Fix failed to host lobby error on Xbox with 4 quick tips

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as a front-end web developer. Read more
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  • The failed to host lobby error is pretty serious because you can't play any games. Find all the solutions below.
  • One solution is to hard reset your console. To do that, hold the power button for at least 15 seconds. Then, start it again.
  • Of course you like gaming, and we do too so check our Gaming category for more articles on this topic.
  • We wrote extensively about Xbox issues so visit our Xbox troubleshooting hub for more solutions to other issues.
xbox error failed to host lobby

Xbox is one of the most popular gaming consoles. However, nothing is perfect. Many users encountered failed to host lobby error on Xbox.

One user reported the following on the Reddit forum:

Initially I would occasionally get this, re queue and it would work fine. Now I can’t play at all, no matter the gamemode, just says can’t host lobby

So, this can be a severe problem, because the user can’t play any games. Luckily, quite a few easy solutions are available. These will fix the error in no time.

Today, we will show you how to make failed to host lobby error on Xbox a thing of the past.

How can I fix host lobby error on Xbox?

1. Restart the game

Sometimes, this issue can be solved just by restarting the game.

2. Hard-reset your console

To reset your Xbox console, you need to hold the power button for at least 15 seconds. Then, start the console again.

3. Obtain DNS automatically

If the solutions above didn’t work, you need to change some settings in your DNS.

  1. Press Windows Key + R and write ncpa.cpl.
  2. Press Enter or click ncpa
  3. Locate your network connection, right-click it and choose Properties.
  4. When the Properties window opens, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties ethernet
  5. Select Obtain DNS server address automatically and Obtain an IP address automatically from Ethernet properties.
  6. Click Ok.dns automatically
  7. Repeat the operation for Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6).

4. Re-add your account

Some users reported that if they remove and then re-add their account, your XBOX will work. The games could get corrupted, so, the re-adding your account will solve the failed to host lobby error.


So, it is quite possible that this issue can be solved in no time with the easiest solutions. As you can see, a simple restart can solve this error, but if not, a simple twitch in your DNS settings will make this problem a thing of the past.

However, if you already obtain DNS automatically and the failed to host lobby error appears, just change it to manual.

Also, make sure your games are not corrupted to enjoy the perfect Xbox experience.

Did our solutions work for you? Do let us know in the comments section below!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • First, restart the game. That might fix the issue quickly. If that doesn’t work, follow our comprehensive guide to fix this error.

  • If you can’t join or host an Xbox Live multiplayer game, check the Server connectivity. If that is fine, check our full guide to fix the problem easily.

  • Make changes to settings in Communication & multiplayer and Game Content so that you allow multiplayer connection and share content. If you can’t play multiplayer online on Xbox Live, here’s an excellent guide on how to fix that issue.