How do you appear offline in VALORANT?

Sometimes, you don't want to be spotted playing.

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There’s nothing wrong with playing multiplayer games like VALORANT by yourself. Sometimes, players want to zone out and tap heads without having to listen to their friends yacking away on the microphone. Appearing offline is the perfect way to do that. And the best part is, it saves you from offending anyone.

Riot hasn’t implemented a feature that allows players to appear offline in-game, but it is possible to do it via a third-party program called Deceive, which is completely free. As the name suggests, this software will help you break the system and trick your friends, allowing you to appear offline while you play.

Before telling you how to do it, though, it’s important to note Riot isn’t a fan of third-party applications. Deceive is a reliable application that has been around for years without issue. I know that from experience. There is always a risk that it could result in a VALORANT ban, though, so use it at your own discretion.

How to appear offline in VALORANT using Deceive

In order to appear offline in VALORANT, you’ll need to download and install Deceive on your computer, then set it up. Don’t worry, though, I found the whole thing to be a very straightforward process, and so will you.

To make it even easier for you, I’ve broken it down into six simple steps:

  1. Download Deceive on Github.
  2. Once the program is downloaded, create a shortcut of Deceive.exe.
  3. Right click the shortcut of Deceive.exe with your mouse and click on “Properties.”
  4. As soon as you click Properties, a screen will pop and you’ll see there’s a field name “Target.”
  5. Add an extra space after “.exe” and type “valorant.”
  6. Press OK and run Deceive via the shortcut you added.

If you’ve followed all of these steps correctly, Deceive will running. All you need to do after that is launch VALORANT. When the game is open, look over at your friends list and you should see an entry called “Deceive Active” on top of it. This is an indicator that the software is running and you’re finally offline in VALORANT.

About the author
Leonardo Biazzi

Staff writer and CS:GO lead. Leonardo has been passionate about games since he was a kid and graduated in Journalism in 2018. Before Leonardo joined Dot Esports in 2019, he worked for Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte. Leonardo also worked for between 2020 and 2021 as a senior writer, until he returned to Dot Esports and became part of the staff team.