Build 9877

Bug Fixes

  • Not a lot has changed. But enough to warrant an update!

Build 9799

Bug Fixes

  • Not a lot has changed. But enough to warrant an update!

Build 9766

Feature Updates

  • Minimizing the App to the System Tray (by closing the main App window, and keeping in the background) will unload the Overwatch League tab content and unload it from memory.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug where clicking with the middle mouse button could load content in the wrong place.
  • Fixed a crash that could happen when App played a sound when volume was not set to 100%.

Build 9737

Feature Updates

  • Games can now be launched from the Windows System Tray and Task Bar directly on PCs, and from the Dock on Apple systems.
  • We updated components for the App:
    • Upgraded Chromium to v62
    • Upgraded Qt to v5.9.3
  • Made updates to video playback and decoding components.
  • We made some updates to Blizzard Groups and Chats:
    • Added a badge to indicate a message in a group was edited
    • Updated experience for new/empty groups, making it easier for admins to manage them
    • Updated experience for new/empty chats
    • Made back-end improvements and enhancements to the chat system

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed minor bugs and issues

Build 9665

Feature Updates

We made some updates to Blizzard Groups:

  • Channel Notifications can be managed in a group's Notifications Settings window.
  • Messages in Blizzard Group channels can now be edited by their author within 3 minutes of being sent.

Build 9526

We’re excited to introduce an array of new social features designed to give Blizzard players even more ways to stay connected inside our games and out—all available starting today in the Blizzard® desktop app.

The new Social tab includes the brand-new Blizzard Groups feature and hosts all of your chats, and player-to-player gifting gives you new ways to show your appreciation to your friends.

We’ve also launched some new features that let you control how you appear to the Blizzard community, including profiles and avatars that let you customize your online persona, along with the ability to appear offline—read more about all these features below.

Social Tab

Our new Social tab is your one-stop-shop for managing all your various social interactions, including chatting one-on-one with a friend and engaging in our new Blizzard Groups feature.

Chat now works even when you’re offline, so you can send a message to an offline friend and they’ll receive it when they come back online. You’ll also see a history of your chat, so you’ll easily be able to pick up where you left off in all of your conversations.

These chat features are designed to work seamlessly with the recently launched Blizzard mobile app, which lets you chat on the go—download it free now for iOS and Android to help stay connected to your friends anywhere.

Blizzard Groups

Blizzard Groups are a new way for you to connect with your friends and other groups of players who share common interests, whether it’s prepping for a raid, hanging out to cheer on your favorite esports team, or geeking out over a new comic or animated short.

Each Group can have multiple text and voice chat channels, and Group administrators have a variety of tools to help manage membership, send out invitation links, and more. When it’s time to go offline, you can easily catch up on conversations you might have missed once you return.

Head to the new Social tab to get the party started!

Player Gifting

One of your Blizzard friends have a birthday coming up? Or just want to say “thanks” for some awesome support in a recent game? With player-to-player gifting, you can purchase and send in-game gifts to your friends.

To send a gift, head to the Shop tab and select a gifting-enabled item such as Hearthstone card packs or an Overwatch Loot Box. Select the Gift button, and then choose the desired recipient’s or BattleTag from a drop-down menu during the purchasing process.

When someone sends you a gift, the upper right of the app will light up to show you that something’s waiting (you can also select View Gifts from the drop-down menu under your BattleTag). Click Claim or visit the Gifts web page on mobile to add the gift to your collection in the associated game.

Profiles and Avatars

Let the Blizzard world know a little bit more about you by customizing your profile and choosing an avatar.

Your profile lets you share what’s on your mind with an About message, add links to where people can find you on social media, show people what games you’ve been playing recently, and more. You can also choose whether to make your profile public so that potential pals can learn more about you.

Your avatar will represent you in chats, in Groups, and other places in the Blizzard community. You can choose from more than 100 different heroes, villains, and other iconic characters from across Blizzard’s game universes and beyond.

Customize your profile and choose an avatar through the View Profile button in the app header and Friends list drop-downs.

Appear Offline

Appear offline allows you to set your status to show you as “offline” to your Blizzard friends while remaining connected to This means you can launch the app and game away without distraction.

Appearing offline will show you as offline to everyone in your Blizzard friends list both in the app and in-game. Gameplay and game-specific features such as matchmaking are unaffected while you are appearing offline. Note that in the case of World of Warcraft, you will still appear online as your character in-game.

While appearing offline you can still send and receive messages in the app, but it is up to you when you want to respond.

Thanks to everyone who’s provided feedback on these new features during the recent beta test, and to all those who’ve given us suggestions for improving the Blizzard desktop app. These features are here because you asked for them, and we’re looking forward to continuing to evolve the app experience and help the Blizzard community stay connected.

Once you’ve had a chance to try these new features out, head to the forums and let us know what you think!

We have some exciting news! You and your friends can now take part in testing beta features in the Blizzard app open beta. To switch to the beta version, simply open your app settings, click on the Beta tab, and then click the “Switch to Beta Version.”

You may be wondering, “what is in the beta that would interest me?” New features are now available in open beta for you and your friends to try: Social tab, Blizzard Groups, Profiles, Avatars, and the ability to set your status to Appear Offline. I know, we can’t believe it either! To help get these into as many players’ hands as possible, starting today the beta version of the app is open to you and your friends—no invitation required.

Please note that not all features will be available in every region. See the Beta patch notes for more information

Build 9397

Feature Updates

We made some updates to how you sort friends and other settings on your friends list:

  • "Group Favorites" Setting:  Group all favorited friends together rather than being mixed throughout your friends list.
  • "Sort by Activity" Setting: Friends will be grouped together when playing the same game or in rather than sorted alphabetically.
  • Showing and Hiding Offline Friends: You now have more control over how offline friends are displayed in your friends list.

We also added chat history to make it easier to keep a conversation going.

  • Closing no longer clears chats messages with friends. Messages will now be stored for 28 days.

Last but not least, emoji support is here!

  • Feeling spunky, giddy, cranky, or any other emotion? Try copy and pasting emoji into chat messages!

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that was preventing users from initializing Streaming on beta builds.
  • Fixed a bug that caused games to sort incorrectly.
  • Hearthstone will no longer become unresponsive in certain circumstances when Streaming is enabled.

Build 9262

Bug Fixes

  • Not a lot has changed. But enough to warrant an update!

Build 9093


We've updated how we display the game icons throughout the app.

  • The game icons are smaller, allowing us to display more on screen in the Games tab.
  • There is now a collapsible state in the Games tab navigation allowing you to hide the game's title.

Build 9061

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue that was causing toast notifications to display for all your online and offline friends when you first logged in.

Build 8965

New Features

We're giving you more control over the types of friend connections you can make in the Blizzard App. You may now send and accept friend requests using BattleTag or Real ID.

  • Friend requests now show where they originated, making it easier to remember how you met your potential new friend.

You can now see comments your viewers make on your Facebook stream while you are in game!


  • Minimum spec detection is smarter now. It detects when you are running in compatibility mode, and if your OS meets minimum specs. Upgrades will be suggested to avoid compatibility issues in the future, but it won't prevent you from launching your games.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that could cause friend requests sent from the Facebook Friend Finder to be sent to the wrong friend in rare cases.
  • Opening embedded YouTube videos externally should no longer cause them to open twice in your default web browser.

Known Issues

  • If the overlay for streaming status and comments is located on the bottom edge of the screen, then there may be a minor graphical jump when comments appear.
  • Emojis in a Facebook comment may not display correctly in the streaming overlay for some OS versions.

Build 8941

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that was preventing users from being able to log into Blizzard App using Facebook.

Build 8800


  • We have included a new dialog in app to remind users that Windows XP and Vista will no longer be supported later this year.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed minor localization issues in various parts of the app.
  • Fixed an issue with Blizzard Streaming where the in-game decal was not correctly updating the viewer count. 

Build 8657

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where friends would appear online when they were actually away.
  • Fixed an issue that caused chat windows to appear sluggish.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements.

Build 8600

Bug Fixes

  • Not a lot has changed. But enough to warrant an update!

Build 8554

  • Throm-Ka Travelers! We've given the App a small makeover to make you feel more at home in the Blizzard universe. Remember, together we are strong!

Build 8539

  • Updated embedded Chromium browser to version 49.0.2623.

Bug fixes

  • Mac: Moved internal Blizzard cache out of the home folder.
  • Fixed a crash on shut down.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the timestamp in chat to incorrectly display.
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements.

Build 8423

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue preventing LatAm and Russian StarCraft 2 players from being able to select accounts in US and EU in the region drop down.
  • The streaming setup flow will no longer appear for users that have not yet set up streaming after pressing the start streaming hotkey (CTRL+F1).
  • Users will no longer receive a streaming error behind their game client when pressing CTRL+F1 in game.
  • Friend tooltips will no longer persist and remain in focus over other windows.
  • Friends names will no longer be truncated in the compact view on the friends list.

Build 8385


Suggested Friends

  • Suggested Friends will provide users with new and easy ways to make new friends on
    • Facebook Friend Finder will allow users who have linked their Facebook account with their account to find and add them as friends.
    • Mutual Friends (Friends of Friends) will also be displayed in the new Suggested Friends section.
    • Recently Played With players will be gathered from recent games you have played with people that aren't currently your friends.
      • Currently only Diablo is supported, but we plan to expand this to other games in the future!

Friends List Improvements

  • We are adding new options for how your friends are displayed and grouped on the Friends List:
    • All friends currently playing a game can be toggled to appear at the top of the Friends List and will be grouped alphabetically, by game title.
    • You can choose to show both BattleTag and Real ID for your friends.
    • You can now ungroup your favorite friends. Ungrouped favorite friends will be displayed with a star next to their name.
    • Added an option in the Friends & Chat section of settings that will allow you to hide Real ID friend's real names from various parts of the App.

Facebook Streaming Improvements

  • We have changed the way in which Facebook accounts are linked to accounts. Linking now goes through Account Management.
  • This will allow you to automatically enable Facebook Streaming and Facebook Friend Finder for linked accounts from anywhere you log into the Desktop App.
  • Note: Users that have previously used Facebook Streaming will need to link their Facebook account to their account in order to stream again. Click on the Streaming icon to begin the linking flow.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing category names to not be properly localized in the region selection.
  • Fixed and issue causing key binding to be lost when restarting the Desktop App if using a mouse button for Push-to-talk.

Build 8293

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that caused users to launch into an undesired region.

Build 8265


  • We have changed the way that App communicates with the service.
    • This should represent no change to your App experience, but since so much has changed you might run into something we've missed. Please pardon our dust and let us know!
  • Update Qt library to 5.6.2
    • Developer Comment: Qt is a third party software package that we use to provide UI in the application. We've been seeing increasing numbers of crashes from the library, so we have made the jump to this more recent version with the hopes of a better experience for everybody.

Build 8142


Voice Chat

  • The Microphone activity meter in Voice Chat Settings will only show activity when a voice chat or microphone test is active.
  • Added "None (Disable Microphone)" to input devices.
    • When this option is selected, the microphone will be disabled but you will still be able to hear other people if you participate in a voice chat.
    • The Microphone Volume slider will be locked and will not reflect or change your computer's control panel mic volume.
    • Test Microphone, Transmission Mode, and Toggle Mute Key will be grayed out and locked.
  • Microphone mute status will now display in the channel window so that others will know if you have muted or disabled your microphone.
    • The first time you are in a voice channel with a disabled microphone, there will be a notification reminding you that your mic has been disabled and that you must select an input device for others to hear you. Once you dismiss the notice it will not appear again.
  • The Microphone Volume control in Voice Chat Settings reflects your computer's control panel mic volume.
    • The App will always reflect the existing control panel settings on start-up.
    • The App will only change mic volume if you manually adjust the volume.
  • The App will only register and transmit voice data from your microphone when you are engaging the mic in an active channel, such as pressing the Push-to-Talk button or using Open Mic.
    • If you are using Push-to-Talk but are not pushing the activation key, the App will not transmit data from your mic.

Bug Fixes

  • Auto update settings should no longer be reset after launching a game from a desktop shortcut.

Build 8098



  • You can now create a channel to use voice and text chat with your friends.
  • To start a channel, use the "Create a Channel" button, or right-click your friends on the Friends List.
  • All channel members have permission to add or remove their friends from a channel.
  • Players can be dragged from the Friends List to channels to make adding individuals quick and easy.

Voice Chat

  • Blizzard Voice provides high quality voice audio and superior stability, all from the Desktop App you are already using!
  • A full range of audio settings allow you to customize your voice experience.
  • Additional controls in the chat channel allow you to individually mute and change player volume.


  • Send and receive URLS as clickable hyperlinks!
  • Users can now markdown text with bold, italics, strikethrough effects in chat. Here's how to add the markdown:
    • Bold = ** or __ before and after the word/s you want to make bold.
    • Italics = _ before and after the word/s you want to make italicized.
    • Strikethrough = ~~ before and after the word/s you want to strikethrough.

Sounds & Notifications

  • Revamped the sounds and notification settings for the App.
  • All sound and notification settings have been reset to their defaults, and some will now be ON by default.


  • The icon in the upper left corner of the friends list now shows you your own in-game status as others will see you.

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed various stability and performance problems with streaming.
  • Fixed some issues that would cause audio degradation in streams.


  • Fixed an issue that would prevent AltGr from functioning in browser windows.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a crash on startup.
  • Fixed an issue that would occasionally cause "session expired" errors when reconnecting after having logged in from another location.

Known Issues

  • Currently voice chat in App and Overwatch are separate systems, meaning it is possible to be in more than one voice channel at the same time.

Build 8058


  • Stability improvements for Streaming.

Build 7963


  • Various and sundry bug fixes.

Build 7939


Go Live on Facebook and share your epic moments!

  • We've added a Streaming button to the top right of the app window. The first time you press the button, you'll be prompted to log in to Facebook and authorize Blizzard Entertainment to post on your behalf. We will never:
    • Post or share anything on your network without your permission.
    • Share your real name with anyone outside your Facebook network.
  • After that, you'll access the Streaming Control Panel, where you can customize your stream if you'd like.
  • In Settings, you can access more options for your hotkey, webcam, and audio preferences.
  • Once you launch the game of your choice, start your stream by clicking the Start Stream button, or by tapping your hotkey (default is Ctrl + F1). You'll see the Live overlay on the top left of your screen.
  • You can end your stream by pressing the hotkey again, or by clicking the Stop Stream button on the Streaming Control Panel.

Note: Streaming is not supported on Windows XP. Additionally, users with low-end systems may have problems streaming. 

Quality Settings

  • In the Streaming Settings, you can adjust the quality of your stream. The default option is set to Medium (720p, 30 FPS, 3.0 Mbps).
    Note: Higher quality settings are more demanding on your computer and internet connection.

In-Game Overlay

  • You can adjust the position of the in-game overlay (or simply disable it) in the Streaming Settings.

Webcam Settings

  • You can adjust the position of the in-game overlay (or simply disable it) in the Streaming Settings.

Audience Selection

  • You can manage the audience and visibility of each Stream using the Audience selector in the Streaming Control Panel.
  • You can post your streams to your timeline. If you manage a Facebook Page, you can post streams there, too.
  • You can adjust the maximum Audience level in your App Settings on Facebook. To modify the Audience for your stream:
    1. Visit
    2. Select Apps.
    3. Select the Blizzard Entertainment app.
    4. Adjust the App visibility and post audience. 
    5. Return to the desktop app.
    6. Close and reopen your Streaming Control Panel.
    7. Your Audience selector will be updated to reflect the available audiences for your Streams. 

Known Issues

  • Streaming is not yet available for Mac.
  • The webcam can't be used for streaming if it's in use by another application.
  • Games may experience a slightly lower frame rate while streaming.
  • Streaming on slower internet connections may interfere with streams and computer performance
  • Watching your own stream on Facebook with the capture system sounds option selected may create a sound feedback loop unless the live video is muted on Facebook.
  • Links on the Facebook login dialog do not work. If you need to reset your Facebook password, use a web browser to visit

Build 7848


  • The desktop app will immediately attempt to reconnect after being disconnected
  • We've added a short operation to the end of updates that will clean up old and unnecessary game files

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some issues on Mac that would cause run failures on case-sensitive file systems

Build 7730


  • Support for upcoming third party authentication via App login
  • The App will reconnect faster after a network adapter is detected (example: coming back from sleep mode)

Build 7505

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that was preventing some errors from being reported.

Build 7477


Embedded Account Creation

  • Players new to Blizzard will have the option to Create a Free Account on the App Login screen.
  • Players can use this to create a account without leaving the App, so they can quickly and easily join friends who are ready to play!

Unified Authentication

  • 2 factor authentication is now only prompted on the first login on the same computer (unless account options are set to prompt for 2FA on every login).
  • Support has been added for Email Verification and SMS login challenges.
  • Support has been added to allow for upcoming one-button authenticator. 

Recommended Region

  • Streamlined region suggestions and selections for the "Help Me Decide" option on the Login screen.
  • Automatically shows up for first-time players in specific countries to minimize confusion when selecting a region.


  • Added an option to disable browser hardware acceleration to login settings and general settings.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the chat box could remain disabled after being removed and re-invited.
  • Fixed an issue where the WoW Starter Edition in EU would incorrect request an update.
  • Fixed an issue where the App would crash if the player restarts it while the Scan for Games window is open.
  • Scan and repair should now properly report whether a repair was performed or not.

Known Issues

  • Unified Authentication may not function properly on networks that are behind a proxy.
  • The client can be unstable on Windows XP.
  • Crashes may occur more frequently than on other operating systems.
  • Changing your monitor resolution may require an App restart.