How to fix Warzone 2 “Checking for update” bug: Xbox, PC & PlayStation 

Andrew Highton
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Warzone 2 players are finding themselves stuck on the “checking for update” screen. Here’s everything you need to know about how to get around this problem on PlayStation, Xbox & PC.

With Season 2 of Warzone 2 well underway, the Call of Duty community has been eagerly exploring all the new content that arrived with the update, including new weapons like the Crossbow and the Ashika Island Resurgence map.

However, one irritating issue has popped up that’s causing players to get stuck on a screen that reads “checking for update.” The good news is that there are a few different workarounds that you can use to get around this problem.

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Here’s how to fix the Warzone 2 “checking for update” bug.

How to fix the Warzone 2 “checking for update” bug

There are plenty of ways for players to fix this glitch, although some, such as scanning and repairing the Warzone 2 game files, are only available for players on PC.

These useful tips should get you back into action fairly quickly, although some of them are quite technical.

A character holding a gun in Warzone 2.Activision
Warzone 2 players are getting stuck on a screen that reads “checking for update.”

Restart the game

The simplest way to resolve this issue is to try restarting Warzone 2. You may not encounter this bug if you launch up Warzone 2 again.

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Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Press the home button on either your Xbox or PlayStation controller, and head back to your console’s main screen.
  2. Select Warzone 2.
  3. Press Start.
  4. Select Close Application.
  5. Restart the game and check if it has worked.

Restart your console

If this glitch is affecting you on either an Xbox or PlayStation console, there are still some ways for you to get around it.

PS4 & PS5

  1. Turn off your console, making sure not to enter Rest Mode.
  2. Once your console has stopped blinking, remove the power cable.
  3. Wait at least 30 seconds.
  4. Plug the power cable back in and restart your console.

Xbox

  1. Turn off your console.
  2. Once the lights on the front of the console and the power brick are off, unplug the power cable from the rear of the console.
  3. Wait at least 30 seconds.
  4. Play the power cable back in and restart your console.

Restart your internet connection

One of the most basic fixes for any internet instability is to simply disconnect your router, reconnect it, wait for it to boot up, and try again.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Disconnect your router.
  2. Reconnect your router.
  3. Wait a few minutes.
  4. Start up Warzone 2 again.
Warzone 2 players in Season 1 GulagHaving a faulty internet connection can cause issues in Warzone 2.

Check for Warzone 2 updates

If you don’t have the latest version of Warzone 2 installed then you may encounter this bug. We’ll go over how you can do this on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.

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Steam (PC):

  1. Launch the Steam client.
  2. Go to Library and select Warzone 2.
  3. Steam will inform you if there’s a new patch available, and you can then click Update.
  4. Wait for the download to complete and launch Warzone 2.

PS4 & PS5

  1. Go back to your home screen.
  2. Select Warzone 2.
  3. Press start.
  4. Select check for update.

Xbox

  1. Go to “My Games and Apps.”
  2. Select queue on the left hand side.
  3. Find Warzone 2.
  4. Press the Menu button on your controller.
  5. Select update.

Scan and repair Warzone 2’s game files

If the game files have been corrupted then you might see this bug pop up. You can get around this problem by verifying the game files to ensure that all of them are currently working properly.

Here’s how to get this done:

  1. Launch the Steam client.
  2. Right-click Warzone 2 in your Library.
  3. Select Properties and visit Local Files.
  4. Select Verify Integrity of Game Files and wait for the process to complete.
warzone 2 vehiclesScanning and repairing your game files can help you fix Warzone 2 bugs.

Change your DNS settings

Another reason that you might encounter the “checking for an update” bug in Warzone 2 is that you need to change your DNS settings. This can quickly be done after visiting your Network and Internet settings.

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Here are all the steps:

  1. Open up ‘Network & Internet Settings.’
  2. Go to ‘Change Adapter Options.’
  3. Right-click your Network Adapter and click on ‘Properties.’
  4. Select ‘Internet Protocol Version 4‘ (TCP/IPv4) and click ‘Properties.’
  5. Use these DNS server addresses: For Preferred DNS server, type 8.8.8.8; and for Alternate DNS server, type 8.8.4.4 and then press ‘Ok to save changes.
  6. Now purge the DNS cache. On your keyboard, press the Windows Logo key and type cmd. Then select Run as administrator.
  7. In the pop-up window, directly after “system32>” type in ‘ipconfig /flushdns‘ and then press ‘Enter.’
  8. Start Warzone 2 and see if it’s working now.

Update your Network Driver

If your current Network Driver is not the latest version then you may encounter this bug in Warzone 2.

Here’s how to get around this problem:

  1. You need to update your Network Driver either Manually or Automatically.
  2. If Manually, visit the manufacturer’s website and search for the model of your motherboard. Network Drivers will be in the support or download page.
  3. If Automatically, download Driver Easy.
  4. Launch it and click ‘Scan Now‘.
  5. Click ‘Update All‘ to download the Drivers.
  6. Restart your PC and try Warzone 2 again.

Temporarily disable your firewall

Your firewall is meant to protect your system against viruses and attacks. However, sometimes it can limit certain features in your games, and that may be what’s causing this bug to appear in Warzone 2.

If you’re wondering how to get around this then here’s what to do:

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  1. Press the ‘Windows Logo‘ key and the ‘R‘ key at the same time.
  2. Type: control firewall.cpl into the box and click ‘Ok.’
  3. Now select ‘Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.’
  4. Then click on ‘Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended)‘ for all three settings, and click ‘Ok.’
  5. Start up Warzone 2 again.
Ashika Island offers players a new Resurgence experience.

Hopefully one of these suggestions will have worked for you, no matter which platform you choose to play Warzone 2 on. In the unfortunate case that none of these have solved this issue, your next step is to reinstall the game, which can be a lengthy process.


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