Welcome Back!

This page will be your guide as you return to the World of Warcraft. Learn all about the new content we’ve added to the game, the vast number of updates and improvements we’ve made to familiar gameplay since you last played, and much, much more.

Let’s get started.

Reactivate Your Account

If you haven’t visited Azeroth since November 11, 2009, you need to convert your account to a  Battle.net account. You can add any Blizzard game you own, easily manage them, and even download them again from within Account Management.

While you’re there, we recommend you also attach a  free Battle.net Authenticator to your account for added safety and peace of mind if you haven’t done so already. If you lost a previously attached Authenticator, don’t panic! You can detach an Authenticator and get back in the action by visiting the  Authenticator Removal page.

For more account security information, visit the  Account Support site.

Downloading the Game

Once you’ve gotten your account set up, you can download the updated game client directly from the  Battle.net Desktop App. And thanks to our new streaming downloader you can start playing within minutes, even before the game is fully installed!

The App will continue to download the game whether you wait or start playing the game once the status changes to Playable.

If you have issues during this process, you can read about how to resolve them on the  support site.