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Why is Valorant Update Pausing? (5 Solutions)

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Valorant updates roughly every 2-weeks. These changes can range from small quality of life adjustments to huge shifts in the meta, players have to be ahead of the game to stay competitive, but what if the update is pausing, and you can’t download the latest patch?

Players have reported issues with game updates pausing during the installation process. This can be frustrating for those who are eager to get back into the game, but there are a few reasons why this issue is occurring. Here are a few reasons why your Valorant update is pausing and easy steps you can take to fix it.

Internet Connection Issues

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One of the most common reasons for Valorant updates pause is because of internet connection issues. If your internet connection is slow, unstable, or you are experiencing a connection drop, the update process will be affected. This is because the game requires a stable and fast internet connection to download and install updates.

If your internet connection is slow or unstable the game can take a while to download updates. If the issue is severe the update process may pause if your connection drops altogether.

To fix this issue, you should check your internet connection and ensure that it is stable. You can do this by running a speed test and checking for any connectivity issues. If you’re experiencing connectivity issues you can try restarting your router or modem, or contacting your internet service provider for help.

Insufficient Storage Space

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Valorant updates may pause if you do not have enough storage space on your device. The game requires roughly 2-4GB of free storage space to install updates, and if you do not have enough this will cause issues.

To fix this you should free up some space on your device by deleting any unnecessary files or programs.

Valorant needs a minimum of 8GB to install according to Riot’s website. With patches this will quickly increase to 20GB+ on your hard drive. If you do decide freeing up space for other games is necessary, then this may be a good way to do just that.

Interference from Other Programs

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Other programs running on your device can interfere with the Valorant update process. This will be more likely if you are running programs that take up a lot of system resources, such as antivirus software, VPNs, or streaming software.

To fix this issue you should close any unnecessary programs and restart your device before attempting the update again.

One way to check this is through your Windows Task Manager which will show you which programs are using the most resource.

Outdated Drivers

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Outdated drivers on your device may cause issues with Valorant updates, leading to pauses. This is because outdated drivers can affect the performance of your device making it difficult for the game to install updates.

To fix this issue, you should update your device drivers regularly to the latest version. You can do this by visiting the manufacturer’s website and downloading the latest drivers for your device.

5. Server Overload

The Valorant update process may pause if the servers are experiencing high levels of traffic. This will happen if a large number of players are attempting to update the game at the same time, causing the servers to become overloaded. To fix this issue, you should wait a few hours and try updating the game again when the server traffic has subsided.

If you can’t wait to get online, check Riot’s site for regular updates. Alternatively, Twitter can also be a great place to look for updates.

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Based in London, UK, Tom is the Guide Writer of Gamezo. He never fails to read new patch notes, finding every opportunity to get ahead of the meta. Contact: tomharrisaet@gmail.com