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Apex Legends • May 14, 2019

Apex Legends: How to manually choose servers to reduce lag on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Apex Legends: How to manually choose servers to reduce lag on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

If your Apex Legends connection on the PC, PS4 or Xbox One is affected by lag, then what we have for you is, quite simply, a game changer.


Apex Legends Connection and Server Issues

There is nothing worse than playing a game, especially a shooting game, and being affected by lag. All gamers have been affected by the issue at some point and have no doubt been on the receiving end of deaths because of it.

Fortunately, this simple server trick may alleviate the bulk of these issues within Apex Legends, even though it might take a little bit of effort to get things set up.


Selecting a Datacenter

One clever Reddit user, u/SuperWeeble, has found a method of actually manually selecting your datacenters. Here are the steps for how to do this on a console.

PS4 and Xbox One

  1. Wait two minutes on the title screen
  2. Enter accessibility settings
  3. Exit and press the Right thumb stick in
The Apex Legends datacenter screen...


This will bring up all the available datacenters. The list will show the locations, ping and packet loss as a percentage - which will help you determine which datacentre is the best for you in a bid to avoid lag. 

For those who don't know what these mean, they basically refer to response time. For example, a ping of 109ms means that there is a 109 milli-second lag.

Consequently, it is best to select the datacenter with the lowest ping and packet loss. Invariably, this should be your closest in terms of location but it can change. 


For PC, wait for 60 seconds upon startup and then hit escape and cancel. The datacenters should be at the bottom.

Follow the same steps as above to choose the right datacentre for you. 

Apex Legends Server Status

Players who understand IP addresses and ping can test the servers themselves at this Apex Legends server status page. Reddit user Placenta_Polenta suggests identifying the IP addresses using this page, and then using command prompt to test their response times.

Following these steps, for your respective platform, should go some way into helping you achieve success inside Kings Canyon. 

Not every player can blame bad internet or ping for their shortcomings, but those that can, now have an easy way to get the issue rectified. 

This article was last updated on Tuesday May 14 at 9:32 am Eastern Time.

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