Having connection issues in Overwatch? Here’s how to fix them.
As gathered from players reviews, one of the most notorious issues associated with Overwatch is the server connection error, which cuts off/restricts internet connectivity, leaving players locked out of the game.
To resolve this issue, we have come up with a number of reliable fixes. Read on!
How to Fix Overwatch Connection Issues
Connection issues in Overwatch are basically caused by instability of host device’s internet connectivity/network. However, in some cases, the connection issue could be attributed to an error from the game servers.
Nevertheless, below are some fixes to try:
Note: Make sure your operating system and drivers are up-to-date.
Solution 1: Restart PC
For a start, try and reboot your PC to troubleshoot your internet network. Upon restart, check if the issue is resolved.
Still unable to connect? Proceed with the more advanced fix(es) below.
Solution 2: Diagnose & Troubleshoot Network
Blizzard offers a network diagnostic tool – “Looking-Glass” – which can be used to determine the cause of a connection error. The tool, when deployed, determines if a connection error is from your device or from Blizzard’s servers.
To deploy this tool, simply go here and follow the prompt commands to run your tests.
Solution 3: Optimize Wi-Fi or Router
If the “Looking-Glass” diagnosis shows that the connection error is from your PC, you can proceed to troubleshoot your internet network. For a start, you can optimize your router (if you’re on a Wi-Fi network).
On the other hand, to optimize your Wi-Fi, simply reset (remove and reconnect) your router/modem. Also, disable other programs, which hitherto, were sharing the network with Overwatch.
If the problem persists afterwards, try the next fix.
Solution 4: Disable Firewall
Do you have an antivirus/security program (with firewall) installed on your PC? This could be what’s interfering with the game’s connection. Therefore, try and disable the firewall or simply uninstall the host security program.
Alternatively, you can add Overwatch to the firewall’s list of exceptions.
Solution 5: Other Fixes
If the above procedures could not resolve the connection issue(s), try the following fixes:
- Disable proxies
- Flush DNS
- Close other apps running in background
If the connection issue is caused by Overwatch servers, you’d have to wait until the problem is fixed from Blizzard’s end, or simply reach out to their support team here.
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