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Is Apex Legends crossplay? How to play with friends, platforms, how it works

Crossplay lets you play with players across different platforms in Apex Legends, and here’s how you can add friends in it.

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Apex Legends has become one of the world’s most popular games and has been at the pinnacle of the battle royale genre. Even better, Apex Legends has crossplay capabilities, which means you can play with your friends regardless of platform, and we’ve got everything you need to know to do it.

Cross-platform play is practically essential in 2022, allowing everyone to enjoy games together no matter which platform you choose to use.

While this feature was initially absent from Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment finally added it back in Season 7, and you can use it to play with your buddies between PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Origin, and Steam.

Here’s everything you need to know about crossplay in Apex Legends.

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How to play with friends in Apex Legends using crossplay

Apex Legends features full crossplay capabilities, so PC players can hop into lobbies with their buddies on both current and last-gen Xbox and PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch consoles.

If you and your friends want to play the game together on different platforms then you’ll need to be in a party when the matchmaking begins. You’ll then be thrown into a lobby with players on both PC and consoles.

Cross-platform play in Apex Legends

How to add friends in Apex Legends using crossplay

Finding your friends on any platform is quite easy as you can search for players on different platforms through their usernames.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Start up and log in to Apex Legends
  2. Open up the Friends menu from the main lobby screen
  3. Click the Find Friend option
  4. Enter the player’s in-game username and hit search
  5. Select their profile from the drop-down menu to add them

Since the game will automatically look for any player matching that name on any system, you will have to select the username that matches the platform that they are playing on.

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If you want to change how players can search for you then visit privacy settings, and select “Allow users to search for me by.” 

You can choose to let others find you through your:

  • Email address
  • PSN Online ID for PlayStation 4 and 5
  • Xbox Live gamertag for Xbox One and X|S
  • Nintendo Nickname for Nintendo Switch
  • Steam Account name

How to disable crossplay in Apex Legends

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Crossplay is automatically enabled in Apex Legends, and you can turn the feature off by heading to the settings menu. Disabling it will reduce the number of potential players that you can find during matchmaking.

However, limiting the number of players that you can join a match with will also lead to longer waiting times in the lobby.

For that reason, we recommend that you keep cross-platform play enabled.

Does Apex Mobile feature crossplay?

Apex Legends Mobile does not feature crossplay with the console or PC versions of the battle royale title. So, you will only be able to join lobbies with other mobile players instead of players on different platforms.

In their official FAQ for the Mobile version of the title, Respawn Entertainment confirmed that it’s a completely separate game from regular Apex Legends, meaning that we may never see it get crossplay.

Is there cross-progression in Apex Legends?

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Apex Legends currently does not feature cross-progression, so you can’t keep any of your unlocked items when playing the game on another system, even when using the same EA account.

However, Respawn understands the benefits of cross-progression, and they have expressed interest in bringing it to the game in the future, with the developers confirming its arrival sometime in 2022 although we don’t have an official date, and time is running out.


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