IP Bans on Overwatch are the most common punishment for hackers, cheaters, and people who break the rules. You can get IP banned on Overwatch for using external software or abusing any bugs/glitches in-game to gain a competitive advantage over the rest of the players.
While, as I said above, the Overwatch IP ban mainly applies to cheaters in-game and people who break the rules, there are some rare cases when users will get IP banned without an obvious reason.
Whatever the case may be, below, you will find step-by-step instructions on bypassing the Overwatch IP ban instantly and getting back to playing with the gang.
IF THIS GUIDE DOESN’T GET YOU UNBANNED, THEN YOU ARE PROBABLY HWID BANNED, AND YOU WILL HAVE TO FOLLOW MY GUIDE ON HOW TO BYPASS HWID BANS.
Below you can see some of the most common reasons people get banned on Overwatch:
- Hate speech and real-life threats on Overwatch chat.
- Exposing personal information of other Overwatch players.
- Posting links on chat or Overwatch forums redirecting users to malicious software/websites.
- Impersonating Overwatch stuff.
- Cheating, Exploits, Abusing glitches and bugs, third-party software, and anything that would negatively affect another person’s gameplay experience in Overwatch.
- + more.
How To Bypass IP Ban on Overwatch
Now that you know the fundamentals of an IP Ban on Overwatch, let’s get straight to the point. Below you can find all the steps to get your IP address whitelisted again and start playing instantly.
To bypass the IP ban on Overwatch with 100% success, you should do every step of this guide in the same order as shown below and not skip a single one. If you miss anything, you’ll most likely fail to bypass the ban, and you will have to redo everything.
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The content you will find in this post is for educational and research purposes only.
You are not encouraged to use these methods or techniques.
I’ve collected into a folder all the files and software you will need to bypass the IP Ban.
IP BAN Bypass Files
YOU CAN FOLLOW THIS GUIDE WITHOUT DOWNLOADING MY FILES.
YOU CAN FIND ALL THE OFFICIAL SOURCES IN THE ARTICLE AND DOWNLOAD EVERYTHING BY YOURSELF AND DO EVERYTHING MANUALLY IF YOU WISH TO.
The files were updated in September 2022 to keep up with the latest Overwatch Updates.
OR Receive the files on your Email(Get new updates)
Step 1 – Uninstall Overwatch.
The first and most important thing you’ll have to do is to completely uninstall Overwatch and the launcher and clear every single file related to it. We want to ensure that no files are left on the PC that could link you back to the ban.
Navigate to the Control Panel and choose the option Programs.
Next, click on Programs & Features option.
Locate Overwatch and the Launcher, right-click on it, and choose Uninstall.
Step 2 – Clear Overwatch Cache/Fingerprints/Leftovers.
Now let’s start clearing up any trace files left on your PC. Please double click on each shortcut on the first folder of the files and look for Folders/Files related to Overwatch and the Launcher and delete them.
These are the locations you will find in the shortcuts:
- C:\Program Files (x86)
- C:\Program Files
Once you delete everything related to Overwatch from all these locations, the next thing you will have to do is to delete some leftovers in the registry.
Press Windows Key + R, and type Regedit.
A window should pop up. You will have to do now to copy each of the locations below, paste them into the registry search bar, and then look for any folders related to Overwatch and the Launcher and delete them.
At each location, you will see a lot of folders on the left side.
Right-click on any folder related to Overwatch and the Launcher and choose Delete.
Step 3 – Mask your IP Address
Your IP address is the most crucial security step that will even make or break everything you did above to bypass the Overwatch IP ban. The best way to change your IP address is to use a VPN service or a proxy server(Proxys need an excellent setup to avoid disconnections and unhiding your IP, so let’s stick with the VPN).
This is the most commonly asked question. Do I need a VPN? YES! You do. If you don’t use a new IP, your new account will get linked to your IP ban, and it will be blocked, sometimes instantly or after a few hours/days.
Do I need to play the game with a VPN connection at all times? Yes, that’s one of the reasons I recommend getting NordVPN because you will have the lowest ping possible on Overwatch.
Why not use a Free VPN? Slow speed, high ping, and disconnections all the time which can leak your IP and get you banned instantly again. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and try yourself.
I can’t find a completely free method because you will need a VPN 100% to play Overwatch again, but you can get NordVPN for 3.29$ per month, which is the best possible solution I can think of.
How to correctly set up the VPN to protect you from getting your actual IP address revealed:
Step 4 – Change your MAC address.
The next thing that immediately gets banned by Overwatch after the IP address on any IP Ban is the MAC address, so you have to make sure you have a different one. Below you can find step-by-step instructions on how to change your MAC address on any Windows machine.
Navigate to Settings.
Click on Network & Internet.
Click on “Change adapter Options“.
Right-click on your primary internet adapter and click on “Properties“.
Choose Client for Microsoft Networks, and click Configure.
Navigate to the Advanced tab and choose Network Address.
Now go to this website, generate a new mac address, copy it, and paste it to the Network address box.
Click OK, and you will be disconnected for a few seconds/minutes from the internet. No worries, it will get back up.
Now do the same thing for the NordVPN adapter. Right-Click on the NordVPN adapter and choose Properties.
Choose “Client for Microsoft Networks” and click “Configure“. Navigate to the Advanced tab, choose MAC Address, and paste a newly generated MAC address from the generator.
Once you’ve changed your ethernet/wifi adapter and the NordVPN’s adapter, MAC Address, proceed to the next step.
If the above method didn’t work for you
You will easily find Technitium MAC Address Changer to change your MAC address in the previously downloaded files or download Technitium MAC Address Changer directly from their official website.
Select your Network Connections, click on the “Random MAC Address” button, and click on “Change Now!“.
Step 5 – Create or buy a new game account.
Navigate to the Overwatch Official Website and create a new account with new details.
- Use the most commonly used email providers ( Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Protonmail, etc.) Avoid temporary emails.
- The same goes for the phone number. Don’t use the free numbers you’ll find on websites on the internet. Instead, use a phone number you never used before, get a cheap number from Tossable Digits or Hushed.
- Don’t use Russian Numbers until further notice.
Step 6 – Create a new Windows User. (Recommended but not required)
Recently I updated this guide to avoid reinstalling Windows from scratch, but instead of that, you will have to create a new Windows user. Pretty easy to do so; just follow the steps shown in the video below.
Step 7 – Download and Install the game.
Now it’s time to go ahead and download Overwatch and install it on your computer.
Please navigate to the official website, download it, install it, and log in with your new account.
WHENEVER YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GAME, YOU WILL HAVE TO ACTIVATE THE VPN!
Overwatch Bans: Frequently Asked Questions
Does Overwatch IP Ban?
Overwatch does ban players by their IP addresses to protect the rest of the community from players who abuse the system and break the rules.
What is an IP Ban on Overwatch?
Getting IP Banned on Overwatch means that the Overwatch servers are configured to block requests from players with certain IP addresses. It is widely used to punish players who break the rules.
How long do IP bans last on Overwatch?
IP Bans on Overwatch can last anywhere between a few days to permanently being banned.