For Gaming enthusiasts, or the normal “Gamer” ping is the latency of the server they’re playing/connected to. In simple words, ping refers to network utility that indicates how fast the signal sent to a different computer comes back to the computer trying to connect with that computer. In gaming, that refers to a server.
When you turn on a game, like an FPS game, for example; you’ll either be given the option to connect to a server or the game will automatically connect you to a server with the lowest latency. The latency of the server depends on how close you are to the server’s location, and how good your Internet connection is.
Bear in mind that this doesn’t refer to the actual speed of your internet connection, rather it depends on the overall quality of the connection. When you turn a game on, you’ll see “ms” next to the latency number while selecting a server, or monitoring your ping in-game. That’s short for “milliseconds”.
Now that we’ve cleared that, we’ll get to what this article is about. “How to Fix high Ping” is the question we’ll be answering in this article. Oftentimes, people face “packet loss”, or high ping issues while gaming.
These issues can be crucial deciding points in how your game/match turns out. If you get a ping that’s higher than the ping you’re used to, your performance will be affected negatively. So to help you out with that, we’ve listed a few fixes. Before continuing, please make sure that you don’t have too many tasks running in the background while gaming.
Also, if you’re downloading something in the background while playing a game, you will face packet loss, so it’s best to just pause the download.
How to Fix High Ping?
If you’re facing high ping or general “lag” due to packet loss, it may be because of the following reasons:
- Internet Quality/BandWidth.
- Firewall Configurations.
- Distance from the game server.
As we mentioned before, high latencies can lead to bad performances in-game, causing a player to “tilt” which refers to not trying/giving up and taking the frustration out on teammates. Numerous factors lead to ping issues, and all of them have easy fixes, except for your location. Obviously, you’ll need to move closer to the server to fix your ping if that’s the reason for your high ping.
First Fix: Close Bandwidth Hogging Applications
The first thing you should try doing is close down any unnecessary tasks that might be running in the background. You’ll also need to close bandwidth-hogging applications, as they may slow down your internet. For that, there’s an easy solution. Just follow the steps listed below:
- Press Windows + R key to open the run dialogue box, and type in “resmon”.
- Hit enter, and from the list of options, select “Network” in the resource monitor. Check the total volume, and that’ll tell what programs are hogging up your bandwidth the most.
- Right-Click the one that you don’t need (and is using a high amount of your bandwidth), but make sure you know what it is, otherwise, you may end a task that is necessary for Windows.
- Just hit “End Process” in the pop-up checkbox.
Check if that fixes your ping, if not, proceed to the next solution.
Second Fix: Disable Windows Auto-Updates
Windows has several updates, and most of the time, they’re not really worth it. Plus, since it’s automatic, it’ll be running in the background without you knowing about it. So the best solution may be to just disable Windows Auto-Updates. Doing that is pretty simple, and all you have to do is follow the steps listed below:
- Type “Settings” in the Windows Task/Search bar, and open it up. Proceed to Update & Security, and select “Windows Update”. Scroll down and select “Advanced Options”.
- Next, look for “Delivery Optimization” on the page that opens up.
- Select Advanced Options once more.
- Check the settings shown in the picture below, and set the upload and download bandwidth to 10%.
There’s another way, and that’s by informing windows that your connection is metered. What that’ll do, is that you’ll need to connect to a different Wi-Fi to install Windows Updates. Follow the instructions listed below for that.
Open Settings > Network & Internet > Ethernet > Set as metered connection.
From there, you can turn the setting on/off, depending on what you’re planning on doing. Next, see if that resolved your ping issues. If not, try the next solution.
Third/Final Fix: Switch to an Ethernet Connection
Most of the players complaining about ping issues are Wi-Fi users on PCs. If you’re one of them, then you may want to switch to an Ethernet/Cabled connection. Signals sent via Wi-Fi are much weaker and slower than a wired connection, so it can result in packet loss and high ping issues. It’s best if you switch to an ethernet connection.
That’s the best option if your PC is far from your Internet Router; it’s an obvious choice as signals sent over Wi-Fi will take far longer to reach. And you’ll receive constant interruptions. Just buy a good ethernet cable and connect it to your PC. If you were playing on Wi-Fi before, switching to an ethernet cable should fix your ping.
If it doesn’t, then it may be because you’re downloading something in the background, or your ISP may be the reason. If none of the fixes works, you’ll need to call them to see if there’s something wrong with your internet connection.
That’s just about it for this article! We’ve listed three fixes to high ping, and we ensure one of them will work for you. If none of them, then it might be your internet that’s at fault. With that out of the way, if you have any further questions/queries, you can let us know in the comments down below, and we’ll try to respond to as many of you as we can!