Whenever Overwatch drops a big update, you can practically hear the internet groan - so many fans will want to jump straight into the new content, and that puts a lot of strain on our networks.
Games are getting bigger and bigger by the second, and it's troublesome when you're trying to play the latest one on your PS5, Xbox Series X, PC, PS4, Xbox One, or any other platform if they're downloading slowly.
And so, if your Overwatch update isn't downloading as quickly as you'd like, you're going to want to know why and how to fix it. Good news good people, we can help you with that...
Why is the Overwatch update downloading slowly?
There are lots of reasons why your game might be downloading slowly.
Sometimes it's just that your internet is playing up, but there's not a huge amount you can do about that if it's not on your end.
However, if it's a matter of bandwidth, then you can do something about that.
The same is true if you're simply doing more than you should be while downloading a game. So, here are some fixes that might work.
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How can you speed up your Overwatch update download
If you're trying to download the new Overwatch update, the first thing you should do is pause any other downloads that may be occurring on both your console and your network.
In a time where most games receive frequent patches and updates, pausing other downloads should ensure that your Overwatch download is prioritised over the latest Cyberpunk 2077 patch, for example.
Alongside stopping other downloads, we'd recommend closing any other applications or games that use the internet. Sure, it's tempting to go and play another game or watch Netflix on your console or PC while waiting for the download, but this will likely make the download time even longer. Go and read a book.
Finally, and this is a recommendation that extends beyond just downloading games, you should probably try to move a bit closer to your router - if your gaming set-up is currently in a totally different room to your Wifi Access Point, consider moving it into the room with the best internet signal.
To get the best connection possible, you should connect directly to your router with an ethernet cable, as this will give you a more stable internet connection, hopefully speeding up your download speeds.
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