How to fix Lag & Ping issues in Fortnite: Battle Royale

With the Battle Royale mode being very competitive and fast paced, you obviously want to make sure you have little to no lag & ping.

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seem to know about a small setting which can be adjusted. This is your matchmaking region setting. For example, if you are playing from Europe but connected to the North American server, you can expect over 300 ping.

In total, this is a .3 second delay after you do an action. So if you aim your gun and shoot, it’s going to take .3 seconds for it to be sent to the server and registered. It’s not a fun way to play.

You can check your ping and speeds in a service such as Ookla.

How to change your match making region

Whilst on the Fortnite Battle Royale home screen, open the settings area. You can do this by clicking the icon in the top right, which looks like 3 lines. Click the cog icon to open the advanced settings.

From the tabs, choose ‘Game’. One option will be called ‘Matchmaking region’. There are a few options such as Europe, Oceania, North America & Asia. Find one that offers the lowest ping in ms and save your changes. Hopefully, when playing Battle Royale mode in Fortnite, your lag and ping will be reduced!

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Select the region nearest to you

Other steps you can take

Ensure that you aren’t downloading anything in the background. For example, ensure that your Steam client may not be updating games, or the same on consoles. This will use up a lot of bandwidth and increase the amount of ping and lag you will get in Fortnite Battle Royale.

If it’s really bad, close any other apps or programs in the background. This includes live & video streaming services such as YouTube and Twitch. You can also try closing other services such as web browsers, torrent clients, VPN’s etc. Anything that might be using some of your internet bandwidth.

Restart your router. One of the easiest fixes for lag and ping is to simply restart your internet. This can be done by simply switching your router off and back on at the wall. Forcing it to reset should help alleviate any problems.