Facebook Chat - Do I appear online?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by ducati911, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. ducati911 macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2012
    I sincerely hope I'm not re-posting this issue...
    Anyway, since the last Facebook app update there has been no way of "going offline" on chat within the app. I rarely use chat, as I don't like it, but I gave it a shot a while back just to see how it worked. What happened was my friend's reply came via the direct messages rather than through the chat. Also, my friend told me I didn't appear online (they were logged in through their computer). Maybe this was a glitch? I don't know. I've refrained from using the app now because I don't want to be in chat, and have instead been using Safari, but I'd prefer using the app.

    So my question is: do I appear online in Facebook chat when I use the app, or not?


    P.S. I should also note that there is no info on this within the Facebook help center.
  2. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    If you're wanting to do messages, I would recommend either a 3rd party app or the official Facebook Messenger app. Don't use the Facebook for iPad app for chatting. It's not efficient/reliable.
  3. ApplePip macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2012
    Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    Facebook chatting info

    I'm hoping that I can give you some insight as to how Facebook chat works by way of this reply.

    However, before I start - let me give myself some credibility! I run and manage the Facebook chat download "Chit Chat." As such, I've kept a close eye on Facebook chat for several years so know a thing or two ;)

    Now, firstly:

    1 - When you login to Facebook chat, you aren't automatically going to appear online to all of your friends. Facebook chat "refreshes" the online statuses - this can take a few minutes. The same is obviously true of how your friends appear to you.

    2 - Facebook chat uses a LOT of battery, it doesn't use an efficient system for phones, as such "Facebook Messenger" or even my Chit Chat iPhone uses a lot of battery life.

    I hope this helps!

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