How to Preload Overwatch 2

Excited to jump into the OW2 action? Here's how to preload Overwatch 2 so you can start playing as soon as the game drops.

Eager Overwatch fans are ready to jump into the action when Overwatch 2 releases on October 4, 2022, but many want to preload the game so they can jump into the action as fast as possible. Luckily, Blizzard has announced that preloading will be available for players across every platform. If you’re wondering how to preload Overwatch 2, we’ve got a step-by-step guide that will help illuminate things.

How to Preload Overwatch 2

To preload Overwatch 2 on PC, open, click Settings, then select Modify Install. Finally, click the Start Update button. To preload Overwatch 2 on console, wait until the game becomes available on October 4, 2022, at 9 a.m. PDT, then search the store for Overwatch 2 and download it to start the preload.

If you have Overwatch downloaded and automatic updates enabled, Overwatch 2 will preload automatically when you open your selected platform. Since this is the default, many users will automatically download Overwatch 2.

How to Preload Overwatch 2 on PC

To preload Overwatch 2 on the launcher:

  1. Click Overwatch next to All Games.
  2. Click the ⚙️ Settings icon next to the Play button.
  3. Select Modify Install.
  4. Select your language and click the Start Update button.

Users using the launcher with automatic updates enabled will automatically preload Overwatch 2 when their launcher is open, and will not have to do this.

How to Preload Overwatch 2 on Console

To preload Overwatch 2 on your console, wait until October 4, 2022, at 9 a.m. PDT and search the Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo Switch stores for Overwatch 2. Select Download or Add to Library to start preloading Overwatch 2!

For more Overwatch 2 guides, see our Overwatch Section.