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Call of Duty: Warzone – How to Fix ‘copying add-ons’ issue on PS4, PS5, and Xbox

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been out for well over a year now and as a reboot of the critically acclaimed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, it was always destined for glory. So, after a few lackluster years from the franchise, this game really managed to bring the series back into the limelight. As a result, Modern Warfare managed to become the highest-selling Call of Duty game of the generation.

However, it was Warzone, the Battle Royale mode, that really exploded and brought the Call of Duty name to the top of video game charts. It became a cultural phenomenon with people preferring it over its rivals like Apex Legends and Fortnite. And, even after a year of its release, Call of Duty: Warzone is still going strong with new updates and content.

After the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, many people doubted the longevity of Warzone’s support. Thankfully though, Activision has continued to support the Battle Royale game and also plans on integrating the world of Black Ops Cold War into Warzone. However, not everything is rosy and dandy in the world of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone.

The game has increasingly become larger in size and comes in at over 100 GB on consoles. Furthermore, those with 500 GB of disk space on consoles cannot even keep the game and update it as it requires a complete replacement of files every time it’s updated. That’s not all though as the game is plagued by errors and glitches like the infamous Dev Errors and others.


Call of Duty: Warzone Add-on glitch prevents players from launching it

Activision, Raven Software, and Infinity Ward have tried to stay on top of the glitches that frustratingly have become the bane of most Warzone and Modern Warfare players. However, it seems like every new update brings even more new glitches and errors into the mix. For instance, the latest Warzone update has brought an older error back that prevents players from accessing the game.

Introduced in the latest Season 2 Reloaded patch, this glitch turns up whenever players try to update or launch their game. Usually, when you try to update the game, it downloads the necessary files and then copies them over to the game location. However, Call of Duty: Warzone goes into a phase of ‘installing and copying add-ons’ while updating the game that doesn’t seem to ever end. This results in an excruciatingly long wait for players every time they try to launch the game.

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Nuketown in Warzone

Add-on issues are not anything new for the game either as Call of Duty is infamous for having issues pertaining to its add-ons and multiplayer packs which are, for some reason, downloaded separately from the main game on consoles.

This copying add-ons issue in particular is predominantly present on the PS4, PS5, and Xbox consoles, and players have been asking for a fix. Having said that, as Raven Software and Infinity Ward try to fix the issue in a future update, you can still try some things that can alleviate your problems. So, here are some fixes that the community has pieced together to fix the copying add-ons issue in Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare.

1. Rebuild Database on PlayStation:

The copying add-ons issue stems from the game not recognizing the extension packs that have been downloaded on the console. These include add-ons like campaign packs, multiplayer packs, and spec ops packs. However, finding them and downloading them can be somewhat tricky so Sony offers an all-encompassing solution to PlayStation players.

Rebuilding database, as the name suggests, breaks down the saved, cached, and extra files for video games and the OS database and then rebuilds it all back up from scratch. This results in these important things being installed again. A lot of players have reported that rebuilding the database on their PS4 and PS5 consoles has actually fixed the copying add-ons issues.


In order to do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Delete Call of Duty: Warzone and disconnect your console from the internet.
  2. If your game comes on a disc, take it out.
  3. Turn off the PS4 or PS5 completely.
  4. Once your console is off, hold the power button for a few seconds until you hear the 2nd beep. You’ll be ushered into a new boot-up menu.
  5. You’ll need to connect your controller with a wire for this step. After you’ve done that, scroll down to the Rebuild Database option and select it.
  6. Continue forward and let the console do its thing. This will not delete your games or saved files so you don’t need to worry about anything.
  7. When everything is done, you can insert your disc again and it’ll start copying over your files and installing them.
  8. Once the game is fully installed, highlight the game and scroll down to select add-ons.
  9. Now check every add-on and they’ll start downloading in the background.
  10. After you’ve installed and downloaded them, boot up your game and you should be good to go.

2. Borrow a Call of Duty Modern Warfare/Warzone Disc:

For those suffering from this issue in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, this method has proven to be the most effective. However, it does involve you finding a physical disc for the game either from a friend or a shop.

Once you’ve procured this disc, you can then insert it to reinstall the game and also copy over the add-ons from the disc. You can also look for the add-ons on the PSN store and try to download them separately. These include all the different packs that are supposed to be installed with the game like the spec ops and campaign pack.

3. Restore Licenses for Warzone add-ons:

Another fix that has been popular for add-on errors similar to this one has been restoring licenses. Essentially, when you buy a game, you get a license to launch it and play it. For Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare, these licenses also include the ones for every separate add-on and expansion pack for the game. Thankfully, both Xbox and PlayStation allow players to verify and restore their licenses in case of any discrepancy.

So, in order to restore licenses for Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare add-ons, just follow these steps:

PlayStation users:

If you’re a PS4 or PS5 player, press the options button on the game in the dashboard and select information. Once you’re in, you can head into the installed add-ons menu and make sure that you install all of the following add-ons in your system:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Multiplayer Pack
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Campaign Pack 1
  • COD: Modern Warfare – Campaign Pack 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Spec Ops Pack 1
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Spec Ops Pack 2
  • COD: Modern Warfare – Survival Pack

If some of them have the padlock icon next to them, you’ll have to head over to the Account Management menu in console settings and select the Restore Licenses option.

Xbox users:

If you’re an Xbox user, you can press the start button on a game within the games and apps menu. After that, head into the manage game and add-ons menu and make sure that all of the necessary add-ons have been installed. Here’s a list of add-ons you need to have:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Multiplayer Pack
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Campaign Pack 1
  • COD: Modern Warfare – Campaign Pack 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Spec Ops Pack 1

If you don’t have any one of these add-ons, you can manually head over to the Xbox store and download them. Just search for the add-on and you should be able to find and download it.


Big update coming to Call of Duty: Warzone

As users around the world continue to find solutions for the errors they encounter in Warzone, Activision is going full steam ahead with new and big updates for the game. On 22nd April, Call of Duty: Warzone officially heads into its third season with big changes coming to the map Verdansk and many guns. The update also includes new operators and tons of new content for the game including game modes.

Warzone Season 3
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The update will be around 25 GB in size on pretty much every platform so make some space for it if you haven’t already. This update also adds new content to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War including new maps, zombies maps, characters, game modes, and much more.

Call of Duty: Warzone is a free-to-play Battle Royale game. You can check it out right here.

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