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How to Fix World Of Warcraft Not Updating on a Mac

If you’re frustrated when World of Warcraft won’t update on the Mac, we’ve got some potential solutions you can try to troubleshoot the issue.

What Causes World of Warcraft to Fail to Update on Mac?

If you can’t update World of Warcraft on Mac, this can be for a number of reasons with some being easier to fix than others. Here’s a quick overview of why World of Warcraft might not be updating.

  • A VPN or firewall is blocking access to World of Warcraft. If your VPN or firewall is set up to block a lot of activity, you may find it impossible to update World of Warcraft while it’s active.
  • Your Mac isn’t compatible with World of Warcraft. Got an aging Mac? A recent update may mean you can no longer play World of Warcraft on that Mac.
  • Your World of Warcraft install is corrupt. Sometimes, the World of Warcraft files can fail so you’ll need to uninstall and reinstall it or opt to run World of Warcraft via your browser.

Note: When World of Warcraft won’t update, you won’t lose any files or progress as World of Warcraft data is stored on the cloud. You simply won’t be able to access it.

How to Fix the World of Warcraft Update Error on Mac

Follow the steps below to fix the World of Warcraft update error you may be seeing when trying to update it on Mac. Not all of these may apply to your situation but follow them in order and skip any that aren’t relevant. 

1. Check your Mac is online. Check you’re currently online and have a strong internet connection. If you aren’t online, you can’t update World of Warcraft.

2. Restart your Mac. It’s a simple solution but restarting your Mac often fixes many issues and that can include problems updating World of Warcraft.

3. Launch World of Warcraft from your browser. If you keep seeing an “upgrade failed” message, try playing World of Warcraft via your web browser instead of using the app. By doing so, the latest version of World of Warcraft player will be installed so you can continue playing.

4. Try using a different web browser. If you also can’t get World of Warcraft to launch from your browser, try using a different one. World of Warcraft recommends using Google Chrome or Firefox rather than Safari.

5. Uninstall and reinstall World of Warcraft. Uninstall the World of Warcraft app from your Mac and try reinstalling it. This can fix issues with corrupt files.

Note: Make sure to download World of Warcraft from a reputable source.

6. Update your Mac. Sometimes updating your Mac can fix many common issues, including running World of Warcraft successfully.

7. Disable your VPN or firewall. If you use either a VPN or a firewall, the update may fail due to network issues. Disable them temporarily to update World of Warcraft.

8. Reset World of Warcraft settings. If you’re willing to delve into some settings on your Mac, navigate to Library > Preferences then delete everything in the World of Warcraft folder.

Note: To access the Library folder, with either the desktop or a Finder window as the frontmost application, hold down the Option key and select the Go menu. The Library folder appears as one of the items in the Go menu.

9. Download World of Warcraft to a USB flash drive on another Mac. If you’ve tried removing all traces of World of Warcraft on your current Mac, try downloading a new version of it via a different Mac. It requires you to have another Mac available (or from a friend), but it may fix the issue.

10. Contact World of Warcraft support. If you’ve tried all these steps and World of Warcraft still won’t work, contact World of Warcraft customer support with your World of Warcraft username, any error messages you’ve received, the model name of your Mac, and which version of macOS your Mac is running.


How do I delete World of Warcraft from my Mac?

If you decide you don’t want to use World of Warcraft anymore, you can permanently delete it from your system. First, make sure you’ve quit and completely closed down the World of Warcraft application. Locate the World of Warcraft application icon in your Mac’s Applications folder, then drag and drop World of Warcraft into the Trash and Empty it. Note that this removes World of Warcraft from your system, but does not get rid of your World of Warcraft account.

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