How to link your account to set up crossplay in Overwatch

Get connected so you can cross platform boundaries with your friends.

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With the announcement that Overwatch will soon support crossplay functionality between all platforms the game is on, the community is excited to get this long-asked-for feature finally. If you are looking to get yourself ready to go for when the feature goes live, here is how to set up crossplay in Overwatch.

If you play Overwatch on PC, you are already set up to participate in Overwatch crossplay. Only console players will need to do extra steps to partake in it. PC players cannot opt-out of crossplay because of this.

Note: At the time of this writing, the crossplay Beta is not available to the public. The following are merely the steps that will need to be taken once it is. Once the crossplay feature is ready, we will update this post with relevant information.

From a web browser

If you play on console, create a account to prepare for when crossplay comes to the game. While the feature is not currently enabled, you can get yourself ready now.

After your account is created, go to Account Settings and click on Connections. This page will show you all consoles and third-party software that your account is currently connected to. Find the console that you play Overwatch on and click Connect. You will be brought to a sign-in process. When everything is connected, you are good to go.

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Some people may already have their accounts connected if they have linked their accounts in the past to claim digital content (like from BlizzCon or Twitch drops). You can see this in-game by going to Options and tabbing to Link Account.

From in-game

If you start up Overwatch for the first time following the crossplay announcement, you will see the below image. Select More Info, and you will be given a QR code to scan with your phone or a short link to follow.

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At the time of this writing, the QR code leads to an old tweet, and the link is broken. We will update this post once those have been fixed. For now, we recommend doing the account linking from the first section above.

The message that appears is also supposed to give you an alphanumeric code that you will need to input at this link. Input the code and login with a account, and you are all set to go.

How to add friends from other platforms

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Once you have linked your account, the next time you get into Overwatch you will see a message in the bottom left corner saying cross-play enabled. To now add a friend from another platform, go to Social and press Add A Friend. You will need to know either your friend’s email or battletag. Input either here and hit send request. When they accept the request they will be added to your friend list in Social where you can add them to your group for matchmaking.