How to manually update to Genshin Impact 2.8 on PC

Genshin Impact is one of the biggest games in the world, and with each update, it grows with more content, characters, and loot for players. The seemingly endless amount of content is ensured with a steady stream of updates, and if you’ve been following our site, we tend to cover each in detail. Despite the support, many users have to rely on manually updating their game, and it’s no different this time around. If you want to manually update to Genshin Impact 2.8, you can follow this guide.

Manually update to Genshin Impact 2.8

Downloading each update manually is the default way for many users as it reduces interaction with the game’s launcher. Players can use their third-party download managers, and ensure that their files are downloaded at full speed directly from the servers.

New screenshot from Genshin Impact 2.8
Genshin Impact Update 2.8

Please keep in mind that this guide assumes that you are on version 2.7.

Required Downloads for 2.8

Download the following files, which are for version 2.8.

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.

If you have been following our guides, you’ll notice how update 2.7 has fairly large audio file sizes compared to previous ones.

Updating to 2.8

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.
To manually update genshin impact 2.8, you need to ensure that the launcher isn't during this step
Exit from 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 2.8, 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 2.7 to version 2.8.

Important things to consider

  • 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.
  • 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 2.8 is live
  • Pre-installation done means that you can keep playing the game until the patch (2.8) is live
  • If you are following this guide after update 2.8 went live, it will say Update instead of Pre-installation done. Click that, and it will install these downloaded files

We hope this guide was helpful, and you were able to manually update to Genshin Impact 2.8. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
Gaming enthusiast, massive soulsborne fan, and a passionate writer. Always on the lookout for interesting games with unique mechanics and design. He loves to write informative guides for newer and ongoing releases.

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65 Comments

  1. Bro can u help me in for fortnite

    I started downloading in pc with my daily mobile data
    But now now it’s gone from beginning

    For Genshin u helped me a lot

    Tell me fir fortnite too bro

  2. Thanks for the link, internet is kinda a luxury for me, so i download the update at cafe using my android, then use the update file on my PC at home

  3. Hello Ali! First of all, I’d like to say thank you for always providing the manual patch which I’ve always used since 2.1 . Since I’m trying to save storage lately, I’d like to ask why do we need to install the audio patch of the language our windows is set to? In my case, my windows is set to English, so Is it okay to install the audio patch when I’m trying to update then delete it later? Because I’m planning to delete my 7++GB English audio files to free some space

  4. I have a problem, I already preinstalled the game, then today, I open the launcher and let it update, then the power cut off then the game proceeded in installing/updating to a 20gb. Should I manually extract the zip files in the folder?

    • Yes, you can do that as well! After that, try running the game directly using the executable in the Genshin Impact Game folder

  5. I have downloaded archive for version 2.8 but after i push “Update” at ~3% i get this “Failed to unzip game. Select “Retry” to try again”. I have enough space drive.

  6. Hi thank you for the updates
    I have a problem
    My launcher failes unzipping the files
    I think it fails on unzipping the Japanese voice and after that when i check the game folder the Japanese voice file isn’t there
    What should I do?🥲🥲🥲

      • It said the Japanese file is corrupted
        Should i download it again?
        And also when i launched the game it starts to download 8gb

        • Now it’s even more
          It show 13gb download in the game
          I don’t know what to do
          I can’t download the game again and i wanted kazuha so much

  7. I’ve followed these instructions, but when i try to open the game it puts a driveError file could you please help me

  8. I have a question
    What will happen if we delete the game and reinstall it from patch 2.3 and then paste all the update zip files from 2.4 to 2.8 and extracting them manually?

  9. hi
    is it possible to install the game from patch 2.3 and then copy the update files from 2.4 to 2.8 to the game folder and extract then manually?

  10. i have the same problem as number 23. i think that when i try to update my game using launcher it also starts to download the game again. i have tried to completely download the game again but the launcher still tries to download the game again

  11. Hello! May i ask something?
    So i followed your intentions and it worked! But the problem is i kinda want to download the korean dub file (using eng rn) and wondering if its possible to manually download the whole korean pack and add it to the game?

    • try to download free download manger to your pc the copy the address link of the files you try to download and put them in *free download manager *

  12. im currently have genshin patch 2.6 installed on my pc, i skipped yelan update patch
    but i want play 2.8 for kazuha
    can i install this file anyway like the instruction? or i have to reinstall it?

  13. Hello!, i am having a bit of trouble, everything works normally at first such as the launcher unzipping the game files that iv downloaded from here but after that it keeps wanting to install the update from scratch. So then i tried to stop the launcher and try again using the launcher again to unzip and now it keeps wanting to download the game from scratch 48gb. So i ignore it and go to the genshin impact in the genshin impact game folder i open the game its fine till it checks for update and wants to download about 13 gbs of data, can you please tell me what’s happening? and what’s the fix for this? thank you.

    • Okay, this has happened in the past as well.

      Try clicking on “Clear download resources” in the launcher, and see if that fixes the problem

      If that doesn’t, I suggest you download the additional 13 GB and play it that way.

  14. Hello…
    So I just encountered same problem as number 20 n ended up as number 23. already try to repair file from the launcher, downloaded 13 GB as “lost file” n still doesn’t work
    just found how to fix it but still need to download the additional 13 GB in-game (unless you want to RE-install it 30+GB)
    so maybe this will help because it works for me.
    >manually extract Patch&Audio To Genshin Impact Game
    > Change/Create config file from 2.7.0 to 2.8.0
    Reference – https://whatifgaming.com/how-to-manually-install-genshin-impact-from-scratch-on-pc/
    > Now launcher will say Launch instead update then download the additional 13 GB in-game
    -If the game doesn’t have sound just log out n log in again it will update 8-15 mb

    Hope this help.. n Thanks Ali..! thank you for always providing the manual patch

  15. hello sir! i’m downloading genshin impact on my PC. i already downloaded 25 GB out of 37 GB ( version – 2.8.0) from game launcher, i want to ask that is it okay to download the game in parts in day by day. i’m using my mobile network for downloading.
    will the game files can verify after download complete? should i copy the zip.tmp file to another folder for backup?

    • I’m not sure what you mean, if you’re already downloading using the launcher, then you can continue doing that.

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