Recently, our experts surveyed some select Valheim gameplayers to identify the game’s issues. Surprisingly, the major complaint was they could not find their friend’s server. With this data, many gameplayers have issues connecting to the server and play like they used to.
On this note, our team has put together their working fixes for this issue as well as a few tips.
Fix #1: Ensure That the Server Host Clicks on "Start Server"
One mistake many Valheim multiplayer hosts make is forgetting to click on “Start Server.” If you do not start your server, your Valheim server might not show up and there is no way your friend will be able to connect.
They will not see you on the server friend list. Therefore, you start your server to ensure that connecting to your friend is seamless.
Fix #2: Refresh the Server List a Couple More Times
If the problem persists after starting your server, you may need to refresh your server list. You will be making a mistake if you refresh only once.
Therefore, ensure that you refresh and try a few more times.
Fix #3: Allow Your Friend to Invite You
If your friend does not invite you to join their game, there is no way you can connect. This is important because it is the only way to log on to play with them.
Therefore, ensure to tell your friend to invite you to join their game. You can be added to their friend list to enjoy your adventure.
Fix #4: End Steam Client Bootstrapper Application on Your Host's Task Manager, Then Restart Steam and Valheim
If you are still unable to find your friend’s server on Valheim, then consider ending your Steam client bootstrapper application. To do this, you will need to safe boot your PC.
Go to your Steam folder, then move the steamapps and userdata folders outside of the folder.
Ensure you save them where you can easily find them. After these steps, delete the folder and the subfolders. This will end Steam client Bootstrapper.
The last step is to restart Steam and Valheim. After doing this, you should be able to find your friend’s server.
Fix #5: Double-Check Your IP Address and Port Number
Another reason you could be experiencing this difficulty is if you didn’t properly check your port number and IP address before joining the Valheim server.
If you are the game host, you must input your internal IP address followed by a semicolon. It should be like this: 192.168.1.7:2456. You can locate your IP address by typing ipconfig into your cmd.
Fix #6: Check for Updates
Valheim automatically updates itself. If it does not, you can do this manually from your Steam library. All you have to do is choose update in the steam library, located where the play button is.
Click on it then your update should commence immediately.
Fix #7: Update Your Network Driver
Outdated network drivers may also interfere with connecting to your friend’s game server. If your network drivers are not up-to-date, you may need to see if they have a pending update . This is because it will affect your ability to connect to the internet, thus impacting your connection to your friend’s game server.
Fix #8: Optimize Your Internet Connection
We wrote this article for Valheim players that are having trouble joining servers. The fixes herein are a product of several hours of research and trial and error, so make sure to closely follow each to address the issue efficiently. If these fail to work, you may contact Valheim’s support team.