How to fix “install suspended” error on CoD: Modern Warfare

Andrew Highton
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Many Modern Warfare players still have issues with the “install suspended” error message that prevents CoD fans from playing the game. Our quick guide should hopefully allow you to overcome this problem.

Despite being released in 2019 and being followed by both Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, the rebooted Modern Warfare title remains popular to this day. The game is a great way to unlock Gold, Platinum, Damascus & Obsidian skins for Warzone and other weapons such as the AMAX.

But its positives also come with shortcomings as Modern Warfare still suffers from various error codes, such as the ‘searching for a match‘ bug and Error Code 38. But one long-standing hiccup is the “install suspended” bump in the road that stops players from playing, and we have a solution.

What is the “install suspended” error on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?

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The trend for modern-day Call of Duty games is to split them up into various components due to the games’ overall gigantic size.

You can choose to forego the campaign element to free up many GBs, for instance. But if certain parts of Modern Warfare are not installed, then it will mess up the game. Or, you could select to install them and try playing that piece of content, but it’s not actually ready to play yet. That’s why it’s vital to know which Modern Warfare packs to install, depending on what you want to play.

The “install suspended” error only seems to happen on PS4; Xbox and PC users appear to be unaffected.

“Install suspended” error code fix guide for Modern Warfare

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In order to rectify the situation and make CoD: Modern Warfare work, you will need to check out what you do and don’t have installed.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the PS4’s home menu screen
  2. Find the ‘Modern Warfare’ icon
  3. Press down on the PS4 controller’s D-pad
  4. Go to the game’s information
  5. Cycle through the options until you get to ‘PlayStation Store’ and press on it
  6. Now, download all the free add-on packs that are relevant to you
  7. Wait for them to completely download, and then boot up Modern Warfare
  8. The error message should no longer appear for future updates or when trying to access the content

It’s a common issue that affects many Call of Duty players now. The devs are working tirelessly to reduce the file size for each Call of Duty game, as they take up lots of space – especially on PS5.

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