Apex Legends Solo Queue: How To Play Alone Without Squads

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Season 13 of Apex Legends is in full swing and one thing that's never really changed is its focus on squad-based combat.

If you'd rather play on your own, you've traditionally had to drop in with a squad of strangers (or a duo), or split from them before leaving the dropship.

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Thankfully, if you're feeling brave, you can now opt-out of a squad to play Apex Legends solo. Here's how.

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Apex Legends Solo Queue: How To Play Alone Without Squads

It's surprisingly simple, but you may have missed it in the game's menus which have tabs upon tabs of options.

In the lobby, before searching for a match, look for the checkbox that says "fill matchmaking".This will put players in a solo queue, although it's worth remembering you'll still be up against duos and squads.

Respawn advises dropping solo for the following reasons:

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  • Focus on completing certain Daily and Weekly challenges
  • Warm up, drop hot, and get into lots of fights
  • Challenge yourself—can you win a round of Duos alone? How about Trios?
  • Experience the latest lore teaser on your own
  • Explore the map and experiment with characters you haven’t tried before; Take an opportunity to learn a bit more about the game at your own pace.

You also won't be able to drop solo in Ranked which means you will have to join forces with other players in order to take home the victory.

Does Apex Legends Have Free For All?

Respawn hasn't unveiled any information on a free-for-all mode arriving that would allow players to get their fix of solo action. However, data miner "Kralrindo" found a new mode within the game files known as "FreeDM," suggesting that some kind of FFA mode is in the works.

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Until then, it's best to switch off the lobby fill to play the game on your own.