If you’re a gamer, you probably understand the need to appear offline on Xbox. Sometimes, you want to roll around Los Santos with your best online friends; other times, you want to hang out in the Crucible, going full PVP mode in peace.
So, what are your options for appearing offline? You have an Xbox console, sure. But you also have the Xbox mobile app (which honestly makes things much easier), and you have the Xbox Live PC app option. No matter your flavor, we’ll show you how to go offline on Xbox.
How to Appear Offline on Xbox – Console Tutorial
We’ll start with how to appear offline on an Xbox console. Of course, this is what most of us use to win Battle Royales and explore the aftermath of nuclear wastelands. So, if you have your Xbox and controller handy, follow these steps:
Step 1: Click the Xbox Button on Your Controller
We’ll start by accessing your Xbox menu. If you don’t know how to do that just yet, click the Xbox button on your controller.
Note: Don’t long-press the button. Otherwise, you’ll only see the option to restart or turn off your console.
Step 2: Click Profile & System
Next, use the right-bumper button (the one where your pointer finger rests) to highlight your Profile icon on the right. Then, click A on the controller to access it.
Step 3: Click Your Profile
The sub-menu will change, and you’ll see your gamer profile near the top of the window. Highlight your profile (using the left toggle switch to move down), and click A when you highlight your profile.
Step 4: Click the Appear Online Drop-down
Now you can see a drop-down menu at the bottom of the window. Hover over Appear Online, and click the A button on your controller.
Note: The option may not show Appear Online; it may show something else depending on what your online activity is already set to.
Step 5: Click Appear Offline
Finally, click A when you highlight Appear Offline.
How to Appear Offline on Xbox – Mobile App Tutorial
Xbox mobile app makes the Xbox gaming experience better. You can join parties, message other gamers, and change your online activity status in a pinch. If you want to appear offline on your Xbox, follow these steps on the mobile app:
Step 1: Tap Your Profile Icon
Launch the Xbox app and tap your profile icon in the bottom right corner.
Step 2: Tap Appear Offline
You’ll see the Appear Offline option at the top of the page. Tap it.
Note: This will make you appear offline on your PC and Xbox. If you want to appear online again, follow the same steps in reverse.
The following video short by @JacobDrozh demonstrates just how fast and easy it is to appear offline on your Xbox.
How to Appear Offline on Xbox – PC Tutorial
These days, PC reigns supreme in the gaming industry (it’s debatable, but typically you’ll get a higher FPS and smoother gameplay). If you have the Xbox app installed on your PC, you can appear offline there too. Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Click Your Profile Icon
Launch the Xbox app on your PC. Then, look to the upper left corner (older versions had a side menu). Click on your Profile icon, so a small sub-menu appears.
Step 2: Click Appear Offline
The Appear offline option is near the bottom of this menu. Click Appear Offline.
When you’re ready to show your friends you’re online again, repeat these steps in reverse.
How to Appear Offline to Non-Xbox Friends
Maybe you want an intimate gaming session with your Xbox friends without the interruptions of random gamers. Here’s how to appear offline to anyone but your Xbox friends:
Step 1: Go to Settings
Following the same steps above, click the Xbox button on your controller and click your profile icon (right bumper to the far right). Then, click Settings.
Step 2: Click Account
After going to your Xbox profile settings, you’ll see a menu on the left. Hover over Account and select A on your controller.
Step 3: Click Privacy and online safety
Use the left toggle switch to move to the right. Highlight Privacy and online safety and click A on your controller again.
Step 4: Click Xbox Live Privacy
Now you can select the Xbox Live Privacy option.
Step 5: Click View Details and customize
Using the left toggle switch, move down to View details and customize.
Step 6: Click Online Status & History
This option should be highlighted by default. But if it isn’t, move to Online Status & History.
Step 7: Select Friends
Now, use the toggle switch to move down to the drop-down menu at the bottom (it usually says, Everyone). Select Friends by clicking the drop-down menu.
Now, the only people who will know you’re online and playing on your Xbox are those you have accepted as friends.
Xbox Online Activity: Explained
Having the ability to control your online status is awesome. Some platforms let you choose from options like Do Not Disturb, Invisible Mode, Offline, and more. Unfortunately, Xbox only gives us three options (online, offline, and do not disturb).
Let’s look at what each one does briefly.
Xbox Online Activity Status
The online activity status is Xbox’s default. When you enable the online status, other gamers can see that you’re online and what you’re playing. This activity status is a great way to meet new friends, team up with your existing friends, and let others know you’re ready to play.
Xbox Offline Activity Status
The offline status is exactly the opposite of the online status. Your friends and even gamers who aren’t your friends won’t see that you’re online. They also won’t see which game you’re playing unless change everyone to friends.
You can enable this status when you don’t want others to see which game you’re playing, or don’t want to play with others. However, others can still message you and send you invites.
Xbox Do Not Disturb Status
The Do Not Disturb status is the holy grail activity status of “I don’t want to be bothered.” When you enable this status, Xbox will let everyone know that you aren’t interested in playing games with them. But it will also silence any notifications, messages, and invites.
When you need a solo gaming session, enable the Do Not Disturb status.
As you can see, Xbox gives us a lot of options to appear offline.
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