This article lists some solutions to fix the Valorant TIMEOUT error on Windows 11/10. Usually, this error occurs while launching the game. According to the users, restarting the game did not help. If you cannot play Valorant due to this error, you can use the fixes provided in this article.
The complete error message is:
Something unusual has happened and it is taking longer than expected to load. Please restart to try again or reach out to our player support team.
Fix Valorant TIMEOUT error on Windows 11/10
Use the following suggestions to fix the Valorant TIMEOUT error on Windows PC.
- Check Riot Games Service Status
- Did you overclock your CPU or GPU?
- Run Valorant as an administrator
- Temporarily disable your antivirus and firewall
- Flush your DNS cache
- Reset Windows Sockets
- Change your DNS Server
Let’s see all these fixes in detail.
1] Check Riot Games Service Status
The error may be occurring due to the server issue. In such a case, you have to wait till Riot Games fix this problem. You can check the Riot Games Server Status by visiting their official website.
When you visit the website, you will see the current server status under the CURRENT MESSAGES tab. If you want to check the issues with the Valorant Server, click on the Valorant after visiting the official website. After that, you will see the Valorant Service Status.
2] Did you overclock your CPU or GPU?
If there is no issue with Valorant servers, the cause of the problem may lie on your side. Did you overclock your CPU or GPU? Some users reported that they started experiencing this error after overclocking their CPU or GPU. If you have done the same, we suggest you revert the changes and then check if this fixes the error.
3] Run Valorant as an administrator
One working fix is to run Valorant as an administrator. To do so, right-click on the Valorant shortcut on your desktop and select Run as administrator. If this works, you can make Valorant always run as an administrator.
4] Temporarily disable your antivirus and firewall
Your antivirus or firewall might be blocking the game from accessing the internet due to which Valorant is displaying the Timeout error. You can check this by temporarily disabling your antivirus and firewall. If the error disappears after disabling your antivirus and firewall, you have to add the Valorant exe file as an exception to your antivirus and firewall.
If you are using a third-party antivirus and firewall, visit their official website or contact their support to know the process to exclude the programs in your third-party antivirus and firewall.
5] Flush your DNS cache
With time, the DNS cache can get corrupted. These corrupted DNS caches can cause internet issues. Network issues are also responsible for the Valorant Timeout error. To fix internet problems, you can clear or flush your DNS cache.
You have to launch the Administrator Command Prompt to clear the DNS cache. If you do not want to use the Command Prompt, you can also use our FixWin 11 utility to clear the DNS cache with a single click.
After clearing the DNS cache, restart your computer.
5] Reset Windows Sockets
Windows Sockets is a programming interface that decides how a program handles input and output requests for the internet. The corruption of Windows Sockets can also cause this error. We suggest you reset the Windows Sockets and see if it helps.
You can also create a batch file to perform multiple operations with a single click, like a batch file to release TCP/IP, Flush DNS, Reset Winsock, and Reset Proxy.
7] Change your DNS Server
If the problem still persists, try to change the DNS Server. Use Google Public DNS, as it has helped a lot of users. Follow the instructions mentioned below:
- Open the Control Panel.
- Go to Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
- Select your WiFi network.
- The Wi-Fi Status window will open. Click on the Properties button.
- Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list.
- Click Properties.
- Select Use the following DNS server address.
- Type 126.96.36.199 in the Preferred DNS server and 188.8.131.52 in the Alternate DNS server.
- Click OK to save the settings.
That’s it. I hope this helps.
Why isn’t Valorant working on Windows 11?
The most common cause of this issue is incompatibility. Your computer should have compatible hardware to run Valorant. If your system fulfills the minimum system requirements but you cannot play Valorant, the cause of the problem depends on the error you receive. For example, Valorant login errors usually occur due to internet connection problems and server issues.
How to play Val on Windows 11?
To play Valorant on Windows 11, your system should meet the minimum hardware requirements for the game. If you have a capable system, download and install the Valorant game from the Official website of Riot Games.
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