GTA Online update slow download: How to speed up your install of the new patch on PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, or Xbox Series X/S

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With GTA Online continuing to receive regular updates, you can practically hear the internet groan when they see the file sizes- so many fans will want to jump straight into the new content, and that puts a lot of strain on our networks, leading to slow downloads. Is your GTA Online update slow to download?

Games are getting bigger and bigger by the second, and it's troublesome when you're trying to play the latest one on your PS5, Xbox Series X, PC, PS4, Xbox One, or any other platform if they're downloading slowly.

And so, if your GTA Online update isn't downloading as quickly as you'd like, you're going to want to know why and how to fix it. And with the recent release of the Criminal Enterprises update, you'll need this information more than ever. Good news, good people, we can help you with that...

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Why is the GTA Online update downloading slowly?

There are lots of reasons why your game might be downloading slowly.

Sometimes it's just that your internet is playing up, but there's not a huge amount you can do about that if it's not on your end. If so, perhaps try doing an internet speed test right here.

However, if it's a matter of bandwidth, then you can do something about that.

The same is true if you're simply doing more than you should be while downloading a game. So, here are some fixes that might work.

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How to speed up GTA Online update slow download speed

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If you're trying to download the new GTA Online update, the first thing you should do is pause any other downloads that may be occurring on both your console and your network.

In a time where most games receive frequent patches and updates, pausing other downloads should ensure that your GTA Online download is prioritised over the latest Call of Duty: Warzone update, for example.

Alongside stopping other downloads, we'd recommend closing any other applications or games that use the internet. Sure, it's tempting to go and play another game or watch Netflix on your console or PC while waiting for the download, but this will likely make the download time even longer. Go and read a book.

Finally, and this is a recommendation that extends beyond just downloading games, you should probably try to move a bit closer to your router. If your gaming set-up is currently in a totally different room to your Wi-Fi Access Point, consider moving it into the room with the best internet signal.

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To get the best connection possible, you should connect directly to your router with an ethernet cable. This will give you a more stable internet connection, hopefully speeding up your download speeds and getting you back into Los Santos to enjoy the new content.

These tips will give you the best possible chance of speeding up that download. But it's also worth thinking about whether you are trying to download that update at peak times. The more traffic on the network generally, the slower it can sometimes get. And that's sometimes outwith your control.