Fortnite stuck on Please wait [Solved]

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by Matthew Adams
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Fix fortnite stuck on please wait

Fortnite is one of the best battle royale games that players need the Epic Games launcher to play.

However, some players have encountered an issue in which Epic Games gets stuck at a Please wait while we start your update message.

Consequently, Epic Games doesn’t open when it gets stuck at the Please wait message; and then players can’t play Fortnite: Battle Royale.

How can I fix the Epic Games please wait error?

1. Run Epic Games as an administrator

Right-click your Epic Games shortcut and select Run as administrator.


2. Add wininet to the Epic Games target path

  1.  Right-click Epic Games’ shortcut and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Shortcut tab.
  3. Enter -http=wininet at the end of the path in the Target box as in the snapshot directly below.
    Shortcut tab fortnite stuck on please wait
  4. Click the Apply option.
  5. Click OK to exit the window.

3. Turn off the Windows firewall

  1. Press the Windows key + S hotkey to open the search box.
  2. Next, type firewall in the search box.
  3. Click Windows Defender Firewall to open the Control Panel applet in the shot directly below.
    Windows Defender Firewall fortnite stuck on please wait
  4. Click Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off to open Customize Settings.
    Turn off Windows Defender Firewall options fortnite stuck on please wait
  5. Select both the Turn off Windows Defender Firewall radio buttons there, and click the OK option.
  6. Try opening Epic Games again.

Note: If Epic Games opens without issues, you’ll know it was a firewall issue. To not have to turn the firewall off every time you play, simply add the Epic Games software to the firewall’s exception list.


4. Disable the proxy server

  1. Open the Cortana search box.
  2. Type proxy server.
  3. Click Proxy Settings to open the options in the shot directly below.
    Use a proxy server option fortnite stuck on please wait
  4. Toggle the Use a proxy server option off.

5. Reset Windows 10

  1. Click the Type here to search button on the taskbar.
  2. Type reset.
  3. Click Reset this PC to open Settings as below.
    Get started button fortnite stuck on please wait
  4. Click the Get Started button.
  5. Select the Keep my files option.
  6. Click Next to continue.
  7. Press the Reset button.

We hope this guide has managed to fix your Epic Games launcher issues. Now, with the problem being gone, you can play Fortnite without being bothered by annoying errors.


FAQ: Learn more about the Fortnite/Epic Games Please wait error

  • Can the Please wait error be a server issue?

This error can be caused by a server-side issue. In case you can’t download any content, check out this thorough article to fix it.

  • Will disabling or uninstalling my third-party antivirus utility help?

Yes, that might also resolve the issue as some third-party antivirus software have their own firewalls. Explore our best antivirus software guide for some options.

  • Can I play Fortnite on Windows without the Epic Games launcher?

No, you will need an Epic Games launcher in order to play Fortnite.