How to fix Black Ops 4 lobby not joinable

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The Call of Duty series has been ongoing for many years now, establishing itself as a mainstay in the triple A gaming market. Even now, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been out for years, and it’s still one of the most played video games around. Lobbies for the game have been populated ever since the game’s open beta, though some issues from back then have persisted even until now.

One of these issues that’s been in the game since the beginning is the Black Ops 4 lobby not joinable error. As the name implies, it’s an issue where players can’t join a hosted lobby, thus not allowing them to play together with friends. It’s also a hard problem to troubleshoot, which is part of the reason why it’s been around for so long.

So, what if you’re facing this problem yourself? Like we said, it’s a difficult issue to troubleshoot and finding a solution can be a monumental challenge. Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We have a whole bunch of potential fixes that you can test out and see if they work for you. By the end you should have fully functioning lobby and be back to gaming in no time.

What is the Black Ops 4 lobby not joinable error?

So, what exactly constitutes the ‘lobby is not joinable’ error? Well, typically to get into a game of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, you need to join a lobby, through matchmaking or with friends. Usually this goes off without any issues, though sometimes an error message pops up telling you “The Lobby Is Not Joinable.”

While usually this would seem like a normal and simple lobby issue, in Black Ops 4 there’s a separate message for those that just claims that you are “Unable To Join,” and it takes a few retries to fix. When “The Lobby Is Not Joinable” error appears on the other hand, it means that you simply cannot join any lobbies, be it through matchmaking or when hosted by a friend no matter how many times you try.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 lobby not joinable error

It’s a common cause of frustration, especially since it’s such an innocuous error that doesn’t seem like a big problem. So, how do you go about fixing it? We’ve listed a few of the most common issues and how to fix them below, though you’ll need to try them all to see which one works as there is no single fix for “The Lobby Is Not Joinable.”

Fix #1: Close and restart the game

This is the most basic and quick way to fix the issue, and it tends to do the job just fine. It’s as simple as just shutting down the game as you usually would, and then turning it back on again. If you’re on PlayStation 4, then you’ll want to quit to dashboard and then manually close the game. Opening it back up again should result in it being fixed.

More often than not, this is more than enough for things to work again. Unfortunately, sometimes this doesn’t fix the issue. In that case, you’ll want to move on to our other, more technical fixes and see if those work instead.

Fix #2: Changing the host of the lobby

Now, sometimes the issue isn’t in the you, but rather the person hosting the lobby in the first place. Perhaps their internet is causing issues, or they need to manually close and restart their game the same way we described in Fix #1. This sort of thing happens often, and it’s best to test it out before you start bashing your head against a wall trying to fix an issue on your side of things.

If they boot the game back up again and it works, then it was just a matter of using fix #1 on the host’s side. If the problem persists, then switch hosts and see if everyone still gets the same lobby problem. If even after all that you still get the Black Ops 4 lobby not joinable error, then it is time to move to other methods.

Fix #3: Hard reset console / restart PC

This one is an extension of fix number 1, but shouldn’t be your first resort. It’s not the most technical fix on this list but it’s been proven to help fix the issue before. Once you’ve reset your console or PC, start your game back up and see if things work. It’s pretty simple, so we won’t go too much into explaining it.

If after you’ve done a hard reset on your console or PC you still get the error, then it’s highly probable that the issue is actually with your network, and not with your console or PC itself. In this case, move on to our final fix for this list.

Fix #4: Hard reset router

More often than not, the issue is mainly on your internet connection, so if nothing’s worked so far, you can instead to ahead and hard reset your router. It’s worked for some users, so it’s worth a shot if everything else hasn’t managed to fix your problem. Look for the reset button on your router, and find a  fine pin that can press it.

This should hard reset your router, allowing it to restart and boot back up. Once your PC or console has successfully reconnected with the router, head straight back into Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and test out the lobbies again to see if the ‘lobby not joinable’ error still pops up.

How to fix Black Ops 4 lobby not joinable


After all of this, things should work as intended, and you can get straight back into playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. It’s a surprisingly enjoyable game, but one marred with some technical issues that can reduce the amount of fun that a player can have. Hopefully Activision takes notes so that we don’t see this issue pop up again in future installments of the game series.

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