Unable to join Friends Party in Fortnite? We got the fix

by Tashreef Shareef
Tashreef Shareef
Tashreef Shareef
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Fortnite being a popular online multiplayer game allows you to join friend’s party to play the game online. However, recently some users have reported that they are unable to join friends’ parties successfully.

Whenever the user tries to join a friend’s party, either they get unable to join the party error are kicked out of the party as soon as they join it. This is a common error and there is no clear-cut instruction to resolve this error.

However, here are a couple of solutions that you can try to troubleshoot this error on your device.

Can’t join Friends Parties in Fortnite? Learn how to fix that

  1. Change the Skin
  2. Change Lobby to Public and Join without Invite
  3. Join Friends through Epic Friends List
  4. Download Fortnite Save the Word Content
  5. Temporary Server Issue

1. Change the Skin

As it strange it may sound, users have reported that changing the Skin has fixed the error and they are able to join the friend’s party again. Here is how to do it.

  1. Launch Fortnite and sign in.
  2. Click on the Locker tab at the top menu.
    Fortnite locker
  3. Under Account and Equipment section, click on your current Skin.
  4. Now you can see all the Skin collection you have. Click any of the available Skin and Fortnite will apply the Skin to your character.
  5. You can further customize the character if you want to.
  6. Now back to the game and join a random solo game and wait until you are in the lobby.
  7. Accept the invite once your friends send you an invite to join the party.

2. Change Lobby to Public and Join without Invite

Another workaround to fix the unable to join friends party error in Fortnite is to change the lobby to public and then join the party without the invite.

  1. Launch Fortnite and go to Settings Menu.
    Change Lobby Fortnite
  2. In the top right, click on Private and select Public.

The only disadvantage here is that you cannot have only your friends to join the party. After changing the lobby to the public, you should be able to join the party without the invite.

3. Join Friends through Epic Friends List

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Alternatively, you can try to join the friend’s party through the Epic game Friends list. However, first, you need to add your friends to your Epic account using their Epic username or email address. Once added, you can invite them to join the party, here is how to do it.

  1. Launch Fortnite on your Windows system.
  2. From the Fortnite Menu, click on the Friends tab.
  3. Click on the Add Friend Option.
  4. Enter the Epic username or email address and send the friend request.
  5. Once your friend accepts the request, try to join the party again and see if the error is resolved.
  6. If you are an Xbox user you need to use the Xbox Gamertag of your friend to add them on Fortnite.

4. Download Fortnite Save the Word Content

Another user reported solution is to turn on Fortnite Save the Word option in the settings. Here is how to do it.

  1. On your PC, exit the game if running.
  2. Relaunch the Fortnite game launcher.
  3. Right-click on the Settings (cog icon) and select Options.
    Fortnite Save the World
  4. Under “Fortnite Installation Options”, check “Fortnite Save the World” option.
  5. Click on Apply to save the changes.

Note: wait for the selected download to complete before you can play the game again.

5. Temporary Server Issue

Fortnite Server status

If none of the troubleshooting tips helped you fix the error, it might be a temporary server issue at Fortnite’s end.

In this case, you can only wait for the Fortnite server to fix the issue on their end and let you join friends party.


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