Apex Legends Code Leaf Error: How to Fix

Apex Legends players are still encountering code leaf error
Apex Legends players are still encountering code leaf error / Photo courtesy of Respawn Entertainment

The code leaf error of Apex Legends continues to plague players as a backend issue for the game. Back in 2019, Respawn revealed in a check-in on Reddit that the error would hit every single player on a match and not just some players: "The vast majority of players reporting the error are getting code:leaf. This means the backend created a match, our servers successfully talked to one another, we sent users there, and the player never got an answer from that new server.

We then gathered enough data to prove that servers don't think clients are timing out, but clients think servers are timing out. That was a strange finding. We also verified that we aren’t launching matches that are partially full - so code:leaf seems to hit every single player on that match server, not just some players." Apex Legends is celebrating its two-year anniversary, and players are still encountering this issue.

Apex Legends Code Leaf Error: How to Fix

There are a couple of different ways players can attempt to fix this issue on their end, but its important to note that the solution may not work for everyone. Just as with all technology, the first attempt is the simplest - try rebooting your gaming system as well as your router.

Additionally, this workaround seems to work for some console players:

  1. Launch Apex Legends
  2. Hold down the right analog stick to access the data center as the game loads
  3. Pick a low ping server that is different from the one you’re currently in
  4. Search for a match

Lastly, try playing on a different account. If you're still encountering issues try launching a different game entirely. If that game doesn't work, it's likely something on your end. If it does work, then there might be an issue with Respawn's servers entirely. The Apex Legends Twitter is a great resource to use for any and all live updates on the game.