If you’re planning to be in an area with no online coverage, such as on a long-distance flight or a sailing excursion, you can prepare your Windows 10 device to allow you to play offline. Most games available in Microsoft Store on your Windows 10 device support offline play, but check the details of the game to make sure yours is supported by searching for your game at http://www.xbox.com.
Most games with a campaign mode will be playable offline, but games with network co-op or multiplayer features will not work while you’re offline.
While playing offline, some features, such as the ability to purchase additional items from Microsoft Store, will not be available. Additionally, any leaderboards will be unavailable while you're offline.
If you earn any achievements while playing offline, they will sync to your account the next time you sign in to Xbox Live on your device. You won’t see a toast notification letting you know that you unlocked the achievement until you sign in to Xbox Live on that device.
Cloud saves and offline game play
Before you go offline, connect to Xbox Live to sync your most recent game save to the cloud. While you play offline, your game save progress will continue to be saved locally, and it’ll sync the next time you sign in to Xbox Live. If you want to continue playing on a different device (or platform, if the game supports Xbox Play Anywhere), you’ll need to go online and connect to Xbox Live to allow your local saved game to sync with the cloud again.
If you’re on a Windows 10 device, your cloud saves will automatically start uploading once you’re signed in and connected to Xbox Live. Game save sync is usually fast, but allow a couple of minutes before you try playing on another device.
If you’re planning on playing offline, you’ll need to prepare your Windows 10 device while you have an online connection. It’s important that you do this while you’re online, as once you go offline, you won’t be able to make these changes.
Note You can only change your designated offline device three times per year.
Prepare your device
If you have multiple Windows 10 devices, you’ll need to make sure that the device you intend to use offline is set as the designated offline device. You can only have one device as your designated offline device.
To set your device as your designated offline device:
Once you set this, any devices previously designated as offline will be toggled to Off, and you’ll no longer be able to play games offline on those devices.
Prepare your game or games
Once your device is set up, you’ll need to launch each game you want to play offline while signed in to Xbox Live. You only need to do this once per game, and you’ll need to do this even if you’ve already launched the game on your device.
Repeat this process for each game you want to play offline. Once completed, you can go offline at any time and launch those games whenever you want to play them, without needing to sign in online each time.
If you’re having trouble playing offline, these solutions may help you resolve any problems.
How do I know that my game supports offline play?
Most games available in Microsoft Store on your Windows 10 device support offline play, but check the details of the game to make sure yours is supported by searching for your game at http://www.xbox.com.
Which features of my game will be available while playing offline?
If your game was installed from Microsoft Store on your Windows 10 device, details of the features available while playing offline can be found in the game’s FAQ:
If your game was not installed from Microsoft Store on your Windows 10 device, check with the game publisher to see whether offline play is supported on Windows 10.
I’m unable to set my device as my designated offline device
This may mean that you’ve already changed your designated offline device three times in the last year. If this happens, you will need to wait until one year after your first reset to be able to change your designated offline device again.
I’m already offline and haven’t followed the steps above to prepare my device
If you’re already offline and didn’t set your device as your designated offline device, you won’t be able to play games offline. You need to be online while you do this, and while you launch the game before going offline. To fix this, go online and follow the steps above to prepare your device and set it as your designated offline device.
I no longer want my device set as my designated offline device. How do I remove it?
This scenario may also apply if you’re planning on trading or giving your Windows 10 device to someone else.
If you still own the device, you can remove the offline designation by doing the following:
If you no longer have the device, you can remove this setting online by signing in to https://account.microsoft.com/devices and looking for your device. If you see “Play games offline” listed underneath the description for that device, then it’s still your designated offline device. To remove the designation:
Note This will count as one of your three changes per year.
I have an Xbox One as well as a Windows 10 device. Is my experience the same?
If you have an Xbox One, your offline experience will vary depending on the type of game you’re playing. For example, if you have a game that supports Xbox Play Anywhere, you’ll have the same experience on both Xbox One and Windows 10 while playing offline.
For more info on how to use Xbox One offline, visit Using Xbox One offline.
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