If you've been champing at the bit to get your hands on Call of Duty: Vanguard, slow download speed is the last thing you need. While we are still waiting to find out what the requirements for the game will be, Call of Duty game files tend to be huge. COD: Modern Warfare needs a hefty 170GB or so on PS4. So this may give us some indication of the sort of file sizes we are looking at for Vanguard.
If we are faced with downloading 100Gb or more, then it's really important that we can download it at a reasonable speed. Otherwise, we might have grown old by the time the game is ready to play. We'll have had kids. They'll have grown up and had kids of their own. So if you want to play Vanguard before meeting your as yet unborn grandchildren, you're in the right place. Here's how to fix Call of Duty: Vanguard slow download speed.
How To Fix Call of Duty: Vanguard Slow Download Speed For PS4/PS5 and Xbox
Check Your Network to fix Call of Duty: Vanguard Slow Download Speed
The first thing to do is to make sure your network is running as smmothly as possible. There are a few things to do in the regard:
- Start by making sure there is as little other traffic on the network as possible, to maximise the bandwidth available to the download. So close down any other games, applications or devices that may also be running.
- Try running a speed test to make sure that you are getting the download speeds you would expect. If they are much lower than you should be getting, get in touch with your ISP.
- If you're on Wi-Fi, try to move your device closer to the router.
- Ideally, if you can use a wired Ethernet connection, this will almost always result in a more stable internet conenction. Buying one can be beneficial beyond simply downloading games, as it will make playing the game more stable, and reduce lag.
- Finally, restarting your router can also help to fix any problems with slow download for COD: Vanguard.
Put Your Console Into Rest Mode
As we said earlier, minimising the traffic that's on the network will help to speed up the download. If you have your console switched on, as well as tempting you to play a game or watch a film, it means the console will start scanning for game updates, software updates, and other things that will take bandwidth away from your download.
By putting your console into Rest Mode, all of these functions are suspended, meaning that your console can focus on the important business of downloading Vanguard, without distraction. Make sure that you select Stay Connected to the Internet on your console, to ensure that the download doesn't stop.
Avoid Peak Times
Look, Call of Duty: Vanguard is going to be popular. We already know this. So if you decide you're going to try to download it at the same time as the rest of the Call of Duty fanbase, that's going to put a strain on the servers. If you can, try to download your game at a time when there is likely to be less traffic trying to do the same thing.
Maybe you can download it during the day, when most people are at school or work. Or at night, when most people are asleep. But if you try and do it when the traffic is at its heaviest, don't be surprised if you get caught up in a jam.
Change your DNS Settings
Some Warzone players have reported that changing their DNS settings has improved download speeds for that game. So it's possible that doing something similar may benefit Vanguard.
To do this, go to Network Settings and choose to set uo your DNS manually. Set your Primary DNS to 126.96.36.199, and the Secondary DNS as 188.8.131.52. This will conenct you via Google's public DNS. It may also then fix your Call of Duty: Vanguard slow download speed.