GTA Online: Files Required to Play GTA Online Error Message Fix

Find out how to bypass the File Required to play error message in GTA Online with the help of this quick guide.

GTA Online players all over the world have been met with the Files Required to Play error message. It's one of many errors that can keep you from getting online and playing the game with your friends. But what does it mean and how do you fix it? 

It seems that the Files Required to Play error message in GTA Online could have something to do with server maintenance and is a generic "can't connect to server" warning. But both PC and console players have reported ways around this issue. So here's what you can try to get around the Files Required to play error.

How to Fix the Files Required to Play Error in GTA Online

Fix #1: Adjust Firewall Settings on PC

PC players who have run into the Files Required to Play error message can try to unblock GTA5.exe file from the list of Outbound files in their Windows Firewall settings.

You can find your Windows Firewall settings in the Control Panel. Choose Advanced settings and take a look at the Outbound rules list. If you see that your GTA5 .exe file is blocked, then right-click and choose to allow it instead. This should fix the Files Required to play bug.

Fix #2: Change DNS Settings on Consoles

Console players who run into the Files Required to Play error will have to adjust their DNS settings. Here are the network settings required to bypass the "files required" error message:

  • DNS Watch:
    • Primary
    • Secondary

Remember to restart your console after the change for all the settings to be applied properly, or else you may receive the Files Required to Play error again.

Other players also tried to change time settings or clear the cache, but these two methods didn't seem to work universally. But if the main fixes above didn't work for you, then try out these two.

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That is all for the Files Required to Play error message fix guide in GTA Online. For more tips and tricks for Rockstar's open-world online counterpart to GTA 5, head over to our GTA Online guides hub.


Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Dec. 15th 2021

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