Baldur’s Gate 3 Joining Failed Error [FIXED]

You can fix Baldur's Gate 3 Joining Failed error by doing the Two-Instance fix, disabling cloud sync, clearing the local cache for Larian Studios, or disabling the game launcher.

People have stormed around Bladur’s Gate 3, and rightfully so. The game looks and feels like an absolute joy to play, but every good game always comes with problems. One such problem is the Baldur’s Gate 3 Joining Failed error that has plagued a lot of players‘ multiplayer experience. Even though the error is a constant pain, we have compiled the most effective solutions.

Key Takeaways
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 Joining Failed error is a bug that generally occurs when you try to boot up multiplayer via LAN. However, some players have experienced it over Direct Connection as well.
  • The error message reads ‘Joining Failed: You are already connected,’ which would point to a bug in the game’s net code.

To fix Baldur’s Gate 3 Joining Failed Error, you can try going through these solutions:

    1. Use the Two-Instance Fix, where you use two separate instances of the game to try and join a self-made lobby.  
    2. Disable Cloud Sync to stop the game from syncing the cloud’s copy of your saved data.
    3. Disable the Game Launcher as it does nothing but add additional checks to the game.
    4. Delete the Local Data to let the game rebuild all its configuration files.
    5. Lastly, you can try to Reset Network Settings to rule out your network configuration as a possible cause for the error.

What Is Baldur’s Gate 3 Joining Failed Error?

This error in Baldur’s Gate 3 can happen due to many reasons, most of which are not directly a fault on your end. One of the more prevalent fixes comes from support itself, making it more of a problem with the game itself. The error reads, ‘Joining Failed: You’re already connected.’

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Baldur’s Gate 3 Joining Failed Error (Image by eXputer)

With that said, your network configuration might be at fault as well. So it’s more of a mixed bag on what exactly causes the issue. However, there is no reason to worry: We have compiled all the possible fixes for the issue that will get you back on track to load in your friends’ worlds.

The Two-Instance Fix

This fix comes directly from Larian Support itself. It’s more of a workaround than a patch or a bug fix. It involves running two instances of the game and creating a lobby that you self-join. A bit janky, but if it works toward fixing Baldur’s Gate 3 Joining Failed error, who’s to complain? 

To do this workaround, follow the following steps:

First Instance

  1. Launch Baldur’s Gate 3 normally.
  2. Now, press Alt+Enter to switch to Windowed Mode.
  3. From the Main Menu, select Multiplayer.
    Baldur's Gate 3 Main Menu
    Selecting Multiplayer from Baldur’s Gate 3 Main Menu (Image Captured by eXputer)
  4. Once in, click on the LAN tab and create a lobby.
    Selecting Lan from Multiplayer Menu
    Switching to LAN to Create a Lobby (Image Captured by eXputer)
  5. Be sure that LAN Connections are enabled in the lobby settings.
    checking lan connections to be on for baldur's gate 3 joining failed error
    Checking LAN Connections Box (Image by eXputer)

Second Instance

  1. When you are done creating a lobby in the first instance, go to the Game Directory.
  2. Once in, Launch the game again through either of the executables. (bg3.exe or bg3_dx11.exe)
  3. When launched, switch to the LAN tab.
  4. Now, try Joining the multiplayer session you just created.
  5. If successful, you can Close the previous instance.

Note that you can use similar steps for Direct Connection. If you have any problems launching the second instance, please scroll down to apply the How to Disable the Launcher fix. 

Disable Cloud Sync

Doing this fix has worked for quite a few people. For some reason, the game keeps trying to sync up your settings and profile data with the one on Steam Cloud. This shouldn’t be a problem, but it has been causing issues with the multiplayer aspect of Baldur’s Gate 3. So, disabling it would be a good idea in general.

To do so, go through the following steps:

  1. Once in Steam, right-click on Baldur’s Gate 3 in your library and click on Properties.
    Getting to Baldur's Gate 3 Properties
    Opening Properties for a Steam Game (Image by eXputer)
  2. In the General tab, turn the toggle for Steam Cloud to off.
    Disabling Cloud sync for a steam game
    Disabling Steam Cloud (Image Captured by eXputer)

Clear Local Data For Baldur’s Gate 3

Some players have reportedly fixed the issue by removing the entirety of Baldur’s Gate 3 local data. Doing this makes the game think that it’s a completely fresh install. This way, the game would rebuild all the new paths and configuration files from scratch. This is because your local save file could have gone bad.

Caution: This will ultimately remove any progress you might have on your playthrough, so be warned.

Follow these steps to clear the data in its entirety:

  1. Press Win+R on your keyboard and type “%localappdata%” in the Run window.
    Opening Local Appdata
    Opening Local Appdata Folder (Image by eXputer)
  2. Once the folder is opened, look for a folder named Larian Studios.
    Deleting Baldur's Gate 3 Appdata
    Deleting Baldur’s Gate 3 Local Cache (Image Capture by eXputer)
  3. When found, delete the folder to clear the cache completely.

Disable Launcher For Baldur’s Gate 3 

While the Larian Launcher doesn’t do much for the game in terms of features, it does count multiple instances. This can be a problem for multiplayer because Baldur’s Gate 3 allows only one instance at a time. Some players have reportedly fixed the issue by disabling the launcher, and it’s really easy to do so in the first place.

To disable the launcher, go through the following steps:

  1. When in Steam, right-click on the game and click on Properties.
    Getting to a Steam Game's Properties
    Opening Properties for a Steam Game (Image by eXputer)
  2. In the General tab, scroll down to find the Launch Options field.
  3. Write the “–skip-launcher” command into the field and close the window.
    Adding Skip Launcher command for Baldur's gate 3 joining failed error
    Adding the Skip Launcher Command to Baldur’s Gate 3 (Image Captured by eXputer)

Now, just launch the game as usual.

Reset Network Settings

If nothing above works out for you, the problem could be with your network. In this case, resetting your network settings could potentially end up doing the job. Do note that you will lose any saved networks or saved Wi-Fi access points by doing this.

To reset your network, follow these steps:

  1. Search for Network Reset in Start Menu and open it.
    Getting to Reset Window for Network to Fix Baldur's Gate 3 Joining Failed error.
    Opening Network Reset Window (Image by eXputer)
  2. Once opened, click on Reset Now.
    Resetting network to fix baldur's gate 3 joining failed error
    Resetting Network Settings (Image Captured by eXputer)

Once done, your computer will automatically restart. I also recommend that you restart your modem as well, just to be on the safe side.

Parting Words

We hope that by following this guide, you were able to fix your Joining Failed issue with the game. While it’s understandably annoying to face an issue that deprives you of something basic like online play. It is important to understand that such bugs easily make it past small-scale testing of any game’s pre-release. If you weren’t able to fix it, the best thing would be to contact Larian Support to get your issue sorted.  


How do I properly join friends in Baldur’s Gate 3?

To do so, the player hosting just has to pause and select the ‘Sessions’ option from the pause menu. This will allow him to invite other people to his world.

How to fix Baldur’s Gate 3 Joining Failed Error?

You can fix Baldur’s Gate 3 Joining Failed error by doing the Two-Instance fix, disabling cloud sync, clearing the local cache for Larian Studios, or disabling the game launcher.

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Haider Khan

Haider Khan is our resident error guides writer who loves to tinker around with operating systems and game files to find practical solutions to video game issues. He then crafts easy-to-follow error fix guides based on his findings for his audience on eXputer. With years of experience writing for games, his knowledge about error fixes and research on errors is reflected in his guides. He’s also a Battlefield veteran who likes to rack up some Ws in his spare time. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Journalism || Successfully Troubleshot Over 200 Games || Mainly Covers Error Fix & Game Settings 

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