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GTA Online Passive Mode: How To Turn On, Cooldowns Explained

If you are tired of griefers in GTA Online, we have a guide to help you turn on passive mode in the game.
GTA Online Passive Mode: How To Turn On, Cooldowns Explained

GTA Online might be one of the most popular online games out there, but that does not mean it does not come with its set of problems. After all, there is a reason why people try to get into solo lobbies in the game.

That is because griefers are very abundant in the game. Griefers are the people who will just kill you randomly in GTA Online. If you are in the middle of a job as CEO or any other mission that you do not want to be interrupted, then we have the solution for you.

How To Activate Passive Mode In GTA Online?

Activating passive mode is the perfect solution for you to get away from griefers. Although Rockstar has nerfed a few griefer vehicles in the Criminal Enterprises update, it could still not be enough for you to get away from them.

That is why you should give passive mode a try. To activate passive mode is simple and we've outlined the steps you need to follow just below.

Once you die for the first time in GTA Online, you will receive a message about the game's passive mode. All you need to do to activate is turn on your interaction menu. From there, scroll down until you see Enable Passive Mode. Select it, and passive mode is now active. You can disable it by following the same steps.

GTA Online Passive Mode
If you want to just enjoy your new car and test it out without other players blowing it up, then passive mode is made for you. (Picture: Rockstar Games)

What Does Passive Mode Do In GTA Online?

The simple explanation of passive mode is that other players cannot harm you. You will appear semi-transparent to other players in your lobby and any bullets, projectiles, and anything else they would throw at you to harm you will pass right through you.

This is also true for any vehicle you enter into. The passive mode also prevents lock-on systems from targeting you and even if they manage to land the rocket shot at you, it will pass through you.

Players who use passive mode should know that as soon as they attack another player, they will be kicked out of passive mode. Players who use passive mode will also be on a small cooldown after they leave passive mode. This is to prevent players from abusing passive mode as a pseudo-god mode. Entering an armed vehicle also deactivates passive mode.

GTA Online Passive Mode
Passive mode deactivates as soon as you show aggression to other players in the lobby. (Picture: Rockstar Games)

GTA Online Passive Mode Cooldowns Explained

Within GTA Online there are a variety of cooldowns when it comes to passive mode.

For starters, killing any player will cause Passive Mode to become unusable for the next 2 minutes.

Furthermore, a 5-minute cooldown is applied if a player manually deactivates Passive Mode. 5 minutes have passed you will be able to re-enter passive mode.

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