Fortnite freezes frequently on your computer? This so irritating and you’re certainly not the only one who faces it. Many Fortnite players are reporting it. But the good news is that you can fix it. Here are 8 solutions to try.
Try these fixes:
You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works.
- Check your computer specifications
- Restart your computer
- Run Epic Games Launcher as an administrator
- Update your graphics driver
- Verify Fortnite files
- Check for Windows Updates
- Install the latest Fortnite patch
- Reinstall Fortnite
Fix 1: Check your computer specifications
The minimum system requirements need to be met to run your game properly; otherwise, you’re likely to encounter game issues like freezing, lagging and crashing while gaming.
OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Processor: Core i3 2.4 Ghz
Graphics Card: Intel HD 4000
RAM: 4 GB
Here is how to view your computer hardware information:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run dialog.
2) Type dxdiag and click OK.
3) Check your operating system, processor and memory.
4) Click the Display tab, and then check your graphics card’s information.
If your computer has met the minimum requirements to run the game, read on and check the fix, below.
Fix 2: Restart your computer
Some programs running on your computer may conflict with Fortnite or Epic Games Launcher, causing your game to freeze frequently. In this case, a simple reboot might be able to fix your issues.
If your problem still exists after the reboot, don’t worry. There are still 6 more fixes to try.
Fix 3: Run Epic Games Launcher as an administrator
Epic Games Launcher or Fortnite sometimes may require administrator privileges to access certain game files on your PC. So, you may encounter Fortnite freezing when you’re running your game under the normal user mode.
To see if that’s the problem for you, follow the instructions below:
1) If you’re running Epic Games Launcher now, right-click the Epic Games icon on the taskbar and click Exit.
2) Right-click the Epic Games icon and select Run as administrator.
Restart your game to test your issue. If Fortnite still freezes your PC, then go ahead with the fix below.
Fix 4: Update your graphics driver
One of the most common causes of the game freezing is an outdated or faulty graphics driver. It’s essential that you have the latest correct graphics driver. There are two ways you can get the latest correct driver for your graphics card:
Option 1 – Manually– You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your drivers this way, because you need to find exactly the right the driver online, download it and install it step by step.
Option 2 – Automatically (Recommended)– This is the quickest and easiest option. It’s all done with just a couple of mouse clicks – easy even if you’re a computer newbie.
Option 1 – Download and install the driver manually
The manufacturer of your graphics card keeps updating driver. To get the latest graphics driver, you need to go to the manufacturer website, find the drivers corresponding with your specific flavor of Windows version (for example, Windows 32 bit) and download the driver manually.
Once you’ve downloaded the correct drivers for your system, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.
Option 2 – Automatically update your graphics driver
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the graphics driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:
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 – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
Fix 5: Verify Fortnite files
Fortnite could also freeze your PC when a certain game file is damaged or missing. In this case, try verifying the integrity of your game files. (Fortnite will repair corrupt game files automatically if it detects any.)
Follow the instructions below:
1) Open Epic Games Launcher
2) Click Library, then click the Settings icon.
3) Click Verify.
4) Relaunch Fortnite after the process is complete.
This should fix your issue. If the freezing still happens, move on to the next fix.
Fix 6: Check for Windows updates
Windows updates can address bugs related to both hardware and software. So make sure you’ve installed all the new Windows updates to keep Fortnite running smoothly. Here is how to do it:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key. Then, type windows update and select Windows Update settings.
2) Click Check for updates, and then wait for Windows to download and install the updates automatically.
Restart your computer after the update is complete, then try running your game again. If your problem persists, try the fix, below.
Fix 7: Install the latest Fortnite patch
The developers of Fortnite release regular game patches to fix bugs. It’s possible that a recent patch has stopped the game from running correctly, and that a new patch is required to fix it.
To check if there is any update, go to the Fortnite official website and search for the latest patch. If a patch is available, install it, then run Fortnite again to check whether your problem has been resolved. If it hasn’t, or there was no new game patch available, move on to Fix 8, below.
Fix 8: Reinstall Fortnite
If none of the fixes above resolves your problem, reinstalling Fortnite is very likely the solution to the freeze issue. Here is how to do it:
1) Run Epic Games Launcher.
2) Click Library and then click the Settings button.
3) Click Uninstall.
4) Restart your PC after you uninstall Fortnite.
5) Run the Epic Games Launcher to download and install Fortnite again.
Hopefully, one of the fixes above helped in resolving your problem. If you have any questions and suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.