How to Fix High PING in League of Legends

Regarding online multiplayer battle royale video games, League of Legends from Riot Games stands out quite ahead. It’s also known as League or LOL that has been launched back in 2009 and inspired by Defense of the Ancients (a custom map for Warcraft III). Recently, Riot Games pushed Patch 11.20 Notes, but somehow players are getting High PING in League of Legends quite often. If you’re also one of them, you can follow this guide.

The LOL players seem to be encountering higher ping or latency issues while connecting to the server or during the multiplayer gameplay. It’ll prevent players from getting into the server at the requested time and they may get kicked out of it for no fault from their sides. Even though the internet connection is good enough for most of the players, the higher ping issue has become widespread.

How to Fix High PING in League of Legends

How to Fix High PING in League of Legends

The best part is that League of Legends shows ping details and FPS (frames per second) count in the gameplay’s top-right corner of the screen. You can check the same by following the steps below:

  • Start a new game in League of Legends > Press the Ctrl+F keys on the keyboard to showcase the ping and fps count on the screen on the top-right side.
    • However, if this doesn’t show the details, click on the gear icon (in-game settings menu) from the top-right side.
    • Click on HOTKEYS > Go to Display > Expand the drop-down list > Set Toggle FPS Display to CTRL+F shortcut.
    • Click on DONE to save changes > Go back to the gameplay screen and press the Ctrl+F keys now to get displayed the ping & fps count.

If in case, the ping rate is more than 100ms, that means you’re getting higher ping (latency) to the server and that can cause lags or glitches in the gameplay and it’ll eventually become irritating for a longer period of time. In higher cases, you’ll be kicked out from the server due to the connection timed out or can’t connect to the network error.

Luckily, we’ve shared a couple of possible workarounds for you that should be useful in most scenarios. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

1. Restart League of Legends

You should always restart the League of Legends PC game to check whether the problem has been fixed. A normal restart can easily fix several glitches or cache data issues without any second thought. Although most of the affected players may not find it useful, we’ll recommend you to try it once because it won’t cost extra effort.

2. Reboot your PC

Second, we’ll also recommend our readers reboot their PCs to clear out any possible glitches or cache data issues whatsoever. A system glitch or IP-related issues on the computer or Windows system can cause troubles to users in several ways.

3. Reboot Wi-Fi Router

Try rebooting your Wi-Fi router because it’ll also help you to clear out glitches or temporary cache issues with the networking connectivity.

4. Power Cycle your Wi-Fi Router

Sometimes a normal restart may not work for some Wi-Fi routers. In that scenario, try performing a power cycle on your Wi-Fi router to check whether the problem has been fixed or not. Just turn off the router and unplug the power cable from it > Wait for at least a minute or so and connect the power cable again then turn on the router to check for the issue.

5. Check for Game Updates

League of Legends uses the Riot Launcher on the Windows PC to run the game. So, make sure to open the Riot Launcher and check for available game updates from the settings menu directly. Otherwise, try opening the LOL game preview page on the launcher and then try updating it to the latest patch release. It’s necessary to install the latest update to keep the game running well enough.

Once installed, do not launch the game. Simply restart the computer to apply changes immediately and then launch LOL to check for the ping delay issue.

6. Clear Unnecessary Background Tasks

If your PC gets slow or the gaming performance isn’t smooth as expected then make sure to close background processes that are unnecessary for you. It can prevent plenty of CPU/RAM usage so that your game can run easily. To do so:

  • Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager.
  • Click on the Processes tab > Select the task that you want to close.

  • Once selected, click on End Task. Make sure to do the steps for each task individually.
  • Once done, just restart your computer to change effects immediately.

7. Update Required Device Drivers

It’s also worth mentioning to check updates for the required device drivers on your computer and install the update (if available). You can manually do the same from Device Manager > Double-clicking on the device/driver > Right-click on the dedicated device > Select Update driver > Search automatically for driver update.

Otherwise, you can find out multiple third-party automatic driver updater tools online to do the same task for you easily. If in case, you’re using any of the newer laptops then there should be an official tool installed on the laptop for updating device drivers, BIOS, checking warranty status, and more.

8. Disable Proxy and VPN Service

Make sure to simply turn off proxy or VPN service on your PC if you’re using any of them. In most cases, the VPN or Proxy services can cause several issues whatsoever.

9. Use Google DNS Server

The chances are also high that your ISP has issues with the currently configured DNS addresses on your PC that may cause several issues with the network connectivity or even stability with the online game servers. In that scenario, try following the steps below to use the Google DNS server once to check if that helps you or not.

  • Press the Windows + R keys to open up the Run dialog box.
  • Type ncpa.cpl and click on OK to open the Network Connections page.
  • Now, right-click on your active network adapter > Click on Properties.
  • Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) > Click on Properties.

  • Click to select Use the following DNS server addresses.
  • Now, enter for the Preferred DNS server and for the Alternate DNS server.
  • Once done, click on OK to save changes.
  • Make sure to restart your computer to apply changes and then check for the High PING issue in League of Legends.

10. Delete League of Legends Configuration Files

Deleting the LOL configuration files from your computer can also help you to easily remove the temporary files. If somehow the game config files are corrupted or missing or become outdated then you’ll find this method really useful. Don’t worry, it won’t delete your game account, username, or game progress data. Some of the game preferences may need to be set up again.

  • Press the Windows + E keys to open Windows Explorer on your PC.
  • Now, go to the League of Legends installed directory.
  • Open the Riot Games folder and then open the League of Legends folder.
  • Open the ‘Config’ folder > Next, you’ll have to locate the following file name and delete it. [Make sure to move the file to another folder or drive as a backup file until the problem gets fixed]
  • Head over to the League of Legends folder back again and go to the following file path:
RADS > projects > league_client > Releases
  • Here you’ll be able to find out a couple of releases. Just click on the latest release and delete it.
  • Once done, close File Explorer, and reboot your PC to apply changes.
  • Finally, run the League of Legends game as an administrator, and check whether the High PING issue is still bothering you or not.

11. Use HexTech Automatic Repair Tool

Another thing you should do is to try the automatic troubleshooter tool called ‘Hextech’ that’s recommended by Riot Games. This tool will detect all the possible issues with the installed game files and try repairing them automatically just like Steam’s verify the integrity of the game files process. To do that:

  • First of all, you’ll need to download the Hextech Repair Tool from this link.
  • Then install it on your PC as an administrator. [Right-click on the Hextech.exe file and select Run as administrator > If prompted by UAC, click on Yes]
  • Now, the tool will open > Click on Force Repatch and choose to Start. [You can also check other options like Firewall and DNS]
  • Wait for the repairing process to be completed. Once done, make sure to restart your computer to apply changes.
  • Finally, launch League of Legends as an administrator, and check for the high ping issue.

12. Run LOL in the Compatibility Mode

If the above methods didn’t work for you, then try running the League of Legends game in the Compatibility mode. It’ll force the game to run over the current hardware specifications and a previous Windows OS generation to make it fully compatible. To do so:

  • Right-click on the Kena Bridge of Spirits exe shortcut file on your PC.
  • Now, select Properties > Click on the Compatibility tab.
  • Click to enable Run this program in compatibility mode for:
  • Then select Windows 7/8 from the drop-down list.
  • Click on Apply and select OK to save changes.

13. Perform a Clean Boot

Well, even performing a clean boot on the Windows computer can also help you to easily resolve multiple issues with the system performance or reduces the usage of the system resources whatsoever. To do this:

  • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Now, type msconfig and hit Enter to open the System Configuration window.
  • Go to the Services tab > Enable the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox.

  • Click on Disable all > Click on Apply and then OK to save changes.
  • Now, click on the Startup tab > Click on Open Task Manager.
  • From the Startup tab, click on the specific task that you want to turn off.
  • Click on Disable > Make sure to select the high-impact startup programs and disable them one by one.
  • Once done, restart your PC to apply changes immediately.

14. Renew IP Address

As a final resort, you can try renewing your configured IP address from your PC to refresh the networking connectivity or glitch whatsoever. To do so:

  • Press the Windows key or click on Start > Now, type cmd in the search bar.
  • Right-click on Command Prompt > Select Run as administrator.
  • If prompted by User Account Control, click on Yes to proceed.
  • Now, run the following command in the command prompt window to release the IP configuration on the PC:
ipconfig /release
  • Then run the following command to renew the IP configuration on the PC:
ipconfig /renew
  • Finally, run the following command to flush the DNS cache from your computer:
ipconfig /flushdns
  • Once done, make sure to restart your computer, and then check for the issue again.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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