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What to do if Valorant is not updating?

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Valorant, like most FPS titles, receives frequent updates. As a multiplayer game, you don’t have an option not to update, as there’s a good chance you won’t be allowed to play on official servers, meaning you must be on the latest official update.

By default, the game is set to auto-update itself, but it can sometimes encounter problems when you cannot get the update installed and running. Here are six ways to fix the problem if you’re in such a situation.

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Also read: How to fix Valorant error code 19?


Check your internet

In such situations, you should check if you’re connected to the internet. If you’re on WiFi, ensure a stable signal and an active internet connection. If you’re on mobile data, check to see if it’s enabled and if you have good network coverage.


Repair your Valorant installation

Corrupt or missing files can also cause Valorant to get stuck during updates. Here’s how to repair your Valorant installation.

Step 1: Open the Riot Client and click the profile icon at the top-right.

Step 2: Click the Settings option.

Step 3: Select Valorant from the Settings menu and click the Repair button to validate your files.

Once the process is complete, Valorant will automatically download


Restart Vanguard

Vanguard is Riot Games’ custom cheat detection software that runs every time you play Valorant and scans your machine for any possible cheats or hacks, ensuring a fair game for everyone.

However, issues in Vanguard can cause network issues with Valorant, as you can’t connect to matches unless Vanguard has verified your session. If you’re encountering issues in Valorant, here’s how you can restart Vanguard.

Step 1: Right-click the Vanguard icon on the toolbar and click on Exit Vanguard.

Step 2: Start Valorant as you normally would. This will reinitiate Vanguard and hopefully resolve your issue. If restarting Vanguard doesn’t fix the problem, try reinstalling the program and relaunching Valorant.


Disable any firewalls

If you’re using any third-party firewalls, now’s the time to disable them to see if they are blocking Valorant. The same goes for any third-party antiviruses and even the Windows firewall.

If your Windows firewall is blocking Valorant, refer to this guide to see how you can unblock the program.


Launch the game as an administrator

Starting a program or game as an administrator tells your PC to prioritise that process over everything else and dedicate as many resources as possible to ensure smooth operation. 

You can check out our detailed guide on how to run programs as administrator here

Update your PC 

Last, check to see if your PC is up to date. While Windows updates don’t generally affect applications or games, there’s a chance a particular app or game, in this case, Valorant, might not work as expected if your Windows installation is outdated.

Check out this detailed guide to know how to update your PC here

Also read: Valorant error code 59: Quick Fix

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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