see that, press “Ctrl+/” on your keyboard.
  • The menu below will appear.
  • Click ‘Filter preferences’

Add the following URLs to the adblock page by clicking the ‘Add Filter’ button in the top-right, and pasting each one in the box that appears:


The first two hide both the SSL and non-SSL ‘___ is typing…’ notification from other people, the last two hide the ‘Seen @ 1:32 AM’ notice.

Should look like this:

2023 Update: Sorry, the screenshot is now missing.

I only have the SSL versions because I have the HTTPS Everywhere addon (Firefox and Chrome only). So HTTP isn’t really needed for me.

You will still be able to view when other people are typing / seen your replies — unless of course they have seen this tutorial!







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