Did you sit down to have a good time playing League of Legends, but your champion doesn’t move when you tell him to, while everyone around the map seems to be teleporting? What gives?
The first step in troubleshooting potential LoL issues is to look at your ping and see how you can improve it. Fortunately, RIOT has made simple analytical data like FPS and ping pretty straightforward to display in-game, no need to load online speed and ping testers to do it for you.
This is how you can display your ping and FPS in League of Legends.
How to show ping and FPS in League of Legends
By default, the game has a simple key combination to display your current ping and FPS numbers at the top right of your screen. Just press “Ctrl + F” to toggle the ping / FPS display. It’s that easy.
How to fix ping not showing in League of Legends
The game has certain default key combinations, but some programs and settings may overwrite or unlink them entirely. Some players may use different key combinations for the game, and the default keyboard shortcut may clash with their intentions.
If your ping is not showing when you are shuffling the keyboard shortcut, the keybindings may have been set up incorrectly. This is what you can do to change these key combinations:
- Log in to the League client.
- On the client, click the gear icon in the upper right to enter settings.
- Go to the “Hot Keys” tab on the left side menu, under “In Game.”
- Scroll down a bit and click on the “Show” section.
- You will see a line called “Toggle FPS Display”. Click in the first cell to the right to change the key combination. By default, the cell should say “Ctrl + F”.
- Once you click on the cell, a pop-up menu will open with the key combination assignment. Enter the key combination you want to use, then press “Save.”
Alternatively, you can press “Unlink” to delete the current key combination and leave it empty. This is useful if you don’t want to have two different keyboard combinations for the same action.
- Click “Done” to confirm the changes.
How to show in-game ping in League of Legends
If you’re already in the game, you can still access settings to make a hotkey change:
- Press “Escape” to enter setup.
- Follow steps 3 to 7 above to change the shortcut key.
We recommend changing hotkeys and game settings outside of the game, simply because some changes can take a while to implement, so your game could be interrupted if you are away too long playing with settings. If you want to test how your game settings work within the game and make further changes, we recommend entering Practice mode to test them:
- Click “Play” at the top left.
- Select the “Training” tab just below the “Play” button.
- Select “Practice Tool.”
- Click “Confirm” at the bottom.
- The game will display a practice lobby. You can set up an AI controlled opponent and hit “Start Game” when you’re ready.
- Pick a champion from the selection screen and get ready to test setups, items, or strategies.
How to show ping in chat in League of Legends
There are a few reasons why you may want to show how high or low your ping is in team chat. The most important is to let your teammates know if you are experiencing any technical difficulties. It would be reckless to get into a decisive fight when everyone is teleporting around you and you can’t react at all.
Alternatively, you can display your ping to get advice or assistance from team members. Some players even use the option to brag about how low their ping is and how smooth their game is as a result.
Whatever the reason, there is a simple option to show your ping in game chat. This is what to do:
- Activate your FPS screen. By default, the key combination is “Ctrl + F”, but you can follow the instructions above if it doesn’t work and needs to be changed.
- Hold down the “Alt” key and then left-click on your ping number. You have to be somewhat precise with this one as the game will ping the map below if you don’t get it exactly right.
- The in-game chat will display a message with your username, champion, and current ping number.
- Enemies will not see this message.
How to show only FPS in League of Legends
Your FPS indicates how fast your game updates the current state. A good FPS (above 60) means that you are looking at the image on your screen in near real time and can react accordingly.
The only way to display your FPS is to use the “Toggle FPS Display” keyboard shortcut. It’s “Ctrl + F” by default, and it will also display your current ping along with your FPS in the upper right screen. Currently, there is no way to display only the FPS.
What is ping?
Ping is the amount of time it takes for a packet to travel between your device and the server it is trying to reach. In the case of LoL, the ping tracks the travel time between your PC and the server location in your region. The ping is displayed in milliseconds (ms).
A ping of less than 60 ms will result in smoother gameplay. You won’t notice a big difference between 30 and 50 pings. However, if your ping starts to rise above 100 ms, you will notice an immediate change in how clumsy the game becomes to play and interact with. Anything over 100 ms is simply not recommended if you want to maintain the best game performance.
Don’t confuse this terminology with game pings. In-game ping alerts are used by players to communicate between the team and are not related to the topic of this article.
What can affect my ping?
Several things can influence a sudden increase in ping:
• Most notably, the ping is proportional to the physical distance between your home and the server. The longer packets need to physically travel, the higher their ping.
• Your ping may also depend on how you are connected to the Internet. A wired Ethernet connection is more stable than a home Wi-Fi network.
• If you are using more programs that require an Internet connection to work, they may divert your bandwidth from LoL and cause a spike of lag.
• If multiple people in your household are connected to the same network, each of your pings will increase slightly because only one line goes out to your ISP and all devices are competing for it.
• Weather conditions and technical difficulties can have a negative impact on your ping. Sometimes one of the local routing platforms will fail due to reasons beyond your control and your packets will need to be redirected through more distant servers, increasing your ping as a result. These events are rare, but have been known to occur occasionally.
How can I reduce my ping in League of Legends?
If you notice a sudden increase in your ping, there are a few ways to fix the problem and try to control it:
• Close other programs that use the Internet. Programs and platforms that download files or stream content tend to consume the most bandwidth and can cause problems in the game.
• Check if the game has technical difficulties. You can go to RIOT’s server status page, then click on the LoL image and enter your server location to check for current issues.
• Connect your PC to your network modem with an Ethernet cable. A Wi-Fi connection can be slowed down or interrupted by walls and distance, while a wired connection is more reliable and faster. If you can’t use a cable, move closer to the modem.
• Reestablish your Internet connection. It will interrupt your game for a while until you reconnect, but it can be a viable option to eliminate sudden connectivity hiccups and reset your routing path to a more efficient one.
• Switch to a closer server. This may not be the best, easiest, or cheapest option as changing a server region in LoL will cost you RP, but it might be the only way to get a permanent decrease in ping. Use this only as one of the last resources, as you cannot reverse it without paying again.
• Change your internet provider or package. Modern providers and packages offer faster, more reliable connections that can be somewhat immune to bad weather and don’t have as much downtime.
Ping to win it
In League of Legends, the outcome of a match can be decided by the player who has the most reliable connection and can respond to events the fastest. If you notice a sudden decrease in game performance, it’s easy to turn on the FPS and ping display and begin troubleshooting. If you can get the game running smoothly again, you’ll be that much closer to victory.
What is your ping when playing League of Legends? Do you have any tips for reducing ping that we didn’t cover in the article? Let us know in the comment section below.