How To Fix Minecraft Server Connection Timed Out Error On Windows

Minecraft was first released in 2021 and still considered to be one of the best selling game since then. Although Minecraft is a solid video game there are instances wherein certain issues can occur such as getting Error “Server Connection Timed Out” when gamers are trying to connect to a server while playing the game. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will show you the ways on how to fix Minecraft Server Connection Timed out Error on your Windows PC.

Fix Error “Minecraft Server Connection Timed Out” on Windows 10 PC

There are several causes that can cause this particular problem ranging from the third party antivirus programs installed on your computer, firewall port issues or server connection problem.

But Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting solutions listed below its best to reboot your computer. This will refresh the Windows 10 operating system and will usually fix most of the common windows related issues.

Step 1: Uninstall Third Party Antivirus

There are instances wherein third party antivirus program installed can cause issues on your computer. It is recommended to uninstall third party antivirus program and check if error issue still occurs.

  1. Type “Control Panel” at the search bar on your Windows located at the lower left.

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  2. Click on Control Panel result to Open Control panel window.

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  3. Inside Control panel section, make sure View by is set to Category.

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  4. Click Uninstall a Program under the Programs section.

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  5. Locate your third party antivirus installed on your computer, right click and then click Uninstall button from the drop down menu. Follow the onscreen instructions on how to uninstall antivirus program.

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  6. Restart your computer.

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After uninstalling third party antivirus program, check if Error “Minecraft Server Connection Timed Out” on Windows PC problems still occurs.

Step 2: Forward Port 25565 in Windows Firewall

For Minecraft game to function properly, you need to forward port 25565 on Windows firewall.

To do this:

  1. Type “Control Panel” at the search bar on your Windows located at the lower left.
  2. Click on Control Panel result to Open Control panel window.
  3. Make sure View By is set to “Large icons”
  4. Click on Windows Defender Firewall tab.
  5. At the left pane, click Advanced Settings tab, a new window opens.
  6. Right click on Inbound Rules option at the left pane.
  7. Click the option New Rule from the drop down menu, a new window opens.
  8. Select Port tab under the Rule type section, then click Next
  9. Select TCP or UDP tab
  10. Click to select the option specific local ports and then input 25565. Click Next.
  11. Select the option Allow the connection, then click Next.
  12. Make sure to select all options to apply the rule then click Next.
  13. Name the new rule and then click Finish.
  14. Repeat the same steps on Outbound Rules .

After forwarding 25565 port on your firewall, check if Error “Minecraft Server Connection Timed Out” on Windows PC still occurs.

Step 3: Forward Port in Router

If the steps mentioned above did not fix the error message, try to forward port in your router to your PC.

  1. Type “Command prompt” at the search bar on your Windows located at the lower left.
  2. At Command prompt result, click Run as Administrator from the drop down menu.
  3. At Command Prompt window, type the command ipconfig /all and press Enter
  4. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open RUN dialog box.
  5. Type “ncpa.cpl’ and press Enter or click OK to open Internet Connection settings.
  6. Right click on your connection and click Properties from the drop down menu.
  7. Stay on Networking tab.
  8. Locate from the list Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.
  9. Stay on the General tab.
  10. Click on the option Use the following DNS server addresses.
  11. For Preferred DNS server, enter the digits 8.8.8.8
  12. For Alternate DNS server, enter the digits 8.8.4.4
  13. Click Validate settings upon exit option.
  14. Click OK to apply changes made.

Check if Error “Minecraft Server Connection Timed Out” on Windows PC problems still occurs.

Step 4: Use a different version of Minecraft game

It is possible that new versions of the Minecraft updates is not supported with other servers. Try to change to a different version of the game and check if the error is resolved.

To do this:

  1. Open Minecraft Launcher. It is usually located at the desktop of your computer.
  2. Inside Minecraft, click the Installations button.
  3. Click +New option.
  4. Click Version tab to expand it its drop down menu.
  5. Select other versions of the game from the drop down menu and then click Create
  6. Once the download of the version is complete, it will then be added to the installations menu of on your Minecraft.
  7. Select the new version you just created with you try to play with the server your selected.

Check if Minecraft Server Connection Timed Out Error still occurs.

Step 5: Reset Internet Connection

There are some cases where your internet connection is being blocked by the servers of the game. Try to reset Internet Connection using the Command prompt and check if the error will be fix.

To do this:

  1. Type “Command prompt” at the search bar on your Windows located at the lower left.
  2. Right click on the Command Prompt result and click Run as Administrator from the drop down menu.
  3. Type the following command at the Command Prompt and press Enter after each commands:
  4. Type ipconfig /release and press Enter
  5. Type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter
  6. Type ipconfig /renew and press Enter
  7. Type netsh int ip and press Enter
  8. Type netsh int ip set dns and press Enter.
  9. Type netsh winsock reset and press Enter
  10. Exit Command Prompt
  11. Restart your computer

After computer completely reboots, Check if Minecraft Server Connection Timed Out Error still occurs.

Step 6: Allow Server through Firewall

It is possible that error message occurs when Windows Firewall blocked the connection to the server. Make sure to allow Server through firewall to help fix the issue.

  1. Type “Control Panel” at the search bar on your Windows located at the lower left.
  2. Click on Control Panel result to Open Control panel window.
  3. Make sure View By is set to “Large icons”
  4. Click on Windows Defender Firewall tab.
  5. At the left pane, click the option “Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.
  6. Click Change Settings located at the upper right.
  7. Locate Minecraft Launcher, if it can’t be located click the option Allow another app
  8. Click Browse and locate Minecraft Launcher installation folder. It is usually located on this address: C:\Program Files (x86)\Minecraft Launcher\MinecraftLauncher.exe
  9. Click ADD button. Make sure both Private and Public are checked.
  10. Click OK to apply changes made.
  11. Exit Windows Firewall Properties Window.

Check if Minecraft Server Connection Timed Out Error still occurs

After following the steps mentioned, you will successfully fix Minecraft Server Connection Timed Out Error On Windows

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