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How to manually update to Genshin Impact 3.0 on PC

Genshin Impact’s latest update is upon us, and with every update, we see tons of new content, characters, and improvements. Despite multiple competitors in the genre, Genshin Impact has maintained its momentum with a steady amount of updates, communication with its fans, and new things to look forward to. Sadly, despite all these great updates, the actual part of updating the game is still a problem for many users. If you want to manually update to Genshin Impact 3.0, you can follow this guide.

Manually update to Genshin Impact 3.0

Manually updating the game means you can download individual files, and even choose ones that you really need. This also means you can use the download manager of your choice, and ensure you get the best speed possible.

Tighnari, one of the new characters in 3.0
Tighnari, one of the new characters in 3.0

Please keep in mind that this guide assumes that you are on version 2.8.

Required Downloads for 3.0

Download the following files, which are for version 3.0.

Note: Downloading all audio files isn’t required. Only download the ones you need. It should be noted that you need at least one.

Also, you will need to download the audio patch of the language your Windows is set to, meaning, you will need the English pack if that is your default Windows language.

Compared to the last patch, the 3.0 update is quite large, so ensure that you have a stable internet connection.

Updating to 3.0

After you have the files required, we can move to the installation process.

  • First, run the Genshin Impact launcher, and ensure that it is updated. We mean referring to the launcher version and not the game version. Simply running the game launcher will automatically update itself, so do that once.
  • After that, click on the Update button, and then click Pause, after a few seconds.
  • Close the launcher properly, and ensure it isn’t running in the background. You can also check if it is running in the taskbar, and close it from there too.
Genshin Impact in the taskbar
  • Now, head over to the following location
C:\Program Files\Genshin Impact\Genshin Impact Game\
  • In this location delete all the .zip_tmp files (temp files that were downloaded when you hit the Update button)
  • Copy the files you previously downloaded in the “Required Downloads” heading, and paste them into the following location (the patch file for 3.0, and the audio files)
C:\Program Files\Genshin Impact\Genshin Impact Game\ (or wherever the game is installed, just make sure it is in the Genshin Impact Game folder)
  • After following the steps above, run the launcher again, and it will say Pre-installation done/Update (Refer below)

These are the steps you need to follow to manually update the title from version 2.8 to version 3.0.

Important things to consider

  • DON’T EXTRACT THE FILES. This is very important if you want to keep playing till the update is live. Please don’t extract the files, because if do so, you won’t be able to play the game until patch 3.0 is live
  • Pre-installation done means that you can keep playing the game until the patch (3.0) is live
  • If you are following this guide after update 3.0 went live, it will say Update instead of Pre-installation done. Click that, and it will install these downloaded files
  • The files provided in this guide are being downloaded directly from MiHoYo servers. This means that these are completely safe and from the developers themselves.

We hope this guide was helpful, and you were able to manually update to Genshin Impact 3.0. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

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