How to Show FPS in League of Legends
There are few things that anger gamers more than their game not working properly. League of Legends was made to accommodate a wide variety of PCs and be playable on older machines, but sometimes the game might start running more choppy than usual. Troubleshooting the problem most often begins by displaying your FPS and ping details and figure out which one doesn’t look right.
Luckily, RIOT has made these two analytics tools easy to access and display in-game, so you won’t need to load additional programs and online services.
Here’s everything you need to know about FPS and ping in League of Legends.
How to Show FPS and Ping in League of Legends
The game has a simple key binding to toggle the native FPS and ping display. All you have to do is press “Ctrl +F” to display these numbers at the top-right corner of the screen. The data is displayed in real-time and will change as your connection gets better (or worse) or your FPS changes due to underlying processes.
You can change the default controls for the FPS display by going into the game settings. You don’t have to be in the game to access these settings, and it is advisable to do it out of the game anyway. Spending time tinkering with keybindings means you can’t devote your attention to playing the game.
Here’s how to change the FPS display keybinding in the game client:
- In the client, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner.
- Click on the “Hotkeys” tab on the left, located under ‘‘In-game’’.
- Scroll down until you reach the ‘‘Display’’ section, then open it.
- Look for a line named ‘’Toggle FPS display’’. Click on the first cell to change the keybinding. The cell’s default text should be ‘’Ctrl + F’’.
- You can click on the adjacent cell to set up an additional keybinding for easier access.
- A pop-up menu will open with keybinding allocation. Enter the keybinding you want to use and click on ‘’Save’’.
Alternatively, you can use ‘‘Unbind’’ to clear the cell and remove a hotkey entirely.
- Click on ‘’Done’’ to save.
Alternatively, you can access these settings and make the necessary hotkey changes by pressing ‘‘Escape’’. You won’t be able to move your character while in the menu, so beware.
What Does FPS Mean?
FPS stands for “frames per second” and basically tells you how many times the screen is refreshed each second. The higher the number is, the smoother the gameplay, as there’s less of a delay between the server and what is displayed on your monitor.
All monitors have a hard cap on how much FPS they can support, with newer models pushing the numbers ever so higher. For example, if you have a 60 FPS monitor the game can’t refresh more than that, regardless of the number on the top-right of what your screen says otherwise. Additional frames are simply discarded unless you have a better monitor.
What Is the Best FPS for League of Legends?
Generally speaking, the higher your in-game FPS, the smoother your game will run. We generally recommend pushing for at least 60 FPS to get a decent gameplay experience, as anything lower than that (especially below 30) will result in choppy, unresponsive games.
If you’re struggling to meet this FPS benchmark, you’ll need to lower your game’s graphics settings. Here’s what you need to do:
- Go into the game settings while playing the game (Escape). We recommend using ‘’Practice Mode’’ to not disrupt a live game by changing the graphics settings. You can choose ‘’Practice Mode’’ in the ‘‘Training’’ tab when setting up a game.
- Select the ‘’Video’’ tab on the left side.
- Under ‘’Graphics’’, turn the slider down.
- You can also turn off ‘‘Character Inking’’.
- Press ‘‘Okay’’ to save changes and exit the settings.
- Take a look at how your FPS has changed as a result. You need to toggle your FPS display on.
- If your FPS is still not within reasonable limits, repeat this process. You can also turn off ‘‘Anti-Aliasing’’ and ‘‘Wait for Vertical Sync’’ to improve performance. This may reduce image stability a little bit but goes a long way towards improving how the game plays for low-end machines.
- You can also change the game’s window mode on the top. Select the dropdown menu under ‘‘Window mode’’ and choose an option you like. See how it affects your FPS and gameplay and make more changes if necessary.
You may also notice a line that says ‘’Frame Rate Cap’’. For most machines, you’re best off putting this setting as high as your monitor refresh rate allows (as anything above that doesn’t make for a more meaningful change). Uncapping the frame rate entirely might improve performance in higher-end machines, but the results are still limited by the monitor’s capabilities.
What Can Affect Your FPS?
There are a few notable factors that contribute to your game’s FPS:
• Your system’s hardware (processor, graphics card, memory) is one of the key factors. An older PC simply doesn’t have enough oomph to power a newer game.
• The game’s graphics settings. On most modern games, the difference between the lowest and highest graphics settings is usually what sets high-end machines apart from the rest. Choosing the lowest settings might not provide the best aesthetics, but it will allow the game to run at a passable (or excellent) FPS, which will improve how well you can play.
• Your machine’s current load. Other programs which require a lot of processing power and memory will siphon away resources and reduce your FPS.
• The game’s optimization and coding. You can’t really influence this, but the developers often do. As an example, RIOT has made strides towards improving how the game performs for lower-end machines while delivering solid gameplay and graphics performance.
The simplest way to improve FPS immediately is to close down unnecessary or unneeded programs and lower the game’s graphics settings. Beyond that, your best option is to improve your hardware to match the newer games’ more demanding requirements.
What Does Ping Mean in League of Legends?
Ping is the length of time required for an internet data packet to reach the game’s server and return to your device. Essentially, the higher your ping becomes, the longer the delay between your input and what your character does in-game.
A ping of below 60 is usually considered perfectly acceptable. A ping higher than 100 is often some cause for concern and may result in lag and will lower your gameplay performance. The dreaded 9999 ping usually means the game has lost connection to the game server and needs to reconnect.
Unlike FPS, your ping is based on two things:
• How fast and stable your internet connection is. Subscribing to a more stable connection or removing other devices from your local network will cause your ping to go down or become less erratic over time.
• How far the game server is compared to your location. The game server’s location is based entirely on the region you’re playing in. If your ping is consistently high, you may find better results by changing the game region.
Why Can’t I See My FPS in League of Legends?
If you’re clicking ‘’Ctrl + F’’ and the FPS display doesn’t show up on the top-right of the screen, it’s possible that a keybinding change has overwritten the default settings. You’ll need to go back to the settings and put the correct keybinding in to see the FPS display again. You can follow the instructions for changing the FPS settings above.
How Do I Run a League of Legends Ping Test?
If you want to run a ping test, you have two options:
• Learn the IP address of the server you’re trying to ping (the NA server uses 220.127.116.11, but you can find a list of other options here), then use the ‘’ping’’ command in your command prompt for that IP address.
How Do You Display FPS on Windows?
Windows 10 has launched an update in 2019 to allow players to view their game’s FPS without downloading third-party apps in the process. All you have to do is press ‘‘Win +G’’ to open the Windows Game Bar.
Your FPS will be displayed in a window named ‘’Resources’’. You’ll need to give permissions to Windows to collect this data and restart your PC for the changes to take effect the first time you open Windows Game Bar.
Know Your Game to Win the Game
Knowing your current FPS and ping can help you optimize the game’s settings for better performance. Increased FPS can lead to an instant gameplay boost, and you’ll easily see the difference between 30 and 60 FPS. While determining the FPS isn’t challenging, improving it will require a bit of tinkering with the game settings and your hardware to get the most out of your PC.
What is your current LoL FPS? Let us know in the comments section below.