Apex Legends crossplay guide: How to play with friends on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Switch

Apex Legends characters Bloodhound, Seer, and RampartRespawn Entertainment

Crossplay is crucial in Apex Legends if you want to play with or against players on most platforms, including PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. Here’s everything you need to know about how crossplay works in Apex Legends and how to enable it in the game

Whether you’re meeting new teammates or grouping up with friends in Apex Legends, utilizing the crossplay function will provide a host of new players for you to squad up with or battle against.

While crossplay was initially absent for the first year of the game, Respawn announced in 2020 that this would be changing, and the long-awaited cross-platform support finally made its way into the battle royale in October 2020.

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Here’s everything you need to know about how crossplay works in Apex Legends and how to activate the feature.


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Apex Legends characters in Kings CanyonRespawn Entertainment
Apex fans can now play with their friends via crossplay on all platforms!

Is Apex Legends crossplay?

Yes, Apex Legends does have full crossplay. This means that players on PC can play with those on both current and former gen Xbox and PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch too.

In order to play together, you’ll need to be in a party, but be aware that you’ll be matched with players from across the console and PC spectrum depending on what platforms your squad is playing on.

How to add cross-platform friends in Apex Legends

Finding people to play with on other platforms is relatively easy. All you’ll need to connect with players on other platforms is their in-game name.

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Simply follow these steps:

  1. Open Apex Legends
  2. Navigate to the ‘Friends‘ tab from the main menu
  3. Hit the ‘Find Friend‘ option
  4. Search for their username
  5. Select their profile from the drop-down menu
  6. You’re now friends and able to play with each other across platforms!

Keep in mind, the game will automatically look for any player matching that name on any system. After searching for another player, you will have to select the username that matches the platform they are playing on.

A screenshot showing how to add friends in Apex Legends.Respawn Entertainment
Simply search your friends’ usernames on all platforms to find them.

How to turn off crossplay

Crossplay is automatically enabled in Apex Legends, so if you don’t have to do anything right off the bat if you want to play with people on other platforms. Bare in mind, though, that queue times may increase as there’s a smaller pool of players to pick from.

If you’d prefer to stick to those using the same platform as you:

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  1. Head to the ‘Game Menu’ (the cog icon) whilst in the Lobby
  2. Select ‘Settings
  3. Towards the bottom of the list, you’ll see Cross Platform Play
  4. Change the setting to Disabled.
A screenshot showing the option is the Apex's settings menuRespawn Entertainment
The ability to enable and disable crossplay will be in the settings menu, but it’s enabled by default.

Does Apex Legends have cross-platform progression?

While cross-progression is something that is being considered by Respawn, the feature is currently not enabled in Apex Legends. So if you want to play on another console, your items and progress will not carry over.

However, Respawn has confirmed that cross-progression will be coming to Apex Legends in 2022, so stay tuned for updates here.

Is crossplay enabled for Apex Mobile?

Apex Legends Mobile does not have crossplay with consoles or PC. This means that you will only be able to play with those who are also using a mobile device.

In their official FAQ for the Mobile version of the iconic battle royale, Respawn write “Apex Legends Mobile is being built specifically for mobile, so it won’t feature cross-play with the console or PC versions of Apex Legends.”

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Apex Legends Mobile is a totally separate game from regular Apex Legends, meaning cross-play will never be possible in its current state.

apex legends mobile banner with caustic wraith and bangaloreRespawn Entertainment
Apex Mobile launched in May 2022 but doesn’t support crossplay currently.

So, there you have it – that’s everything you need to know about crossplay in Apex Legends. Check out our guides to help you rise through the ranks and become the Apex Games’ next champion:

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