Full Fix: League of Legends ping spikes on Windows 10, 8.1, 7

Madeleine Dean By: Madeleine Dean
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League of Legends is a fun game to play that challenges players to take on the role of a summoner who controls a champion with unique abilities and skills to fight against a team of other players or AI champions to destroy the opposing team’s Nexus. Although League of Legends launched a few years ago, it’s still affected by a series of annoying issues. In this article, we’re going to focus on the ping spikes that randomly occur on Windows 10 PCs and offer you a quick workaround that you can use to solve this issue.

League of Legends ping issues, how to fix them?

Ping spikes can be a big problem in any game, and many League of Legends players reported this issue. Speaking of pings spikes, here are some common issues reported by users:

  • League of Legends lag – Many League of Legends players reported lag while playing. This can be caused by background applications on your PC, so make sure that you’re only running the game and not other network intensive apps in the background.
  • League of Legends lag spikes Windows 7, 8.1, WiFi, wireless – This issue can occur while using a wireless network. If that’s the case, we suggest to temporarily switch to a wired network and check if that helps. This problem can appear on any version of Windows, but even if you use Windows 7 or 8.1, you should be able to apply most of our solutions.
  • League of Legends ping goes high – High ping is usually caused by applications running in the background. If you have this problem, we advise you to check your antivirus and firewall. In some cases, you might even have to disable your antivirus/firewall to fix this issue.

Solution 1 – Remove the Xbox app

It appears that the ping spikes usually occur after players install the latest LoL updates. Here’s how one player describes this bug:

After patch 7.2 dropped last night when minions get to lane my ping skyrockets to 2000+ ping all game and is outright insane. I’ve been reading around and multiple people are experiencing this issue after 7.2 was released last night. I’ve tried everything I can like everyone else has and none of it has helped. Please Riot fix this.

Recent player reports suggest that the culprit is the Xbox app that can randomly start using bandwidth and make your ping higher. To fix the problem, do the following:

  1. Type Resource Monitor in the Search menu > select the first result.
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  2. Go to the Network section of Resource Monitor > search for a process called GameBarPresenceWriter. This process is part of the Xbox app.

Disable the Xbox app completely in order to permanently remove the GameBarPresenceWriter process and avoid ping spikes:

  1. Type PowerShell in the Search menu > right click on Windows Powershell > click Run as administrator.
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  2. Paste the following command: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp | Remove-AppxPackage > wait for a few seconds.

Solution 2 – Turn off auto connect option for Wi-Fi

In order to reduce League of Legends ping spikes, you might want to try changing a couple of Wi-Fi settings. According to users, sometimes auto connect feature for your Wi-Fi can cause this issue to appear.

We aren’t sure why this feature can lead to ping spikes, but many users reported that they fixed the problem by turning it off. To do that, simply click the Wi-Fi icon in your system tray, select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to, and uncheck Connect automatically option.

Now connect to the network and check if the problem with ping spikes still appears. If you can, try switching to an Ethernet connection. Despite all its benefits, Wi-Fi connection is prone to interference, and that can drastically influence your ping. On the other hand, wired connection offers better stability and much better protection from interference, so if you can, try using a wired connection and check if that helps with your ping.


Solution 3 – Check your antivirus and firewall

According to users, if you’re having issues with ping spikes in League of Legends, you might be able to fix them by checking your antivirus and firewall configuration. Sometimes your antivirus can interfere with your system and cause problems with certain applications.

To fix the issue, you need to open your antivirus settings and try disabling certain features. Be sure to disable firewall feature on your antivirus and check if that solves the problem with ping spikes. If disabling various features doesn’t help, you might have to disable your antivirus entirely.

In some cases, your only solution might be to remove your antivirus. Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender that works as a default antivirus, so even if you remove a third-party antivirus, your system won’t be completely vulnerable.

Once you uninstall your antivirus, check if the issue still persists. If removing your antivirus solves the problem, it might be a good time for you to consider switching to a different antivirus. There are many great antivirus applications on the market, but if you want complete protection that won’t interfere with your gaming sessions, we suggest you try Bullguard.


Solution 4 – Make sure that League of Legends isn’t blocked by your firewall

To fix the problem with ping spikes in League of Legends, you need to be sure that your firewall isn’t blocking the game or its components. According to users, sometimes your firewall might block League of Legends by accident causing the issue to occur.

However, you can always check your firewall settings manually to make sure that League of Legends isn’t blocked. To do that, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter windows firewall. Select Windows Defender Firewall from the list of results.
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  2. Click Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.
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  3. Click Change settings and check League of Legends on the list. If the application isn’t available, click allow another app and add it manually. After doing that, click OK to save changes.
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In order for League of Legends to work properly on your PC, the following files need to be allowed to go through your firewall:

  • C:\Riot Games\League of Legends\lol.launcher.exe
  • C:\Riot Games\League of Legends\lol.launcher.admin.exe
  • C:\Riot Games\League of Legends\RADS\system\rads_user_kernel.exe
  • C:\Riot Games\League of Legends\LeagueClient.exe
  • C:\Riot Games\League of Legends\RADS\solutions\lol_game_client_sln\releases\(latest release version – ex: 0.0.0.xx)\deploy\League of Legends.exe
  • C:\Riot Games\League of Legends\RADS\projects\lol_air_client\releases\(latest release version – ex: 0.0.0.xx)\deploy\LolClient.exe
  • C:\Riot Games\League of Legends\RADS\projects\lol_launcher\releases\(latest release version – ex: 0.0.0.xx)\deploy\LoLLauncher.exe

After allowing all these files through the firewall, you shouldn’t have any more issues with the game.


Solution 5 – Change your DNS

According to users, sometimes your DNS can cause the problem with ping spikes in League of Legends. If that’s the case, it’s advised to change your DNS settings. Changing your DNS is relatively simple, and in order to do that, you just need to follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the network icon in your system tray. Choose Network from the menu.
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  2. Select Change adapter options.
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  3. Locate your network on the list, right-click it and choose Properties from the menu.
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  4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
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  5. Select Use the following DNS server addresses. Now set Preferred DNS server to 8.8.8.8 and Alternate DNS server to 8.8.4.4. Click OK to save changes.
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Once you change your DNS, check if the problem with high ping still appears.


Solution 6 – Forward the required ports

In order to reduce ping spikes in League of Legends, it might be necessary to forward the required ports. Port forwarding is an advanced procedure, and in order to see how to do it properly, we advise you to check your router’s manual. The process is different for each router, and so there are no universal guidelines.

Simply log in to your router and on the configuration page locate port forwarding. Now forward the following ports:

  • 5000 – 5500 UDP (League of Legends Game Client)
  • 8393 – 8400 TCP (Patcher and Maestro)
  • 2099 TCP (PVP.Net)
  • 5223 TCP (PVP.Net)
  • 5222 TCP (PVP.Net)
  • 80 TCP (HTTP Connections)
  • 443 TCP (HTTPS Connections)
  • 8088 UDP and TCP (Spectator Mode)

After forwarding the required ports, the problem should be completely resolved.


Solution 7 – Disable proxy and VPN

Proxy and VPN are useful tools that can protect your privacy online. However, issues with VPN and proxy can directly influence your ping. If you have a VPN client installed, be sure to disable it before starting League of Legends.

As for the proxy, you can disable it by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Select Network & Internet section.
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  3. Select proxy from the menu on the left and disable all settings in the right pane.
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After you disable both your VPN and proxy, check if the problem is resolved.

You should no longer experience ping spikes now. Use the comment section below to tell us if these methods worked for you!


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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