The Valorant Error Code VAN-102 is one of the most puzzling error codes in the game. The error started appearing a few months back. Users who encountered the VAN-6 error earlier started to encounter the VAN-102 error after the update, this has led to a lot of players thinking the cause of VAN-6 and VAN-102 are the same. Riot replaced the VAN-6 code with VAN-102 after the recent update. The error is annoying as it abruptly kicks you out of a game and once you see the error, there is no going back. You will see it more often. Here are some things you can try to fix the error.
How to Fix Valorant Error Code VAN-102
Earlier, Valorant Error Code VAN-102 looked like a server-side error and so players could not log in to the game. But the issue seems deeper as it is popping out more frequently. There are several solutions that we are going to show you to fix Valorant Error Code VAN-102.
But, before you proceed with the solutions, ensure that you meet the specifications to play Valorant. Unlike the initial release of the game when people with older computers could even play the game, a recent update prevents you from playing if you don’t meet the game system specification requirements. It may also be worth verifying the status of the servers. Visit Downdetector for that. Here are some solutions we suggest you try and with some luck you can put the VAN-102 error behind you.
By uninstalling and reinstalling Vanguard
Any corrupted file(s) can be one of the reasons for this error. Vanguard anti-cheat software installs automatically on your PC, but since it installs separately as an app, it will be very easier to uninstall it. To do this:
1. Go to the Windows Start Menu and click on the cog icon to open Settings.
2. Next, enter the Apps section and search for Riot Vanguard.
3. Now, left-click on Vanguard and click on the Uninstall button to remove it from your computer.
You can’t download Vanguard separately, so you need to start Valorant and it will prompt you that you do not have Vanguard on your system and it will manage the rest.
After this process, you probably will not see Valorant Error Code VAN-102. If you’re still facing the same, try the following method.
By allowing Valorant through Windows Firewall
Such error codes are associated mainly with internet or network connection issues. So, to fix it, you first need to ensure that your system’s firewall is not interrupting your game. Check out the following steps to do this:
1. Go to ‘Search’ and type ‘windows firewall’ and then click on ‘Windows Defender Firewall’ from the results.
2. On the left panel, click on ‘Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall’.
3. Click on ‘Change settings’ and then click on ‘Allow another app’.
4. Before adding Valorant through Windows Defender Firewall, you will need to know the location of your game where it will be installed. Here are the steps to know:
– In the Search box, type Valorant.
– Then right-click on Valorant and select Open file location.
– Once the Window opens, then right-click on Valorant Shortcut and select Open file location.
– Next, in the address bar, copy that directory path and close the window.
5. Now, go back to the ‘Add an app’ window and click on the ‘Browse’ button.
6. Once windows open, then click on the address bar. Then right-click and select ‘Paste’ to paste the address you have recently copied. And then hit ‘Enter’ on your keyboard.
7. Next, click on ‘RiotClientServices.exe’ and then click on ‘Open’.
8. Now, click on Add.
9. Search ‘Riot Client’ and make sure to check if it is enabled on Domain, Public, and Private Networks.
Once you’ve successfully added the above essentials, then close the window and also close the Valorant Launcher. And then again reopen the launcher and now check if that error is fixed.
By reinstalling Valorant
If nothing works, reinstalling Valorant can be your last bet to solve Valorant Error Code VAN-102. A new fresh installation will make sure that you do not have any missing or corrupted files that are creating problems with your system.
Delete RiotClientPrivateSettings.yaml file
Here are the steps you can follow to delete the Valorant file.
- Press Windows Key + I and type or paste %LocalAppData%, hit Enter.
- Locate and open Riot Games folder, now open Riot Client folder.
- Look for the folder named Data and open it.
- You should be able the see the RiotClientPrivateSettings.yaml file. Right-click on the file and select Delete.
- Now, go to the desktop shortcut of Valorant, right-click and select Run as administrator.
Once you have performed the above steps, you will have to log-into Valorant, so keep the username and password handy.
Log into Valorant website prior to launching game
A number of players on various forums including the Valorant subreddit have confirmed that opening the Valorant website and logging in with your credentials, then, launching the game helped them bypass the Valorant error code VAN 6. If the two errors are the same, you may find some success there. Once you are in the game, you can close the browser and continue playing the game.
Ensure Time & Location are set correctly
If your system time settings is conflicting with your IP address or the region’s time, it could potentially cause problems with Vanguard and result in the Valorant VAN 102 error. Users who are on a new system, the problem could arise when you have not set the correct time zone on your system. The same time and location conflict can arise when you are using a VPN. So, if you are using a VPN, ensure that the time zone of your system is the same as the server you choose. You can set the time zone by following the below steps. (Don’t use a VPN or it can get you banned).
- Pressing Windows + I and select Time & Language
- Toggle-on Set time automatically and Set time zone automatically or manually set the time zone.
Try playing and if that does not do the trick, try the next solution.
Switch to Google DNS
The default server on the OS is often not ideal for playing online games. Hence, we will change that to a better DNS server. Here are the steps you can follow to accomplish this. I personally prefer the Google DNS, which is free and works great. The DNS are Primary 8888 and secondary 8844.
Don’t worry, changing the DNS to Google will not hinder Valorant or any other online games you may be playing. Here are the steps you can follow to change the DNS.
- Press Windows + I and select Network & Internet
- Click on Change adapter options
- Select the network you are using, right-click and select Properties
- Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties
- Toggle Use the following DNS server addresses and enter the preferred DNS server as 8888 and Alternative DNS server as 8844.
- Save the changes and try playing Valorant.
Disable IPv6 on Windows 10
One of the solutions that’s worked for a user was to disable IPv6. Here is the path you can follow to disable it. Windows Key + I > Network & Internet > Change adapter options > right-click on Wi-Fi and Properties > Locate and uncheck Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) > Ok.
If the Valorant error code VAN-102 persists, we advise contacting the support team of Valorant.