Image via Activision

How to fix slow download speeds on Battle.net

Some things need convincing to act right.

The PC platform Battle.net has definitely increased in adoption as many PC titles from Blizzard and Activision are only available through this platform. With this increased usage, however, can come a few downsides for the users: slower download speeds and errors as servers become overwhelmed by requests, namely.

Recommended Videos

If you’re being plagued by slow download speeds on Battle.net, there are a few actions you can take to mitigate them provided there are no hiccups on the application’s side. However, Battle.net is experiencing authentication issues, and this likely why you cannot download games at the moment. Under normal circumstances, you can try the following methods to increase download speed.

Related: The 10 best games to play on Steam Deck

How to fix Battle.net download speeds

The simplest fixes for this are located within the Battle.net application. While nothing is going to be changed that can’t be restored later, it would be beneficial to note where your install locations are for all titles.

Changing download rates in Battle.net

Screenshot by Gamepur

Open Battle.net and navigate to the options cog on the bottom left, near Play in your library, then go to Settings. From here, select the ‘Downloads’ tab on the vertical menu and find ‘Network Bandwidth’ near the bottom of the window. Ensure that bandwidth limiting is not checked, and also that auto-update time is disabled as well.

Resetting the application

While resetting the application to default values within the settings is an option, we haven’t found any increase in download speeds to merit that action. Instead, opt for the tried-and-true tech technique of turning it off and on again. Once Battle.net is closed, verify it’s fully shut down within your Task Manager. Once verified that it has completely shut off, turn it back on and check to see if your download speeds have increased.

Possible fixes outside of Battle.net

The culprit of your slow Battle.net speeds could be local instead of on Battle.net. If prior troubleshooting hasn’t borne fruit, you may want to peek at your PC to ensure you aren’t accidentally choking your own download rates.

Verify no other downloads are running

Presuming that you have a solid grasp on your computer, checking to ensure that no background downloads are choking out your speeds should be relatively simple. Check Steam, Discord, and Chrome for the usual suspects in terms of eating through bandwidth. Windows Updates have also gotten more aggressive recently — disabling Windows Updates (and completing them manually) should suffice to ensure you aren’t being unintentionally throttled.

Don’t attempt downloads during peak hours

The final attempt prior to reaching out to Battle.net support staff is to ensure you aren’t trying to download during peak hours. These peak times naturally hold a lot of server-side congestion, resulting in atrociously slow download speeds that can’t really be fixed aside from waiting for the congestion to clear. This congestion can become painful during massive releases, such as a new Call of Duty Warzone release.


Gamepur is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Today’s Coin Master Free Spins & Daily Coins Links (April 2024)
Coin Master free spins and coins daily working links
Read Article Roblox Untitled Attack on Titan Codes (April 2024) (UAOT)
Read Article Roblox One Fruit Simulator Codes (April 2024)
Read Article Elemental Dungeons Codes (April 2024)
Elemental Dungeons Promo Image
Read Article Roblox Creatures of Sonaria codes (April 2024)
Related Content
Read Article Today’s Coin Master Free Spins & Daily Coins Links (April 2024)
Coin Master free spins and coins daily working links
Read Article Roblox Untitled Attack on Titan Codes (April 2024) (UAOT)
Read Article Roblox One Fruit Simulator Codes (April 2024)
Read Article Elemental Dungeons Codes (April 2024)
Elemental Dungeons Promo Image
Read Article Roblox Creatures of Sonaria codes (April 2024)
Author
Chris Davenport
Chris Davenport is a freelance writer for Gamepur. He's been writing video game guides for the past five years and has been featured on GameRant.
Author
Michael Stoyanoff
Michael Stoyanoff is a Freelance Writer for Gamepur. He holds vast knowledge on Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft among other MMO's. Bioware RPGs are also a passion. In his free time you can find him lounging with his pug or working on his fitness.