Updated March 9 2017

PS4: How to appear offline

Learn how to switch between appearing online and offline to friends.

 
 

When you sign into PlayStation Network, your friends can see if you’re online and get notified when you sign in if they have selected the When Friends Go Online option.

If you don’t want your friends to see that you’re online, you can choose to appear offline even if you’re signed-in to PlayStation Network. Your friends will see your status as offline and will not be notified when you sign-in to PlayStation Network, even if they have asked to be told that you’re online using [When Friends Go Online].

To appear offline:

Go to [Profile] > [Set Online Status] to toggle between appearing offline and online.

Your avatar on your PS4 home screen shows the icon that your friends can see right now:

  • Offline or appearing offline – red cross
  • Online – blue circle

If you have [Appear Offline] enabled your appearance will not change even if your PS4 is powered down or you sign out and back into PlayStation Network. Of course, if you have [Appear Offline] switched off, you will only appear online when your PS4 is on and you are signed into PlayStation Network.

Note:

  • Within a game you might appear online to the other players
  • If you sign in to PlayStation Network on a PS3, PS Vita or PS TV, you will appear online.
  • When using mobile applications from PlayStation you show up with an off-console indicator:
    • If you wish to appear offline completely, you can hide the off-console icon by going to [Settings] > [PlayStation Network/Account Management] > [Privacy Settings] > [Managing Your Friends List and Messages] on your PS4 system.