Do you spend a lot of time on Battle.net scouting out great games, topping up your game balance, and even in-game items? We get it! As the one-stop shop for all gaming enthusiasts, the website offers a lot.
However, one thing that puts users off sometimes is that downloading can get slow. This is a common problem, and a lot of people experience this. Fortunately, there are ways that you can use to increase your battle.net download speeds.
If you’ve been on the hunt for them, you’re at the right place because in this blog, we’re going to go over all the methods you can use to increase your Battle.net download speeds in your Windows PC device, including using a VPN for Windows.
Ready or not? Let’s get right into the first method.
Use a VPN
VPNs are cybersecurity tools, but their uses and benefits can surprise you. These let you connect to the internet through remote and secure servers indirectly. This process also hides your original IP addresses, making you completely anonymous on the online landscape.
This helps immensely if your download speed issues are because of bandwidth throttling. This happens when you’ve just used up a considerable chunk of your data limit, and your internet service provider deems it necessary to limit your bandwidth so that you can still access the internet for the rest of the month.
It’s easy to detect if your bandwidth is being throttled or not. If you’ve just downloaded a movie, a game, or spent quite a few hours online gaming and suddenly experienced slow speeds because of that, your bandwidth is probably being throttled.
Since a VPN makes you completely anonymous online, your ISP won’t detect you to limit your bandwidth. Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to download and use a VPN to increase your battle.net download speeds.
- Sign up for a VPN account
- Download the app for your Windows PC
- Connect through a remote and secure server
- Enjoy high-speed downloads on your PC from battle.net
Update your Network Adapter driver
An outdated Network Adapter driver can slow down your downloads and internet speeds overall. Since the primary function of a Network Adapter driver is to make sure that your internet connection is smooth and fast, keeping it up to date helps greatly.
You can update your Network Adapter driver automatically from the device manager. Still, if that’s too complicated for you, you can also download the latest version of the driver directly from the internet and install it.
Close or pause background downloads
Are you of the habit of downloading several things at the same time? While this works great when you have a lightning-fast internet connection, it can slow things down if your internet is already not doing so well.
One of the best ways to boost your internet speeds is to make sure that you’re only downloading one thing at a time. This also means pausing any automatic Windows updates until your files are downloaded.
If you don’t know how to disable Windows automatics updates, here are the steps to follow:
- Press Win+R together and open your Run dialogue box
- Enter ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit enter
- Head on over to the following location: computer configuration > administrative templates>windows components> windows update
- Next, select ‘configure automatic updates’
- Hit ‘enabled’ option, and a dialogue box should open.
- From the dialogue box; select ‘notify for download and auto-install’
- Select ‘apply’ and hit OK.
Disable limit download bandwidth
Sometimes our download limits are already limited—and in case they are, it’s essential to turn the feature off. Here are the steps to turn it off so that you aren’t downloading for a long time.
- Open the battle.net website and hit the downward arrow in the left-hand-side corner.
- Now, select ‘settings’
- When you’ve done that, go to the downloads tab and scroll down till you find the option that says ‘limit download bandwidth’
- If it’s ticked, untick it and resume your downloads to see if your speed has been boosted or not.
Avoid downloading during peak hours
To enjoy the best internet speeds, make sure that you’re not downloading during peak hours. Mostly these hours range between 9 AM to 11 PM because of internet congestion. If you’ve been downloading during these hours, that’s probably why you’re experiencing slow speeds.
For a change, and to figure out if congestion is your issue, make sure that you’re downloading during, try downloading outside of them.
Now that you know all our top ways to increase your battle.net download speeds go ahead, try them out, and make sure to let us know how it went!