Destiny 2 Isn’t Updating On Steam: 7 Quick Ways To Fix It In 2023

by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
Aleksandar Ognjanovic
Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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  • Many players are reporting that when they try to make changes in Destiny 2, the game does not update on Steam.
  • Because of the conversion from to Steam, there may be an issue with in-game fixes that are no longer accessible for updating.
  • Reinstalling the game and fixing the Steam client to ensure there are no lost links in the client may help.

Destiny 2 is one of the greats in the current meta of online shooters. However, because this Activision-produced game is too often plagued by various in-game bugs, it certainly requires maintenance and the addition of in-game features.

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Since 2019, all eight Destiny 2 videogames have been exclusively accessible for Windows PC via the Steam gaming platform, migrated from The game is available for purchase through the Steam Store, including in special bundles offered by Steam.

Both are provided via frequent updates. And that’s the problem we’re trying to tackle today. Namely, lots of users are unable to update the game through the Steam client, since the update is stuck on initialization.

What to do if Destiny 2 won’t update on Steam?

  1. Check the connection
  2. Restart the Steam desktop client
  3. Reinstall the client cleanly
  4. Clear Steam download cache
  5. Verify game files integrity
  6. Remove the game folder and restore it
  7. Wait for the servers to respond

1. Check the connection

Obviously, this is a matter we can’t avoid when it comes to updating and running games in the Steam client.

Even though we’re quite certain you’re well aware of network performance, we still encourage you to check everything out before we move to additional steps. So, check whether your PC is able to connect to the internet.

If the issue is widespread and we can’t ascribe it solely to Ubisoft, follow these steps to troubleshoot network issues:

➡️ Restart your PC
➡️ Use the wired connection
➡️ Restart router and modem
➡️ Flush DNS
➡️ Make sure the ports
➡️ Make sure the client can communicate freely through Firewall. Open Firewall and check the list of allowed apps. Confirm that Steam is allowed to connect to both public and private networks.

2. Restart the Steam client

Firstly, restart your PC and try running the Steam desktop client again. If the issue persists, you might need to kill the client process and allow it to restart the update sequence from the get-go.

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You can do so in Task Manager, with a special focus on the Steam agent’s process.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Close the Steam desktop client.
  2. Right-click Start and open Task Manager.
  3. Terminate all Steam-related tasks, including Steam Update Agent.
  4. Restart the client and try updating Destiny 2 again.

In addition, you can right-click on the Steam desktop app and run it as admin. It might help overcome certain system-imposed limitations for third-party apps.

3. Reinstall the client cleanly

Reinstalling the client might help, as well. There are multiple reports garnering around the lackluster desktop client provided by Ubisoft.

And, the developer is, seemingly working on addressing all of those. However, when a certain game fails to update, we recommend reinstalling the client.

Here’s how to uninstall and install again the Steam client on Windows 10:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Apps > Apps & features.
  2. Uninstall the Steam desktop app.
  3. In the Windows Search bar, copy-paste %ProgramData% and press Enter.
  4. Delete both Steam and Destiny 2 folders. You might need administrative permissions to do so.
  5. Navigate to the Steam Store official site and download the client again.
  6. Install it and sign in.
  7. Wait until it synchronizes with the installed games. Try updating Destiny 2 again.

After removing game patches, files, and directories, you will have numerous leftovers and cache that you will not need.

We recommend using third-party professional software like CCleaner to thoroughly remove the Steam desktop client from your computer.

There may be persistent data that cannot be removed manually; therefore, CCleaner is an excellent tool for thoroughly removing any stored local files. If the software has been uninstalled but the program name remains, use CCleaner’s Delete Entry to delete the Steam desktop client uninstall entry.

4. Clear Steam download cache

  1. Open the Settings panel from the top left client menu in the Steam Client.
  2. Select the Downloads tab in the Settings panel.
  3. Click the Clear Download Cache option at the bottom.
  4. Then click OK to confirm and agree that you will need to log back into Steam.

5. Verify files integrity

Of course, this is rare but it can cause the updates to be stuck on initialization. If some game files are corrupted or incomplete, the client won’t be able to update them accordingly.

Because of that, we encourage you to check for the integrity of the game files and then move to the updating process.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Start the Steam client.
  2. Go to the Library tab, right-click on Destiny 2, and then select Properties.
  3. Navigate to Local Files and then click Verify game file integrity.
  4. Wait till the verification process is complete.

6. Remove the game folder and restore it before updating

Some users managed to resolve the issue at hand with one simple witty trick.

It seems that the updating process is having issues determining where the game installation is stored.

For that reason, the update process gets stuck. And, seemingly, no matter how many times you restart it — the result is the same. With this approach, you should be able to update Destiny 2 without any issues.

Follow these instructions closely and be patient:

  1. Follow the instruction from the above-mentioned step to completely shut down the Steam client.
  2. Navigate to C:Program Files (86x) and drag the Destiny 2 folder to the desktop.
  3. Open Steam and click Install.
  4. Before the Install starts, stop at the pop-up window.
  5. Move the Destiny 2 folder back to C:Program Files (86x).
  6. Start the update and wait until all files are checked and updated, hopefully, successfully downloaded.

7. Wait for the servers to respond

Eventually, if the issue persists and you’re still unable to update Destiny 2, we advise you to wait. Sometimes servers will be clogged and you need to do is wait until the update is successfully downloaded and installed.

In addition, don’t be discouraged if the UI shows download speed 0 kb/s. That’s hardly the case and we’re looking at the bug. Just restart your PC and wait some time until they fix what’s broken.

Also, don’t forget to share your experience with the update error on Destiny 2, along with related questions or suggestions. You can do so in the comments section below.

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