Ping for League of Legends – How to check and lower ping for LoL
Ping. We have all had issues with it in the past. Mid game spikes to 250 ping in a key moment of the game can cause you to lose and is very frustrating. Many players simply deal with bad ping all the time, unsure how to deal with it. This can have a very negative impact on your online gaming experience. If you are anything like the average gamer, you are willing to try almost anything to lower that ping. Here, we will explore a couple of tips and tricks in order to lower that pesky ping.
Before we get into that, we need to define what exactly is ping and what constitutes good ping. Essentially, ping is the time it takes for your mouse and keyboard actions to register on the server of the game you are playing. For example, 1000 ms ping would mean that each action takes one full second to register on the server. That is considered extremely high ping and would make your game unplayable.
Read our full article on “What is ping in gaming?” go know more.
Here are some parameters for good ping:
- Less than 30 ms is the ideal ping for any online gaming.
- 30 – 50 ms is considered average ping. The majority of gamers play with ping around this level.
- 50 – 100 ms is where you may start to notice a slight amount of lag in your actions. Not game destroying, but can be annoying.
- 100 ms – 500 ms is slow and makes it very difficult if not impossible to play online games.
How to check ping for LoL in-game
While in game, open your setting menu > In the setting menu, click on the “Display” tab > In this tab, locate the “Toggle FPS Display” button > Press that button in-game to view your ping.
Your ping will be displayed in the top right corner below the game scores.
How to lower LoL ping
Now your ping might be poor due to poor infrastructure at your location. Hardware related ping problems even via cable, can be fixed only by your ISP and if you have high ping in general you should contact your ISP instead. To everyone else, here are some steps you can take to try and lower your ping if it appears high once it is toggled on for you to see.
- If you are on WiFi, it is preferable to get an ethernet cable to plug directly into your router. If that is not possible, try and move to a spot where you get a better signal.
- Restarting the router and the modem is also a good starting point.
- Restarting your computer can sometimes fix the issue.
- Oftentimes, gamers have Google Chrome opened up in the background to listen to music or watch Youtube videos. Chrome is notorious for slowing down your PC and should be closed out when playing. The same rule applies to Torrent apps and active downloads.
- Updating drivers can sometimes help with ping issues as well.
Finally there is a poor man solution that sometimes does that trick. This is called flushing your DNS. You will need to open your command prompt (cmd) and type in:
- “ipconfig /release” and press Enter.
- “ipconfig /renew” and press Enter.
- “ipconfig /flushdns” and press Enter
This “fix” has been reported to work for many users in fixing or lower ping for League of Legends. Finally, LoL ping issues can also be caused by firewall issues or improper installation. This can be reprimanded by checking out this tool designed by Riot Games.
If none of these fixes work, try creating a ticket with Riot Games or contacting your Internet Service Provider to see if it is an issue with your internet provider.