How to Appear Offline on PS4 Without Actually Being Offline

Ben Stegner 06-05-2016

The PS4’s latest system update (3.5) added a lot of new functionality, including the ability to play remotely from a PC or Mac Play PS4 Games On Your Mac or Windows PC With Remote Play Sony has just released an update which allows you to play PlayStation 4 games on your Mac or Windows PC. Here's how you can set it up! Read More . Two of the most-requested features of PS4 users actually made it into this update, but you might have missed them — here’s how to appear offline and get notified when friends come online.


Appearing offline is an awesome feature because it lets you play your games in peace, especially when you have lots of friends who want to play games like The Division or Destiny whenever you’re on.

When you appear offline, your friends won’t see you as active in their list (but obviously players in your current games will know you’re online).

To toggle this, simply head to your profile page on the main PS4 menu, select the Online Status box, then choose Appear Offline to remain hidden.

Another great feature in this update is the ability to be notified when certain friends come online. The PS4 has some annoying notifications How to Stop Those Annoying PS4 Notifications For Good The PS4 sends you a ton of notifications that you probably don't want. Here's how to shut them off. Read More enabled by default, but friends coming online is probably something you actually want to know about.

You’ll have to do this on a per-friend basis, which can be irritating if you have lots of friends. However, only being notified of people you actually care about coming online (as opposed to everyone) is probably better for your sanity.


To get friend notifications, simply browse to their profile in your friends list, press the Options button, and change Notify When Online to On.

Be aware that this won’t trigger if your friend has chosen to appear offline per the above. This should help out a lot if you often have trouble syncing up schedules with your friends.

Are you excited to finally have these features available on the PS4? Let us know if you’ve taken advantage in the comments!

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