Bug - "Could not reach Cloud Firestore backend. Backend didn't respond within 10 seconds"

This error fires only when using Expo Go app or iOS simulator. I’m utilizing Firebase 9.6.2 and Expo 43.0.0.

I’ve spoken with Firebase devs and they say the problem lies with Expo. Do I need to change versions to make Expo and Firebase compatible?

Any support is appreciated since this issue completely shuts down my app.