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How to solve Among Us connection issues and set up games on Android, iOS, and Steam

Whether you have connection issues or just want to play with friends, we have what you need

How to solve Among Us connection issues and set up games on Android, iOS, and Steam
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You might be having Among Us connection issue that you can't solve, as we did. Here is how to fix all of them without breaking a sweat, and play the game without any further problems.

Among Us is a wonderful multiplayer game to enjoy with friends and you can do so across multiple platforms. That's right, you can crossplay with players on Android, iOS, and Steam at any time, making it a great party game at home, or online.

If you want some quick instructions on setting up a game of Among Us with your friends, you are in the right place, and we're going to walk you through what you need to know to get playing.

But you can also get connection issues while playing Among Us - if you've had connection issues recently as we have, just take a look at our tips below and hopefully we have the solution for you.

Playing with friends, local

When playing with friends in the same room, you can do so over WiFi - whether this is local WiFi or over your network router, I actually don't know, but make sure you're all connected to the same router just in case.

Once the first player has opened a lobby as a host, the other players should be able to refresh their menus and see their friend on the screen, once everyone is in the lobby and has used the laptop to customise their character, the game can begin.

Playing with friends, online

If you want to play with your friends online (perfect for hang-outs over Zoom or Discord) then you'll want to host an online lobby.

While you're hosting in a lobby there will be a switch at the bottom of the screen which you can change between Public and Private. If you only want to play with friends, go with Private and share the code at the bottom centre of the screen - your friends will be able to enter this code on the main online menu.

If you manage to get all your friends in and still have space for more players, you can then swap over to Public and let the online system fill the rest.

As the host, you can edit a number of factors, such as the number of imposters (good for higher numbers of players), the map, the colour of the crewmates, and more. With friends local or far, you're sure to have a good time.

Playing with strangers, online

Playing with strangers is a bit easier, honestly. All you really need to do is join a random lobby that has a few spaces free - which is very, very simple.

You can of course also decide to host a game, and then simply leave the lobby public. This, at least, gives you control over the map and finer details of the game.

Playing with strangers isn't as fun - unless you're the imposter, in which case it's wonderful.

Among Us connection issues? Let's take an in-depth look at what might be the cause

We know very well that online multiplayer games can get laggy or even disconnect you when you least expect them to. There are a few reasons why that might happen, and we'll take a look below at some of the possibilities. 

Some of the most common issues players run into include:

  • Lag spikes
  • Unreachable network
  • Disconnections / crashes
  • Unresponsive servers
  • Unknown errors (again, due to servers being down)

Below we'll take a look at some fixes to help you solve a few of these common issues.

Among Us not connecting - most common errors

There are a couple of common errors you might run into when playing Among Us. If you get any of these, try to change your region. That will most likely solve the issue, even though it might spike your lag quite a bit. 

  • "You disconnected from the server. Could not send data as a SocketException occurred: Network is unreachable"

This error typically pops up when you aren't playing on wifi. There is not much you can do, other than trying to connect via wifi or re-checking to ensure that you've got a stable data connection, enough data traffic, and, of course, a mobile signal.

  • "Forcibly disconnected because: ReliablePacketWithoutResponse"

This error will probably not be one that you'll encounter often, but it's another one caused by connectivity issues. Make sure your internet is stable, and try repeatedly to join a game. If it still fails, try restarting your device or changing servers. 

  • "You disconnected from the server. Sent # pings that remote has not responded to"

This error is fairly common when your internet is slow and unstable. Check your internet speed and try connecting again. If you're connected through wifi, make sure your signal is strong. If everything else fails, just change your server - again.

  • "You disconnected from the server. Reliable packet 1 (size=#) was not ack'd after #ms" 

What this error most commonly entails is that the Among Us servers are slow or under maintenance, or there's simply some connectivity issue. What you can do to solve it is if you can't reconnect no matter how much you try, is changing regions. This will almost certainly solve the problem. 

  • "The game you tried to join is full. Check with the host to see if you can join next round"

This error might appear if the server you're trying to join is full, or if the server is randomly glitching out. Your best option is to try and re-join again and again.

  • "The game you tried to join already started. Check with the host to see if you can join next round"

If the game has not started, then - again - it's the server glitching out. Just try joining again until you're in.

  • "The Among Us matchmaker is full. Please try again in a few minutes!"

This error will appear typically after bigger maintenance or a new expansion if the game has been down. It just means that the servers are overloaded and you'll have to try again until you make it. Alternatively, you can try to change the server. 

Among Us not working on iPhone? We've got an easy fix

It might sound pretty crazy, but there are 3 possible fixes for this - two of them are fairly simple, and one is a tad bit more tedious. Let's take a look. 

  • Close the app and restart your iPhone - this option might be an easy fix if Among Us keeps crashing randomly.
  • Delete the app and reinstall it - don't worry, Among Us saves all of your items on your account, so nothing will be lost. You can reinstall the app rest assured. 
  • Reset your iPhone - this would be your last resort, and you should really think about it before resorting to it. Just make sure all of your important files and data are backed up. 

How to play Among Us without wifi

To give you a short answer to this, you can't exactly play with friends without wifi. What you can do, however, is explore the maps all by yourself and get familiar with them. Aside from that, you can only play with your friends on LAN (from the same wifi), or by enabling data traffic on your device.

How to solve server time-outs and connection issues

In my time playing the game, I had multiple server and connection issues which made me time-out, which can really ruin the fun. While I don't have the perfect solution for you, I have a solution, which is better than nothing.

While I couldn't seem to get a game whatsoever on the Europe server, when I swapped over to the America or Asia server, it worked instantly. Your ping will be devastatingly high - probably not good if you're an imposter - but you will at least be able to play. Good luck!

Dave Aubrey
Dave Aubrey
Dave served as a contributor, and then Guides Editor at Pocket Gamer from 2015 through to 2019. He specialised in Nintendo, complaining about them for a living.