Rocket League Error 71 - How to fix Connection Timed Out error

A Rocket League car colliding with a ball - Rocket League Error 71
Credit: Psyonix

A Rocket League car colliding with a ball - Rocket League Error 71
Credit: Psyonix

The incredible popularity of Rocket League shows no sign of abating. But with online games, come errors - in this case, Rocket League error 71. While game developers do all they can to make the experience as seamless as possible, errors are unfortunately almost inevitable. Knowing this doesn't make them any less frustrating.

That's where we come in. Like a benevolent deity offering help and answers. Today, we'll be taking a look at Rocket League Error 71, what causes it, and how you can fix it.

What causes Rocket League Error

Rocket League Error 71 is accompanied by the message "Your connection to the game timed out". This is is what is known as a matchmaking error. This means that there has been an issue communicating with the game servers. There is usually one of three reasons that this might be happening to you:

  • An outage of the remote server
  • A network issue, stopping you from communicating with the server
  • An out-of-date version of Rocket League

Resolving these issues will normally be all you need to do, to fix Rocket League Error 71. But how exactly, can you go about fixing these problems? We'll cover that next.

Check Rocket League Server Status

Given the variety of possible causes for this error, it's important to run through a few different checks, to try to narrow down and remedy the problem.

  • Start by checking whether there are any known issues with the servers. This can be as straightforward as checking the Rocket League Twitter feed. You can also check the Xbox service status here. Go here if you are using a PlayStation. If there are any issues on the server side of things, then you are pretty much stuck until the issue has been resolved.

Restart your router

If the servers are all showing green lights, then that is indicative of a more localised issue. The next thing for you to do is to power cycle your router, to see if there is a problem with your home network. This is surprisingly common, and often a simple restart is sufficient to get you back up and running.

There are other basic network-related things you can do as well - make sure you are as close to the router as possible. Consider switching to a wired connection if you are on WiFi. Make sure you don't have lots of other devices and apps battling for bandwidth.

If a restart doesn't seem to do the trick, then doing a reset by using a pin to press the dedicated reset button, would be your next port of call. Follow your router instruction manual to complete this properly. Normally, this will erase any custom settings you may have put in place.

Finally, you can consider port forwarding on your router. Rocket League have provided a guide for what you need to do here. They do make it clear that this only works in situations where you cannot connect to the Rocket League servers. They also emphasise that doing this may pose a security risk. So do bear that in mind.

Other options

While the points raised earlier are the most common ways to fix Error 71, there are a couple of other things to look as well:

  • Make sure you are playing the most up-to-date version of Rocket League, in case the issue is being caused by an outdated version.
  • If you are on PC, make sure your AntiVirus and firewall aren't blocking Rocket League
  • Try restarting your gaming device, in case this helps
  • Update the firmware on your router. You can also try restarting your router to refresh your internet connection.

It's highly likely that once you've gone through all these steps, you'll be back up and running on Rocket League. But if nothing is working, then you may need to contact the support team for either Rocket League, or your games console, for further assistance.

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