Minecraft Can’t Connect to Server Error: How to Fix

Abhimannu Das
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Minecraft can sometimes be inaccessible on certain networks due to technical issues or restrictions on public networks.
Before trying any fixes, always check Down Detector and your network to see if there are any connectivity issues.
You can try using a VPN or proxy to bypass restrictions to Minecraft in public networks.

Minecraft can sometimes be inaccessible on certain networks due to technical issues or restrictions. If you have successfully logged in to your game, you can still encounter communication problems between your computer/network and the server you are trying to connect to. Before you try any of the solutions below, make sure to double-check your internet connection and give your router, system, and Minecraft a quick restart to see if it fixes the issue. If you’re still facing issues, here’s how you can resolve connectivity errors in Minecraft.

Minecraft Server Connectivity Issues: All Possible Solutions

Here are all of the scenarios that could lead to Minecraft being inaccessible.

Minecraft servers are down 

Always check the following website to see if Minecraft is facing issues: 

Down Detector: https://downdetector.com/status/minecraft/ 

If the servers are down, simply wait for them to go live again.

Down Detector Minecraft

Windows Firewall is blocking Minecraft

  1. Search for “Windows Defender” in the Start menu and launch it

  2. Click on “Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall” 

  3. Select Minecraft and enable access to the game

  4. Exit the menu 

Windows Firewall

You may have another antivirus or firewall installed on your computer and will need to whitelist Minecraft on it as well. Search for steps to do so online depending on which program you have.

Access to Minecraft is restricted on your network 

Minecraft servers may sometimes be blocked on public networks, educational institutions, or workplaces. You may try using a virtual private network (VPN) or proxy to bypass any restrictions. here are plenty of popular options like ExpressVPN, Private Internet Access,  Surfshark, and even a trial version of a VPN can do the job. There is also a free proxy available for PC by Cloudflare that can usually bypass blocked websites. Head to https://one.one.one.one/ and download the app for Windows.

If you're on a wired connection, try connecting with a wireless connection or vice versa. Finally, you should try connecting with another network connection if possible. If none of these solutions helped, then you may want to check that this is not caused by some third-party Minecraft software/mods that you have downloaded. 

If you are unable to resolve your issue, submit a ticket at: https://help.minecraft.net/hc/en-us 

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.