How to Appear Offline While Using Your Xbox One

You can play in peace and anonymity for a long as you like

A woman's feet on the couch with the TV is being set to appear offline on Xbox One

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You don't always have to be visible on Xbox Live. If you want to dodge your friends to log some time in your favorite single-player RPG, you can set your Xbox to appear offline. It's as easy as changing a setting in the privacy menu.

There is also an option to appear online to your friends only. With this option selected, you will appear offline to everyone who is not on your friends list.

How to Appear Offline on Xbox One

Follow these instructions to hide your appearance on Xbox Live.

  1. Open the Xbox Guide by pressing the Guide button on your controller.

  2. With the Guide open, navigate to System (indicated by the gear icon) and then select Settings.

    Xbox Settings
  3. With the Settings menu open, navigate to Account > Privacy & online safety.

    Xbox Settings, privacy & online safety
  4. Select Xbox Live privacy.

    If you want to control the information that Xbox apps are allowed to share, select App privacy. Here you can control which apps have access to your location and other data.

    Xbox Live privacy
  5. Select View details & customize.

    Xbox privacy details
  6. Select Online status & history.

    the Xbox One Xbox Live privacy menu
  7. Locate the Others can see if you're online section.

    Xbox privacy settings
  8. Select Block.

    Xbox privacy settings - block

With this option set, you will appear offline to everyone, including your friends. Choose Friends instead of Block if you want people on your friends list to be able to see your online status. To completely undo this process, simply select Everybody instead of Block.

How to Appear Offline on Xbox 360

You can also set yourself to appear offline on Xbox 360, although the process is slightly different.

  1. Open the Xbox Guide by pressing the Guide button on your controller.

  2. Navigate to Settings > Preferences.

    the Xbox 360 guide
  3. With the Preferences menu open, select Online Status.

    the Xbox 360 preferences menu
  4. With the Online Status menu open, select Appear Offline.

    the Xbox 360 Online Status menu

With an Xbox 360, there's no way to appear offline to everyone but your friends. If you set yourself to appear offline, none of your friends will see that you're online. To reverse this process, select Online instead of Appear Offline in the Online Status menu.