GTAOLF

Many people are still struggling like heck to get in to a game of Grand Theft Auto Online. I’m one of them; I just can’t get past that first tutorial race. I hate having to do the exact same thing over and over in games, so I’m not even going to bother until it’s all sorted and settled. For those of you desperate to jump in to an online game and kick it in Los Santos, help is at hand.

Rockstar’s suggested a few ways for you to try and sort out your online woes. On their support site, they say the first thing you should do is delete the title update that enabled GTA Online, and download it afresh.

Here’s how to do it, via Venturebeat

  • On PS3: Navigate to “Game Data Utility” from the game menu. Select “Grand Theft Auto V” (not ”Grand Theft Auto V Install”). Press Triangle and select “Delete.”
  • On Xbox 360: Select “Settings” from the Home menu. Select “Storage” and then “Hard Drive.” Press Y and select “Delete System Cache.” This will delete the game update, but bear in mind it will also delete updates for other games.

If that doesn’t work for you, Rockstar’s suggested that you select “Swap Character” from the Online tab within the single-player pause menu, delete the created character  that was unable to get into the tutorial, and then create a new character. Lastly, if you’re still unable to connect or get past the tutorial, they suggest “trying again.”

If you’re impatient, they might help you get in. If you’re like me though, you’ll just wait until it actually works…mostly because you’re still busy with the single player…because you just can’t find the time to game just as much as you wished you could.

[Thanks to Admiral Kempff for the Tip]

Last Updated: October 4, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

137 Comments

  1. TiMsTeR1033

    October 4, 2013 at 07:50

    The Admiral gave that hint? I thought he played pc games?

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      October 4, 2013 at 08:03

      I do, but I want ALL my fellow gamers to be able to play.

      I’m just that awesome

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 4, 2013 at 08:05

        Well thanks for the tip!

        Reply

        • Sean Carbutt

          October 4, 2013 at 08:10

          I played last night. Getting in is not the problem, the stability of the connection is the problem. Guys kept getting kicked for no apparent reason. Well at least we can play some online

          Reply

        • Willem Swanepoel

          October 4, 2013 at 08:17

          PC gamers are not full of shit like a lot of console gamers think ;-)~

          Reply

  2. TiMsTeR1033

    October 4, 2013 at 07:52

    So clearing cache removes updates? then how come it didn’t install it again when I tried last night?

    Reply

    • Rincethis

      October 4, 2013 at 08:33

      I wouldn’t delete the cache unless you are having stability issues. Not unless you want to dl all the other updates. I managed to get online for 15 minutes last night before getting kicked.

      Reply

    • Circuitflow

      October 4, 2013 at 12:17

      Delete ur Charact and create another one.. worked for me!. BTW did not see u online last night

      Reply

      • mcdeezy

        October 4, 2013 at 22:46

        how do you delete character? like where do i go? it finally let me online but i cant even do the first mission theres no marker or anything. and i cant hit start or anything to bring up a menu

        Reply

        • Circuitflow

          October 7, 2013 at 09:55

          in the settings( u can do this while u are in story mode) > online > Swap character or create new Character

          Reply

  3. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    October 4, 2013 at 08:03

    Glad to help Mr Tim

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      October 4, 2013 at 08:10

      So that’s where you were yesterday.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        October 4, 2013 at 08:19

        Sadly, no

        Reply

  4. CaptainNemo42

    October 4, 2013 at 08:07

    I haven’t even tried… Check things will become better once the hype die down a bit. Then I will go in and raise all hell on Los Santos.

    Reply

  5. Hammersteyn

    October 4, 2013 at 08:11

    I played online but it sucks without a crew.

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 4, 2013 at 08:23

      • Hammersteyn

        October 4, 2013 at 08:24

        Yes please! Name?

        Reply

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 4, 2013 at 08:25

          http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/crew/ludo_mentis just add the ol’ custard as a friend, and we can take down a few shops for easy money

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            October 4, 2013 at 08:40

            Invinte sent

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 4, 2013 at 08:43

            will add you to PSN soon!

          • Hammersteyn

            October 4, 2013 at 08:48

            Cheers!

    • Circuitflow

      October 4, 2013 at 12:18

      YEAH! it does.. who wants to join me for a small robbery and murder tonight?( XBox) i need like $80 000 to buy my 1st appartment!

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        October 4, 2013 at 13:08

        LOL I’m PS. I maybe have $5000

        Reply

  6. HeniQpotter

    October 4, 2013 at 08:11

    I have had no problems since day one, It sucks to be the only one online all the time….

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      October 4, 2013 at 08:11

      PS or XBOX?

      Reply

      • HeniQpotter

        October 4, 2013 at 08:12

        XBOX

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          October 4, 2013 at 08:17

          LOL so is everyone else, I am starting to realize how alone I am on my PS3

          Reply

          • HeniQpotter

            October 4, 2013 at 08:19

            I have a PS3 also, but not GTA V for it, sorry dude.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 4, 2013 at 08:24

            I have PS3.. YOU CAN HAVE MY AXE! TOGETHER WE WILL MOUNT MOUNT DOOM AND STEAL A CAR!

          • Hammersteyn

            October 4, 2013 at 08:25

            I robbed a convenience store without any ammo in my gun!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 4, 2013 at 08:27

            I tried to run over another player, because he was trying to steal my car. But in trying to avoid me, he ran in front of a truck!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            October 4, 2013 at 08:31

            XD

          • Rincethis

            October 4, 2013 at 08:34

            WIN! Oi, why you on PSN last night!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 4, 2013 at 08:34

            Uhm… because I’m a REBEL! 😛

          • Rincethis

            October 4, 2013 at 08:37

            You crazy boy! Join a crew on a different platform! That is WHACK!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 4, 2013 at 08:38

            Just representing you know! :/ Yeah but it sucks that we’re separated by the console divide…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 09:01

            I wish we could all jam together!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 4, 2013 at 09:05

            🙁 Yeah! I would get another copy of GTA V for xbox, but this month is going to be tight

          • Rincethis

            October 4, 2013 at 09:06

            Make it happen nana!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 09:08

            If I had the moola Id send you a copy!

        • Circuitflow

          October 4, 2013 at 12:19

          invite me man …

          Reply

      • MacDoodle

        October 4, 2013 at 08:21

        What are u on Mr Hammer?

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          October 4, 2013 at 08:23

          PS3

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 4, 2013 at 08:24

            Dude… Jimmy Banana has you covered! Just join up with the Banana!

          • MacDoodle

            October 4, 2013 at 08:26

            Same here lets start a crew

          • Hammersteyn

            October 4, 2013 at 08:40

            I’m joining Banana Jim. His invite link is below.

          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            October 4, 2013 at 08:41

            Will wait for the Price of the game to drop before buying…

  7. matthurstrsa

    October 4, 2013 at 08:11

    GTA IV (yes, that’s 4) is probably still in or near the Top 10 most multiplayer games on Xbox live, so I wouldn’t worry about multiplayer going anywhere for V.

    Reply

  8. Mike

    October 4, 2013 at 08:15

    I played some online yesterday. Even saw other players as well, but I couldn’t start a job with one of them. So I just ended up driving over other players.

    Reply

    • Shodan

      October 4, 2013 at 09:05

      Did the same, but waiting for them to rob a store and stealing their car is also a fun thing to do 🙂

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 4, 2013 at 09:11

        Hahaha I did the same, oh the screams over their mics are hilarious.

        “Who the f*ck stole my car?”
        “Dude it’s that custard guy”
        “The f*ck.. F*CK YOU CUSTARD!!”

        Meanwhile…. I’m all! “Oh Snap O-G GIGGLES YO!”

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 4, 2013 at 09:12

          What I would give to drive over other players…

          Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 4, 2013 at 09:12

          What I would give to drive over other players…

          Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 4, 2013 at 09:11

        Hahaha I did the same, oh the screams over their mics are hilarious.

        “Who the f*ck stole my car?”
        “Dude it’s that custard guy”
        “The f*ck.. F*CK YOU CUSTARD!!”

        Meanwhile…. I’m all! “Oh Snap O-G GIGGLES YO!”

        Reply

  9. Hillbillly Gamer

    October 4, 2013 at 08:17

    What are you doing John? Real men do not play flimsy bolt-on Multiplayer. They play straight single player. Keep it reel.

    Reply

    • Rincethis

      October 4, 2013 at 09:04

      Agreed! So many people who haven’t even gotten 25% into the game are moaning the MP isn’t working! Love the SP! #foreverSP

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 4, 2013 at 09:04

        #ForeverSP Kifflom

        Reply

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        October 4, 2013 at 09:58

        I need to get beyond 30% now… only 0.1% to go to get there lol! I’ll get some jobs done tonight before trying to get onto GTAO.

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 4, 2013 at 10:00

          your only at 0.1% complete?

          Reply

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 4, 2013 at 10:10

            nope, I’m at 29.9%, wanna get beyond 30%, so have 0.1% to go to get there. That checklist is insane though… 😛

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 10:17

            You must of played alot! damn soon will surpass me! I haven’t played nearly enough to be honest.

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 4, 2013 at 10:22

            I got the game on Monday and have put in just over 13 and a half hours in on SP, gotten to 29.9% and pushing on 😛

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 10:23

            I seriously am gonna jam alot this weekend…

          • avi

            June 9, 2014 at 11:49

            what? played only like 7 hours and got to 32% o.O

  10. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 4, 2013 at 08:22

    Played for a decent amount of time yesterday, even did a few deathmatches, and then…. I switched off, went to lunch came back and my characters were gone. 🙁

    Reply

    • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

      October 4, 2013 at 08:23

      Ha ha… Sorry that’s not supposed to be funny, but it is….

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 4, 2013 at 08:26

        Hahaha yeah, level 11… gone 😛 So I reckon now it’s back to that infernal tutorial mission with Lamar. Never thought I’d say it, but after redoing it so many times, Lamar is one annoying SOB!

        Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 4, 2013 at 08:59

      What do you do for work? lucky bastard to play while we work!

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 4, 2013 at 09:04

        lol I meant supper…. cough! 😮

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 4, 2013 at 09:06

          sure you did!

          Reply

  11. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 4, 2013 at 08:28

    Apparently there’s a new patch that’ll launch today. Let’s see if it helps or whether R* is taking a page out of Bethesda’s book. hehehe

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 4, 2013 at 08:52

      Another patch?

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 4, 2013 at 08:56

        Yep, saw the tweet last night. It might be a small fix for the menu hangups. Hopefully, it’ll also recover my char… knock on wood!

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 4, 2013 at 08:57

          I hope for your sake! How is the hayfever going btw?

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 4, 2013 at 09:03

            It brings me great sadness… this time of the year, I just want to scourge the Earth! Damn plants… damn their biological warfare…

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            October 4, 2013 at 09:04

            If only you were of the master race, then these silly things would not affect you

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 4, 2013 at 09:06

            But… but… I have Steam! I play Baldur’s Gate and currently Avernum 6…

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            October 4, 2013 at 09:07

            Your hay-fever speaks differently….

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 4, 2013 at 09:09

            🙁 This weakness… Perhaps I must prove my strength by installing a new harddrive and graphics card! Will this help my hayfever, Admiral?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            October 4, 2013 at 09:17

            Indeed, that is the bane of all hay-fever

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 4, 2013 at 09:09

            🙁 This weakness… Perhaps I must prove my strength by installing a new harddrive and graphics card! Will this help my hayfever, Admiral?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 09:09

            The worst for me is while driving! The other day opened window feel the breeze then some shit bugs my eye! nearly killed myself! rubbing eye trying to drive, guy stops next to me and says ” drunk already I see”

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 09:09

            The worst for me is while driving! The other day opened window feel the breeze then some shit bugs my eye! nearly killed myself! rubbing eye trying to drive, guy stops next to me and says ” drunk already I see”

  12. Rincethis

    October 4, 2013 at 08:32

    I managed to get in last night, complete the first race, and one mission in which a noob drove me to some gang bangers, ran ahead, got killed, I did all the wet work, and he got the same XP and money as me… Not sure I like that idea…

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 4, 2013 at 08:44

      Why does that sound so familiar? You may as well stick to playing Borderlands 😉

      Reply

      • Rincethis

        October 4, 2013 at 08:44

        Tell me about it! OVG: “Revive ME!”

        Reply

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          October 4, 2013 at 08:45

          HAHAHA!!! Sounds exactly like a Borderlands session with OVG!

          Reply

          • Rincethis

            October 4, 2013 at 08:45

            Hahaha! 🙂

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 4, 2013 at 08:47

            At least I’m not that bad. I think I’m better on GTAV than Borderlands… I love using cover properly 😛

    • Circuitflow

      October 4, 2013 at 13:36

      rule of thumb.. if he acts like anoob , then he is a noob.. and i aint playin with NOOBS

      Reply

      • NecroRince

        October 4, 2013 at 13:38

        Hehehe. Nah, I don’t mind, everyone starts somewhere. It was the fact that I did all the work and was allocated the same XP, that I have issues with.

        Reply

        • Circuitflow

          October 4, 2013 at 14:38

          yeah, i did a meth collection mission with anoter “lack of a better word; NOOB. I drove there.. Killed all the memeber of the Lost stole the meth , drove back and then the NOOB that did absolutly nothing got the same RP , JB and money! they should award like they do in deathmatch

          Reply

  13. Vampyre Squirrel

    October 4, 2013 at 08:40

    I finally got on this morning after deleting the character I created the other day and creating a new one… tried 3 times to get into the first race and then finally got in and got it done. Now I have a team death match that I have to do, but no one was online when I needed to do it :(. Will have to try make a plan to get on when someone else is on 😛

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 4, 2013 at 08:49

      What time do you go to work!

      Reply

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        October 4, 2013 at 09:09

        I start work at 8am, live 2.5km from work, so only leave at 7:45, but wake up before 6am… so I’ve got lots of time to play.

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 4, 2013 at 09:11

          Thank God I live close to work! Live in Helderkruin then work just up the road lol

          Reply

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 4, 2013 at 09:13

            Takes me 3 minutes to get to work lol, not bad for JHB traffic.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 09:15

            The only catch if I played before work I wouldn’t stop playing! be like “boss *cough* I am sick throwing my guts out been up all night!” Meanwhile Driving over people and cars with a bomb on my bus screaming “Its SPEED!, I cant drive slower than 80mph!”

          • Circuitflow

            October 4, 2013 at 13:31

            yeah same here, i live and work in pTA( 7 km). if i play before i go to work. 1: i aint going to work 2: if i do i might just try to rob a store on the way!..lol

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 13:50

            You gonna try online tonight?

          • Circuitflow

            October 4, 2013 at 14:36

            Yip, but late, going to sqeeze in some BF 3 before .. got a small CLAN thing

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 4, 2013 at 09:11

          Thank God I live close to work! Live in Helderkruin then work just up the road lol

          Reply

    • Rincethis

      October 4, 2013 at 08:50

      Damn man, on this am?! WHEN!?

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 4, 2013 at 08:51

        Most of America and parts of Europe are sleeping so could be why he got online!

        Reply

        • Rincethis

          October 4, 2013 at 08:52

          America ya, not sure about most of Europe, what with being on nearly the same time line 😛 Did you get in last night?

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 08:54

            I tired twice, then gave up… Then Mrs was giving me a hard time so didn’t even play at all last night!

          • Rincethis

            October 4, 2013 at 08:56

            Damn bro, I miss having a misses, but sometimes, I REALLY don’t 😉

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 08:57

            The pros and cons, plus her being pregnant doesn’t make my life any easier right now…

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        October 4, 2013 at 09:19

        Yep… I was online around 6am hehehe

        Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 4, 2013 at 09:20

        I am gonna try tonight man, I hope we can get on esp after this new patch may help sort things out… Rob some stores will be insane!

        Reply

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          October 4, 2013 at 09:23

          I’ll try get on tonight, not sure if I will be able to, depends on my cell reception seeing that I’m using that to connect 😛

          Reply

        • Rincethis

          October 4, 2013 at 09:39

          I may join too man. Will probably be drunk (pretty much a guarantee after this week) so make sure you have something to drink too!

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 09:50

            Ill get a bottle of klippies after rAge.

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 4, 2013 at 10:00

            I’m tempted to duck off to rAge during today, but I dunno. I work approx 5 min from the Dome though.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 4, 2013 at 10:01

            I would go lol, I hope to god my boss lets me go early, otherwise will have to give it a miss today..

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            October 4, 2013 at 10:03

            I’m helping with a move tomorrow, and my wife’s aunt arrives in the country Sunday and is staying with us, so if I go, it’ll have to be today. I doubt going for the last hour (5-6pm) is a good idea though.

        • Circuitflow

          October 4, 2013 at 12:20

          iill be jamin tonight..

          Reply

  14. evilsheepclone

    October 4, 2013 at 11:54

    I had no real issues (wireless connection) except for the fact that you cannot save anything and some of the missions require a crew. oh and you have the usual fucks who spend their time messing up your missions.

    Reply

    • evilsheepclone

      October 4, 2013 at 11:56

      oh and if someone could tell me how to switch off the never ending chatting (frenchies) that plagues my ear holes it would be much appreciated.

      Reply

  15. Circuitflow

    October 4, 2013 at 12:16

    HA hows that, last night i figured why not delete my online Character i created that was stuck in the 1st race ANNOYING LOOP of laucning session.. and create a new one…just to ee if ity works, and POOF! it did.. now i see thats one of the solutions( Pats himself on the back). I had a blast jamin online last night , lost track of time and now i am wondering why i am so tired and lazy at work.. NAH! i just blame it on beibng a friday LOL. BTW When is the LAzy crew going to JAM XBOX. Would love to jam as a hugh team!

    Reply

  16. Asheron

    October 4, 2013 at 14:57

    Deleting the cache does not remove the update. You have to actually select the hard drive then gta then the title update and finally delete. Storing updates in the cachr wouldnt make sense at all since your supposed to delete the cache often.

    Reply

  17. John Jeremy

    October 4, 2013 at 18:35

    Rockstar just uploaded a video of their developers fixing the servers! http://youtu.be/lGABWh3fRfc

    Reply

  18. Dustin_king187

    October 5, 2013 at 10:03

    No matter what I do/try to do, I always end up getting kicked out by other players (even when it says there’s only 5 other players at the time) or it times out. I’ve deleted cache, deleted and remade my character, and everything else I was told to do. What else in the world can I possibly do to be able to play online?! I can’t even get on for more than 5 minutes and it definitely won’t let me do jobs/missions online!! Please help me?!

    Reply

  19. waste

    October 5, 2013 at 12:47

    dont bother its just peeps runing round killing each other in open world pointless you get fuck all done if i what that would play cod or bf3

    Reply

  20. waste

    October 5, 2013 at 12:47

    dont bother its just peeps runing round killing each other in open world pointless you get fuck all done if i what that would play cod or bf3

    Reply

  21. Matt

    October 5, 2013 at 17:07

    Oct 5th and Getting unable to join error messages…

    Reply

  22. Meh

    October 6, 2013 at 23:14

    Cheers for telling us that would delete your character!!!

    Reply

  23. THEgDolla

    October 7, 2013 at 01:21

    I delete the cache but then don’t need to install the update again? This tip is BS it doesn’t work.

    My rank 25 character got deleted. 35 hours progress… HELP!

    Reply

  24. Dustin_king187

    October 7, 2013 at 06:11

    For some reason, I’m still not able to get online and I’ve tried everything. I cleared my cache, deleted and remade my character, and kept trying multiple times. Nothing works.

    Reply

  25. Darcy

    October 7, 2013 at 19:31

    Why am I getting kicked from every match!!!!!!???
    Ok I’m fucking tired of it I paid money for gta I paid money for live STOP BOOTING ME IM SO TIRED OF IT I JUST WANT TO GET A GOOD GAME IN BEFORE I GO TO WORK NOT CONTINUESLY WATCH A BLOODY LOADING SCREEN AND A KICKED SCREEN.
    I do nothing and people insta boot me fuck sakes

    Reply

  26. GTA5 Crews

    October 7, 2013 at 23:19

    Join (Gravediggers 2013) crew for PS3

    Reply

  27. Howk

    October 8, 2013 at 05:06

    Why no one play with me on GTA online? 🙁

    Reply

  28. Amberbangkokescort

    October 8, 2013 at 14:20

    Check things will get better once the buildup decrease a touch. http://www.amberbangkokescort.com/

    Reply

  29. josh

    October 10, 2013 at 04:47

    I can get online but when I do it will be NOT online (no stores my cars not there no missions just me walking the city) also if I do get into a server before I can take 1 step I get kicked… anyone else get this?

    Reply

  30. DramaTOXIN

    December 19, 2013 at 05:02

    Here is my dilemma. I went to play online for the first time, and my xbox tells me I need to download the add ons “beach bum” and “combat” or something like that so I download them, and it gives me a message saying “cant download” so I try again, and it said that I already have this downloaded but it still wont let me play, ive cleared the cache, and re installed the disk, what do you guys think the problem is?

    Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      December 19, 2013 at 05:47

      I’ve had that happen with other games and to fix it I’ve gone into the storage settings and deleted it from the Xbox.

      Reply

  31. derpy

    January 4, 2014 at 17:17

    it says my name is off-limit :C what do i do

    Reply

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