Matt Pryor
Matt Pryor
Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.

Fortnite: How To Fix 'Application Crash' Error

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Learn the ultimate trick to resume a Fortnite match after the application crashes.


Nothing is more annoying than when you’re in the middle of an intense match of Fortnite only to see the game freeze and then crash. It happens regularly for some players, and there’s no universal solution to the issue. Most can attest that having Fortnite open for too long often results in the game closing out unexpectedly. The most common error indicates, “The application has crashed and will now close. We apologize for the inconvenience.” Countless Fortnite players are all too familiar with this message, and we have a temporary fix should it happen to you while in-game.

Ctrl + Alt + Del = Win

The Ctrl, Alt and Del buttons of a black keyboard are displayed together on a white background

The issue in question can occur at any time while you have Fortnite open. I’ve personally left the application open overnight to find it frozen the next time I’m at my computer. If it happens outside an actual match, your best bet is to end Fortnite via the Task Manager and reopen the application. However, for those who experience untimely game crashes while in a match, there’s a nifty method to continue playing without having to exit. Follow the steps below to fix the “application crash” error message:

  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Del all at once
  • Click the ‘Switch User’ option
  • Click the‘ Sign in’ option on the account displayed
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A Windows 10 Ctrl Alt Del screen with the "Switch User" option circled in red all on a blue background

After following these steps, you should resume your game and continue playing out the match. The only downside of using this method is that you won’t hear any of your teammates in voice chat. I’ve used this trick multiple times, and though the teammate audio issue can be annoying, it’s still a useful tool for those who’d prefer not to quit out of an intense match. Feel free to give this fix a try the next time your application crashes mid-game. It takes no longer than 30 seconds, and you might earn that Victory Royale against all odds.

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