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How to Fix the “Server Connection Timed Out” Error in Minecraft

Last modified on Nov 22, 2023 in Server Errors

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Whether you are running a modded or Vanilla Minecraft Server, running into issues with connection can lead to frustration in both you and the players on the server. One of the most common problems server owners run into is being unable to connect due to a timeout error. While the timed out error is generally associated with a bad connection from the player to the server, it can also be a configuration issue. Running into this error can be especially troublesome as new players who would like to join the server will be unable to join unless the issues are resolved. Solving the timed out error can be difficult as there are many different fixes that may need to be implemented and tried out. Knowing this, we have created this Apex Hosting guide to walk you through all of the best methods on resolving this issue.

How to Fix a Timed Out Error


Vanilla Solutions

Direct Connect

  1. Log into your Apex server panel, and click on your server.
  2. Locate the IP Address:Port and or Subdomain section.
  3. IP address options time out
  4. Copy the address of either one, then open Minecraft and go to Multiplayer.
  5. From there, click on Direct Connection and paste the address in the Server Address field. You may want to try both of the addresses for this purpose.
  6. direct connect time out
  7. That’s it! You’re done, and it should work unless there is an underlying issue.


Restart the Minecraft Server

  1. Navigate to your Apex server panel and choose your server.
  2. Click on Restart, then wait for it to fully load. You can confirm it’s loaded fully by locating the Console to the left of the panel, then looking for the Startup Done message.
  3. startup done time out
  4. After that, please proceed to join the Minecraft server. That may resolve the situation!


Modded Solutions

Forge 1.8 – 1.16.5

  1. Download the RandomPatches Forge mod from here and make sure the version matches your server version.
  2. Install the mod on your server from the Apex server panel, which you can review more on that process here.
  3. Once installed, restart the server and wait for it to load.
  4. Next is to upload the same mod into your launcher’s local mods folder. It’d be where all the files are for the launcher or modded profile for it.
  5. After everything is installed correctly with the server online, join it to confirm everything works as intended.


Fabric 1.15.2 – 1.16.5

  1. Head to the RandomPatches Fabric download page here, then start downloading the correct version for your server.
  2. After that, install the mod onto your server from the Apex server panel. Learn more about that here.
  3. Start up the server from the panel and wait for it to finish loading.
  4. Make sure to upload the same mod into your local Fabric mods folder, which should be in your launcher files or profile for it.
  5. Once the server is done loading and you installed the mod locally, try joining to see if that fixed the situation.



Having a timed out connection on a modded or vanilla Minecraft server is annoying and stressful for you and the players. Almost anyone can receive the timed out error since it’s the most common connection issue. Remember, the launcher configuration factors into the situation and would only impact certain players. Unless the problem is resolved, players may continue timing out from the server, making them unable to join. Solving the timed out error is tricky because of the different methods involved. Luckily, we created this guide to provide all the best and most common practices to fix the timed out error.

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