Solo Public Session In GTA Online: How To


Are griefers blowing up your crates in full public sessions constantly? Are your precious investments which cost several thousand in GTA $ going up in smoke because some asshole won't quit? Are your associates simply not enough protection to deal with all the bastards who find their way Online? Bothered by the fact that you can't run buy and sell missions in private or crew lobbies?

Worry not! Getting into a private session all on your own in order to avoid the griefers and various connection issues brought on by the dodgy internet connections of other players (which affects you because of the peer-to-peer server architecture) is pretty simple.

Depending on what platform you're on or how you're connected to the internet, there are various ways of kicking everyone from your session - of course, in reality, they stay in their communal session and you will be booted to a public session of your own, but let's keep terminology simple.

Prerequisites

Naturally, the first step of this is to actually get into a public lobby. Once in, you'll need to go to your corporate headquarters which keeps you in the same session, but a separate instance.

The Methods

Cable Unplug (All Platforms)

This is the easiest method and all and so we suggest you try it first. Simply either fiddle with your modem's coaxial cable, disconnecting and reconnecting it quickly, or unplug the DSL cable from your router for a few seconds and plug it back in.

This should kick you out of lobbies with other players and put you in one alone, the game thinks you are lagging/on a poor connection and doesn't want you to affect the performance of other players.

Mobile Portable Hotspot (All Platforms)

If you are using Wi-Fi, instead of connecting directly, you should use your smartphone to create a portable hotspot, connect to the Wi-Fi with the phone and to the phone with the console. Then, either turn off Wi-Fi (not the hotspot) on your phone, or switch to mobile data.

Then again, seeing as GTA Online isn't actually bandwidth heavy, you could simply use mobile data for playing anyway and switch it off and on again while in your HQ.

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PS4

If you are on PS4, you can also do the following while in your public lobby. Go Settings --> Network --> Choose Network --> Custom.

Leave everything as is, but for MTU, enter 800. Just remember to undo this setting if you want to play another game or join a public lobby!

Xbox One

While in your public lobby, go to Settings --> Network Settings --> Test NAT Type. Wait a while and then go back into the game. You should be in a solo session.

PC

Load into a public session, ALT+TAB out of the game and open the task manager either with CTRL+SHIFT+ESC or by running it from the start menu.

In the task manager, navigate to the Performance tab where you will see "open Resource Monitor" on the bottom. Click on this, and wait for all the running programs to load up. You'll see GTA5.exe in the list, which you need to right click, and in the context menu click on Suspend Process. Wait a couple of seconds, and click on Resume Process in the context menu - voilá, solo public session!

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Coaxial Cable
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DSL Cable - not to be confused with the wider ethernet cable!

Notes

All of these methods will boot you into a public lobby of your own. Take note that waiting too much in between re-plugging cables or turning your internet back on will simply disconnect you from the game entirely. In some cases, simply changing your NAT settings will also achieve the desired result, but that is a bit of a gamble.

If you're using cable internet, then unplugging the ethernet cable on consoles will simply disconnect you from GTA Online, however on PC this method allows you to enter your own public lobby. Another option is blocking port 6672 using Windows Firewall, however this is a toss-up between getting your own lobby or getting kicked.

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Depending on your router, you can also manually restrict internet access for certain IPs. This works for all platforms, you just need to restrict the IP of your device for a few second and voila, you are in your own GTA Online session.

Some players also suggest simply switching to free-aim. You need to get into singleplayer GTA 5, set free-aim as your preferred aim method and switch back to Online. Only a tiny fraction of the community plays free-aim anyway and barely any of them are griefers.

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GTA Online's griefer problem is an affliction of the community, not the game. Bored idiots who can only entertain themselves by ruining the fun of others with (granted, poorly balanced) vehicles really can't be blamed on Rockstar here.

Have you had any luck running delivery missions in populated public GTA Online lobbies, or do you stick to those where you are alone?

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  1. (granted, poorly balanced) vehicles really can't be blamed on Rockstar here.

    I read this part and I find this VERY easy to blame rockstar right there. First off, you can balance it by weakening those vehicles(noob bike) by n ot home that fast on players ea. its to easy to get locked on. Its to easy to get kills.

  2. "GTA Online's griefer problem is an affliction of the community, not the game. Bored idiots who can only entertain themselves by ruining the fun of others with (granted, poorly balanced) vehicles really can't be blamed on Rockstar here."

    Hahahahahaha, you are so wrong. The poorly balanced vehicles combined with the lack of penalty for ruining other peoples fun is absolutely on Rockstar and only Rockstar. If they didn't cater to the 1% who only play to ruin other peoples game, then they would have taken steps to eliminate this behavior. If you have pvp optional instead of forced, then the griefers leave because they only have themselves to play with. Rockstar simply ignores the fact that most gamers aren't playing to kill other players, but the ones who do so have no consequences and that's why this particular game draws them in. You almost never see anyone over level 300 doing anything other than flying around shooting people with rockets. As it is now, you go on public because you have to in order to make money from businesses, but then you lose your profits because griefers get rewarded for playing the way they want. If you think that's not the fault of the game designers, you're experience in the real world is sorely lacking.

  3. "GTA Online's griefer problem is an affliction of the community, not the game. Bored idiots who can only entertain themselves by ruining the fun of others with (granted, poorly balanced) vehicles really can't be blamed on Rockstar here."

    That said, this is easily fixed by enabling passive mode while being a MC or CEO but since that is not the case, the intent is crystal clear being that they can make loads of real money with their scam known as "Shark Cards".

  4. There are other games (WoW specifically) that have firgured out how to have PvP be a voluntary thing. There isn't PvP griefing in WoW because you have to agree to it. Players will take as much power as you give them. You give the tools to grief, there will be griefers. They are just too lazy to make a good online, persistent world.

  5. Yes, Yesis only Rockstar's fault you act like d*cks online and ruin newbies' fun playing online instead of actually helping new players so that nobody wants to play with you. How else would You explain there are actual guides explain how to avoid especially YOU, rather playing ALONE than with any of you?

  6. "GTA Online's griefer problem is an affliction of the community, not the game. Bored idiots who can only entertain themselves by ruining the fun of others with (granted, poorly balanced) vehicles really can't be blamed on Rockstar here."

    Actually it IS rockstar's fault. They created the Pay to Win system they call Shark Cards, and then put up these unbalanced heavy vehicles for sale for heavy amounts of GTA$. It's so easy to troll on this game, just look at your wallet, a few bucks on Shark Cards, and you're ready to troll. There would be waaaaaaaaay less trolls if Shark Cards didn't exist, OR if said vehicles didn't exist (who needs a flying car on a MAFIA GANGSTER game?). The lack of punishment for trolling is at their fault too. You can do whatever you want on the game, ruin game experience for lots of people, but hey, the troll is buying Shark Cards, and the other dudes already paid for the game, so....

  7. How about having a good squad hired and protect the CEO during the missions?

    Whats the point of spending millions of dollars on a hangar, and jets with missle attachments, if I cannot fly around trying to kill other players? Especially after you have completed all of the missions/heists, and spent hours of your life working hard to finally be able to buy that hydra.

    Go find yourself a better squad to protect you fragile cucks.

  8. ''GTA Online’s griefer problem is an affliction of the community, not the game.''
    Not really, its all about online game design. When a dumbass designs a game, griefers happens. We have nothing to do in game other than making cash, and when you have cash, you have nothing to do other than meddling with others affairs.

Aron Gerencser
Aron is responsible for the bulk of the news posts that you'll find on GTA BOOM each and every day. He loves getting involved with the community and is an avid fan of all things Rockstar Games. His journey with the franchise began with GTA 2 back when it was new (all the way back in 1999), and he was a gamer even before then. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014. When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram.