This guide will show you how to delete Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC from your PS4, PC and Xbox One.
Treyarch does not include a disable Awakening DLC button in the PS4 version to let you go back to playing the stock maps and join into the main matchmaking pool again. You can easily disable Black Ops 3 DLC on the PC and it is also possible on the Xbox One.
On PS4 and Xbox One, you will not gain back hard drive space since the maps will still be on your console. On the PC, you will need to re-download the maps or make a backup of your Steam game.
The biggest reason that some players want to delete the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC is because when you have the DLC installed you are only in matchmaking with other players who also have the DLC. This limits the pool of players you can match up with.
In some cases this smaller pool leaves you with a lobby of more skilled players, which can make games tougher. We typically see more engaged players buy the DLC in the first week and this leads to more challenging matches.
Other issues include some users have trouble finding any match at all in some game modes after purchasing the DLC and problems with map exploits.
Here’s what you need to know about disabling or deleting the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC.
How to Delete Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC on Xbox One
It takes less than 30 seconds to delete Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC from the Xbox One. You can re-install the DLC in a matter of minutes when you want to play it.
- On your Xbox One go to My Games and Apps.
- Choose Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and press the menu button.
- Choose Manage game.
- Choose the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC sub-file and press the menu button.
- Next, choose uninstall.
That’s all there is to deleting Black Ops 3 DLC on Xbox One. You can go to the Xbox Store to reinstall when you want to play. There is no need to buy it again. You still have the maps on your console, but the unlock portion of the DLC is no longer there so you are playing in the general matchmaking pool.
How to Delete PC Black Ops 3 DLC
On the PC, you can right click on Black Ops 3. Choose Properties and then DLC. Then uncheck Awakening DLC pack. This will force you to download the 5.9GB file again if you want to play the DLC.
If you don’t want to do that, make a backup of the full game install before you play or use the instructions in this thread on Reddit to figure out which files you need to backup specifically.
How to Disable the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC on PS4.
You can use two methods to delete the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC and play the main maps, but it is a complicated process that relies on creating a new account or contacting Sony to ask for a refund or simply for the DLC license to be revoked.
You cannot delete the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC from your PS4 as it is a part of the Black Ops 3 update.
If you want to disable the Black Ops 3 DLC on PS4, you will need to spend some time and possibly some money.
On Reddit WickedColdFront shares how they were able to play in the main matchmaking pool without DLC maps.
“The only way I was able to “disable” the DLC was to set up a separate PSN account (I had to purchase an additional PS Plus subscription) and disable the “set as primary” option on my existing PSN account. Now if I want to “enable” DLC, I just activate the main account as primary and I can play on the DLC maps.”
Of course with this method you will need to buy a second PS Plus subscription which isn’t worth it for every user. It is not clear if you need to start over from scratch with your Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 rank using this method, but it seems likely.
The other method is to contact Sony and ask for them to revoke the license on the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC. The video below from Error 6 walks through this process and how it helped him. In this case he received a refund, but you may not get that. If you do go this route you will not be able to simply switch the DLC back on.
Overall this is a rough place to be in for PS4 users who purchased the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC.
We enjoy the new Black Ops 3 Awakening DLC maps and find it worth the price. Over the last week we’ve been able to play in Hardcore playlists without any issues. You can read our Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC review for more on the experience.
If you have other issues, check out our common Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC problems and fixes. You can check out our Black Ops 3 guide below for more details on how to be a better player.
Black Ops 3 Tips to Level Up Faster
To have more fun in Black Ops 3 you need to level up to unlock new specialists, new weapons and new attachments. You rank up faster in Black Ops 3 by winning, playing the right game types and completing challenges. It also helps when you play on a Double XP weekend.
You should play the game modes that you like the most, but playing Kill Confirmed is one of the fastest ways to rank up fast in Black Ops 3. If you play on Hardcore you will also likely get more medals and more XP to level up faster.
In addition to leveling up your player, you can level up weapons by getting more kills with them. This will unlock attachments and new optics that improve the weapon stats.
You should check out the Black Ops 3 tips to level up faster to learn more about these modes and about how you can check challenges to earn more XP while you play.