NOTE: This guide is not compatible with console users, there is no LAN option available. Other than online play, you can choose ‘Local’ which allows split-screen mode.
LAN, also known as a Local Area Network is one of the multiplayer options that is available with Borderlands 3. What this does is allow you to play with other people who are on your network, whether this is on your home network or an online one using services such as Hamachi.
One of the main advantages of LAN is it allows you to play multiplayer offline, as you aren’t connecting through online servers. Whilst enabling LAN can also be used to prevent other people from joining your game.
Below, we have put together a short guide for joining a LAN server. For more Borderlands 3 Guides & Best-of content for PS4, PC and Xbox One, make sure to check out our dedicated area here!
How to Start or Join a LAN Server
To start using LAN in Borderlands 3, we’ll need to head to the Social settings. To do that, open up the Main Menu (by pressing ESC on PC), then choose ‘Social’.
You will be taken to the ‘Roster’ screen where you can invite friends. Instead, we need to head to LAN Browser. Use the tabs at the top of the screen to go to the far right one which has a network icon. Borderlands 3 will open your game to LAN once you turn on ‘Connect to LAN’.
Any servers that can be joined will show up in this list. If your friends server isn’t visible, make sure they have enabled LAN. They can do this by pressing the cogs icon in the top right corner of the screen and changing the privacy settings to LAN.