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Helldivers 2: How to fix friend requests not working

It's dangerous to go alone.

Helldivers 2’s crossplay features have caused some issues with friend requests not working. As a result, many PC and PS5 users cannot play together due to this inconvenience. However, there are a few ways to fix the problem, and we’re here to help get your team back on the fight for Super Earth.

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Helldivers 2 friend requests not working solution

To fix the Helldivers 2 friend request not working, use the following methods:

  • Close and reopen game file
  • Restart your console or PC
  • Ensure that the Helldivers 2 servers are online
  • Add another player using a Friend Code
  • Turn off crossplay and turn it back on
  • All players go to a planet with the same difficulty until parties are merged
  • Wait until an update fixes the issue

If you’ve initiated the standard restarts and turning mechanics on/off, check the Helldivers 2 servers via DownDetector or the game’s Twitter. The problem could lie with a server issue that you can’t necessarily fix on your end.

According to a post in the Helldivers 2 Discord channel, the team also suggests adding another player through their Friend Code. Friends Codes are generated via the Social tab, and they seem to function slightly better than username requests. Unfortunately, many players continue to experience the friend requests not working issue in Helldivers 2 despite completing these steps. The problem primarily derives from a past update that implemented the error, but some workarounds could be helpful.

While it doesn’t fix the problem, it may be best to test your luck with finding friends in a public lobby. First, choose a planet with a low player count and ensure your party selects the same difficulty. To make things easier during the wait, pick a location with a lower difficulty level. Those who don’t see their friends appear within the open session must restart the game to trigger their appearance. It may take a few times, so keep restarting until it works.

When all else fails, a new update will likely be the only way to address the problem. On the bright side, Arrowhead Game Studios has continued to release patches since its launch, which could fully fix the friend request issue.


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