Do you often experience issues with ping while gaming? Want to correct that? Then you've come to the right place. Let's take a look at how to fix high ping issues.
Games don't make us rage, lag does. Losing an online game because of high ping is frustrating. And there are multiple possible causes as to why you might experience ping issues.
Updates getting downloaded, low Wi-Fi signal, other programs that are using internet bandwidth in the background, and more. Let's see what we can do about them.
How to Fix High Ping on Windows 10?
#1 - Configure your Windows Updates
Windows 10 updates are working in a slightly different way than its previous versions. Back when Windows 7 was a thing, we had the choice of selecting precisely when to download and install updates.
The problem is that absolutely nobody would install them, which resulted in thousands of people experiencing security issues.
After that, Microsoft became more aggressive and decided to download and install updates almost automatically (read without consent). If the updates are getting downloaded while gaming, then ping rate will rise like hell.
Apart from the high ping issue, you might even find your computer restarting on its own while you're gaming. So, configuring Windows 10 updates is a must.
First, make sure that your active hours look right. Windows will restart and install updates out of your active hours. Here is a guide on how to choose when updates are installed.
Next, disable delivery optimization. Go to Settings -> Update and Security -> Advanced Options -> Deliver Optimization -> and turn off "Allow Downloads from Other PCs".
You can also completely disable updates by setting your network as a metered connection. However, we do not recommend that. Here is tutorial on how to use a metered internet connection.
#2 - Prevent Steam from Auto Updating Games
Usually, it is disabled by default. But you better check just to make sure. Steam has a feature which allows it to automatically updates games while you're playing.
Not a bad idea for offline gaming. Maybe even the opposite. However, it can be disastrous for online gaming as it will severely increase the ping.
To disable this feature, go to Steam Settings -> Downloads -> and disable "Allow Downloads During Gameplay." That should fix high ping issues considering that Steam was the one to blame.
#3 - Make Sure other Programs Not Using Bandwidth
With so many programs running, it's quite easy to miss one that is actively consuming your bandwidth. Thankfully, relying on the task manager is an easy way to find out if there's something that uses your Internet.
In this video, where I go by the nickname of "Kas", you can notice that I get well over 200 pings. That's completely unplayable.
Upon opening the task manager, I immediately notice that Steam is consuming bandwidth. I launch Steam just to see that I had forgotten Half-Life downloading in the background.
The moment that I pause the update, my ping starts going down to normal again. It works for pretty much every program.
You can quickly open the task manager by right-clicking on the taskbar of Windows and selecting "task manager".
Then click on "network" and sort the programs that are using bandwidth from the highest to the lowest. Only your game and your game client should be using your network. And that should fix high ping issues.
If there's nothing else that uses your network and you still experience high ping, then there's probably an external issue which has little next to nothing to do with your PC.
#4 - Check your WiFi Signal
It's recommended to play on a wired connection as it offers lower latency than a wireless connection. But if you choose to play on a wireless connection, make sure that you get a sufficient signal. You can check your signal strength on the right part of your Windows taskbar.
If you do have a low Wi-Fi signal, try to get closer to the router. In case that you're unable to do that, you can use a Wi-Fi repeater or something similar.
#5 - Keep your Lid Open
That obviously only applies to gaming Laptops. If you connect your Laptop to an external monitor, then keep your Lid open.
For some odd reason, nobody ever mentions that. Certain Laptops will experience high ping issues if you game on them with the lid closed.
I learned that the hard way on my own. Steam support had no idea what was going on. I just launched CS while I had forgotten my lid open and noticed that I finally had a decent ping.
Every time that I close the lid, my ping skyrockets again. It's most likely an issue with the placement of the Wi-Fi adapter.
Things Out of Our Control
Sometimes, there's just nothing that we can do. If you live in a remote area or if your country has terrible Internet in general, there's little next to nothing that you can do.
If you watched the video tutorial above, you probably noticed that I get about 100 pings at best. That can't be fixed no matter what I do because of my location. You might be in similar situation.
Other than that, other people who are connected to the same network as you can affect your ping. There's nothing that you can do about that too.
Except, of course, kick them out of your place. But that would be a bit extreme if you consider that you only want to play a game.