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

Tanner Pierce
Apex Legends characters Bloodhound, Seer, and Rampart
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Using crossplay in Apex Legends is crucial if you want to play with and against players on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and even Nintendo Switch. Here’s everything to know about cross-platform play in Apex, and how to use it.

Whether you’re looking to group up with your friends or meet new ones, using crossplay in Apex Legends gives you a whole host of new players to work together with or, alternatively, absolutely obliterate (we know which one we prefer).

Despite the feature being absent for the first year of Apex, in June, 2020, Respawn announced that this would be changing, with the long-awaited cross-platform support finally making its way into the classic battle royale game.

So, just how to you activate crossplay in Apex Legends? Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know to party up with friends across all platforms – with the exception of Apex Mobile.


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Apex Legends characters in Kings Canyon
Respawn 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.

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:

  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 menu
Respawn 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.”

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 bangalore


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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