How to fix Overwatch 2 ‘player already changing groups’ error

Nathan Warby
Echo in Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 players trying to squad up with their friends are being met with the error message ‘player already changing groups,’ but luckily there is a workaround. Here’s how to fix the issue in Overwatch 2.

Overwatch 2 Season 10 is in full swing, bringing the new DPS Hero Venture and the Mirrorwatch event, but the new content is more enjoyable when experienced with friends. However, many fans are running into the ‘player already changing groups’ error when trying to team up.

So, here’s how to fix the ‘player already changing groups’ error in Overwatch 2.

How to fix ‘player already changing groups’ issue in Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 players can get around the ‘player already changing groups’ by closing the application and opening the game by accepting an invite from a friend. So, instead of loading into the main menu and grouping up from there, accept the invite through your Xbox, PlayStation, or Steam.

Blizzard are yet to release an official fix for this problem, but this method has helped many players. That said, there are still those who run into the problem after closing the app and accepting an invite.

If you’re one of the unlucky ones, other players have reported that deleting and then reinstalling Overwatch 2 has fixed the problem, although this is understandably a last resort.

It isn’t entirely clear what causes the ‘player already changing groups’ error in OW2, but it pops up more often around big updates. The game struggles to add players to a group as it thinks that the friend hosting is already joining a new party.

We’ll be sure to update this page with an official solution if and when Blizzard announce one, but for now, give this method a go to back into the action in Overwatch 2 as soon as possible.

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About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. He’s an expert in EA Sports FC, Call of Duty, and Overwatch, as well as superhero games, including Marvel’s Spider-Man. With a master's degree in Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University, he worked as a Trainee Reporter for Derbyshire Live before moving into games media, with bylines at Dexerto, Cultured Vultures, and more. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].