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    Default Stuck in offline mode?

    When I click on the button with my MSFS name on it, it states that MSFS is offline and the server name for my area is shown greyed out.

    When I check the Data settings, they are all ON (other than Multiplayer). This includes Bing, photogrammetry, live weather, online functionality, etc.

    How do I know if I am running MSFS in online or offline mode? And how would I change to online mode, if I am truly on offline mode now?
    Last edited by ed1; 10-14-2021 at 07:05 PM.

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    I suspect the servers are just temporarily down in your area. With the Windows 11 rollout, it seems the servers are taxed right now. I had a few short dropouts on a flight yesterday. I would try again, they didn't stay down for very long here, just 20 seconds or so.
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    OK, thanks, @plainsman. I will check again, but lately the status is shown as offline every time I look. It doesn't seem to change for a few seconds at a time. But actual flight seems ok - scenery is there during flight even in areas I haven't flown in before.

    How does one tell at any moment whether MSFS is in online or offline mode? Is there any indication other than clicking on the username button at any given moment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed1 View Post
    OK, thanks, @plainsman. I will check again, but lately the status is shown as offline every time I look. It doesn't seem to change for a few seconds at a time. But actual flight seems ok - scenery is there during flight even in areas I haven't flown in before.

    How does one tell at any moment whether MSFS is in online or offline mode? Is there any indication other than clicking on the username button at any given moment?
    If your in the sim (flying) hit Esc, then the General Tab, look under Data. (going from memory)
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    Thanks, @davidc2. I know that is where the setting is for enabling online status. But I don't think that is where actual online status is shown.

    My issue is that even with that setting ON, when I click on my username button (top right, with logo) it shows (in a small dropdown menu) that status is offline and the server line greyed out.

    I haven't checked this by pausing in the air in the middle of a flight - only when on the ground setting up a new flight. Maybe online status happens only when in the air? Not sure - I just assumed that MSFS is supposed to be online whenever the sim is running. Is that incorrect?

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    Same thing here. Mine always says offline and the server name area is grayed out and has been for some time now. I was wondering the same things as you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonnymayer View Post
    Same thing here. Mine always says offline and the server name area is grayed out and has been for some time now. I was wondering the same things as you.
    Well, if I'm not the only one experiencing this, maybe this is a MSFS bug - status shows as offline when sim is actually online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed1 View Post
    Well, if I'm not the only one experiencing this, maybe this is a MSFS bug - status shows as offline when sim is actually online.
    Have you guys tried signing out and signing back in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavulife View Post
    Have you guys tried signing out and signing back in?
    Yes, I signed out and in to MSFS. Didn't try signing out and in to XBox app or Microsoft (Windows 10) account.

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    Some more info - just took a flight and after landing and exiting the flight checked the username button. It said "offline" as the status. But the server line, while still greyed out, said "Automatic" and "25ms" and had a green wifi icon. (My computer is wired, not using wifi.)

    So, perhaps it was actually online this time, even though the status line still said "offline".

    Curious!

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