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How to crossplay on Apex Legends guide: Add friends, platforms & how to disable

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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You can play Apex Legends with your friends between PlayStation, Xbox, Origin, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. Here’s how you can add friends through crossplay, and party up with your buddies.

Many multiplayer games these days come with cross-platform capabilities. These allow you to invite or join your friends in matches, even if they’re playing on a different console or device than you.

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

Here’s how you can add friends to engage in crossplay in Apex Legends.

How to add friends in Apex Legends using crossplay

Cross-platform play in Apex Legends

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 name and select search

That’s all you need to do when searching for and adding players. You will have to make sure that you have the username that matches the platform they are playing on.

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 use crossplay in Apex Legends

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If you play Apex Legends on the PC, then you can only match with other PC players during normal matchmaking. However, it’s a different story for console players.

If you’re on a PlayStation, Switch, or Xbox, then you’ll be paired with other players on consoles. You can still use your system to play with friends on PC, but you’ll need to already be in a party with them before the matchmaking begins.

If you are partied up with a PC player, you will be thrown into lobbies with both console and PC users, so keep this in mind before you complain about controller aim assist or cracked mouse and keyboard aim.

How to disable crossplay in Apex Legends

Apex Crossplay settings

You can turn cross-platform play on and off by heading to the settings menu. Disabling this feature 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.

Is there Cross-progression in Apex Legends?

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You can use the same EA account to play Apex Legends on your PC and Xbox by connecting it to your Microsoft account, but you can’t share the progression between those two platforms. So you won’t have any of your unlocked items when playing on another system.

However, Respawn understands the benefits of cross-progression, and they have expressed interest in bringing it to the game in the future. Hopefully, we’ll see it added in an upcoming season.


For more Apex Legends news, stay tuned via Charlie INTEL, and check out our recent article on the game-changing Octane nerf should help stop third parties.

Also, keep up-to-date with everything regarding Apex Legends Season 11.

Image Credit: Respawn Entertainment

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Apex Legends player discovers Valkyrie trick to reduce rocket cooldown

One Apex Legends player has a discovered a trick to reduce the cooldown time of Valkyrie’s rocket tactical attack.

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Valkyrie is a Legend that is capable of blowing up her opponents with rockets, and one Apex Legends player has discovered a trick that lets them spam her tactical attack.

There are various powerful characters that you can play as in Apex Legends, and all of them have their unique abilities.

Valkyrie was added in Season 9, and she has become popular because of her flying abilities and tactical attack.

Valkyrie can blow up her enemies with rockets, and this attack comes with a 30 second cooldown. However, a few players have found a trick that brings down her cooldown to 6 seconds in Season 10.

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Reddit user Particular_Mind7785 shared a trick to let players fire rockets more frequently as Valkyrie with the help of some new technology known as the Ultimate Accelerant.

Since Valkyrie’s Tactical cooldown is based on the number of rockets fired at a target, using an Ultimate Accentlant immediately after the ability will bring the cooldown time down to 6 seconds.

While this means that you’ll fire fewer rockets, they will still dish out a similar amount of damage and you’ll be able to fire them more frequently.

A few players noted that this same trick can be replicated with healing items as well. “Works with heals too. Saw a post a while ago. If you time it right you can fire a single rocket with a 2 sec cooldown,” wrote one user.

This trick reduces the radius of the rockets, so you won’t be able to cover a larger area with them.

However, this can still come in handy when fighting a small number of opponents in one spot and help you to break their ranks and split them up as a team to make eliminating enemies much easier.

For more Apex Legends, check out our guide on the new Season 11 Legend Ash and everything you need to know about the new Apex Legends Tropical map and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL.

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Best PC settings for Apex Legends Season 10

Apex is an extremely competitive game where players need to take any advantage they can get. Here are the best PC settings for Apex Legends.

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Having the most optimal settings on your PC can really make a huge difference when you’re trying to improve your game on Apex Legends. With that being said, here are the best PC Settings for Apex Legends.

Perhaps you have been enjoying Apex Legends for some time now, or maybe you have been influenced by seeing some big streamers like NICKMERCS give the game a go in Season 10.

If so, you may be looking to get better at the game, and one thing that’s important in all competitive first-person shooters is a high FPS.

Professional Apex players and streamers spend thousands of dollars building PCs to give them the best performance. Using the optimal settings for your rig, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars upgrading to get a decent FPS.

Best PC settings for Apex Legends Season 10

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A high FPS means that the game runs and feels smoother. Not only will the game feel better to play, but your reaction time will be improved, and moving enemies will be easier to hit, so using the best Apex Legends settings for High FPS is worth trying out.

Luckily, those on consoles can enjoy a steady 60 FPS on next-gen consoles, with 120 FPS support in the works. However, higher frame rates are much more flexible for those on PC and can even give you the edge over your enemies when using the best Apex Legends settings for high FPS.

PC requirements

It doesn’t take much to run Apex Legends smoothly on your PC, especially with the proper settings.

If you’re interested in the minimum and recommended specs for Apex Legends on PC, do check out our dedicated article on the topic:

This article will ultimately help you understand whether your PC will be able to run Apex Legends and whether your PC can handle the game at its maximum output.

Get uncapped FPS without enabling V-Sync in Apex Legends

Although most of the streamers you see will have FPS well into the hundreds, you should shoot for at least 60 as this will provide a stable Apex Legends experience with minimal frame drops.

  1. Open Origin or Steam.
  2. Right-click Apex Legends in your Game Library and right-click on Apex Legends.
  3. Select ‘Game Properties’ on Origin or choose ‘Properties’ on Steam
  4. Head to ‘Game Properties’.
  5. Visit the Advanced Launch Options on Origin or the General tab on Steam
  6. Type “+fps_max unlimited” under Command line arguments (Origin) or Launch Options (Steam).
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Best Apex Legends graphics settings for low-end hardware

The easiest way to get higher FPS is to turn everything to the lowest possible quality settings, but targeting enemies is more obscure.

  • Display Mode – Full Screen
  • Aspect Ratio – Native monitor resolution (probably 16:9, 1080p)
  • Resolution – Native monitor resolution.
  • Field of View – Personal preference
  • Color Blind Mode – Personal preference
  • V-Sync – Disabled
  • Adaptive Resolution FPS Target – Set to 0
  • Adaptive Supersampling – Greyed out
  • Anti-Aliasing – Off
  • Texture Streaming Budget – Medium or lower
  • Texture Filtering – Anisotropic 2X
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality – Medium or lower
  • Sun Shadow Coverage – Low
  • Sun Shadow Detail – Low
  • Spot Shadow Detail – Low
  • Volumetric Lighting – Disabled
  • Dynamic Spot Shadows – Disabled
  • Model Detail – Medium or lower
  • Effects Detail – Medium or lower
  • Impact Marks – Medium or lower
  • Ragdolls – Medium or lower

Some settings will significantly affect your game’s FPS more than others, such as Ambient Occlusion Quality. Many of these will depend on the power of your rig, graphics card, and VRAM.

While setting everything to low/disabled (except V-Sync) is best for frames in Apex Legends, you can probably set some of these to “medium” if your rig is powerful enough.

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Optimize your Discord

Discord is commonly used by Apex Legends to communicate with their teammates in the middle of a match. While it works great, you can further optimize it to improve the FPS on Apex. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Discord.
  2. Head to the Settings menu
  3. Click the Overlay tab and ensure ‘Enable in-game overlay’ is unchecked

You can also turn off Hardware Acceleration, which’s at the bottom of the Appearance tab. This will keep Discord from using your graphics card to accelerate the software’s speed and grant you a few more FPS in-game.

If you are looking to upgrade your system, check out our guide on how to buy an NVIDIA RTX 3000 series GPU.

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New Apex Legends Season 11 Titanfall SMG officially revealed

Apex Legends Season 11 will feature a brand new SMG weapon from Titanfall that players will be able to get their hands on come launch.

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Apex Legends Season 11 will be bringing a brand new SMG to the game, which Titanfall players are likely to be very familiar with using.

a Great deal of new information has been revealed about Apex Legends Season 11, including the new Legend Ash and hints towards a new map.

As well as all this, although the community wasn’t expecting it, Apex Legends will also be getting a brand new weapon in Season 11, which many players will recognize from the Titanfall series.

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Apex Legends Season 11 was announced along with a new Stories from the Outlands trailer by Respawn Entertainment on October 18.

The trailer presented the lore of Ash, giving players an inside into the new Legends.

The developers also released a blog showing off the new content coming to Season 11, titled “Escape.” One of the most intriguing pieces of content is the new weapon.

Apex Legends Season 11 C.A.R. SMG

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The new weapon coming to Apex Legends in Season 11 is the C.A.R SMG, which was previously seen in Titanfall.

If you’re a Titanfall fanatic, you’ll already know about the C.A.R SMG, as it was a very popular choice for the game’s multiplayer mode. For those who aren’t familiar with the C.A.R, it’s a fully automatic SMG that features an extremely fast fire rate, as well as pretty smooth recoil.

This isn’t the only weapon from Titanfall that has been reimagined in Apex Legends. To name a few, the R-301, L-Star, and the Flatline were all taken from the Titanfall series. These weapons mostly stay very similar to their original form, with some tweaks and changes.

The recoil for this weapon has likely been reworked as if it is anything like it was in Titanfall. This weapon will absolutely be lethal and easy to use.

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The description for the weapon on the Apex Legends Season 11 blog reads: “A flexible weapon, the C.A.R SMG is the gun for when you’re ready to make a stand and become the last Legend still standing.”

This description suggests there will be something unique about the weapon, especially due to the wording used. The weapon’s flexibility could be that it takes multiple ammo types, or perhaps it has an alternate fire mode.

We’ll have to see when the new Season officially launches in early November. Stay up to date with all the information you need on Season 11 through our Apex Legends news and updates.

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