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How to appear offline on Nintendo Switch

How to appear offline on Nintendo Switch
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Need to know how to appear offline on Nintendo Switch? It’s not as obvious as on other consoles – perhaps because Nintendo is less focused on social features than its rivals – but it’s easy enough to do when you know how.

Rather than a toggle to easily switch on and off, appearing offline on Nintendo Switch is a permanent setting buried in your profile page. That suggests it’s not actually intended as a temporary measure, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use it that way all the same if you want.

Whether you’re after a bit of peace and quiet, or you're simply playing something embarrassing that you’d rather your friends didn’t know about, it’s a pretty simple process to become invisible. Here’s how to appear offline on Nintendo Switch.  

How to appear offline on Nintendo Switch 

1. From the Switch home screen, select your profile from the icons displayed along the top of the screen. 

How to appear offline on Nintendo Switch

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2. On your profile page, scroll down to "User Settings" on the sidebar. It’s the last option on the list. 

How to appear offline on Nintendo Switch

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3. In User Settings, scroll all the way down until you come to the Friend Settings subsection. Select “Friend Settings."

How to appear offline on Nintendo Switch

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4. Select the first option in the list: "Who do you want to see your online status?"

How to appear offline on Nintendo Switch

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5. From here, you can opt to appear offline to everyone by selecting "No one" — the last item on the list.  

How to appear offline on Nintendo Switch

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6. Alternatively, you can be a bit selective, and appear online to some people by simply choosing "Best friends." 

Best friends can be tagged and untagged by selecting them and pressing “Best friend” under their name when browsing your contacts on your profile page.    

Either way, appearing offline and invisible to everyone or just selected people will allow you to play your Nintendo Switch games without being constantly interrupted.

Alan Martin

Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.