If you have high ping (packet Internet groper) in League of Legends, it’s very likely that you’re also experiencing huge lag spikes at the same time. Undoubtedly lag issue may sometimes causes you to tear your hair out, especially when you’re having a tough fight in the game. However, there’s no need to get depressed so soon – you may try the fixes we offer you here one by one and see if they do the trick for you.
How do I check my ping in League of Legends?
The easiest way to check your ping in League of Legends (LOL) is to press Ctrl + F on your keyboard to display fps (frame per second) and ping in the upper right corner of your game screen. You should start a game prior to applying this function.
The following screenshot shows you what you’ll see after pressing Ctrl + F. Obviously this ping (211 ms) is very high.
But if nothing happens after you press Ctrl + F, here’s the guidance for you to display your fps and ping on the screen:
1) Click on the gear icon in the upper right of the launch screen.
2) Select HOTKEYS in the left pane and navigate to the DISPLAY category. Click on DISPLAY to open its drop-down menu. Then set the hotkeys for Toggle FPS Display according to your own taste.
3) Start a new game and press the hotkeys you’ve set just now. This time you’ll be able to see your ping and fps displayed on the screen.
How do I determine if my ping is high?
Ping, also referred to as latency, measures the round-trip time for data sent from your computer to a central server that are echoed back to the source. The unit of ping or latency is milliseconds, or ms for short. Answers may vary if you’d like to know what is a good ping time and what is not. In the most generic sense, there’s no such a standard for ping time because latency is largely determined by the distance between you and the game’s server. But if you’re experiencing noticeable lag spikes in LOL, that means your ping is very likely to be high.
Usually if your ping time is below 30 ms, you can play LOL rather smoothly; but if it’s above 100 ms, lag issues will probably come along. When you find out that you’re actually having high ping, then you should be well aware of your network status.
7 fixes for your high ping issue
Here’re 7 fixes that prove to be useful for many LOL players. Just work you way down the list to find out the one that solves your problem!
Fix 1: Download the latest game patch
If you’re also playing other games on your PC, try to launch them and see whether you have high ping as well. If the high ping issue persists, then the cause should lie in your network; otherwise it’s the game’s server to blame. Also, if you get lag spikes right after you update LOL, very likely the game’s server should be responsible for that.
Once you figure out that you have high ping only in LOL, you should ask for assistance from Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends. You can either contact them initiatively, or wait until they fix the problem themselves. If so many players have reported the same issue to them, Riot Games will try to offer solutions by releasing new game patches. But usually you don’t need to worry about missing these updates because LOL will download the latest patches automatically when you launch the game.
If updating LOL doesn’t solve your problem, please move on to the next fix.
Fix 2: Restart your router & modem
You should restart your modem and router especially if they haven’t been switched off for a long time. Just give them some time to cool off and clear up the cache. Here’s how to do it:
1) Unplug both your router and modem.
2) Wait at least 30 seconds to let the two machines cool down a bit.
3) Plug the modem back in and wait until the indicator lights are back to their normal state.
4) Plug the router back in this time. Likewise, wait until the indicator lights are back to their normal state.
5) Now that you routers and modem have been restarted properly, you can launch LOL again to see if the high ping issue goes away.
In case your high ping issue still remains, read on and check out the fix below.
Fix 3: Close bandwidth hogging applications
If you have too many bandwidth hogging applications opened in the background, that may slow down your network and even triggers high ping issue in LOL. To solve your problem, you need to close these applications while playing the game. Here’s how to do it:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows Logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run dialog box. Type in resmon and hit Enter.
2) Here pops up the Resource Monitor window. Click on the Network tab and pay attention to the Total (B/sec) column. In this way, you’ll get an intuitive understanding of what process is now using the most of your network resources.
3) Right-click on the application that occupies much of your bandwidth to open its context menu. Then select End Process.
4) If prompted for permission, click End process.
5) You may also disable your antivirus temporarily while playing LOL. This is optional for you but you can give it a try and see if that mitigates your problem.
Note that Microsoft has its own default anti-malware, Windows Defender. It’s automatically enabled even if you also have other antivirus applications installed. Even if you disable your other antivirus programs, Windows Defender is always there for you during that certain time range. So, no need to worry too much about temporarily turning the antivirus off.
Now that you’ve closed all the bandwidth hogging applications, it’s time to launch LOL and test your ping time. If the high ping issue is still there, move on to the next fix.
Fix 4: Use Hextech Repair Tool for automated troubleshooting
Hextech Repair Tool is an automated troubleshooting utility provided by Riot Game. It can diagnose the tech issues you have in LOL and fix them, including the high ping issue.
You can download Hextech Repair Tool from this website:
Just land on the site and follow its instructions to install Hextech Repair Tool. Then try to use it to fix your high ping issue. Relaunch LOL and see whether you can play the game smoothly without lag spikes. If so, then congrats – your problem has been solved! If not, please check out the next fix.
Fix 5: Disable your proxy & VPN
If you’re using a VPN or a proxy, make sure you disable them before getting started to play LOL. These are useful tools to protect your privacy online, but they can also be the cause of your high ping issue.
To disconnect from your proxy server and VPN, here are the steps:
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I at the same time to invoke the Settings window. Then click Network & Internet.
2) In the left pane, select VPN. Then turn off all the toggles on its right panel.
3) This time, select Proxy from the left pane. Go on to turn off all the toggles on its right panel.
4) Launch LOL and test your ping time.
Don’t lose your hope if you still cannot fix your high ping issue after trying all the methods above. Just read the next fix and give it a shot.
Fix 6: Change your DNS server
Try to switch your ISP’s DNS server to the Google Public DNS address. This may improve the resolve time and provide you with more security online. Try it out and see if it solves your high ping issue.
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows Logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog box. Type in control panel and press Enter to open the Control Panel.
2) Open the drop-down list next to View by: and select Category. Next, click View network status and tasks.
3) In the next window, click Change adapter settings.
4) Right-click on your current network and select Properties.
5) Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) to view its properties.
6) In the pop-up window, select these two options: Obtain an IP address automatically and Use the following DNS server addresses.
For the Preferred DNS server, enter 184.108.40.206 to replace the primary IP address; for the Alternate DNS server, enter 220.127.116.11. Then click OK to save the changes.
7) Reboot your PC and launch LOL. Check your ping in the game and see whether the problem has been solved.
If you find your high ping issue still remains, then read on and try the fix below.
Fix 7: Swap Wi-Fi to an Ethernet connection
If none of the fixes above work for you, then maybe you should turn your eyes upon the Wi-Fi signal around. Admittedly, a wireless network is not as stable as a wired one so you’ll get more interruption if your computer is connected to Wi-Fi. For example, when you’re playing LOL in a room far away from your router, the Wi-Fi signal you receive can be rather weak, causing the high ping issue in LOL.
To solve this problem, you’re suggested to swap Wi-Fi to an Ethernet connection, but this is not practical for everyone. As an alternative, you may buy a powerline Ethernet adapter which can extend the reach of your home network to places with poor wireless coverage. Once your network problem is solved, your high ping issue in LOL may also be fixed once and for all.
Also, you should avoid possible wireless interference that weakens your Wi-Fi signal such as cordless phones and microwave ovens. Place them far away from your router, or simply move your laptop to a new location with stronger Wi-Fi signal.
Bonus tip: Update your graphics/network card driver
This may not be a solution for your high ping issue, but here we’d like to remind you of the importance to update your graphics/network card drivers. Outdated or corrupt drivers can be a large detriment to your fps and even ruin your wonderful gaming experience. To ensure the stability of your computer and enhance its gaming performance, you should always keep your drivers up to date.
If you don’t have the time, patience, or computer skills to update the drivers 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. Driver Easy takes care of everything.
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).
Note: you can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
We’ll be glad if any of the fixes above help you solve the League of Legends lag issue. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have further questions or other fixes to share. Hopefully you’ll have wonderful gaming experience in LOL and work your way up to the best player!