[Update: Oct. 02] Terraria syncing files bug troubles Xbox & console players after 1.4 update, try available potential workarounds while devs fix issue

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on October 01, 2021) follows:

Terraria is one of the most popular 2D-Sandbox games that was released in 2011. Players can do whatever they want in the world of Terraria from exploration to combat and even build and craft items.

Because of its simplistic graphics and the procedurally generated world, millions of players enjoy the game. It is published and developed by Re-Logic. Moreover, all the content updates in the game are completely free.

Players can make several worlds each with loads of characters to choose from. Terraria also features NPCs who are an essential part of the game since they sell certain items that are not available normally.


The frequent content updates and changes keep the game fresh but sometimes also result in bugs and glitches that often ruin the gameplay experience.

Having said that, many Terraria 1.4 players are now experiencing a new issue that prevents them from playing the game. According to recent reports from Terraria players, the game is stuck at syncing files indefinitely after the 1.4 update.

The issue seems to be affecting players on both consoles, but the majority of complaints come from Xbox players. Players say they tried reinstalling the game but it doesn’t seem to help either. It looks like is a server-side issue.


Sync bug sucks I tried uninstalling restarting my Xbox turn off my Xbox and turn it back on and still also I tried waiting for 2.5 hours @Terraria_Logic @LokiOfficial and thanks for trying to solve this bug

I have an xbox one, my account and all my Terraria data are from the xbox one, I have the sync problem, haven’t got past the sync screen since trying to play today, I believe I had around 7 characters and worlds, all from 1.3, I think, as well. I only have the one account as well

Fortunately, game developers are aware of the issue and working on a fix too.

We’re working on the syncing files issue but texture packs and mods aren’t supported on consoles

Until the problem gets addressed officially, users have shared some workarounds that seem to be letting them play Terraria.

The first workaround involves updating the Xbox Series X, playing the game for a few mins, saving it, and shutting down the console. Boot up again and you might be able to play the game.

The second workaround requires players to boot up their Xbox offline and load the game. This let’s them bypass the sync process since it requires an internet connection.


The issue has left players wondering if the team responsible for updates even performed basic checks before releasing it.

That said, we hope Terraria developers soon release a fix since the game is stuck at syncing files for many console players. When they do, we will update this article so make sure you stay tuned.

In the meantime, let others know if the workaround fixed the issue for you in the comment section down below.

Note: The 1.4 update has also left users complaining about the new UI and control scheme. We’re running a poll to analyze user preferences, so head here and let us know your opinion on the matter.

Update 1 (October 02)

10:40 am (IST): Terraria officially announced that the Xbox Sync bug has been resolved by the team and it will be rolling out for the gamers soon.


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My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.