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ARK Survival Evolved: How To Make & Join A Non-Dedicated Server

Check out our guide on how to make and join a non-dedicated server in ARK Survival Evolved.

ARK is an action-adventure survival-based game that revolves around different creatures from the prehistoric era. These creatures range from sabretooth to horrifying dinosaurs. While you can hunt them down, you can also befriend them by taming them. Do you know what will be cooler and bring more fun to the party? Some friends! You can create or join a server to play with friends. How? Check out our guide on how to make and join a Non-dedicated server in ARK Survival Evolved.

How to Make & Join a Non-Dedicated Server in ARK Survival Evolved


You can host or join a Non-dedicated Server by following some steps. But you need to make sure of tweaking some settings. Before we begin, make sure to increase your Non-dedicated Host server’s tether distance to the maximum. Let’s start with how to host a server or a session first.

How to Make a Non-Dedicated Server

Follow these steps to host a session:


  • Select the Host\Local option on your main menu.
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  • As mentioned earlier, we suggest setting the Non-dedicated Host tether distance to 99.0.
  • You can find this setting to the left in the ARK Rules in the General tab.
  • If you want to apply some mods, select the mods to your right.
  • In addition to these, you can also tweak options for Story or Custom ARKS.
  • Once you have applied the suitable ARK rules and Mod settings, select the Host Non-dedicated option.
  • Now, you need to set up the password and the name of the session.
  • If you want the session to be private, you can check the box for Private Match.
  • Then, select the Accept option to make a Non-dedicated server.


How to Join a Non-Dedicated Server in ARK

Follow the mentioned below steps to join the session:

  • Select the Join ARK option on the main menu.
  • As you select the option, you will see a long Session list with all the servers.
  • You can toggle the Session filter to Non-dedicated sessions. You can find it at the bottom left.
  • If you want to join a server hosted by your friends, type the Server’s name on the Name filter at the top.
  • Then, select the Join option to join a Non-dedicated server in ARK.


That’s everything covered about how to make and join a Non-dedicated server in ARK Survival Evolved. If you liked this guide, check out our other guides on how to get blood packs, how to change the time, and how to teleport between realms in ARK Survival Evolved right here on Gamer Tweak.