Epic Games Socket Open Error: How to Fix?

How to fix the dreaded socket open error on Epic Games? Follow the simple troubleshooting steps below to fix this issue.

A recent problem occuring in Epic Games launcher prevents players from signing into their accounts. A great number of players shared that they were not able to log into their accounts after trying for several times. Some users who wanted to change their passwords also encountered the same issue.

What does this error mean and why does it happen? Here's everything you need to know about the problem including a few methods to fix it.

How to fix Epic Games socket open error?

Before you proceed with another method, the first thing you should is to check the Epic Games server status. Usually, an error such as this one happens due to a maintenance or a problem on the servers.

1. Check the current status of Epic Games servers.

Check the current server status if you can not log into your account due to this error. This website will give you an extensive look on the services and the systems of the digital store.

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Have a look at them to check if there is anything wrong with Epic Games servers. You can also check the updates and the most recent problems that have taken place in the Past Incidents section.

If you see that the servers are down, it is best to wait for them to work on it. In the meantime, you can check the official status website and their official Twitter account.

2. Try signing into Epic Games from an alternative internet connection.

The problem might be caused by your home network as well. Try connecting to your mobile data plan to see if you can log into your account. It is possible to connect your PC or another device to the internet by enabling the hotspot feature.

Before turning on this feature, make sure you have enough mobile data plan to avoid activating an extra internet package.

  • Turn on mobile data.
  • Switch to another page to find the hotspot feature.
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  • Tap on the icon to turn it on.
  • Open the connection settings of your PC or gaming device and connect to your phone.
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Now your device shares your mobile data plan. Run the client and try signing into your account to see if the issue persists.

You can also try out another connection if you have two separate internet providers in your household. Since this is a connection error, resetting your router might help you fix this issue as well.

3. Flush your DNS.

Flushing your DNS is a good way to erase the cache and resolve connection-related problems. Follow the simple steps below to flush your DNS.

  • Open Windows Search Bar and type CMD.
  • Right-click on the result (Command Prompt) and run it as administrator.
  • Enter the following commands to the prompt.
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  • ipconfig/flushdns > ipconfig/registerdns > ipconfing/release
  • Then enter ipconfig/renew > netsh winsock reset.

Restart your PC to make sure these changes are in effect. Start running the launcher and enter your e-mail and password. If Epic Games socket open error persist, try the method below.

4. Disable firewalls.

Firewalls are one of the most common sources of connection problems. While they are effective in blocking basic malware, they tend to block various apps and software as well.

Navigate to the Control Panel from Windows Start.

Click on System and Security.

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Click on Windows Firewall.

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Click on Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.

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Check the boxes as seen in the screenshot above to disable your firewall. If the error is still there, you can simply turn it on in the same menu.

Why does Epic Games socket open error happen?

The error comes up with “Sorry, there was a socket open error” message. This problem occurs when the socket can not connect the client and the server. That usually the request demand of your client is not accepted by the server. It might also be related to the launcher if it does not send a connection request in the first place.

When one of these technical issues occurs, users encounter this frustrating error message that does not allow them to sign in.

The first thing to do is to check the server status. In situations like these, ensuring that the problem is not at your end can save you a lot of time.

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