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How to sit out of a Fortnite match
If you’re playing Fortnite and need to take a break, you may want to know how to “sit out” and temporarily leave the game without quitting or losing your progress. Whether you need to take a phone call, use the restroom, or step away from your device for a few minutes, sitting out is a convenient way to pause the game and return when ready. Here’s how to sit out in Fortnite on various platforms.
To sit out and spectate in Fortnite, open the main menu, select your profile icon, and toggle the Participation option to Sitting Out. When you're ready to return to the game, switch the toggle to Playing to resume the game.
How to sit out and stop sitting out in Fortnite
The pathway to sit out of a Fortnite match is the same whether you are playing on Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation, or mobile.
Press the Escape key on the PC or the Options button on your game console controller to open the main menu. On mobile, tap the Settings icon.
Select your account icon in the top left corner and then switch the Participation toggle to Sitting Out. This will cause you to leave the game temporarily.
When ready to return, switch the participation toggle back to Playing to rejoin the game. You’ll be returned to the game and can resume playing with your progress intact.
Sitting out in Fortnite is a quick way to take a break without quitting the game altogether. Whichever platform you’re playing on, following these steps will allow you to take a breather and come back when you’re ready to jump back into the action.
To spectate in Fortnite, open the main menu, select your profile icon, and switch the participation option to Sitting Out. You can then wait in the lobby and cycle through players. When ready to return to the game, change the Participation toggle to Playing.
Press the Escape key on your n PC or the Options button on your game console controller to open the main menu. Select your profile icon to find the participation toggle.