How to Fix Rockstar Services Unavailable Error on GTA 5

Ariel Mu
4 min readOct 28, 2020

Rockstar Games is a famous video game publisher that has released many popular series. GTA 5 is one of the most fantastic adventure games. In recent years, however, a great many users encounter the “Rockstar game services are unavailable” error when playing GTA 5.

According to investigating extensive user reports and posts, we found that the Rockstar services unavailable error can be caused by different reasons. The network issues are the major cause behind the error. In addition, your antivirus programs might block the game from accessing the Rockstar server.

Now, let’s explore how to fix the Rockstar game services unavailable error.

Fix 1. Restart Your PC and Console

The first and simplest method to fix the Rockstar services unavailable error is to perform a restart of your computer and console. By doing so, the software glitch might be fixed and the cache will be cleared.

Step 1. Disconnect all the cables from your console.

Step 2. Hold the Xbox button on the console for at least 10 seconds until the console is turned off completely.

Step 3. Connect the cables back to your Xbox console and press the Xbox button again to turn it on.

If a simple restart can’t fix the Rockstar games services unavailable error, move on to the following methods.

Fix 2. Reset the GTA Connectivity Modules

The GAT V connectivity modules are well-known causes behind the Rockstar services unavailable error. When launching the “change language” executable to change your language, the network modules will start working and establish a connection with Rockstar servers. During this process, you may encounter the error message “the Rockstar game services are unavailable right now”.

To fix the issue, you can try resetting the GTA connectivity modules.

Local Disk C > Program Files > Rockstar games

Step 3. Right-click the executable file and select Run as administrator. Then change the language and save it.

After that, you can relaunch GTA 5 and see if the Rockstar services unavailable error is fixed or not.

Fix 3. Disable Antivirus and Firewall Temporarily

Antivirus programs play an important role in protecting your system by analyzing all internet traffic and application behaviors. Sometimes, however, it can trigger various errors when playing games like League of Legends lag spikes, Rockstar game services unavailable, and etc.

Since Rockstar game client uses lots of resources and internet traffic, the antivirus program may throw “false positives” and trigger the error. So, you can try disabling your Windows Firewall and see if it works.

Step 2. Click on Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off on the left side.

Fix 4. Change the DNS Server Settings

If all the above methods fail to work, you can try changing the DNS server settings from the in-game network settings to Google Public DNS. Here’s a full guide:

Step 2. Change the View by to Category type and click on View network status and tasks.

Step 4. Go to the Networking tab, and then select the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.

Step 5. In the pop-up window, select Obtain an IP address automatically and Use the following DNS server addresses. Then enter to replace the initial IP address for the Preferred DNS server and enter for the Alternate DNS server. After that, click on OK to save the changes.

Step 6. Restart your computer and launch GTA 5 to check if the Rockstar services unavailable error disappears.


Position: Columnist

Fall in love with the hardware technology in early 2008. Now, Ariel has been a professional columnist for partition management publications. Graduated from Purdue University in 2010, Arial has about 10 years of working experience in the field of hardware technology. As a columnist on MiniTool, Ariel has provided numerous solutions ranging from data backup, disk management, and data recovery. These solutions helped millions of users fix all kinds of tricky problems. Ariel was born in Pennsylvania and lives with her husband and a lovely dog. She always says “Life is full of magic, but writing means the world to me.”

Originally published at on October 28, 2020.