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Lost Ark 'Connection Timed Out': What is it and How to Fix

Below, we've explained what the Lost Ark "Connection Timed Out" error means and how players can go about fixing it.
Below, we've explained what the Lost Ark "Connection Timed Out" error means and how players can go about fixing it. / Photo courtesy Smilegate and Amazon Games

Below, we've explained what the Lost Ark "Connection Timed Out" error means and how players can go about fixing it.

Players may be relieved—or, perhaps, a little frustrated—to know that the problem isn't with them. Instead, the issue lies with Steam and/or the Lost Ark game servers, themselves. Therefore, there isn't a surefire way to fix the problem without leaning on either party.

Lost Ark "Connection Timed Out" Error Explained

Players receiving a "Connection Timed Out" error are experiencing an issue with their internet connection between their device and the game servers.

Essentially, connections are given a specific timeframe in which the device should be receiving some kind of response from its connecting partner—often, a server. If no response is registered in time, the connection "times out" or runs out of time, and the connection is terminated. This is a precaution taken as to not clog up the server's requests with unresponsive connections.

At the time of writing, this error is primarily affecting players attempting to download the game to play. This isn't the only situation that can prompt this problem, however, so they aren't exactly safe once it is fully playable on their device.

Unfortunately, if severe enough, this isn't something that can be fixed with a simple restart. Players may find themselves running into the same issue if the servers currently aren't stable. However, we have listed a few things players can try, below:

How to Fix the Lost Ark "Connection Timed Out" Error

For the sake of reader convenience, we're going to rapid-fire suggest the basic steps most online players are likely already familiar with:

  • Check your internet connection strength.
  • Reset your internet connection by turning the Wi-Fi capabilities on and off.
  • Reset the wireless drivers within the device's settings and/or perform a Network Reset.
  • Reset the appropriate physical internet modem and/or router.
  • Reset the game application (i.e.: close Lost Ark and reopen it).
  • Reset Steam.
  • Reset the physical device.

Other lesser known solutions include:

  • Checking the official game channels and avenues for server health status.
  • Calling your Internet Service Provider (ISP) about problems in your area.