How to Show FPS in League of Legends

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FPS, or frames per second, is one of the most important stats in video games.

The frame rate measures how many times the screen is redrawn each second. If you don’t have a good FPS measurement, you might experience lag or slow movement.

It isn’t always to tell whether the FPS problem is caused by network latency (ping) or hardware.

Also, most games do not actively show FPS to you. Unfortunately, League of Legends is one of these.

But don’t worry. This article shows you how to reveal how to activate the in-game FPS counter in LoL.

I’ve also included tips on finding out what’s causing the drag and how to optimize your in-game settings if you’re experiencing low FPS.

Let’s get started!

How to Display FPS in League of Legends

To display the FPS counter in League of Legends, press CTRL + F (the default setting).

If you haven’t messed with the default settings, this should work.

It might mean you’ve changed or deleted the default hotkey if it doesn’t work. So below, I’ve included some simple steps to fix this or change the hotkey to something else.

How to locate and change the hotkey for showing FPS and Ping in League of Legends

There are two primary methods of changing the default hotkey for displaying FPS in League of Legends.

The first is through the game client, and the second is when you are already in a game.

Both methods are quick and only take around a few moments at the most to do. 

It does not matter which option you choose, though I recommend doing it through the game client to avoid dying while you switch it in-game. 

Method 1: Game Client

  1. Open the League of Legends Client.
  2. Click the settings button (gear icon) in the top right corner of your screen.
  3. When the settings window opens, navigate to Hotkeys under the In-game option. 
  4. Scroll down through the options until you see Display.
  5. Click on Display which will open up its settings. 
  6. Next to Toggle FPS Display you will see a hotkey combination, typically CTRL + F.
  7. Change this to whatever you want, or keep it at that.
  8. Now when in a game, press CTRL + F (or whatever you’ve assigned), and your FPS will display in the top-right-hand corner of your game screen, underneath the K/D/A section. 

Method 2: In-game

  1. Enter into a League of Legends game.
  2. Press ESC to open up the settings menu. 
  3. Navigate to Hotkeys and click on the Display option.
  4. Like the first method, you can change the Toggle FPS Display hotkey to whatever you want or keep it at CTRL + F.
  5. Save your settings, return to your game, and press CTRL + F.
  6. Your FPS will show up underneath your K/D/A.

What is causing the low frame rate in League of Legends

If you experience lower FPS numbers, the scene won’t update fast enough if you experience a low frame rate, and you might experience lag.

You’ll likely experience things like frame drops where the camera stops and then jumps to a new location, your character and the environment moving slowly, or your enemies suddenly being on top of you.

In other words, the game performance and experience suck.

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Two things can usually cause this in an online game: your internet connection or your hardware.

Finding out if your internet connection is the problem

When you turn on your FPS, you will likely notice another number next to the FPS counter, your ping

Playing with high ping can kill your gaming experience, but luckily it can be a simple fix. For example, if your FPS is high, but your game is still lagging and having performance issues, it may be caused by high ping.

Some of the symptoms might be caused by network latency – either yours or some other players. In that case, I’ve written this guide on how to reduce ping in LoL.

Finding out if it is your hardware that’s causing the problem

If it’s not the internet connection, it’s probably caused by your hardware not being powerful enough or outdated drivers of that hardware.

This is more of an issue for PC games since developers have to create games for many systems. Games are much more easily optimized for consoles.

If your current FPS sucks, it is usually due to one or more of these pieces of hardware:

  • Your graphics card (GPU)
  • Your processor (CPU)
  • Your memory (RAM)

These three work together to calculate and render everything you see on the screen in your game.

And as we all know, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. So if one of these acts as a bottleneck, it may drag down the whole system.

If you own a low-end PC desktop computer, you can fix this by getting a new GPU, a new CPU, or buying more RAM for your system.

Of course, you might have to upgrade everything, so it might be cheaper to buy a new computer altogether.

You can sometimes upgrade the RAM or purchase an external GPU unit if you own a laptop. But not all laptops allow this, so you might have to spring for a new gaming laptop instead.

But before you start spending money, the first thing to do is to tweak some settings and update your system’s drivers.

Optimizing Your FPS For League

Now that you know how to show the framerate in LoL and locate the culprit of the problem, it is time to learn how to optimize for a high FPS while playing. 

Many options are available to increase FPS, but here are some of the easiest and most common fixes to the problem. 

Tweak Graphic Settings

The first option to consider when optimizing your FPS in League is to tweak the graphic settings in-game. Several key settings in League of Legends can be turned down or completely off to boost your FPS. 

Note: I recommend doing this in a custom game, as you must be in a game to mess around with your graphic settings.

League of Legends has a nifty slider in its graphics settings menu. The game can automatically change all the necessary settings for improved quality or performance. 

Mess around a bit with the slider to find the perfect spot for your computer so you can enjoy the best graphics your computer can handle while at the same time not having a terrible FPS.

If you want higher graphics on one option, like character models, you can individually change the graphic settings for each thing from Very Low to Ultra

Update Graphic Drivers

The next option available is to update your video drivers if they have updates available. While usually, drivers will get updated on their own.

Sometimes, an update fails for one reason or another. If you believe this to be the case, follow the steps below to see if there is an update available for your drivers. 

Update Your Drivers:

  1. In the taskbar, type “Device Manager” and select it when it pops up.
  2. Navigate to the category of the driver you wish to update. 
  3. Right-click on it to bring up a pop menu.
  4. Click “Update Driver.” 
  5. Usually, Windows will not find a new driver, but occasionally it will. 
  6. If you believe there is an updated version of your driver, go to the manufacturer’s website and search there.

Conclusion

Displaying your FPS in League of Legends is a straightforward process and does not take very long at all to do. It can help you figure out why your game is going slow or having performance issues, allowing you to fix that. 

If you found this article helpful, check out some of my other articles, like this one about activating an XP Boost in League of Legends. Until next time, happy gaming!


FAQ

What can Affect My FPS?

I’ve already covered most of these in the article. But here’s a checklist of things to consider:

  • old hardware
  • the graphic settings for the game
  • outdated (video) drivers
  • how optimized the game is for your device. 
  • other programs running on your computer and taking up resources
  • malicious software running on your computer in the background (virus, malware)

Are There third-party software FPS Counters Available for League of Legends?

If you, for some reason, don’t just want to use the native fps counter provided by Riot Games, there are several third-party software FPS counters that you can download and use to display your FPS while playing League of Legends.

The four main ones typically used are Fraps, MSI Afterburner, DXtory, and FPS Monitor. 

You can download any of those from their official websites and then follow the instructions to display your FPS while playing. 


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