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Fortnite Not Connecting To Match: Connect With These Steps

Fortnite Not Connecting To Match: Connect With These Steps

If Fortnite is not connecting to a match or you are getting a Fortnite matchmaking error, this guide will show you why this error happens and how you can fix it on your device.

Sometimes, Fortnite won’t connect to a match when the server detects that the date and time on your device in comparison to the server you are connected to is different. To fix this, adjust the time and date on your computer to the same region or server you have chosen from the Fortnite Settings.

Let’s find out what causes the error and some additional solutions to fixing the matchmaking issue.

What Does MatchMaking Error Mean?

fortnite match error message

Epic Games has huge recourses at its disposal. However, it is difficult to keep the gameplay bug-free due to the huge participation of users around the world.

A lot of users reported that when they enable the Battle Royale lobby, they are not allowed to enter it and get the following matchmaking “Whoops!” error message.

“We had trouble talking to the matchmaker. Give it another shot, but if the problem continues, check out”

When this error pops up, it won’t allow you to join a match. Let’s figure out why this happens.

Why Is My Fortnite Matchmaking Not Working?

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Most of the time, the error shows up from the Epic Games developer’s end. As the number of players increases to prove their skills against millions around the globe, the chances of this error showing up on the screen increase as well.

Which bug causes the error is still unknown but if Fortnite is not connecting to a match, it can be due to the following reasons.

  • Epic Games releases updates periodically. When an update is available, millions of users try to download it all at once which overloads the Fortnite servers and you get the matchmaking error.
  • When you press the Play button, the game puts you in a queue. However, you are not the only one to press it as the Fortnite Battle Royale fan base is quite strong. Therefore, when thousands and thousands press the Play button, the simultaneously occurring queues overload the server and cause the matchmaking error.

How Do I Fix Matchmaking Error On Fortnite PC?

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“Fortnite not connecting to match” error is easy to resolve if you know the solutions for it. Follow the instructions in these troubleshooting methods and get back into playing the survival game.

Restart the Fortnite Game

If you are playing the game on your personal computer, the first fix for the matchmaking error is to close the Fortnite app and open it again. However, simply closing the game might not work. You need to do it from the Task Manager on your PC. To do this:

  • Press CTRL+ALT+DEL and select the Task Manager from the list
  • Alternatively, you can right-click on the taskbar and click on Start Task Manager
  • Now click on the Processes tab and scroll to find the Epic Games Launcher on the list of processes
  • Select the Epic Games Launcher process and hit the End Task button
  • Close the Task Manager
  • Next, open the Epic Games Launcher from the list of Programs and run the Fortnite app
  • Try to connect to the game server and verify that you don’t see the error anymore
  • If you still see the error, try uninstalling the Fortnite app and installing it again

If you are using a gaming console, reboot the device and connect to the gaming server to fix the error.

Change Matchmaking Server

The next fix you can do is to change your current crowded server on Fortnite to a less crowded one. To do this:

  • Launch the Fortnite app on your device
  • Navigate to the Menu option and then click on Settings
  • Click on the gear icon
  • Select a server different from your region
  • Now hit the Apply button and run Fortnite error-free

Adjust Date and Time Settings

Sometimes, the matchmaking error pops up if the Fortnite server detects that the date and time on your device in comparison to the server you are connected to is wrong. To fix this on a PC:

  • Click on the Windows icon start menu and then select the Settings box
  • Next, click on Time & Language settings
  • Set both “Time” and “Time zone” automatically to off position
  • Finally, adjust the time and date according to your region or to the server you have chosen from the Fortnite Settings
  • Now run the Fortnite game to get rid of the error this time

For gaming consoles, you can go to the Settings and change Time & Date from there.


We hope that the fixes mentioned in this guide worked for you and helped you get rid of the “Fortnite not connecting to match” error. However, if the error persists, check Epic Games Launcher status and wait for half an hour as they might be releasing an update that is resulting in a temporary matchmaking error.


  • Michael Stokes

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