How to Fix ‘Failed to Authenticate Your Connection’ Error in Minecraft

If you are about to join a Minecraft server but you are greeted with a ‘Failed to Authenticate Your Connection’ error message, then you’ve come to the right place.

There have been reports from several users regarding Minecraft where they cannot play the game completely as they are unable to join any servers on Minecraft. Now, this kind of error usually occurs because of unstable internet connection, but it can also be due to bugs present on the current version of Minecraft. 

Luckily, such an error is easily resolvable with a few tweaks on your system. In this case, we decided to lend a helping hand and list down the most effective ways on how you can fix this kind of error on Minecraft. 

Let’s dive right in!



1. Restart the Minecraft Launcher. 

When you are having problems with joining Minecraft servers, the initial step that you should try doing is to restart the Minecraft launcher on your computer. 

Your Minecraft launcher might be experiencing a temporary glitch, or its resources were not loaded properly the first time you run the app. 

To restart the launcher properly, you can follow the steps below to guide you through the process. 

  1. On your keyboard, press and hold the CTRL + ALT + DEL keys to open the selection menu. 
  2. Next, click on Task Manager to launch the program. 
  3. Inside the Task Manager, find the Minecraft app from the Processes tab and click it. 
  4. Lastly, click on the End Task button to stop Minecraft from running on your computer. 


Once done, open the launcher again and check if you would be able to join a server on Minecraft successfully. 

On the other hand, if you are still having issues joining Minecraft servers, you can proceed to the next method below to try and fix the problem. 


2. Check Your Internet Connection. 

Minecraft will have a hard time authenticating your connection if you have an unstable internet which makes it difficult for the app to connect to its servers. 

To verify this, you can try running a speed test on your computer using a third-party website like (provided by Netflix) which can accurately measure your internet’s current upload and download speed. 



Now, if the speed test results come out slow or not close to the speed bandwidth indicated on your monthly subscription, then you can try restarting your router. Locate the power cable of your router which is normally placed at the back and unplug it from your router. 



Next, wait for at least 5-10 seconds, then plug in the power cable back to your router.

Once your router has booted up completely, run another speed test on your browser to see if the slow or unstable internet connection is already fixed. However, if you are still having problems with your internet, it is best that you contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and report to them the issue you are experiencing with their internet service.



3. Re-Login Your Minecraft Account. 

For the next method, what you can try doing is to logout your account on Minecraft, then log back in. It is possible that you have changed your username on the game which can cause issues with Minecraft’s servers. 

As it turns out, the servers are still looking for your old username which is already gone since you replaced it with a new one. Now, to refresh the data on Minecraft’s servers, you should re-login into your Minecraft account. 

Check out the step-by-step guide below on how to perform this process. 

  1. First, click on your Username on the Minecraft launcher which is located at the upper left corner of your screen. 
  2. Next, click on Logout. 
  3. Lastly, enter your account credentials and hit the Login button to access your account. 

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After that, try to join any server on Minecraft to see if the ‘Failed to Authenticate Your Connection’ error message would still occur on your computer. 


4. Use Direct Connect Option. 

If you are unable to join any Minecraft server through the server list, you can try bypassing this by using the direct connect option which won’t require you to use the server list. 

In using the direct connection option, you can follow the steps below. 

  1. First, launch the Minecraft app from your Desktop, then go to the server list page. 
  2. After that, click on the Direct Connect button. 

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  1. Lastly, type and click on Connect.

Wait for the connection to be established and see if the error message would still occur on the game launcher. 

However, if the direct connection option still failed to connect you to Minecraft’s servers, there’s a high chance that Minecraft is currently having issues on their side which leads us to the last method for our guide. 



5. Update Minecraft. 

As stated above, Minecraft may have issues on their servers or with the current version of the app. In this case, an update or patch would be released to address the bugs and glitches on the application. 

To check for an update on the app, you can perform the steps below. 

  1. On your computer, open the Minecraft launcher from your Desktop. 
  2. Next, enter your account credentials and hit the Login button. 
  3. Lastly, Minecraft launcher should automatically inform you if an update is available. If not, you can click the Latest Release button at the bottom of your screen and press the Play button to download the update. 

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Once the update is finished, try to connect to Minecraft servers to see if the issue with authenticating your connection is already resolved. 

This ends our guide on how to fix the ‘Failed to Authenticate Your Connection’ error on Minecraft. If you have any questions or if you’ve come across a better solution, feel free to share it below. 

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter) Website

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