How to appear offline on PS4: play in secret on PlayStation 4

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The feature of ‘appearing offline’ has been in so many applications, and the PS4 is no exception!

Appearing offline can help make you focus on a specific game: when you're hiding from zombies in The Last of Us Part II, you don’t suddenly want an invite to CoD: Warzone popping up!

It also means that once the setting changes to ‘Online’, you’re ready for all the matches, so you can manage your time even better, especially if you’ve got more time to play on the PS4 for now.

With that, here’s a guide on how to appear offline on your PS4.

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How to appear offline on PS4

To appear invisible to your friends, all you need to do is the following:

Fire up the PS4 home screen, and go to your profile.

Once your profile shows, go to the ‘Set Online Status’ box and highlight it.

You will be prompted to appear online or offline. Select ‘Appear Offline’, and voila, you are now invisible.

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Why to appear offline on PS4

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Setting it offline also applies to when you’re playing on PS Now or even on the Vita, so you will not be disturbed.

But to note, if you are playing a multiplayer session with friends, your status will appear ‘online’, so other friends may see this change on status. Whether if its a bug or how the PlayStation Network operates is unknown, but it’s something to be aware of.

All of this does make one wonder as to how the PS5 will also handle this; could you set it so that you appear ‘offline’ indefinitely to certain friends, or maybe even in custom groups, there’s a lot of room for improvement here.

But for now, enjoy the fact that you can play your favourite game in peace and free of multiplayer-invites.

READ MORE: How to appear offline on Steam