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How to fix the ‘Valorant Connection Error’?

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Valorant is Riot Games’ latest shooter title that has taken the world by storm. Now while Riot is really good at ironing out any bugs from their games, just like everything tech, there are still some bugs here and there. 

One such issue which has been plaguing players is the Valorant Connection Error. In this article, we’re talking about how you can fix these issues so you don’t miss out on any more action.

Also read: Valorant’s ranking system explained: What’s new in Episode 2?

Restart your router

Restarting devices that could potentially be causing issues should be the first item on your troubleshooting checklist. In this case, since we’re facing a network issue, restarting your router or modem can help fix a bunch of seemingly random issues. 

Restart Vanguard

Vanguard is Riot Games’ custom cheat detection software that runs every time you play Valorant and scans your machine for any possible cheats or hacks ensuring a fair game for everyone.

However, issues in Vanguard can cause network issues with Valorant as you can’t connect to matches unless Vanguard has verified your session. If you’re encountering network issues in Valorant, here’s how you can restart Vanguard.

Step 1: Right-click the Vanguard icon the toolbar and click on Exit Vanguard.

Step 2: Start Valorant as you normally would. This will reinitiate Vanguard and hopefully resolve your issue.

Also read: How to refund skins in Valorant?

Reinstall Vanguard

Sometimes just restarting Vanguard isn’t enough. Another thing you can try is to outright remove Vanguard from your machine and install it again.

Step 1: Right-click the Vanguard icon the toolbar, hover on More and click on Uninstall Vanguard.

Step 2: Start Valorant as usual. The game will automatically download and install Vanguard. Reboot your machine if prompted and the error should be resolved. 

Reinstall Valorant

If none of the steps above work, you can finally try to reinstall Valorant itself. Doing so will resolve just about every issue you’re having with the game, including the weird network connection issue as well. 

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows icon in the taskbar and select Apps and Features. 

Step 2: Locate and uninstall Valorant and Vanguard from this list. 

Step 3: Download a fresh copy of Valorant from the official website. For more information on how you can download and install Valorant, or what is the game’s size, check out this article. 

Also read: Valorant’s voice actor list: All 14 agents and announcer

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: