How to Fix Error 71 in Rocket League

Loading into an online game? When Error 71 shows up in Rocket League, this can be a nightmare. Here's the %currentyear% solution.

Rocket League Error Code 71 is a matchmaking error that's caused by server issues, network problems or attempting to play with an outdated version of the game. What error code 71 means is that there was a connection timeout as your game took too long to connect to the server.

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These are the most common causes for Rocket League Error Code 71

  • Server is down
  • Player has an outdated version of Rocket League
  • Network issue limiting communication to game sever

These are three simple problems with several potential solutions. It's always a good idea to restart the game when you run into error codes since restarting the game or console are common solutions to most problems. If you've already done this and it's still not working then the methods below will help you fix the problem.

Method 1: Check the Current Server Status

Something very simple that's often forgotten about is the server status of the official Rocket League servers. Rocket League servers can go offline for maintenance, updates and other reasons too. Most of these will be announced on their official channels so if you follow them on social media then you'll see announcements for this.Here are the server status links so you can confirm if your platform is offline or online:

Method 2: Adding an exception to the anti-virus and disabling firewall

For most PC games, the first time you launch a game will bring up a permissions request so it can be added as an exception to the anti-virus and firewall.

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This is normally a requirement to play the game and it will close otherwise but software updates to the game, operating system and ones targeting the firewall or anti-virus can cause problems. It could remove the exception so it stops the game from working correctly.

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Anti-virus

Each anti-virus works differently so we can't give you an exact guide that's a one fit all. However, this is the general process:

  1. Open the anti-virus. If you have a small icon for it in the taskbar then you can right-click it and select the appropriate option to open a new window such as Settings, Open Security Dashboard or Open software. This depends on the software, however!
  2. Find the area about Virus protection (where this and what it's called is depends on the software)
  3. Add exceptions for Steam exe and Rocket League exe

When trying to see how to add exceptions there's normally a Browse option where you need to manually find each thing you want to add. We do advise that you search for the specific instructions for the one installed on your PC. The three steps above are the general guide to how it works but using a guide specific to your software will make things much easier.

Firewall

These can be common problems for gamers. While we do need firewalls to keep our computers safe, it can cause issues with some multiplayer games. Usually, because there's not an exception for the game or Steam.

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A common solution to online game problems is to turn the firewall off while playing. First, however, it's a good idea to make sure there's still an exception for the game and Steam.

  1. Launch the firewall : If it's Windows Firewall then go to Control Panel > Windows Firewall
  2. Find the section with Allowed Apps and open the full list
  3. Search for Steam and Rocket League (or whatever platform you play Rocket League on)
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  1. Make sure the boxes for them are both ticked

That's how you check the firewall exceptions to ensure the game can be played through it but if you can't find Steam or Rocket League on the list at all then that's a different issue. Remember, it's a good idea to check how to do this online for your specific firewall so you can be certain you've done this correctly. Each one works differently and might give you differently named boxes and options.If you need to disable the firewall then you should also be able to find this option by opening the firewall. Where this option can be found depends on the software but it's usually obvious. We have an example here for Windows Defender Firewall which comes with Windows 10.

Method 3: Forwarding the Rocket League ports

We have a full-length guide on this topic to walk you through the full process. Forwarding the ports can sound extreme or scary but this is something that can improve your overall gameplay experience even if it doesn't fix any problems. As a result, you can experience lag or network issues even with high internet speeds.

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This is the way you add the ports to your router but we have a full guide explaining each step in detail here (include a link to the main guide). Keep in mind that you may need to ask the house owner or designated IT person in the house if you can do this first.

  1. Enter the IP address of the router into a web browser
  2. Log in with the router username and password
  3. Add the appropriate ports depending on the device you're playing on
  4. Restart the router once saved
  5. Restart the gaming device as well

These are the Rocket League ports for every system. You'll want to copy and paste them into the appropriate area once you've accessed the router settings.The full details including the Rocket League ports you need for each platform can be found here: https://theglobalgaming.com/rocket-league/port-forwarding/Basically, here is what you have to do:

  1. Access the router’s settings.
  2. Forward the additional ports that are needed. Depending on which system you play Rocket League, the Port Number can vary:SteamTCP: 27015-27030,27036-27037

    UDP: 4380,27000-27031,27036Playstation 4TCP: 1935,3478-3480

    UDP: 3074,3478-3479Xbox OneTCP: 3074

    UDP: 88,500,3074,3544,4500SwitchTCP: 6667,12400,28910,29900,29901,29920

    UDP: 1-65535
  3. After you have successfully added the necessary ports, turn off the WiFi system and/or console. Then restart the system and check if the problem has been resolved.

Method 4: Restart or Reset the Router

If Error Code 71 isn't fixed by the other methods then you'll want to restart the router. If you've done Method 3 and forwarded the Rocket League ports then you've already restarted the game. Should that not work then you'll want to consider a router reset but that's the last resort since it will disrupt the rest of the household.

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Restarting the router can help to fix various issues with Rocket League, online games and internet connection issues. This is a commonly recommended solution for fixing problems regarding the internet.

Method 5: Restart the Device

The very first thing you should do when encountering an error code in Rocket League is the same as for any other game. Restart the game and then try restarting the device. Errors can appear if something strange happens while the game launches so restarting the game might fix the problem.

Method 6: Update the Router Firmware

Software and hardware not being updated is a common cause for problems in the tech industry in regards to most modern items. While this is usually obvious, they can slip under the radar sometimes.

Final Thoughts

Rocket League Error Code 71 is a problem caused by server issues, network issues or having an outdated version of the game. These three simple causes also have some simple solutions to deal with each potential problem.

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As a result, error code 71 shouldn't worry you as it simply means something is causing you to be unable to connect to the servers.Going through each of the methods will get your game back up and running in no time. These solutions should fix the problem for you relatively quickly.