How to play Genshin Impact without the launcher on PC

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Genshin Impact

2021 is already off to a great start when it comes to video games with amazing titles like Hitman 3 already out on the market. However, there are some games that came out last year that are still thriving in 2021, and one of those is the gacha title Genshin Impact. This game was developed by the Chinese studio miHoYo and came out in September last year. It is available for free on a variety of systems including PC, PS4, PS5, Android, and iOS. It is being updated with new content, and players have already invested hundreds of hours in the game world. If you are on PC however, and for whatever reason want to play Genshin Impact without the launcher, here is how you can do that.

With each new update, there are bound to be some technical problems, and errors that pop up. We have covered various errors including the 9910, 9906, and even 9107. Make sure to check those out if you are having technical difficulties.

Play Genshin Impact without the launcher

Some users run into problems with their launcher, even after the game has updated. This can happen for a variety of reasons, and to bypass it, you might have to manually launch your game. To do this, follow the steps mentioned below.

  • First, make sure the launcher isn’t running in the background.
  • You can check that by opening the Task Manager and searching for anything related to Genshin Impact.
  • Close that program by right-clicking it and selecting End Task
play Genshin Impact without launcher
End task
  • Now, right-click on the short for the launcher on your desktop, and select “Open file location”
play Genshin Impact without launcher
Open file location
  • Once the folder opens up, you want to open the Genshin Impact Game folder
  • Here, run the game by double-clicking the GenshinImpact executable

This will launch the game for you. There is a good chance that after you manually launch it, the launcher will be fixed as well. However, if you keep running into issues with the launcher, simply use this method.

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Gaming enthusiast, massive Soulsborne fan with hundreds of hours spread across different Soulslike titles, and a passionate writer. Always on the lookout for interesting games with unique mechanics and design especially in the indie space. He loves to write informative guides for newer and ongoing releases.

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