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How to Fix Forza Horizon 5 Disconnected from Server Error

Some players have reported being disconnected from the server when playing Forza Horizon 5. Here's what you need to know.

Forza Horizon 5 launched just yesterday. While many have been getting fully stuck into everything the game has to offer, some players haven't been so lucky. Users have reported a few errors cropping up, primarily the message "you have been disconnected from the session." For online players, this error is particularly frustrating. The disconnect might only happen momentarily, but it's long enough for it to start affecting some of the game's features.

Other players have reported being disconnected from the server when trying to play with friends, turning what should be a fun hang-out with friends into a technological battle. Fortunately, there could be a few fixes to the problem so be sure to try one of these if you keep getting the error.

How to Fix Forza Horizon 5 Disconnected from Server Error

For some users, the disconnect isn't brief and has rendered the online features unplayable. In this case, the issue could be with your DNS. A solution for both Xbox and PC would be to change your primary DNS to 8.8.8.8 and your seconday DNS to 8.8.4.4.

To do this, follow these steps:

Xbox Series X|S

  • Go to Configuration
  • Open General
  • Go to Network Configurations and then Advanced Settings
  • Open the DNS Settings and go to Manual
  • Enter primary DNS as 8.8.8.8
  • Enter secondary DNS as 8.8.4.4

Xbox One

  • Press Xbox button
  • Go to Settings, then All Settings
  • Open Network, then Advanced Settings
  • Go to DNS Settings and select Manual
  • Enter primary DNS as 8.8.8.8
  • Enter secondary DNS as 8.8.4.4

PC

  • Press Windows Key and open Windows Settings
  • Select Network & Internet
  • Select Change Adapter Options
  • Right-click Network
  • Open Properties and select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), click Properties
  • Toggle Use the following DNS server addresses and fill the Google DNS 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4
  • Click OK

The issue might also be with your antivirus software. Be sure to disable the software for Forza Horizon 5. The Forza support page confirmed a list of certain programs that can interfere with the game.

You may also need to reset your systems and router. Alternatively, try playing the game on a wired connection. While these errors are certainly annoying, with the game being so new it's likely that Playground Games will be working to stamp out the remaining issues. In the meantime, give these fixes a shot and see if it puts an end to the errors.

Forza Horizon 5 is available now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PCs.