How to Appear Offline on an Xbox Series X or S

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What to Know:

  • Go to your profile and select Appear online > Appear Offline to hide your presence.
  • Select Do not disturb to stay online but avoid interruptions.
  • From the Xbox mobile app, tap your profile picture > Appear Offline. 

This article explains how to appear offline on an Xbox Series X or S and how to change the Xbox privacy settings to appear offline on the Xbox mobile app.

How to Appear Offline on Xbox Series X or S

Sometimes you might want to be undisturbed while playing online and don't want to be messaged by people on your friend list. Here's how to appear offline on Xbox Series X or S.

This won't change your Xbox live status. You'll still be online so achievements show they've been unlocked online, but your friends can't see that you're currently active.

  1. Press the glowing middle button of your Xbox Series X or S controller.

  2. Scroll all the way to the right to Profile and System.

  3. Select your username. 

    Xbox Series X/S dashboard with the Xbox profile name highlighted
  4. Scroll down to Appear online.

  5. Press A.

    Xbox Series X/S dashboard with Appear Online highlighted
  6. Scroll down to Appear Offline and and again, select it by pressing A.

    Xbox Series X/S dashboard with Appear Offline highlighted
  7. Your online presence is now invisible to other users. 

How to Change Your Status on Xbox Series X or S

If you'd rather show as online but don't wish to be disturbed, you can also change your status to Do Not Disturb which means you won't receive any notifications, messages, or invites until you've switched it off. It's particularly useful when you're watching a film and don't wish to be disturbed. Here's how to do it.

  1. Press the glowing middle button of your Xbox Series X or S controller.

  2. Scroll all the way to the right to Profile and System.

  3. Select your username.

    Xbox Series X/S dashboard with Xbox user profile highlighted
  4. Scroll down to Appear online.

  5. Press A.

  6. Scroll down to Do not disturb and press A again.

    Xbox Series X/S dashboard with Do Not Disturb highlighted on user profile

How to Appear Offline on the Xbox Mobile App

It's possible to use the Xbox mobile app to switch your account to Appear Offline, providing you have your console and phone linked together. Here's how to do it.

You can't switch to Do Not Disturb from the mobile app.

  1. On the Xbox mobile app, tap your username picture.

  2. Tap Appear Offline. 

    Xbox Mobile App With Appear Offline highlighted
  3. Your profile has now been switched to appearing offline so no one can see your online presence.

How to Appear Online on Xbox Series X or S

If you want to switch back to appearing online on your Xbox Series X or S, the process is just as simple as before. Here's what to do.

Your offline status remains the same, even after you switch your console off, so you may wish to double-check it from time to time. 

  1. Press the glowing middle button of your Xbox Series X or S controller.

  2. Scroll all the way to the right to Profile and System.

  3. Press A to select your username.

    Xbox Series X/S dashboard with username highlighted
  4. Scroll down to Appear offline.

    Xbox Series X/S dashboard with Appear Offline highlighted on user profile
  5. Press A again.

  6. Scroll down to Appear online and press A.

Why It's Useful to Appear Offline

Wondering why you might want to appear offline? Here are some scenarios where it's convenient.

  • You're playing a difficult part of a game. If you're trying to complete a hard part of a game, you don't want to be disturbed and potentially make a mistake.
  • You're watching a movie or streaming service. If you're watching a movie rather than playing a game, you won't want to be disturbed by constant game invites. 
  • You want some alone time. Sometimes, it's nice to take a step back and take some time out for yourself in an always-on world.