Facing the annoying connection error while playing Valorant? Well, you may have already guessed the reason why this error message appears. Valorant is very less demanding in terms of PC specs. With Valorant, a little GPU power can go a long way! And get you stable 100+ FPS, of course. But that doesn’t eliminate Valorant’s hunger for a stable and fast internet connection. If you get a connection error frequently, it is because your internet connection isn’t stable or fast enough. Online multiplayer video games like Valorant require constant low ping to keep clients connected to the servers. Well, Valorant may actually be a bit too sensitive. To tackle this situation, we have jotted down a few fixes or workarounds that may help you get rid of the connection error in the game. Stick with us till the end of the article to know!
How to fix the ‘Valorant has encountered a connection error’ issue?
If you often encounter the ‘connection error’ while playing the popular FPS shooter, it may indicate that your network connection needs some attention. Check if your router is functioning properly. An old or faulty router may cause a high and unstable ping situation and thus a connection error. Check whether rebooting the router and modem fixes the issue for you. We also recommend using a wired (ethernet) connection over WiFi. Ditch the wireless and welcome the ethernet to get a more stable ping in Valorant!
In addition to troubleshooting your internet, close background apps. Heavy background applications will only make the network slower! Open the Task Manager app and check for background applications that could be causing a ‘connection error’ in Valorant. If you are using WiFi, try not to connect multiple devices to the network while playing Valorant.
Some users suggested uninstalling Vanguard – Valorant’s anti-cheat service – and opening the Valorant Client to trigger a fresh install of Vanguard. You can uninstall Vanguard from the Add and remove programs setting in Control Panel. This has reportedly helped some users. Also, try to note the following – Have you recently installed a third-party program? Applications like anti-virus, online voice chat clients, and more could block the Valorant client from accessing the servers and thus the dreaded ‘connection error’. Uninstall or disable such programs and check whether the issue persists.
The last but not least possible cause is a server outage or maintenance on Riot’s side. If Riot is planning to deploy an update, they may take down the servers for maintenance. Or, it could be just a server bug. To know about this, you can check Valorant’s official Twitter page for updates. However, if it’s a server bug or maintenance, there’s nothing you can do to fix it. You’ll have to wait for a hotfix or the maintenance period to be lifted.