Epic Games Launcher is the gateway to unlock varieties of games. But you may encounter the issues of fluctuating download speed or even extremely slow downloads. To work around these issues, we’ve got you several fixes.
Try these fixes:
You may not need to try them all; simply work your way down the list until you find the one that works.
- Check the server status
- Use a wired connection
- Disconnect other devices
- Update your network adapter driver
- Switch Domain Name Systems (DNS)
- Edit your Engine.ini file
1. Check the server status
To narrow down the source of the problem, the first thing you need to do is to check the Epic Games status page.
If there are known server issues going on, they are usually visible on the page. If the problem is not from the server’s end, try the fixes below.
2. Use a wired connection
To download large files efficiently, a wired connection is preferable over a wireless connection to the internet. Wireless connections are most susceptible to interference and aren’t as consistent as wired connections. Therefore, if possible, use a wired connection.
However, if you are not able to opt for a wired connection, check out the next fix below.
3. Disconnect other devices
The download issue is sometimes caused by your router struggling with the number of connections due to too many downloads happening simultaneously. To work around this, you need to first restart your router. Simply unplug your router or modem from its power outlet. Wait for 15-20 seconds, then plug it back in.
If you have other devices connected to your Wi-Fi, disconnect them while you’re downloading games.
When it’s all done, resume your download and check if it helps you fix the issue. If you’re still experiencing slow download speed or the download is stuck at a certain percent, proceed to the next fix.
4. Update your network adapter driver
If the previous steps didn’t work, it’s time to check if you’re using an outdated network adapter driver. An outdated or incompatible network adapter driver can cause connection problems. To fix it, you should update your drivers and your problem may be solved in no time.
You can manually update your network adapter driver by going to the manufacturer’s official website to download and install the correct network driver for your system.
You can do it automatically with Driver Easy. It will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running or risk downloading and installing the wrong driver.
Here’s how to update drivers with Driver Easy:
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
(This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to upgrade to the Pro version, you can also update your drivers with the FREE version. All you need to do is to download them one at a time and manually install them.)
After updating your drivers, restart your computer and launch your game to check if the problem is solved. If not, then continue trying the next fix below.
5. Switch Domain Name Systems (DNS)
Sometimes your ISP-supplied DNS server might be slow or not properly configured for caching, which can effectively slow your connection. Switching your DNS can result in better connectivity and performance for your internet connection and save you time troubleshooting.
Here we recommend using Google DNS:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog box.
2) Type control and then press Enter on your keyboard to open the Control Panel.
3) Click Network and Internet. (Note: make sure you view the Control Panel by Category.)
3) Click Network and Sharing Center.
4) Click on your Connections, whether it’s Ethernet, Wifi, or others.
5) Click Properties.
6) Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP /IPv4) > Properties.
7) Click Use the following DNS server addresses:
For Preferred DNS server, type 126.96.36.199
For Alternate DNS server, type 188.8.131.52
Check the box next to Validate settings upon exit and then click OK.
When it’s all done, you need to flush your DNS cache as instructed below:
1) In the Search box, type cmd. Right-click Command Prompt from the results and select Run as administrator.
2) In the Command Prompt window that appears, type the following command and press Enter.
Type the following command and press Enter.
Type the following command and press Enter.
Now resume your download and check if your problem is solved. If not, try the next fix below.
6. Edit your Engine.ini file
Players report editing some settings in the Engine.ini file can result in better download speeds. So you can give it a shot.
Here’s how to do this:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + R at the same time to open the Run dialog box.
2) Type %localappdata% and press Enter.
3) Open folders EpicGamesLauncher > Saved > Config > Windows.
4) Find Engine.ini. Right-click it and select Edit with Notepad++ or whatever notepad you’re using.
5) Copy and paste the following lines:
[HTTP] HttpTimeout=10 HttpConnectionTimeout=10 HttpReceiveTimeout=10 HttpSendTimeout=10 [Portal.BuildPatch] ChunkDownloads=3 ChunkRetries=20 RetryTime=0.5
6) Click File > Save to save the edits.
When it’s all done, resume your download and it should be faster.
Hopefully, your downloads on Epic Games Launcher can go through a huge increase. If you have any suggestions or questions. feel free to drop us a line in the comment section below.