Gwynhwyfar
Gwynhwyfar
Americas
23:07, 25/06/13

My day–to–day internet connection is expensive and has a low data limit. Once upon a time I was able to turn off the background downloader; when a patch came in I would find an alternative internet connection, load the patch and return to my usual internet to play. Then Blizz changed things and I couldn't turn off the background downloader anymore, so I stopped playing. I'd like to come back now, so I'm asking if anyone can help? Is it possible to turn off the background downloader so I can control the data flow? I'd hate to have to quit the game permanently because of internet data limits.

Jurannok
Jurannok
Americas
23:07, 25/06/13

Gwynhwyfar,

The Background Downloader is not currently enabled since there is no patch data to download. However, when there is data we do not have a client side option for you to disable the background downloader. That data is just automatically downloaded through the launcher.

It's not something I'd recommend, but you could bypass the launcher and start the game from the WoW.exe file when the Background Downloader is turned on. But I'd suggest that you quickly perform what ever other method you have planned to get that upcoming patch data in your updates folder so you can start using the launcher again.

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