How to unblock ports to connect to the Epic Games Launcher and Fortnite

If you’re experiencing connection issues, try unblocking the following ports: 80, 433, 443, 3478, 3479, 5060, 5062, 5222, 6250, and 12000-65000.

Network ports are basically gates for the internet that allow specific types of network communication. If a port is closed, then that specific communication can’t go through. By opening these ports, you’re letting the launcher and Fortnite get the information they need to run.

How to unblock ports

For Windows:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type Control Panel and press Enter.
  3. Click System and Security.
  4. Click Windows Defender Firewall.
  5. Select Advanced settings, and then select Inbound Rules in the left pane.
  6. Right-click Inbound Rules, and then select New Rule.
  7. Select Port, and then click Next.
  8. Select TCP as the protocol to apply the rule.
  9. Select Specific Local Ports, add all the above ports, and then click Next.
  10. Select Allow the connection.
  11. Leave Domain, Private, and Public checked to apply the rule to all types of networks.
  12. Name the rule something meaningful (i.e. Epic Games Launcher), and then click Finish.

Note: The above steps are for Windows 10 and may vary on other versions.

For Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy.
  3. Open Firewall.
  4. Open Firewall Options.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Choose the Epic Games Launcher from the Applications folder and click Add.
  7. Ensure that the option next to the application is set to Allow incoming connections.
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  8. Click OK.

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