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How to fix Overwatch 2 applying update stuck error

Here’s how you can fix the Overwatch 2 applying update error if you are stuck on the screen and trying to play the hero shooter.

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Many Overwatch 2 players are currently stuck on the applying update screen, unsure of what to do. Luckily we have a guide on how you can fix this error.

Overwatch 2 Season 2 has landed, and while players figure out how to unlock the new characters, as well as how to play the Battle for Olympus mode, some are just trying to get past the home screen.

Unfortunately, many Overwatch 2 players are stuck on the applying update screen, which can be extremely frustrating, especially when trying to level up the new season’s battle pass.

While this applying update screen is often used by the devs for maintenance periods, sometimes players can get stuck on this screen even when there is no ongoing maintenance.

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How to fix Overwatch 2 applying update stuck screen

First off, you’ll need to be aware of when the devs are updating the game, as because Overwatch 2 is a live-service title, the devs need to bring the servers down for some time in order to apply updates to the game.

You can stay updated with Overwatch 2’s maintenance periods through their official Twitter account.

That said, if you’re still stuck on this applying update screen even when there is no active maintenance period, here are a few things you can try to fix it:

  1. Restart your game/system
  2. Make sure Overwatch 2 has been updated
  3. Deleted and reinstall the game
  4. Contact Blizzard’s customer support

If you go through all of these steps and are still experiencing the issue, it’s likely that Overwatch 2 is going through maintenance and you’ll need to wait until the servers go back online.


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