How to Fix Screen Tearing in League of Legends?

One of the frustrating problems during gaming is screen tearing. When screen tearing happens, it can significantly degrade the quality of your gameplay. Apart from being annoying at the same time, it also makes the game impossible for normal gameplay. In this article, we will focus on fixing screen tearing in the League of Legends, a world-famous gaming franchise whose community numbers more than a few million players. 

In the League of Legends, players choose their champion, and in teams of five players, try to overthrow the main nexus of the opposing team. Of course, the League of Legends is much more complex than this, but today we will not focus on its rules and strategies nor on this more technical problem. Stay tuned!

What Exactly is Screen Tearing?

In order to successfully solve the problem of screen tearing in the League of Legends, we must first become familiar with the cause of this problem. Basically, screen tearing can occur when your GPU’s frame rate and your monitor’s refresh rate are not synchronized. Then a horizontal split can occur in one or more places on the screen. There are many ways to fix this problem; for example, you can enable FreeSync, G-SYNC, Fast Sync, Enhanced Sync, VSync, or Adaptive Sync.

If your FPS (Frames Per Second) is higher than your monitor’s highest refresh rate, it is very likely that you will experience a problem of screen tearing in the middle of playing League of Legends. Frustrating, we know. Also, low FPS can affect the appearance of screen tearing, so you need to learn to solve this problem in time so that it does not recur and spoil your gaming experience. But don’t get upset, there are several solutions to this problem, and they are all quite helpful, so with a few mouse clicks, this problem becomes a thing of the past.

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How Can I Fix the Problem of Screen Tearing in League of Legends?

We have said before that the problem of screen tearing is solvable, but you must know that there is no one universal solution. As with all technical problems, we must first find out what is causing this problem so that we can solve it with the proper steps.

We will mention the most common causes of this problem and the solutions that go with them. You can try several variants and finally find the solution that will remove screen tearing for you and allow you to play League of Legends normally.

Turn on your VSync

VSync means Vertical Synchronization, which synchronizes the vertical refresh rate of your monitor with GPU’s frame rates. VSync makes your computer’s graphic card wait until the monitor can display a full-frame, which means you can experience a higher input lag. You will feel this lag the most while playing the game, for example –  you give your champion command, there will be a delay while your champion receives and does the command you gave him. 

This is by no means terrible for online games as it means your attacks will be delayed as well as your defense—all in all, a bad situation for you and your team. VSync will not suit all players, but it is worth trying to play with enabled VSync and see if it suits you. If the input lag is not happening to you, it means you have solved the problem.

Enable your G-Sync/Free Sync

G-Sync and FreeSync options allow your monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically, thus aligning your monitor and GPU. Almost every gaming monitor has G-Sync and FreeSync settings, so you don’t have to worry about finding them. G-Sync and FreeSync options allow your monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically, thus aligning your monitor and GPU. The disadvantage of this technique is that G-Sync and FreeSync will limit your FPS to the refresh rate of your monitor. Let’s say a 60Hz monitor means 60 FPS (Capped).

But on the other hand, 144Hz monitors will have 144 FPS, which is excellent and desirable for modern online games such as League of Legends. Maybe now is the time to invest in a new monitor; remember that the better your gaming equipment, the less you will have to deal with solving classic technical problems that may arise if your gaming equipment is not up to date.

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These two options have not solved my screen tearing problem, what else can I do?

As we have said, there is no universal problem to solve the screen tearing problem. Many of you will try one or both of the options listed above, but screen tearing will still give them headaches and frustrate them to the point that they will want to give up the League of Legends. Don’t give up; there are a few more solutions to this problem.

The cause of screen tearing is simply in the synchronization of the graphics card of your computer and your monitor, so you have to look at the settings related to the graphics card and the monitor. Sounds simple. It is important to know that changing these settings can affect your FPS, so give them a try and see if they work or not; otherwise, you have to change them manually again.

A few more mostly safe solutions:

  • You need to update your graphic card drivers (AMD, NVIDIA)
  • Try to turn off Game mode in Windows, it can help
  • You can also try to play in ‘Borderless’ or ‘Windowed’ mode

Consider this before you play League of Legends game:

  • If you play with an overlocked monitor, return it to normal settings
  • Your GPU’s clock speed must also be returned to normal if it is overlocked
  • Your League of Legends graphic settings should be set to low. You will gradually increase them but you have to see if too low or high settings will affect the screen tearing that happens to you during gameplay.

If none of these options solve your screen tearing problem, maybe it’s time to finally consider changing your gaming equipment.

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Final Thoughts

We came to the end of this how-to-fix article, where we talked about the problem of screen tearing that occurs during gameplay and impairs the quality of gameplay. Screen tearing is a common problem that happens to a lot of players and basically doesn’t require a lot of work around solving. Screen tearing is about matching your computer’s graphics card and your monitor. 

When the graphics card and monitor are mismatched, screen tearing occurs. The two best-known ways to solve this problem are by turning on your VSync and/or turning on your G-Sync / FreeSync. Today, most gaming monitors have these settings that can be easily personalized depending on the game. If these two solutions do not solve your screen tearing, you can try updating your graphic card drivers, turning off Game mode in Windows, or trying to play in ‘Borderless’ or ‘Windowed’ mode. 

But remember, this problem (as well as several other graphic problems that may arise) can become unsolvable in the long run. In that case, it is best to consider buying new gaming equipment. You can buy an entire PC or just a monitor. This will solve the problem of screen tearing, and you will be able to play League of Legends without lags. It is always worth investing in quality gaming equipment. Good luck solving this problem, and have fun playing League of Legends!

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