Ever played an online game with high ping? Playing an online game, like League of Legends, with a high ping can bring out a lot of frustration. If the high ping is something you have been dealing with, it’s time that you do something about it.
You need to fix the high ping issue if you play League of Legends because this is a game where quick reactions are a big key to success. If you have high ping issues, you won’t be able to make those rapid movements needed, keep an eye on those opponents, as well as your teammates, or cast a fast spell combination, and this will make it hard for you to climb that ranked ladder. So yes, ping is an important factor when playing a game like League of Legends. Having a high ping will give you some major disadvantages, and in the long run, it will hurt the game experience, regardless of how good you are at the game.
Don’t worry, because I have some methods you can turn to – these methods will help lower that ping so that you can get back to getting good at the game.
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What Exactly Does Ping Mean?
First, I want you to have a clear understanding of what ping means. You may hear Ping referred to as latency. The ping tells you how much time it takes to send the data from your PC to a server, then back to your pc again. Ping is used when referring to a two-way latency because if you think about it, what you’re doing a round trip. This can be any action in League of Legends, such as channeling a spell or simply just moving around on the map.
What Would You Say is a Good Ping in League of Legends?
It’s easy to keep track of a good and stable ping. While playing League of Legends, you can enable the ping to show up on the screen at all times – this way, you can keep an eye on it and make sure the ping isn’t getting too high. Here’s how to get the ping to show up on your screen during gameplay:
- Navigate to the settings.
- Locate “display” and click on it.
- Enable the “Toggle FPS display.”
When you have this enabled, you will have the ping show up in the corner of the screen while you’re in the loading screen.
Okay, so what exactly is considered a good ping in League of Legends? The ping varies from person to person. Take professional games as an example; you have players who are playing with a ping as low as 1. A ping of 1 is hard to reach when you’re playing on official servers. For example, on an official EUW server, you will have a ping that ranges from 10 to 70. So, if you have a 10-70 ping, this is normal. Anything above 70 may feel laggy to some people. Take note that when you’re playing on a North American official server, the ping may be higher if you’re not in North America because the data will have to travel further. So basically, the ping all depends on your location as well as your Internet speed. For some players, a ping that is 100 is normal.
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How Can You Lower Your Ping on League of Legends?
Finally, we are to the good stuff – learning how to lower your ping in League of Legends. I have various methods you can use to reduce your ping, and I’m going to discuss those methods for you right here.
Common solutions to lower your ping on LoL:
1. Restart your Modem, PC, and Router
Go ahead and restart your Modem, PC, and router before you load up League of Legends. In many cases, to fix high pings, all you have to do is restart all devices. I recommend restarting the router at least once a week (make a habit of this, even when you’re not playing League of Legends), as this will keep your net working at total capacity.
2. Use An Ethernet Cable
Hooking an ethernet cable directly to your PC can offer a more stable Internet connection, as well as a lower ping. So go ahead and use that ethernet cable! You might be surprised by the difference this will make for you.
3. Update Your PC Drivers
You must update those drivers so that you can keep your PC up to date, which means up to speed. When you run old drivers on your PC, this may interfere with the ping as well as other things while you’re playing League of Legends.
4. Close Unnecessary Applications
Sometimes, when you have applications open in the background, this can cause lag issues with your game. This could be anything from other games to browsers. So, before you load up League of Legends, go ahead and close all of those unnecessary applications. Besides, when you’re playing League of Legends, all you need open is the game; you probably won’t need any other application.
5. Use the Hextech Repair Took from Riot Games
Riot made a diagnostic tool that LoL players can use. It comes in handy at helping identify the problems that are causing you to have higher ping in League of Legends. You can go to Riot Support (follow the instructions on the screen) and download the Hextech Repair Tool.
6. Renew Your IP Address
Sometimes, simply renewing your IP address can help fix any lag issues you may be having. You can do this by opening up your command prompt (use the Windows Button + R). When the command prompt is open, type in “ipconfig/release” and then press enter.
There are other factors that could cause you to have high ping, and sometimes it may be entirely out of your control, which means there’s nothing you can do about it. It could be due to Riot Games’ servers or your internet provider in the area. When this is the case, it would be best to wait out a game or two until your ping it back to normal. If the problem continues and your ping is super high, contact your ISP and talk about a solution to fix the problem.