Battlefield 2042 launched with a rocky start. Fanbase complaints about the new Specialist system, lack of voice chat at launch, and connection errors galore. One of the most often encountered connection issues is the 15-7A error code, making players unable to get into any Battlefield 2042 matches. Here are 10 methods that will hopefully help you fix Battlefield 2042‘s 15-7A error code.
1. Check The Server Status
Before you start Googling for fixes and tinkering with your connection, the safest thing to do is to first check whether Battlefield 2042’s servers are currently running or not. Simply head over to the official EA Help, Battlefield Twitter account, or the Battlefield 2042 help page to keep you updated on any news or server-based problems. Any server-wide issues should be notified via those official channels. There’s also the third-party Battlefield server report at Down Detector.
2. Make Sure Antivirus or Firewall is Not Blocking the Game
Add the Battlefield 2042 executable to your antivirus’s whitelist so your antivirus won’t interfere with the game’s connection. And to make sure your firewall isn’t blocking the game:
- Open Windows Start menu, search for Firewall or Windows Defender Firewall
- Pick the Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall
- Look for Battlefield 2042 and check both boxes, click OK
- If you can’t find it, click the Allow another app button, go to your Battlefield 2042 installation directory, and click on the Battlefield2042.exe. Check both boxes again.
3. Change Your DNS Address
Usually, your internet service providers (ISP) will assign you to default DNS addresses that don’t need to be changed. However, DNS servers can go down or unknowingly filter/block connections to specific servers, causing connection problems to Battlefield 2042‘s server. Try changing your DNS server to more common ones like Google’s (220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168) or Cloudflare (22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199) for example.
4. Turn On/Off Your VPN or Use a Different Connection
Just like your DNS, your default connection might be having trouble connecting to Battlefield 2042 server. In that case, you can try using a VPN to connect to a different server location. But if you already use a VPN, try switching it off.
You can also try using different connections altogether. First, to make sure, you could ask friends or family members that are using different ISPs if they’re having problems with the game or not. Then, try to get into the game by turning on the hotspot feature on your mobile phone and connecting to it. Compared to streaming movies through Netflix, just playing an online game shouldn’t eat too much of your monthly data limit (if you have it) since you’re not streaming the whole game assets back-and-forth and just downloading-and-uploading packets of small player data.
If your Battlefield 2042 doesn’t show you the 15-7A error code while using cellular data, then it’s time to contact your ISP. Your ISP should be able to conduct a complete network analysis, and they might even be able to fix any networking problem you’re encountering from their end. Asking for a static IP address might also help if you have any connection issues with other games as well.
5. Give Admin Privileges to the Battlefield 2042 Executable
A number of players seem to have bypassed the 15-7A connection error code by giving the game administrator privileges. Here’s how to do it if you’re playing on Steam:
- Open the Steam library
- Choose Battlefield 2042
- Right-click on it and select Properties, then pick Local Files and Browse Local Files
- Look for Battlefield2042.exe in the installation folder
- Right-click on it, select Properties, go to the Compatibility tab, in the Options check the Run this program as administrator box.
- Click Apply
6. Disable Crossplay
Some players on the internet have also said that disabling the crossplay feature in the Options might help fix the 15-7A connection error code in Battlefield 2042. Read more details on how to turn it off in our “How to Disable Battlefield 2042 Crossplay” article.
7. Verify Integrity of the Game Files
If you’re playing on Steam:
- Right-click Battlefield 2042 in your Library, or click the gear icon on the far right.
- From the drop-down menu, select Properties.
- Select the Local Files tab and pick the Verify integrity of game files.
If you use Origin, simply right-click on Battlefield 2042 icon then click Repair.
8. Restart Your Modem or Router
A modem or router is still a (tiny) computer — only made to handle a specific task, which is managing your internet connections. And like your console or PC, things can go wrong from time to time. Turning off the device, waiting for 10-30 seconds, and turning it on again might’ve freed it from any crashes, IP conflict between connecting devices, or even overheating. The most basic tech advice usually works the best for that reason.
9. Restart Battlefield 2042
Once you have restarted the modem or router, don’t forget to restart the game as well. Doing that makes sure that Battlefield 2042 is now connecting to the new IP address assigned to your system. If you’re playing through EA Play with Xbox Game Pass, you could also try closing the Xbox app.
10. Restart Your System
Just like restarting your modem or router, turning off your preferred gaming device — console or PC — could also help fix the 15-7A connection error code in Battlefield 2042. There might be any obstructive applications or in-game errors running in the background, and restarting your system should refresh the whole thing.