How to Appear Offline in League of Legends

How to Appear Offline in League of Legends? Many League of Legends players wish they could appear offline or invisible in the client to avoid invites or messages from friends. While Riot Games has not implemented an official “appear offline” feature, there are a few workarounds players use to seem offline.

The main reasons players want to appear offline include:

  • Avoiding distractions from friends to focus on climbing solo queue
  • Preventing friends from spectating games
  • Controlling social interactions when not feeling social
  • Playing solo without having to decline invites

Checking Your Online Status

In the League of Legends client, your online status is shown on your friends list on the right side. You can set yourself as “Online”, “Away”, or “Busy”, but there is no offline option. Online means you’re actively using the client, Away means you’ve been idle for a bit, and Busy signals you don’t want to be disturbed.

Even if you’re set to Away or Busy though, friends can still message you and see that you’re logged in. So for true privacy, you need to use other methods.

Method 1: Using the Command Prompt

One way to appear offline is by using your computer’s command prompt and firewall settings. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Command Prompt as Administrator
  2. Type in one of the following commands depending on your server:
    • NA: netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="lolchat" dir=out remoteip= protocol=TCP action=block
    • EUW: netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="lolchat" dir=out remoteip= protocol=TCP action=block
  3. Press Enter and you should see “Ok”
  4. Close the Command Prompt and open League of Legends
  5. You will now appear offline to friends

This works by blocking the connection to Riot’s chat servers so you are “disconnected” from friends. You can still play games normally though.

To undo it:

  1. Open Command Prompt as Admin again
  2. Type netsh advfirewall firewall delete rule name="lolchat"
  3. Press Enter and close Command Prompt
  4. Relaunch League and you will appear online again

Method 2: Using Deceive

Another option is to use a third party program called Deceive. This also blocks chat server connections to show you as offline.

To use Deceive:

  1. Download and install Deceive
  2. Launch League of Legends through the Deceive app instead of directly
  3. Make sure to run Deceive as Admin
  4. You will now appear offline in the client

The advantage of Deceive is it works on all servers automatically. The downside is it can be buggy. The command prompt method is usually more reliable.

Additional Tips for Privacy

Here are a couple more tips for increasing privacy while playing League of Legends:

  • Disable All Chat: By muting all chat, you avoid toxic messages from the enemy team. Go to Settings > Interface > Allied Chat Only to disable all chat.
  • Use a Smurf Account: Having a separate “smurf” account lets you play anonymously without friends knowing it’s you.

Appearing Offline on Mobile

The League of Legends mobile app also shows your online status. To appear offline:

  • Android: Go to Settings > Apps > League of Legends Wild Rift > Mobile Data and turn it off. This will disconnect you from chat.
  • iOS: Go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data and turn League of Legends Wild Rift off.

Final Thoughts

While Riot has not implemented an official “appear offline” option, using the Command Prompt method or third party tools like Deceive allow you to appear offline and avoid distractions from friends. This lets you focus on improving your skills and climbing the ranked ladder efficiently. Just be careful when using third party apps and use trusted sources.

How to Appear Offline in League of Legends FAQ

  1. Is it bannable to appear offline in League of Legends?

    No, appearing offline using methods like Command Prompt or Deceive is not bannable. They simply block chat connections.

  2. Will my friends see me in game if I appear offline?

    No, you will be completely hidden from their friends list while appearing offline.

  3. Can I chat normally while appearing offline?

    No, since chat connections are disabled you cannot send or receive messages. You can still use in-game chat though.

  4. Does appearing offline work on Garena servers?

    Unfortunately most methods don’t work for Garena. You’ll have to manually set status to Away/Busy.

  5. Does going offline on mobile also make me offline on PC?

    No, appearing offline is separate for the mobile and PC clients. You’ll need to use the methods for each platform.

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