Valorant Not Updating: How to Fix It if it Got Stuck

Welcome to the club of players who recently experienced issues with updating Valorant. 👾


Valorant not updating for many players, especially after the recent game update. Many causes and variables can cause such issues, so we’ve listed the most frequent causes and solutions for this problem. Bring this problem to an end and enjoy this tactical shooter like you used to!

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Why is my Valorant not updating?

Valorant not updating can be caused by faulty internet connection or network settings, lack of space on your HDD or SSD, incompatibility between Windows and the game, or faulty existing game files. Even though this can seem overwhelming, we advise you to bring some patience into the mix and follow our list to troubleshoot this problem in the best possible manner.

How do I fix Valorant not updating?

Start with ensuring the following:

  • You have a stable wired internet connection.
  • You restart your PC daily.
  • There is more than 20GB of available space on your drive.
  • Your PC meets at least the minimum system requirements for Valorant.
  • Riot game servers for Valorant are up and running.

🚀 After you ensure that the basics are okay, proceed with the following solutions:

  1. Update the network driver
  2. Allow Valorant through the firewall
  3. Reset network settings
  4. Disable test mode

1. Update the network driver

Time needed: 5 minutes

Outdated network drivers can prevent your PC from connecting to Riot Games servers, which can cause problems when updating Valorant.

  1. Click on the Windows icon, type Device Manager, and open this tool from the search results.

    windows icon search bar device manager result

  2. Double-click on the Network adapters section.

    The section will expand, and you will see a list of network devices.device manager network adapters double click expand

  3. Right-click on your network device and select the Update driver option.

    Update Driver Wizard will launch in a new window.device manager network adapters network device update driver

  4. Select the Search automatically for drivers option.

    Windows will check if driver updates are available in the driver database.

  5. If an update is found, Windows will install the driver update.

    If no update is found, we advise using another method to double-check if you have the latest driver.

  6. Restart your PC.

Another recommended method for managing network drivers is with a driver updater tool like PC HelpSoft. The process is much more straightforward, and the driver database is bigger and more reliable.

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2. Allow Valorant through the firewall

Windows firewall protects your PC from malware and other malicious programs. However, it can stand between the Valorant client on your PC and the Valorant server, so we will add Valorant as an exception for communicating with the private and public network.

  1. Click on the Windows icon, type Windows Defender Firewall, and open it from the search results.
  2. Click on the Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall in the menu on the left.
  3. First, click on the Change Settings and then Allow another app button.
    windows defender firewall change settings allow another app
  4. In the new window, select the Browse option and navigate to the Win64 folder within the Valorant installation. The default location is C:\Riot Games\VALORANT\live\ShooterGame\Binaries\Win64.
  5. Click on the VALORANT-Win64-shipping.exe and then hit the Open button.
    valorant win64 shipping open
  6. Click on the Add button.
  7. Check the checkbox in columns Private and Public in the Valorant row and hit the OK button.
    valorant private public ok
  8. Restart your PC.

3. Reset network settings

Even if your network drivers are up-to-date, network settings on your PC can cause issues when connecting to Riot Games servers and obtaining game updates.

  1. Click on the Windows icon, type Command Prompt, and select this tool from the search results.
  2. Type each of the commands listed below individually and hit Enter on your keyboard after every command.
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /registerdns
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    netsh winsock reset

    netsh winsock reset network
  3. After receiving the success message for the last command, restart your PC.

4. Disable test mode

Another Windows feature that can cause trouble with Valorant not updating is Test Mode.

  1. Click on the Windows icon, type Command Prompt, and select this tool from the search results.
  2. Type bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF and hit Enter.
    windows test mode off
  3. Type Exit and hit Enter to close Command Prompt.
  4. Restart your PC.

Extra steps

For a small percentage of players, the troubleshooting we did until now will not create results. If this is also your case, you can try to:

  • Run Valorant as administrator.
  • Restart your PC and close all unnecessary background apps before starting Valorant.
  • Update your Windows.
  • Disable your antivirus temporarily, restart your PC, and try to update Valorant. Don’t forget to turn ON your antivirus protection after you update the game.
  • Completely uninstall Valorant and Vanguard, and then install them again.

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Hopefully, you don’t experience any more issues and can update, load, and play Valorant. Let us know what worked for you and how you solved this problem. If Valorant still not updating for you, provide us more details in the comment section, and we will do our best to assist you.

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