Forza Horizon 4 players can’t go online due to new IPSEC error

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  • Forza Horizon 4 Xbox players encounter a critical error when trying to join online lobbies. 
  • The error code that they are prompted with while attempting to connect is IPSEC 0x89232001.
  • This is a well-known issue that keeps happening ever since the game was first released.
  • Even after trying all options available, the issue persists and Forza Support is working on fixing it.
Forza Horizon 4 IPSEC 0x89232001 error

After one Forza Horizon 4 player came forth and stated that he gets the IPSEC 0x89232001 error when trying to connect to an online lobby, others followed in his footsteps and claimed that they also struggle with the same issue.

Fans of the Microsoft exclusive game are now becoming enraged, after trying so many quick fixes that did not solve their problem and are left wondering what else to do.

IPSEC 0x89232001 when trying to play online on Xbox

Many Xbox and PC users that are trying to enjoy the online world of Forza Horizon 4 are dealing with critical errors that only allow the game to be played on single player, for the moment.

As described in the post, when trying to connect to a lobby, most of them are getting 0x89232001 or 0x89232000 IPSEC error codes.

Not being able to play Horizon 4 multiplayer is not a new issue, seeing how players have struggled with such problems ever since the game was released.

We wrote an extensive and helpful fix article that can help overcome these situations on PC, so you can go back to playing your favorite game with other players from around the world.

No official solutions available for the moment

The frustration of players keeps growing, as even after trying all the solutions provided by the official support articles and other users’ suggestions, the issue still persists.

Some even spent hours trying to fix the problem and get back to online gaming, without any luck. All of them state that the situation is not caused by any issues on their end.

I can assure you it’s not an issue on my end. The Forza Horizon 4 forums have been full of people suddenly having the same issue in the last few days, since the latest update.

However, through a Twitter post submitted yesterday, the Forza Support team announced that they are aware of this error and are working towards fixing it.

The team is currently investigating the reported server issues on #ForzaHorizon4. We appreciate you and your reports! Updates incoming when we have more information.

All that we can do now is wait for an official report from Forza Support, saying that they found a way to deal with the situation and what caused it in the first place.

Are you dealing with the same issue? Let us know if you found a workaround in the comments section below.

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Avatar Jason Pagni

Same problem can’t join life session but all other online stuff works just slow

Avatar Mayhemloki

Yes been receiving exactly the same error message. For the the past since 21/5/21. Funny though that been playing nearly every day for nearly 2 years and it’s never been a problem, so don’t know why, it should have been resolved long ago. Just getting annoying now. As I play destiny 2 and that has small issues too but its an online game only. Thanks

Avatar Tom

Found a fix.

Go into your Xbox SETTINGS–>General–>Network Settings–>Advanced Settings–>DNS SETTINGS–>Manual.
Set your primary DNS to 8.8.8.8
Set your Secondary DNS to 8.8.4.4
(THOSE the Google DNS servers.)

Start up the game and Horizon sessions will now connect.

Avatar Michael Arnold

This actually worked for me this morning, but not getting that IPSEC Error code tonight:

0x89232001 – See below for steps to fix this error code.
Exit the game completely
Then go into setting>network>network settings>advanced settings>alternate MAC address
Then clear it
Xbox will restart itself
After it restarts go into network settings and advanced settings again and go into ip settings and click automatic
Go into dns settings and select automatic
Go into alternate port selection and select automatic ..
Relaunch the game