Overwatch 2 – Download Size and SMS Protection Activation

Overwatch 2 – Download Size and SMS Protection Activation – In the wake of the end of 2022 for the final quarter of the year, Overwatch 2 is finally coming out globally and is free to play for all the enthusiasts out there. The games promise to be ever so exciting while holding the core essence of OW 1.

The much loved PvP game is ought to impress fans on the most massive scale possible. Since the game is totally free to play with the optional in-game purchases, I am quite sure that this will get a tonne of recognition just like its predecessor.

Some questions regarding OW 2 may come to mind such as how can you actually play the game when it launches and what is its pre-download or download size to start with. I will answer all the questions and guide you through the entire process of SMS Protection activation. Keep reading for the entire content.

OW2 guides and tips

What is the Download Size and How To Activate SMS protection in OW2?

I will try to answer both of these queries as thoroughly as I can along with some timings of release and the download size you need to consider for this game.

What Is The Download Size for OW2?

Knowing the Download Size for Overwatch 2 is important because it will help you prepare your storage space and manage them for upcoming downloads or pre-loads. This time around, the OW2 has officially announced the games’ download size to be around 50GB at the time of normal load and pre-load. Here is their official statement:

For existing PC users and Watchpoint Pack owners on PC*, Overwatch 2 can be pre-downloaded starting at* approximately 1:30 p.m. PDT on September 30 and is a ~50 GB download.

For all the console users, the same process can be done starting at 9 am PDT onwards. The download Size for Console users will be around 30 GB. Here is the official statement from the developers regarding that:

For existing console users*, this can be done starting at* approximately 9:00 a.m. PDT on October 4 and is a ~30 GB download.


How To Activate SMS Protection and Play OW2?

Developers have made it clear that you NEED to have SMS protection to play OW2 in the first place. Here are the ways to link a phone number to your battlenet account to start playing Overwatch 2 when it comes out:

  • Login to your OW2 battlenet account via the official account settings link.
  • Go to the account details tab.
  • Look for “Phone Number” under that tab.
  • Attach the Phone Number using that option and you should be done.

SMS protection for OW2

Here is the official announcement for this option from the developers:

All players must attach an eligible cell phone number to their Battle.net Account to play Overwatch 2. You can add this in your account settings.

Here are some more information regarding phone numbers and account SMS activation in general for Overwatch 2 players – The same phone number cannot be used on multiple accounts at the same time, and players can’t use the same phone number to create multiple accounts. A phone number can only be used once when making a new account, and certain types of numbers, including pre-paid and VOIP, cannot be used for SMS Protect.


If you have read the post carefully, you can now activate SMS protection for your Battlenet and OW2 account easily. You now also know the download size for OW2 for both PC users and Console players. I hope this post has helped you in some way. Do leave your questions and thoughts in the comments below.


Thanks for reading!


Last Updated on October 4, 2022

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *