How to fix ‘Unable to Join Party (3)’ bug in Black Ops Cold War

Liam Mackay

A BOCW bug has been making it so that players are “unable to join party” using cross-platform play, so here’s how to get back to playing with your friends in Season 1.

Crossplay has now become the standard for Call of Duty, with players across Xbox, PlayStation, and PC playing Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War together. But the process hasn’t been as smooth in BOCW.

Many PC players have been unable to join parties with their friends on consoles. The error message will pop up saying “Failed to Join Party. Unable to join party (3).” It’s an incredibly frustrating bug, especially when you want to take full advantage of CoDs crossplay capabilities.

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We’ve put together some things you can do to fix the “unable to join party” error.

How to fix “unable to join party” error

First, you should all try exiting out of Black Ops Cold War and then restart your console or PC, then launching BOCW again. If that doesn’t work, there are a few things you can do to get back to playing with your cross-platform friends.

Black Ops Cold War Crossplay

Check crossplay is on

You should ensure that everyone you want to party up with has crossplay enabled.

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To enable crossplay:

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  1. Open Black Ops Cold War multiplayer
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Navigate to the Account tab
  4. Enable or Disable Crossplay

Re-add Activision friends

If you have crossplay enabled, it appears that the bug is an issue with Activision accounts. To fix this, you need to remove then re-add your Activision friends.

To remove and re-add Activision friends:

  1. Open Black Ops Cold War
  2. Navigate to the Social tab
  3. Select the friend you’re trying to party up with
  4. Click ‘Remove Activision Friend’
  5. Return to the Social Tab
  6. Select ‘Add Activision Friends’
  7. Add their username through either Activision, Xbox, PlayStation, or

This might not work on the first go, so try it a few times and restart your game in between to be safe.

Call of Duty select game menu

Create party in Warzone

If you still can’t join your friends after re-adding them, there’s another solution. You need to create the party in Warzone, then back out to the main menu and launch BOCW. You should remain in the party together.

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Hopefully, these tips will help you party up with your friends on other channels but if not, we recommend contacting Activision Support.

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About The Author

Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor who focuses on Call of Duty but also plays lots of fantasy RPGs or anything else in his massive gaming backlog. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam freelanced in games journalism before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].