ARK Join Failed: The Best Ways to Fix

Try these methods if you can't play ARK multiplayer because of the join failed error


Is ARK joined failed error bugging you repeatedly? You are at the right place. If you or your friend is encountering this problem, the solutions from this article, along with some crucial information, will help you.

ARK: Survival Evolved is an amazing game featuring a mysterious island where you will need to survive. The multiplayer feature has given it the next level of power to attract more gamers. However, problems like server joining errors can prevent you from getting proper experience. Luckily, you can solve this type of issue.

Why do I keep getting join failed message in ARK?

If suddenly you are unable to join a multiplayer game because of the join failed message in ARK, it may be because of any of these reasons:

  • Service is down: The problem may happen if the service suddenly goes down.
  • Problem with the connection: In most cases, your internet connection is the reason you are not being able to join the ARK server.
  • Firewall problem: The Firewall may interfere with your connection to the ARK server, which can trigger joined failed error.
  • Game file corruption: If somehow the installation files of ARK get corrupted, it may affect the whole game and trigger various issues like joining failed error while accepting a friend’s invitation or ARK not loading problems.

How to fix ARK join failed PC?

  1. Change DNS
  2. Whitelist ARK in the Firewall
  3. Repair the game files
  4. Update the network driver
  5. Re-install the game

You must ensure a few things before applying the troubleshooting methods. Otherwise, none of them may become effective. Here are these things:

  • Check the service status from this Twitter account: @survivetheark or from ARK: Survival Evolved’s
    Downdetector page.
  • Make sure the game is from the official source.
  • Ensure that you have a good internet connection and there is no hardware-related problem on your network card.
  • Everything seems OK; go through these methods to fix the join failed error on ARK.

1. Change DNS

Time needed: 5 minutes

  1. Press Win + I on the keyboard to open Windows Settings.

  2. Go to Network & Internet and click on Wi-Fi or Ethernet, depending on the connection you are using.going ethernet windows 11 settings

  3. Click on Edit next to the DNS server assignment.clicking edit next to the DNS server assignment Windows 11 settings

  4. Select Manual if not already selected.

  5. Enable IPv4 or IPv6, depending on the DNS server address you are going to use.

  6. Type your Preferred DNS and an Alternate DNS address and click on Save.saving dns windows 11 settings

If you don’t have a decent DNS address, we suggest you use and This is Google DNS which is free and very stable.

2. Whitelist ARK in the Firewall

2.1 Allow in Windows Firewall

  1. Open the Start Menu, type Windows Security, and hit Enter.
  2. Go to Firewall & network protection.going firewall network protection windows security defender
  3. Click on Allow an app through Firewall.clicking allow an app through firewall windows security
  4. Click on Change settings. It will require admin rights.
  5. Tick for both Private and Public networks next to the ARK.allowing app in windows defender firewall
  6. Click on OK.

2.2 Allow in third-party Firewall

  1. Open the third-party Antivirus or Firewall you are using.
  2. Go to Protection and then Firewall.
  3. Go to Firewall settings.going firewall settings bitdefender
  4. Allow the ARK for both public and private networks.

We have used Bitdefender to demonstrate these steps. If you use a different antivirus like ESET or anything else, you may get slightly different options.

After whitelisting, you can try again and see if it has solved ARK join failed error or not.

3. Repair the game files

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Right-click on ARK: Survival Evolved and go to Properties.
  3. Go to the Local files tab.
  4. Click on Verify integrity of game files.clicking verify integrity of game files steam
  5. Wait until it finishes the process.

4. Update the network driver

  1. Press Win + R on the keyboard to open Run.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.
  3. Right-click on the network adapter you are using and click on Update driver.updating network adapter windows device manager
  4. Follow any onscreen steps to complete the process.

Device Manager is not a very good option for updating the network drivers. It may show you that everything is alright even though the driver is not up to date. So, we suggest you use PC HelpSoft. This tool can update your network drivers to the most recent version with just a single click.

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5. Re-install the game

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Right-click on ARK: Survival Evolved and then click on Uninstall.uninstalling ark steam
  3. After that, click on the Install button to install this game again.

Now, you can launch ARK and try to join a server or accept your friend’s invitation and see if it has solved the problem or not.

If you are using a different game launcher, the steps will be mostly similar.

If you still encounter this problem, we suggest you try a different network. You can consider using a different WiFi network or your mobile hotspot and see if it works. For some users, we also suggest you try a gaming VPN like ExpressVPN to see if you can play multiplayer successfully or not.

Also, you could try to Update Windows to the latest version and restart your PC.

This article has explained the best methods to fix the joined failed error on ARK. If you have any questions or opinions, feel free to let us know in the comment box.

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