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How to appear offline on Steam

Showing as offline on Steam will let you game in peace.

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Quick Answer: To appear offline on Steam, head to the “Friends” tab on the top toolbar. Then, choose the “Invisible” option, and no one will be able to tell when you’re online.

If you ever want to play Steam games without notifying your entire friends list, you’ll want to know how to appear offline in Steam.

In addition to acting as a library for a massive number of games, Steam offers its users several other things.

Through Steam, gamers can build up friends lists, send invites to online games, and even track their success in games through achievements.

But with everything being so online these days, it can be hard to get some peace when you’re trying to sit back and play some games.

One way to avoid interruption during those gaming sessions is to appear offline to other users on Steam. Here’s how to set it up.

How to appear offline on Steam

How to appear offline in steam
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You can appear offline when you want to play a game on Steam.

This is great when you want to play in peace, without friends seeing your activity or inviting you to play other games.

The process is pretty straightforward, and you can change back and forth as much as you want.

Here’s how to appear offline on Steam on your PC:

In the Steam App, click the Friends tab in the top leftSteam how to appear offline 2

Click Invisible on that drop-down menu

That’s all you have to do to appear offline on Steam. Be aware that the ‘offline’ option in that list will also make you appear offline.

But it won’t let you send or receive any messages from your friends until you change to a different option. So, ‘invisible’ is typically better to use.

Use the ‘invisible’ option to keep using Steam as normal

The ‘invisible’ option makes you invisible to your friends. But everything on your end acts the same as when you choose the ‘online’ status.

You can also manually choose the ‘away’ status, which Steam shows when you have been away for more than 15 minutes.

READ MORE: Can you appear offline on Epic Games?

Any of these statuses can be changed at will, so you can easily go from showing as offline to back online just in time to join your friends for some multiplayer gaming.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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