How to Fix the ‘Removed from Match’ Error in Fortnite?

Players may encounter the error message ‘You were removed from the match due to internet lag, your IP or machine, VPN usage, or for cheating’ in Fortnite, preventing them from joining and playing the game. This error typically occurs about 30 seconds after entering a match and can result from various causes.

Among these are system misconfigurations, software that masks your IP or system information, using a VPN while gaming, breaching the game’s terms and service, or server problems.

This article will guide you through troubleshooting this issue.

1. Check Server Status

Before proceeding with other fixes, check if there are ongoing issues with Fortnite’s servers at the backend. You can verify the server status here.

2. Disable Your VPN

Running a VPN in the background is a chief cause of this error. Using third-party VPN services can lead to problems as the game’s terms of service prohibit VPN use during play.

  1. Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  2. Go to Network & Internet > VPN.
  3. Disconnect any active VPN connections.

3. Try a Different PC

To determine if the issue lies with your computer, attempt to play Fortnite on a friend’s PC. This step will help to discern whether your account has been banned or if the error results from your system.

4. Disable Potentially Conflicting Software

Certain background applications might interfere with the game’s operation. Programs that use AHK macros or code injections can modify game functionality, contravening the game’s terms of service. To learn about uninstalling such programs, visit here.

5. Alter DNS Settings

Problems with your current DNS can lead to connectivity issues. Switching your DNS provider might help resolve this.

  1. Right-click the Network icon in the system tray.
  2. Choose Change Adapter Settings.
  3. Right-click your primary internet connection and select Properties.
  4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
  5. Check “Use the following DNS server addresses” and enter a preferred and alternate DNS server from the list below:
    Google’s public DNS server
    OpenDNS's public DNS
    Norton ConnectSafe's public DNS

  6. Click OK to save your DNS changes. For comprehensive guidance, refer to our article here.

6. Contact Support

If the aforementioned solutions do not resolve the issue, reach out to Epic Games Support for further assistance.

  1. Visit the official Fortnite support page at Epic Games.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Contact Us’.
  3. Log in to your account and follow the prompts to submit a support ticket.

Hamza Mohammad Anwar

Hamza Mohammad Anwar is an intermediate JavaScript web developer with a focus on developing high-performance applications using MERN technologies. His skill set includes expertise in ReactJS, MongoDB, Express NodeJS, and other related technologies. Hamza is also a Google IT Certified professional, which highlights his competence in IT support. As an avid problem-solver, he recreates errors on his computer to troubleshoot and find solutions to various technical issues.