How to fix “An Error Occurred While Starting Roblox Error Code 279”

If you spot Error Code 279 in Roblox, check here what steps you can take!

by J.R. Waugh
Roblox Error Code 279
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When you log in for a session of Roblox, the last thing you need is Error Code 279 cramping your style. But we’re here to tell you it’s not usually an issue that needs any drastic fixes, you’ll just want to check some details over first.

Error Code 279 is a semi-common error in Roblox that can affect players on PC, mobile, or consoles, and you’ll be glad to know that if it’s happening to you, you’re likely not alone. Here’s what you can do to fix it.

How to Fix Error Code 279 and ID=17 in Roblox

If you see Error Code 279 on Roblox, it’s likely a connectivity error where your device can’t connect to the server. It isn’t typically a game-breaking error, but there are steps you can take if you want to take a crack at fixing it yourself. The first thing you should check is Downdetector, which shows whether other players are affected by similar errors in the game. But beyond this, you can take the following fix options:

  • Check your firewall like Windows Defender, and ensure Roblox isn’t restricted
  • Restart your device; a soft reboot is all you’d likely need on mobile, PC, or console
  • Check your network connection, make sure it’s the one you usually use
  • Restart your router (try before reinstalling)
  • Reinstall Roblox (last resort)

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These are not often permanent issues when playing the game, so try not to fret, especially if the game was just working yesterday. It can even come down to connection speeds, and making sure the latest updates are installed.

Generally, though, check the options that require the lowest-maintenance fixes and go up from there. Checking the firewall settings, and network connection, and restarting your devices are way less time-consuming than outright reinstalling the game, restarting your router, or finding a new network entirely.

- This article was updated on October 24th, 2023

About The Author

J.R. is a Staff Writer with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. is streaming his favorite RPGs and other forgotten gems.