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Play GTA Online: Possible Fixes for Common GTA Online Problems



Playing GTA Online is a major issue for most gamers who encounter GTA Online problems and errors that prevent make it impossible to start the first race, holding back access to the entire online version of GTA 5‘s massive world — but there are two fixes that gamers can try to start playing GTA Online with a wait as short as 10 minutes.

Rockstar apologized for the issues earlier this week and is asking for patience, but gamers are sick of messages saying that Rockstar Cloud Servers are Unavailable, loading into blank screens, staring at a zoomed out city scape, watching a character get out of a car 50 times and standing in a parking lot for hours on end while waiting for other players.

Read: GTA Online Errors-  Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable

Some reports indicate that the GTA Online problems are due to Rockstar’s surprise at selling so many copies of GTA 5, though the game is still widely available at retail stores and pre-orders alerted the company to initial demand for the game, which was an early indication of demand for the GTA Online version as well.

GTA Online Problems Fixed

Rockstar continues working around the clock to add server capacity and to make other changes that will fix many GTA Online problems. Until the company is able to come up with a complete guide on how to play GTA Online successfully, there are two fixes discovered by GTA Online players on Xbox and PS3 which Rockstar recommends trying.

These fixes for common GTA Online problems address the issues gamers have getting past the first race and into the open world, but are not able to guarantee a smooth performance or a future slowdown while waiting for other players in future jobs where you need more players.

The GTA Online error, "Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable" is what we see most often while playing GTA Online.

The GTA Online error, “Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable” is what we see most often while playing GTA Online.

If you are experiencing these common GTA Online problems, we’ll share tow possible fixes with you below.

  • Freezing while loading into first race in GTAO with “waiting for other players” on the screen
  • Seeing the same cut-scene twice in a row and then getting stuck on a load screen
  • Getting stuck transitioning into the lobby or race while other players are joining/leaving
  • Race Corona (start area, marker) not showing up for first race

Delete and Re-Download the GTA 5:GTA Online Update

According to some gamers and Rockstar, deleting the GTA Online update from Xbox and PS3 and re-installing it could help gamers play GTA Online without the issues. It appears to be the same update coming back down, but perhaps it is resetting something that lets gamers in. The reason is not clear, but multiple users report that it works.

It is important that you delete the update, and not your GTA 5 save data. Do this from your Xbox home menu or PS3 menu, not inside of GTA 5. The video below outlines how to delete a game update on the Xbox 360.

This video outlines the general process of deleting a patch on the PS3, which should be similar to deleting the GTA Online patch on PS3.

After deleting the update, launch GTA 5 and download the update again to try to play GTA Online.

Swap Characters for GTA Online

Another fix that should help gamers get out of the parking lot loop in GTA Online is to switch characters. This is a fix for users who got stuck on a race loop, and who did not get into GTA Online yet. If you already got past the race, this is not a fix for you and doing so would likely cause a loss of JP and RP points in-game.

Switching characters could help with common GTA Online problems.

Switching characters could help with common GTA Online problems.

  1. Launch GTA 5 story mode.
  2. Pause the game and go to the Online tab.
  3. Choose Swap Character.
  4. Delete the character stuck in a loop.
  5. Create a new character and play GTA Online

If both of these solutions fail, Rockstar offers a third GTA Online fix, which gamers will not like. The overall solution is to wait for GTA Online problems to disappear and to try again.

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After trying these potential fixes, you may still need to wait up to 10 minutes for the first race to start. These possible GTA Online fixes are not working for everyone. One member of the Gotta Be Mobile staff spent several hours trying to play GTA Online in the past several days and despite trying these fixes is unable to play GTA Online.



  1. Theo

    10/03/2013 at 11:03 am

    you cant delete gta 5 update on ps3 dude -_-

    • God

      10/03/2013 at 11:36 am

      yes you can its the small 39MB update

    • Austin

      10/03/2013 at 4:10 pm

      Yes you can

    • Brandon

      10/03/2013 at 5:19 pm

      Yes you can, just go to game data utility.

  2. Darren

    10/03/2013 at 3:59 pm

    Here is what worked for me!! Not seen it mentioned.
    1) start solo game
    2) pause and go to online,start online game
    3) choose invite only game

    You will race against lemar only but then can do the tutorial. After that,load as normal and bang. Game on.
    You’re welcome !

    • chase

      10/03/2013 at 6:12 pm

      will that work for xbox i have tryed everything deleting the update please help me.

    • Jkronz

      10/03/2013 at 11:07 pm

      @ Darren just tryed that and i’m still waiting on the wait for other players screen. lol

  3. SlightlyAmused

    10/03/2013 at 6:42 pm

    Tried that invite only method and still it bugged out on me with waiting for players.

  4. isiah

    10/03/2013 at 9:24 pm

    you can delete it on ps3 it is the one with the picture of the blimp but dont worry it is not the blimp

  5. Frank

    10/03/2013 at 11:16 pm

    None of this shit works for me ps3

  6. Shawn Rickard

    10/04/2013 at 6:06 am

    Does Rockstar not believe in product testing or quality assurance?

  7. John

    10/04/2013 at 5:05 pm

    This is rediculous

    • Darren

      10/05/2013 at 5:14 am

      Ah sorry everyone it worked for me on PS3.
      Also deleted the update and reinstalled it. New update out today,that help you all?

  8. Kokopolo

    10/05/2013 at 8:34 pm

    i was lvl 28 with a house and my person disappeared

  9. Taimoor Alam Shah

    03/26/2019 at 10:42 am

    Very nice admin
    I have read your article and i have fix all these issues easily.
    Great work
    Sir can you please send me gta 5 android version free apk?

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