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Appear offline is finally here! We're also getting Discord-like groups, profiles, avatars and more in the Battle.net app beta that is now live.

As previously datamined it seems we're finally getting some much wanted new features for the Battle.net app! The biggest of these is, of course, the long awaited, much maligned and slightly controversial appear offline option! We'll also be getting Discord-like groups, profiles, avatars and more. This is all going into beta right now and everyone can use it! Check out the full explanation and services below:

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Introducing new social features now available in the beta version of the Blizzard Battle.net® desktop app: the new Social tab, Blizzard Groups, profiles, avatars, and the ability to appear offline! To help get these into as many players’ hands as possible, starting today the beta version of the app is open to you and your friends—no invitation required.

To switch to the beta version of the Blizzard Battle.net app, simply open your app settings, click on the Beta tab, and then click Switch to Beta Version.

These features are designed to give Blizzard players even more ways to stay connected, and we’re looking forward to continuing to evolve the app and build even more ways for you to stay in touch and join forces for your next adventure.

 

Social Tab

Our new Social tab is your one-stop-shop for managing all your various social interactions. Whether you’re chatting with a friend or engaged in our new Blizzard Groups, you’ll easily be able to pick up where you left off in all of your conversations.

 

Blizzard Groups

Blizzard Groups are a new way for you to connect with your friends and plan your next mission. Players can create and join Groups based on their common interests. There, they can keep in touch, share strategies, and catch up on conversations they might have missed while offline.

Each Group can have multiple text and voice chat channels, and Group administrators have a variety of tools to help manage membership, send out invitation links, and more.

The Groups beta is available now in the Americas region. Head to the new Social tab to get the party started!

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Profiles

Let the Blizzard world know a little bit more about you by customizing your profile!

Your profile will allow you to select an avatar, share what’s on your mind with an About message, add links to where people can find you on social media, and more! You can also view profiles of other players if you’re curious about a pending friend request or what games a friend plays.

Players using the beta in the Americas region can customize their profile through the View Profile button in the app header and Friends List drop-downs.

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Appear Offline

Appear offline allows you to set your status to show you as “offline” to your Blizzard friends while remaining connected to Battle.net. This means you can launch the app and game away without distraction.

Appearing offline will show you as offline to everyone in your Blizzard friends list. Once you have joined a game, the experience of appearing offline might be slightly different depending on which game you are playing. In the case of World of Warcraft, your guildmates will see your character come online and enter WoW’s in-game chat channels, and anyone who has you as a character-level friend will see you online on their friends list. Everyone outside of the same game as you will not see you online or playing any games.

Do you see a friend who’s offline but you really want to send them a message while it’s on your mind? You can now send offline friends messages and they will receive them the next time they come online! While appearing offline you can still send and receive messages in the app, but it is up to you when you want to respond.

We know a lot of you have been looking forward to big updates like this, and we’re excited to roll them out and get your feedback. Thanks for helping us out!

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I just hope we get the option to upload our own profile pictures sometime, or at the very least get the option to set our profile picture to one of our character's armory profile pictures (like they have on the forums.)

I don't know why they would put like 23487 profile pictures for literally every other Blizzard game yet WoW only really has like... 3, and half of them are Horde faction leaders.

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1 hour ago, StormBladeV said:

WTF IS BATTE.NET...

 

P.S. Spelling in posts are really helpful to people that don't already know what the app is. how many people searched batte.net app looking for a download.

There's really no need for profanity. Thanks for your report, I've updated the title.

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3 hours ago, StormBladeV said:

WTF IS BATTE.NET...

 

P.S. Spelling in posts are really helpful to people that don't already know what the app is. how many people searched batte.net app looking for a download.

For the sake of my faith in the general user here, that number better be zero.

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Once upon a time .... I was not really in the mood for conversation and I wanted to set my status to offline but there was no option to do that. I looked for missing updates or addons but I didn't find anything. I waited some time being sure they will add this feature.

I waited a bit more and more, sometimes I thought about it and checked it but nothing changed. I went on going out meeting some girls and some day I found a really awesome one. We met very often, we finally got married she gave birth to two boys, we raised them and some day one of my sons asked me "What is an appear offline option?" ...

.... and they stayed offline until they died and if they didn't die they are still offline.

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HM..I have activated the Beta, but somehow can only use the appear offline feature, no new tab, nothing..am I missing something or is it due to EU?

@Stan

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24 minutes ago, Suoson said:

HM..I have activated the Beta, but somehow can only use the appear offline feature, no new tab, nothing..am I missing something or is it due to EU?

@Stan

Update: It's working. I still don't get it why we cannot remove the games we don't play from the sidebar though.

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Let me see, I didn't have the time yet to install the beta.

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22 minutes ago, Suoson said:

HM..I have activated the Beta, but somehow can only use the appear offline feature, no new tab, nothing..am I missing something or is it due to EU?

@Stan

social tab on NA only for the moment, alas

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The Groups beta is available now in the Americas region

 

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THanks to both of you :)

a few things to consider:

beta can write beta(even offline appearing) and nonbeta, but nonbeta clients can not write appear offline beta players.

Wow Characters can still be easily found and your character can still be seen in guildlist, characterfriendlist and people get notified when your char logs in....so, when it comes to wow, it's not working yet, probably due to the seperated systems.

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20 hours ago, StormBladeV said:

P.S. Spelling in posts are really helpful to people that don't already know what the app is. how many people searched batte.net app looking for a download.

I'd say zero. I find it hard to believe that there's even a single person browsing a website dedicated to Blizzard games (which all run through the Battle.net App) who doesn't know what the Battle.net App is. And even if someone is searching for "Batte" instead of "Battle", the search results would still be the same.

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